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Old Mar 14, 11, 5:13 pm
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Originally Posted by wdchuck1 View Post
The issue is complicated further - TECHNICALLY you are not able to enter the Philippines without a return TICKET -NOT simply a reservation!!! The chances that you will be stopped before you get on the plane to Manila are greater than being stopped in immigration but they are real!! I am asked to produce my ticket about 50% of the time by CX and if am bound and gagged and forced to fly Cebu Pacific or PAL - 100% of the time!!

Last year, leaving BKK, I was actually required to buy a ticket out before they let me get on the plane. I bought a refundable ticket but still lost about $60 on the transaction.

There are no ways of getting around this but if you do this regularly you should go to the AA rep office in Manila and talk to them. The are a great group and VERY helpful and professional.
Haha... I left that part out of my post to avoid complicating it, but yes... Singapore Airlines refused to allow me to board my one-way flight to Manila until I agreed to buy a return ticket, so I ended up purchasing a fully refundable coach ticket and then immediately submitted it for refund.

Of course, no one asked to see it when I landed in Manila...
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