Flying into the Philippines, by any chance? Whether it’s for business or for a vacation, getting to the Philippines is pretty easy and cost-effective, especially if you know where to fly out from. Several major American airlines such as Delta and American Airlines fly direct to Manila, the capital city of the Philippines and the central take-off point to other destinations in the archipelago.
If you’re coming from the United States and planning a trip to the Philippines, here are some options you can choose from. We’ll discuss flying in from Lax Airport, JFK International Airport and using Chicago O’Hare Airport as well as the best times to fly.
If you’re located on the West of the U.S.A, you have the option to take a local flight to Los Angeles International Airport. From here, you can take direct flights to the Philippines from one of the 22 airlines operating any of the 215 weekly flights to the Philippines that originate in LAX.
Incidentally, Los Angeles is the major departure point for the entire United States if you’re flying to the Philippines. Each day, more than 200,000 are available to fly out from LAX to Manila’s Ninoy Aquino International Airport. This comes as no surprise since Los Angeles has the largest Philippine settlement in the entire United States.
The largest aircraft serving this route is China Airlines, which seats up to 284 people per trip. Airfare can cost anywhere from $400 upwards, depending on the time of year you make your booking.
There are 7 airlines that fly from New York JFK to Manila via connecting flights, including Korean Air, Etihad Airways, Delta, Cathay Pacific and American Airlines. Airfare for a direct flight to Manila via JFK can cost anywhere between $1071 and $1530, depending on the season.
Flying out to Manila from New York is one of the longest flights you’ll come across, which is between 22 hours for a direct flight, and 41 hours for a route with connecting flights. Most people will prefer to take a local flight from JFK to LAX and take a direct flight from Los Angeles to Manila.
Since a significant number of Filipinos also come from among the Midwestern and Central states, Chicago is a common take-off point when you’re thinking of flying to the Philippines. O’Hare Airport caters to 17 airlines that operate between Manila and Chicago. There are around 30 flights per week which fly out to Manila from O’Hare, most of them connecting flights.
The largest airline servicing the Chicago-Manila route is Cathay Pacific, which offers 378 seats on its largest 747. Flights to Manila from Chicago usually stop in Tokyo, Jan or Seoul, Korea before proceeding to the Philippines.
The best time to head to the Philippines is between November and February, when the country’s intense and humid tropical temperatures drop and the monsoon season is long gone. It’s also the time when large contingents of internationally-based Filipinos head home, especially since it’s close to the long Christmas break. As such, prices may be higher during this time of the year. If you intend on flying to the Philippines at a cheaper rate, opt to book your tickets more than six months in advance of your preferred departure date.