Philippine Airlines Stopover

Old Aug 22, 19, 5:29 pm
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Philippine Airlines Stopover

Hello, trying to determine PAL's stopover policy. Would like to travel from JFK to SIN, then stopover in Manila on the return. I see you can work out this itinerary as multi-city but it cost hundreds more and wasn't sure if they offered a free/ add-on stopover.
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Old Aug 22, 19, 7:15 pm
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Originally Posted by Annapolis Boater View Post
Hello, trying to determine PAL's stopover policy. Would like to travel from JFK to SIN, then stopover in Manila on the return. I see you can work out this itinerary as multi-city but it cost hundreds more and wasn't sure if they offered a free/ add-on stopover.
You want JFK-SIN (connection only in MNL) then SIN-MNL (stop in MNL for a while) -JFK, correct? They probably have a fare which includes stopovers. Ask a travel agent to look for one for you. CX has fares for example, with no stopover allowed and some with a stopover allowed (HK only) each way and the latter ticket costs more. I would not call it multi city as much as a fare allowing a stopover in the connecting city, which is Hong Kong.

You might also check on the price of an open jaw ticket which would be JFK-SIN (connecting only in MNL) and then MNL-JFK on ticket 1 (e.g. with no flight from SIN to MNL on the way back). And a separate one way ticket SIN-MNL on ticket 2 (does not have to be on Philippine Airlines either). I have done that on Cathay Pacific. YYZ to BKK connecting same day in HKG. Then a return only HKG to YYZ. Separate ticket BKK-HKG, one way. It was $600 less than the fare allowing a stopover.

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Old Aug 27, 19, 1:13 am
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Originally Posted by Annapolis Boater View Post
Hello, trying to determine PAL's stopover policy. Would like to travel from JFK to SIN, then stopover in Manila on the return. I see you can work out this itinerary as multi-city but it cost hundreds more and wasn't sure if they offered a free/ add-on stopover.
I have found it varies. I have only booked stop overs on PAL using the multi-city tool - sometimes it has worked out at no extra cost, sometimes a bit more expensive (US$100 or so max.). (economy)

From my part of the world it is often cheaper (especially when sales are on) to fly AKL and beyond to somewhere in Asia, than it is to just fly AKL-MNL.

Flight prices can vary quite a bit between different days - does that contribute to the 'hundreds more' you are being offered.
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Old Sep 11, 19, 11:39 pm
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I'm with Rick - if you can't get a good deal with an agent, just book an open jaw.
Flights on LCC SIN-MNL are typically under $100ow...
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Old Jan 13, 20, 7:38 am
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I would disagree, I'm seeing BKK-NYC flights round trip for a lot less than the MNL-NYC price. So if I can figure out a way to add a stopover, it could really save some cash, and get a quick or long layover in PH which I wouldn't mind. The last leg could even be throwaway. I had a look at a few combos with stopovers and couldn't sort out anything cheaper so maybe someone else can chime in with a different experience.

Also LCC doesn't include baggage and the like, so sometimes ends up being a lot more than sticking with a nice carrier like PH
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Old Jan 17, 20, 7:47 pm
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Originally Posted by ryandelmundo View Post
I would disagree, I'm seeing BKK-NYC flights round trip for a lot less than the MNL-NYC price. So if I can figure out a way to add a stopover, it could really save some cash, and get a quick or long layover in PH which I wouldn't mind. The last leg could even be throwaway. I had a look at a few combos with stopovers and couldn't sort out anything cheaper so maybe someone else can chime in with a different experience.

Also LCC doesn't include baggage and the like, so sometimes ends up being a lot more than sticking with a nice carrier like PH
I didn't suggest an LCC and never would. My open jaw on CX was in small fee J except the one way which was full fare J. It was still $600 less than at that time, a ticket with a stopover.
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Old Jan 19, 20, 8:26 pm
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Originally Posted by ryandelmundo View Post
I The last leg could even be throwaway.
What is it that you are trying to achieve? You initially asked about stopover in MN on a trip to SIN, than considered BKK, now, you are willing to thro away the last leg, MNL-NYC.? Do you really want a one-way to Manila?
It's difficult to provide advice without knowing your real objective...
PAL doesn't have a formal stopover program, so fares including one are luck of the draw. If you know somebody at PAL or have a good agent in Manila, they might be able to help you find the best option.
For a one-way NYC-MNL, miles are the best way to go. Nonstop on PAL or one-stop on any of the alliances.
If you are considering alternative airports in Asia, LCC are the best option for one-way fares - i fly in and out of MNL frequently and PALs oneway fares originating outside MNL are rarely competitive, even after considering luggage, food & service.
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Old Jan 20, 20, 5:09 am
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Referring to what Rick has said about human agents, I use them sometimes but only when complicated sectors are involved. In your experience are they also better even in a point to point return too? would they be able to give a better fare than on the airline website?
I remember the good old days when ticketing agents using the manual can throw in an extra small sector based on the mileage without the extra charge.
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