The plane is not always late

Of the four airplane rides I’ve had in my lifetime (such a puny number, I know), three of those were via Philippine Airlines (PAL). The first two trips were paid for by my siblings and I think they chose PAL because it was the cheapest. The last and most recent one, was a domestic flight to Cebu. This time, I paid for my ticket, and it’s sure as hell wasn’t because it’s the cheapest.

Mmmmm planesThe first reason was because of the Mabuhay Miles points. I was a member way back when it was still called PALSmiles. Not that I ever racked up any points for that card. Anyway, I figured this is a good starting point for earning my miles.

The second reason was the airport. PAL has an exclusive airport for their international and domestic flights, the Centennial Terminal of the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA). It may not be as awesome as Singapore’s Changi Airport, but it sure beats having to use the NAIA Terminal I and the domestic airport.

IMG_7319I can’t remember if the plane was late on my trip to Jakarta or even to Singapore. However, it was right on schedule when I went to Cebu. The funny thing is, when I looked at the board displaying the flight status, the Cebu Pacific flight that was scheduled to arrive at 6:10am haven’t arrived yet. My PAL flight arrived 5 minutes earlier than Cebu Pacific’s ETA, though it was supposed to arrive at 6:15am.

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Late or not, I’m sticking with Philippine Airlines this year. As the advert say, sayang ang miles.

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 3 Comments
  1. Anna says:

    lol. I think some people actually stick to airlines because of the mileage, whether they like the service or not. I think it helps. My family has already traveled several times because of accumulated miles. =D Freeeee. But one downside is that those airline folks don’t prioritize you. One time, my family and I were traveling and my mom still didn’t have a ticket until the last minute (we were in the airport already and all). Scary. But still. It’s free! =D

  2. freeze says:

    sticking to PAL is a good choice. ;)

  3. nina says:

    Hahaha, I get what you mean, freeze! And given your horrendous experience, I’d do the same!

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