Posts Tagged ‘philippine airlines’

Discounts from Philippine Airlines

Posted by: liza on May 14th, 2015 in airfare

For frequent travelers like us, we always wanted to get great values on air fares. And while in search for a cheap flight for our next destination, I discovered this page from Philippine Airlines – by far, our favorite airline in the country. Anyways, here’s a list of type of passengers and the percentage of discount they could get when they fly with Philippines Airlines.

Domestic Fares

In compliance with Republic Act No. 9337, an act amending the National Internal Revenue Code, a 12% VAT is added to the total amount quoted on all transactions involving purely domestic services only.

PAL offers special discounts to the following types of passengers who are traveling within the Philippines and buying their tickets from a PAL sales office or Domestic Ticketing Program travel agents in the Philippines. The special discounts are not available through the Online Booking facility.

Senior Citizens

20% discount on fares for Filipino citizens who are at least 60 years old. VAT exemption applies to any fare type including promotional fares. The passenger must present any of the following valid ID’s when buying the ticket:

• Office of the Senior Citizens Affairs (OSCA) ID issued by their municipality
• Driver’s License
• Passport
• Any photo ID authenticating age

Foreign nationals are not allowed to avail the Senior Citizen discount under Philippine Law.


Passengers under the age of two and at least 16 days old. Infant not occupying a seat gets 90% discount based on the accompanying adult’s fare. Birth certificate is required when buying the ticket.

Persons with Disabilities (PWD)

20% discount on fares. In availing of the discount privileges mandated under R.A. No. 9442 and its IRR, PWDs, who are Filipino citizens, may prove his/her entitlement upon submission of any of the following:

• An identification card issued by the City or Municipal Mayor or the Barangay Captains of the place where the persons with disability resides;
• Transportation discount card is an identification Card (ID) issued by the National Council for the Welfare of Disabled Persons (NCWDP).
• Persons with Disability are those individuals defined under Section 4 of R.A7277, as person suffering from restriction or different abilities, as a result of a mental, physical or sensory impairment, to perform an activity in a manner or within the range considered normal for human being.


20% discount on fares for currently enrolled students in the Philippines. Must present valid Student ID or registration form. Not applicable for Budget Economy fares.


20% discount on fares for active Military personnel of the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP), Navy, Marines, Air Force and Philippine National Police (PNP). Valid for all travel upon presentation of identification. Not applicable for Budget Economy.

Note: There may be changes on the above list after this article has been written. I also recommend that you to Philippine Airlines website to double check.

For discounted hotels, you could also try searching the Internet’s most trusted hotel portal – Agoda. See how much I saved from using this tool with our hotel bookings.

What To Do During a Canceled Flight?

Posted by: liza on November 11th, 2013 in featured, travel tips

This post is long overdue and it has been 4 months since we experienced a canceled flight. It was our first time.

Laoag-Manila Canceled Flight Philippine Airlines

Many times, we dealt with delayed flights and transfer of airplanes but this is only the first time we experienced a canceled flight via Philippine Airlines last July 29, 2013 bound to Manila from Laoag, Ilocos, Norte Philippines.

It was a rainy afternoon and the first announcement was the flight is delayed. The plane arrived almost an hour after our original departure time. We were immediately embarked on the plane and when everything is in place, the pilot started to take turn for take off when the engine suddenly shut off. It was not really scary at first but after several power shut down, people are starting to ask questions. We knew something is happening and the plane is in trouble. We have been inside the plane for almost 30 minutes (if my memory serves me right). The plane’s AC fog (I don’t know if my term is correct,  it’s the white smoke) started to thicken and some people, especially the oldies are starting to panic. The crew comforted them and started offering water. Then, we heard the pilot announced that the the flight will be canceled — no specific details of what happened but it’s obvious that it was due to the engine trouble.

So we left the plane and waited for the next announcement. It was almost an hour that we waited for the announcement confirming that a mechanic will come from Manila and expected to arrive at 6 AM the following morning. People get pissed off and started to build lanes at the PAL counter.

