Philippine Airlines, known widely as PAL, should be on your list of places to check for cheap flights because this airline offers affordable prices through their budget brand, PAL Express, and they provide premium class services uncommon on most low-cost carriers. They also operate flight routes within the Philippines and beyond that are not flown by other airlines.

Booking cheap flights on Philippine Airlines should be easy if you know these 14 important tips about promo fares and how to avail of these great discounts:

1. Book cheap PAL flights during promo periods

All promo announcements by Philippine Airlines are posted on philippineairlines.com, the airline’s official website. The cheapest Philippine Airlines flights are sold as promo fares during special seat sale periods. This airline does not announce promos as frequently as budget airlines. When they do offer them, however, these discounts are worth considering because of the airline’s generally higher service quality. They are also the best choice for routes not flown by other airlines including domestic flights to Batanes, and international flights to popular destinations in North America, Oceania, and Europe.

Popular promos offered by Philippine Airlines include their “weekend,” “50% off” and “75% off” promo.

2. First step is to view the latest alerts

To view a list of all active promos, navigate to the “promos” / “special offers page” at philippineairlines.com. Here you will find a list of links to each announcement with details on discounted prices, fare conditions, where to book, and other important information.

3. Read conditions carefully

Promo fares are only available under conditions posted on the announcement. Be mindful of these important details:

  • Selling period
  • Travel period
  • Seat Class
  • Is the fare for a one-way or roundtrip (return) ticket?
  • Booking channel where the promo can be availed.
  • Promo code, if available.

You should book your flights before the end of the selling period. Promo fares are also only available for dates on or within the travel period. If your travel plans do not match the travel period posted or if the promo had already expired, you may watch out for the next promo announcement by visiting the airline’s website again on a later date.

4. Check availability and book online

Most promos may be purchased through PAL’s official online booking channels like their website or mobile app. Keep in mind that they also offer promo fares that are not available for booking online and can only be availed when attending special events such as travel expos.

If a promo may be booked online, the best way to check if they are available is to do a flight search directly on their official website or mobile app. The process of booking promo flights should be the almost same as booking regular flights. Make sure you read special conditions on the announcement to confirm this.

You can check the availability of promo fares online yourself by using the flight search box on the homepage or the “Book a Flight” page. If applicable, you may also need to type a “Promo Code” when searching. Enter your travel details and press “Click and Book” to view the search results. Promo fares, if available, should appear automatically on the seat class mentioned in the announcement. Select your flights and follow the on-screen instructions to make your purchase.

5. Promo fares are often only available by booking directly with the airline

Depending on the conditions posted on the announcement, tickets may only be reserved online through PAL’s official booking channels, which includes their official website, mobile app, call center, or ticketing outlets.

Keep in mind that third-party travel agencies, even if they are affiliated with or accredited by Philippine Airlines, might not have access to all promo fares. These agencies would likely tell you that they cannot find the discounted fares in their system, and offer regular fares instead.

6. Promos are offered on a limited basis

Before calling them “FAKE,” you should know that limited promo seats are available for any given flight route. If all promo seats are sold out on your chosen flight, you will only be able to view and book the next lowest regular fare. Get ahead of other bookers by booking your flights as soon as possible. The airline also limits promo seats on certain dates and rarely offer them on “black-out dates,” which may include peak periods such as holidays, festival dates, and other busy dates for air travelers.

In case you cannot find the promo prices advertised on the announcement, you may follow these tips to confirm whether a promo is fake or not:

  • Make sure the promo has not yet expired.
  • Confirm that your chosen travel dates match the travel period posted on the announcement.
  • Check prices on other dates, perhaps days to months before or after your intended travel.
  • Check prices on other flight routes and destinations mentioned on the promo announcement.

7.Check cheap flights on similar airlines

You should also check cheap flights offered by other airlines with similar flight routes including Cebu Pacific, AirAsia, and TigerAir as well as Singapore Airlines, Cathay Pacific, Jetstar, and other airlines.

8. Get promo updates on all airlines in one site

To make it easy for you to get promo updates, we regularly monitor promo announcements from Philippine Airlines as well as Cebu Pacific and AirAsia and post the best that we’ve found on our promo section. Here, you can check all the latest promo alerts in just one page.

View the latest promos from all major airlines in the Philippines by clicking here.

9. Subscribe to promo alerts by email

Subscribe to Philippine Airlines’ email newsletter to get promo updates sent to your email address. You may also subscribe to our email alerts to receive free updates, directly on your inbox.

10. Follow updates on social networking sites

In Philippine Airlines maintains active channels on Facebook (fb.me/flyPAL) and Twitter (twitter.com/flyPAL), but they rarely post promos on those accounts.

You may follow Promo Fares on Facebook to follow promo updates from Philippine Airlines and other popular airlines.

11. All-in fares vs base fares

Philippine Airlines usually advertises “all-in” fares on their sale announcement. The all-in fare is the lowest fare that may be booked and already includes the base fare, airport fees, and government taxes. It does not include optional add-ons like check-in baggage, meals, travel insurance and may not include fees and taxes charged on departure from certain airports.

12. Promos may be booked without a credit card

In addition to credit cards, PAL also accepts ATM cards and offline over-the-counter payments.

13. PAL operates a wide flight network within and beyond the Philippines

Aside from operating an extensive Philippine domestic flight network, Philippine Airlines also flies to major regional cities in Asia and Oceania, and long-haul flights to North America and Europe. The combined flight network of both airlines includes over 20 Philippine domestic destinations, and 30 international destinations in Southeast Asia, East Asia, the Middle East, North America, and Australia.

Here is a summary of PAL’s destinations:

Philippines
LuzonBatanes(Basco), Coron-Busuanga, Laoag, Legazpi, Manila, Masbate, Naga, Puerto Princesa, Tuguegarao
VisayasBacolod, Calbayog, Catarman, Boracay-Caticlan, Cebu, Dumaguete, Iloilo, Kalibo, Roxas, Tacloban, Tagbilaran
MindanaoButuan, Cagayan de Oro, Cotabato, Davao, Dipolog, General Santos, Jolo, Ozamiz, Surigao, Tawi-Tawi, Zamboanga

International
Southeast AsiaIndonesia (Bali, Jakarta), Singapore, Thailand (Bangkok), Vietnam (Ho Chi Minh)
East AsiaChina (Beijing, Guangzhou, Shanghai), Hong Kong, Macau, Japan (Fukuoka, Nagoya, Osaka, Tokyo-Haneda, Tokyo-Narita), South Korea (Busan-Pusan, Seoul-Incheon), Taiwan (Taipei)
Middle EastSaudi Arabia (Dammam, Riyadh), United Arab Emirates (Abu Dhabi, Dubai)
OthersAustralia (Brisbane, Darwin, Melbourne, Sydney), Canada (Toronto, Vancouver), Papua New Guinea (Port Moresby), New Zealand (Aukland), United Kingdom (London), United States of America (Guam, Honolulu, Los Angeles, New York, San Fransisco)

14. Booking cheap flights is possible without a promo

Read more tips on how to book cheap flights, even without a promo on our guide on how to find and book cheap flights.

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