Philippine Airlines’s new online booking facility

Philippine Airlines has introduced its new e-ticketing facility for booking domestic flights.

Effective 10 August 2007, we are using 2 systems simultaneously. The New! Low Fare Calendar Search which is available for domestic itineraries only and the current Low Fare Search by Schedule for International itineraries or combination of International/Domestic Itineraries.

Low Fare Calendar Search
This applies to Domestic Itineraries only. You may now check the low fare across a seven day period or the low fare for your exact travel date.

Low Fare Search By Schedule
For International itineraries or combination of International and Domestic itineraries. You will be shown the best internet fare applicable to your preferred travel date.

Source: Philippine Airlines website

I tried booking for a return ticket to Puerto Princessa using both systems. Surprisingly, there was a difference in the ticket prices. With the old system, the fare quoted was Php 6,873.00, inclusive of taxes. Using the new domestic booking system, the same itinerary only costs Php 5,210. Moving the departure date from a Saturday to a Sunday, I was even able to get a RT ticket for only Php 3,082. That’s a great price, isn’t it?

PAL's new online booking facility

The thing I like best about their new system is that it shows you the available fares for each day within the week, which makes it easier to look for fares that would suit your budget.

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Of course, if you’re getting fares this cheap, there’s a drawback: can’t earn miles. Mileage accrual or not, Php 3,082 for a return ticket to Puerto Princessa is a pretty good deal.

I tried the same two booking dates with Cebu Pacific. For the first one (Saturday – Tuesday), the fare I got was Php 6,453.44! It costs almost as much through PAL’s old booking system. For the next itinerary (Sunday to Tuesday), the tickets cost Php 3,506.72, still higher than that of PAL’s. Comparing their taxes, it looks like Cebu Pacific is charging higher taxes than PAL. Where as PAL is charging Php 2,106 for the 2nd itinerary, Cebu Pacific is charging Php 2,230.72. Okay, so there’s minimal difference. But still, interesting.

Thanks to reader “cargo” for telling me about PAL’s new system πŸ™‚

Article by Nina Fuentes

Nina doesn't aim to travel to every country in the world -- she just wants to travel to the places that means the most to her. She started traveling in 2006, and hopes to travel for as long as she can. Her travel blog, Just Wandering won the Best Travel Blog in the 2010 Philippine Blog Awards and in the 2011 Nuffnang Asia Pacific Blog Awards.

This Article Has 8 Comments
  1. cargo says:

    hey ur welcome. i knew u’d like that tip. if u need any tips in puerto princesa just e-mail me. if it’s ur first time that is. clean small town with great food and tourist-friendly and law abiding people (parang wala ka sa pinas). i miss puerto already. gday!

  2. nina says:

    Uy, talaga? Are you from Puerto Princessa? I haven’t been there yet, and I’m still undecided if I should go this September ^_^;

  3. dyanie says:

    Hi nina!

    i’ll try to use this later! hehe! sana may avail balance pa credit card ko.. hihihi πŸ™‚

  4. kneeko says:

    hi nina… i read your comment on ferdz site and end up here in your home…

  5. nina says:

    dyanie: Aba aba aba! Inggit ako! πŸ˜€

    kneeko: Hello! It’s always great to see new faces (names, rather) here. Hope you enjoyed your stay πŸ™‚

  6. norman says:

    Philippine Airlines online booking policy is stupid. Whoever heard of any airline asking the credit card owner to photocopy his/her credit card and ID and send it to his/her friends/relatives whom he booked their ticket online? Its a violation of credit card security/privacy. what if someone get a hold of the photocopy of the credit card (i.e. email hijacking, or those thieves in our post office)? or the friend/relative misplaced/dropped it accidentally?

  7. Marco says:

    Sayang wala pang seat selection feature!

  8. janet shuler says:

    DEAR SIR

    I WOULD LIKE TO MAKE A FLIGHT BOOKING FROM LAGOS TO SINGAPORE, I HAVE 2 PASSENGERS THAT I WANT THE SEAT TO BE ECONOMY WINDOW SEAT . THESE PASSENGERS ARE STAFF OF MY COMPANY AND I WOULD BE MAKING PAYMENT FOR THE FEES MYSELF .PLS DO GET BACK TO ME ASAP WITH AN UPDATE FOR MORE CONTACT PLEASE CALL
    ME ON MY PHONE NUMBER +60122692176

    KINDLY REPLY ME BACK WITH MORE DETAILS AND FARES

    REGARDS
    JANET SHULER
    MODE HOLDINGS & CO

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