How to Get the Cheapest Domestic Flights in the Philippines

Cheapest Domestic Flights in the Philippines
Cebu Pacific: a low-cost airline in the Philippines

The number of airlines flying domestic routes in the Philippines is truly staggering. This comes as no surprise, however, as there are more than 7000 islands making up the archipelago. Subsequently, a cut throat market has been established throughout the crowded skies over the beautiful country. Although this is a bad thing for the environment, it’s great for passengers as these carriers consistently battle it out for the market share which keeps prices at a reasonable level.   At the moment, the five main domestic carriers are: Cebu Pacific Air, Air Asia Zest, Tiger Air Philippines, and PAL Express. There are also smaller airlines that have charter flights to remote islands and isolated resorts. Even though each one of these airlines may differ in terms of the service and prices they offer, they are fairly predictable in the way they release their fares to the public. Typically, these budget airlines reward proactive travel planners with super cheap fares.  If you look closely on their respective sites they only offer seats up to a certain date – often up to a year or so in advance.  When they release their new fares or fares for a new route they usually have a big sale to get some of the seats sold well in advance.  This provides airlines with some insurance that their flights will not be empty and also provides them with some more capital to work with for investments. Then, as time passes and it gets closer to the date of the flight the prices tend to increase. Based on the promotion behaviour of these carriers here are some steps on how to get the cheapest domestic flights in the Philippines.

Cheapest Domestic Flights in the Philippines
Air Asia: a low-cost airline operating in the Philippines

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1.   Before you can even consider booking a flight you need to know what days you are available for travel.  Grab your calendar and identify your dates of availability.  Keep in mind that if you book up to a year in advance it will result in significant savings.

2.   Visit each one of the following websites: Cebu Pacific Air, Air Asia Zest, Tiger Air Philippines, and PAL Express. Once you are on each one take a quick look to see how far in advance their seats are available. If there are no sales that work during your initial visit, register with each site to receive their promotional emails. Registering with each airline can also help to expedite the payment process because your passenger and payment details have already been stored on their site.

3.  If you don’t want to receive promotional emails, then be prepared to consistently check each website in order to compare their rates for your intended travel dates.

4.  Never book a domestic flight in the Philippines without consulting all of the budget airlines listed above.  There is a very good possibility that at least one of them will have a good promotion that coincides with your next trip to one of the nicest beach destinations in the world.

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4 thoughts on “How to Get the Cheapest Domestic Flights in the Philippines”

    1. Hi Mike,

      It really depends on when you are booking them. Cebu Pacific has 1 peso sale and other great sales throughout the year, but their regular flight tickets can be expensive. I suggest that you sign for their newsletter to get sale alerts. Air Asia Zest and PAL also conduct sales but not as many as Cebu Pacific. They all fall in the budget airline category, so my suggestion is to check out all these airlines once you are ready to book.

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