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codefreeze:
Last time we flew to Manila from LHR in Jan 2018 it was hell. We flew Singapore Airlines, who previously (2011) had been excellent. Wow, they were truly awful. Not only were the economy seats very cramped, but the service was awful and we got ripped off badly when we had to return a few days early due to the death of a good friend. Made a couple of decisions after that trip 1) I'm not flying economy again. 2) I'm not flying Singapore Airlines again. Anyway...

Now looking for other options and I'm open to ideas and suggestions. What travel hacks do you use to get Premium Economy or Business class flights from LHR to MNL at reduced rates? Obviously, it would be nice to avoid paying full whack if possible!

Do you try hacks like taking a short haul out of LHR to reduce taxes and then take Premium/Business long haul to MNL? Do you bite the bullet and go Philippine Airlines directly? Anyone here flown PA direct to Manila from LHR? :o

All suggestions and ideas welcome!   

sussexrob:
My wife and I have been to Manila and back 4 times with Philippines Airlines and never had any problems.  Always fly economy , sometimes on the way back to Heathrow, been a few spare seats and managed to sleep by using 3 or 4 in the central row.  Only time I can ever sleep myself.

codefreeze:

--- Quote from: sussexrob on March 05, 2019, 11:49:26 PM ---My wife and I have been to Manila and back 4 times with Philippines Airlines and never had any problems.  Always fly economy , sometimes on the way back to Heathrow, been a few spare seats and managed to sleep by using 3 or 4 in the central row.  Only time I can ever sleep myself.

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Thanks Rob. Very interesting. Had been planning to go via PA on the previous trip but could not book two seats together - and this was at least four months before we were flying! Just curious - what months did you travel in? We flew out towards the end of January which is admittedly peak(ish) season. Perhaps PA now have more planes running the route. Good to know they are decent to fly with though.

FastWalk:
We (Family and I) have made a number of trips between US and PH.  After allot of trial and error..

We try to pick Asiana or Eva air (due to price and decent quality).  I like Asiana better,  but usually a few dollars more than Eva.  Always fly in the cheep seats.  Just not wealthy enough that a few thousand dollars doesn't matter...

We try NOT to pick any US based airline such as Delta,  always terrible service even if the price is ok.  Also bad experience with China Air.  Tried many others and have ended up being the most happy with Asiana or Eva.   With Asiana I never feel like I am in economy,  but I never tried the first class from them so maybe it is so good that I would notice after.  In the past spent years flying first class and business class within the US (every week).


Colin:

--- Quote from: codefreeze on March 05, 2019, 11:31:27 PM ---Last time we flew to Manila from LHR in Jan 2018 it was hell. We flew Singapore Airlines, who previously (2011) had been excellent. Wow, they were truly awful. Not only were the economy seats very cramped, but the service was awful and we got ripped off badly when we had to return a few days early due to the death of a good friend. Made a couple of decisions after that trip 1) I'm not flying economy again. 2) I'm not flying Singapore Airlines again. Anyway...

Now looking for other options and I'm open to ideas and suggestions. What travel hacks do you use to get Premium Economy or Business class flights from LHR to MNL at reduced rates? Obviously, it would be nice to avoid paying full whack if possible!

Do you try hacks like taking a short haul out of LHR to reduce taxes and then take Premium/Business long haul to MNL? Do you bite the bullet and go Philippine Airlines directly? Anyone here flown PA direct to Manila from LHR? :o

All suggestions and ideas welcome!

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We usually use Philippine Airlines nonstop from LHR, which has been ok, but last time we decided to try a cheaper alternative. We chose Thai Airways which was ok on the way out but the late arrival of the plane at Manila caused us to miss the connection at Bankok and gave a 10 hour delay. The total travelling time from Palawan including airport waiting  time and not being able sleep on planes was shattering. Never again. I would also like to afford business class.

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