Philippine Airlines or Cebu Pacific?
June 15, 2010 7:09am CST
I have another poll. if you travel around the Philippines, which airline company would you prefer, Philippine Airlines or Cebu Pacific? I've been riding with Philippine Airlines for quite a while already, but I wanna try Cebu Pacific. Which would you prefer?
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16 Jun 10
I have only tried cebu pacific in my domestic travels... and i think it is okay... it is a no frills airlines and we get what we pay for... but with PAL... i loved it because it was very comfortable and the food they served was great... but of course it was quite expensive... if i can afford it... i prefer to just fly PAL...
15 Jun 10
Okay, since you've asked, brace yourself for a long reply. I've tried both several times. I prefer PAL for better service but if you would like cheaper travel then it would be Cebu Pacific, you'll just have to bear with them if it so happens that technicalities arises during your flight. You see, me and my family flew with Cebu Pacific 5 times and 4 times I had sad experiences. One time even, I demanded their management to buy us PAL tickets for my whole family. We flew to Cebu in 1999 and this was our 2nd trip there flying Cebu Pacific. For starters, the aircon was not working properly as cool air was intermittent and everyone were complaining and sweating all over, thereafter we experienced an abrupt stop at the Mactan Airport as we landed. Few days after we were about to fly back to Manila on an 8:10 pm flight but something happened. We arrived at the airport more than 2 hours earlier about 5:45 pm and everything seemed normal until it's 8:30 and we have no word about our plane landing in. 9:00 came but the plane did not. We were informed that there was a slight delay in the flight schedule. But when the clock struck 10:00 the airport admin announced that there won't be anymore flights back to Manila with Cebu Pacific. It turned out that the landing gear of the plane which we were supposed to board going back to Manila malfunctioned in mid-air and they flew over Mactan Island for more than an hour before the locks finally disengaged to lower the landing gear, at least that's what they told us. We were supposed to be on the same flight as the actress G. Toengi. She was booked on the last PAL flight to Manila that same night. Of course everyone went frantic. My husband has an early meeting in the office the following day and I haggled with the CPA management to buy us tickets to Manila for an early flight the next morning reasoning out that I won't risk the lives of my family especially the kids, my daughter and a niece, as they intend to board us on the same plane that we were supposed to fly with the night before. They have no choice but to oblige me. But as it went PAL bookings for earlier flights were full and we had to be put in the waiting list. We were called from our accomodation 15 minutes prior to the 11:25a.m. departure so we all went running frantically to reach the plane before we were closed out. Well, one thing good out of that experience was that they had to book us for the night as unexpectedly we were placed in such situation. Since we were the last to agree to an accomodation, we got a very good deal and we were booked at a suite room at the third floor of Mactan Waterfront Hotel just across the airport with our room facing it. We had fine dining the night before and a very good Birthday present for me the following day, good breakfast and sumptuous lunch. Hahaha! Those who claimed night accomodations earlier were mostly booked at the Days Inn at Mactan and the rest of us at the Waterfront with our family as the only one checked-in a suite. Not our fault, but that was such an experience. We learned later from a friend/co-passenger we met there that the same flight did not leave as scheduled and we even arrived in Manila much earlier. The other two experiences were not as bad, one is only a 2 hours delay in flight and the other one was 2 of our baggages were booked on a next flight so we had to stay longer at the airport to wait for the luggages. Well admittedly after that 1999 saga, we still tried flying CPA and that was just 3 years ago. Things have changed but still they are much cheaper and this was when our flight back to Manila was delayed for 2 hours. Well I'd like to suppose that the delay was due to the Season's peak as that was mid-December. So sorry for the very long reply but I just want to stress the point. Can you forgive me?
15 Jun 10
For me, it does not really matter, but a lot of people say PAL is more reliable because it follows its schedule. I am not very sure if this is true. I just hope our planes here are not surplus or rejects from other countries. That would be scary, right?
15 Jun 10
I like both, but I prefer Philippine Airlines-because as I've experienced there is no delay in flights and the services are good..but if you want cheaper fare then go to Cebu Pacific..it's nice there too- I think you should try all planes..that would be fun.