5 New Destinations You Can Travel To With PAL’s P78 Seat Sale Starting March 1
More than two million seats, 30 domestic spots, and 40 international destinations—all for Philippine Airlines’ magic 78 pesos.
In celebration of Philippine Airlines’ (PAL) 78th anniversary as Asia’s longest-operating airline, the 4-Star rated flag carrier will be putting on sale millions of seats starting at P78 pesos for domestic flights and $78 for international flights. Ready your credit cards and make sure your internet connection is secure, as the sale starts on March 1 and will run until March 10, 2019. The sale travel period runs from March 16 all the way to December 31, 2019.
What to book and where to go? Here are our top five destinations you should consider at the upcoming PAL seat sale.
The Manila-Hanoi flight is just fresh off Philippine Airlines’ newest destinations list, and will start operating on March 31. As the capital of Vietnam, Hanoi is a great destination for centuries-old architecture and a rich Chinese culture with French influences.
It’s best to travel to Hanoi during the Spring and Autumn seasons, so it’s not too cold or not too hot. Check flights that run from March to April (Spring) and September to November (Autumn). It’s also perfect to visit Hanoi during the Mid-Autumn Festival or Harvest Festival in September, where there will be tons of activities and festivities in the streets like lion dances, paper lanterns, and boots selling mooncakes and sticky rice.
Also part of PAL’s efforts in developing its air travel options for travelers, the Manila-Phnom Penh flight will start operating out of Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) on April 1. Why go to Phnom Penh? Well, visiting Cambodia is very easy since Philippine passport holders can stay in the country visa-free for 30 days. And the citizens are very warm to travelers.
Expect an exotic experience in the cultural Phnom Penh. Visit the majestic Royal Palace, hop through various beautiful architecture and pagodas aboard a tuk-tuk, and shop your heart out at the 1937 art deco Central Market. And like the Philippines, Cambodia is generally warm year-round. If you prefer to dodge the crowds, visit Phnom Penh around May to October.
By the second week of April, PAL will be offering non-stop flights to New Delhi, India, four times weekly. It’s perfect to take this opportunity since PAL will be flying passengers from Manila to New Delhi aboard a brand new Airbus A321neo aircraft, which is designed to have a legroom and recline that’s comfortable enough for medium to long-haul flights.
New Delhi is filled to the brim with beautiful ancient monuments, forts, and mosques. But for an offbeat travel itinerary to the Indian capital, try visiting the Khari Baoli Road, which is the largest wholesale spice market in Asia. You can also drop by the Crafts Museum at Bhairon Marg to see Indian artisans up-close demonstrating traditional embroidery, weaving, carving, and pottery.
India has three season: summer, winter, and monsoon. Visit between October and February, which are the coolest and driest time of the year.
Jakarta has recently upgraded its Soekarno Hatta International Airport, and Philippine Airlines is one of the first airlines to move its operation to the airport’s latest terminal 3. Starting March 5, all PAL flights departing from Manila will be landing at the new terminal, which was named the best airport terminal in 2017 at the 9th Bandara Awards in Indonesia.
As Indonesia’s massive capital, Jakarta is home to a mix of cultures: Javanese, Malay, Chinese, Arab, Indian, and European. These diverse cultures have penetrated and show in their language, architecture, and cuisine, which makes for a unique and interesting travel experience.
Jakarta is very traditionally Muslim and is more conservative than its neighboring Bali, so try to dress modestly. Try not to visit from December to April which is called the banjir or flood season, because areas near rivers can be prone to flooding.
Since January last year, Philippine Airlines has become one of the very few airlines operating from NAIA that offers non-stop flights from Manila to Brisbane. That means no more layover fuss and shorter flying time, compared to those connecting from other Australian states.
Even though it’s Australia’s third biggest city, Brisbane is pretty laid back and overall a great city to visit. The city itself has a vibrant urban and night life, and amazing shopping options. The nearby Queensland cities can be accessed from Brisbane easily via the train, such as Gold Coast for great beaches.
It can get pretty hot in Australia during Summer and really cold during the winter. So avoid the school holiday periods and enjoy a nice weather by visiting around April to May. It’s also great to visit from early May to October to catch the migrating whales along the coast.
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