The first announcement was vague and because we really want to go home, my Honey and I were second to the line of people asking what will happen to us. We are just vacationers and unlike the locals there, we don’t have any choice but rent a hotel if we will take the first flight the next day. Many people insisted that they should provide us with free accommodation and food. We are really hungry.

After a matter of time, realizing that we can’t get anything certain from the officials of Philippine Airlines, we decided to book to Cebu Pacific. My Honey and I split lanes. He took care of the booking while I did the talking with the PAL officials. Hon is next in line for payment when we learned that they don’t accept credit cards for payment. It was really devastating. We are just so lucky that we have extra cash to pay for it. We need to act fast since the line is getting longer and the airplane seats are almost full.

As I was talking to PAL’s official after Hon has secured our seats in CebuPac, he mentioned that there had been an arrangement  between them and Cebu Pacific. But since only few people can be accommodated, this agreement was not announced. So I immediately asked for a refund since we paid the fare using our own money. Again, we are so thankful that they refunded to us the amount of air fare in cold cash. We learned that others did not even get anything and just went to the accommodation that PAL provided.

In this situation, we’ve learned several things.

1. Don’t easily trust the airline officials announcement. The most that they can do, they will hide information from you. You need to be alert and think fast. Lucky us, we’re two heads.

2. PAL provided an accommodation but we decided not to avail. Their announcement of the time that the mechanic will arrive is changing over time. Reading between the lines, we see no certainty of the time that we can leave the airport.

3. Check the next available flight immediately. There were only two airlines flying to Laoag and Cebu Pacific’s time is later than PAL’s. It’s a good thing that we were able to secure our seats.

4. Always have spare money with you. We met some passengers who are begging for PAL to refund their fares so they can ride the bus going to Manila. Nothing has been given to them and so they did nothing but avail PAL’s offered accommodation. I did not see any ATMs inside the airport at that time. It would also take more time if we still need to find one.

5. Make sure your cellphone has enough battery and load. In our case, my siblings are waiting for us to arrive in the Manila airport. We have immediately informed them about the problem. Plus, we were able to use our phone to check for some information on the net.

6. Know your rights and demand for a refund.

I know that officials of the airline are doing their best to calm the people. It’s hard to be in their place. However, it’s harder on our part to see  that officials are moving out of the counter windows, one by one until no one is available to talk to us. Media also arrived in the airport. I guess it’s just a matter of being honest and proper coordination. They also have lessons to learn.

This experience may not be horrible, at least for us but this serves as a lesson do we know what to do when this thing happens again. We are  just thankful that this happened in the PH premises and that we arrived safely and had our money back. Thank, God!

No Mileage Expiry with Mabuhay Miles!

Posted by: liza on July 14th, 2013 in news

Oh yes, I maybe late on posting this but I just read the email from PAL which I want to share to those who haven’t read the same email yet. Here’s the good news from PAL.

No Mileage Expiry!!
Good News!! Miles shall NO longer expire for active members.
Who is an active member? Active members are those with the following valid Mabuhay Miles activities, within two (2) consecutive years, starting 01 January 2014 – 31 December 2015.
  • Earning flight Miles on PAL/PAL Express or code-share partners
  • Conversion of credit card rewards points earned from Mabuhay Miles program partner banks
  • Mileage accrual from hotel/resorts, car rentals and other lifestyle partners
  • Flight and non-flight mileage redemption
  • Buy Miles, Transfer Miles and Bonus Miles transactions
  • Reinstatement of Expired Miles
Don’t worry!!  If you have Miles scheduled to expire between 01 June 2013 to 31 December 2013, Miles will no longer expire and will be carried over to the first review period on 01 January 2014 – 31 December 2015.
Save up your Miles to your dream destination now!!
I’m a Mabuhay Miles Base Member but I only travel 2-3 times a year and sometimes, it’s not PAL so this is a good news for members like me.