Philippine Airlines is working on transforming themselves into a better airline, and part of that includes overhauling their business class product. The airline is taking delivery of Airbus A350 aircraft, which they’re using to operate their longest flight.
The airline now flies the A350 nonstop to both New York JFK and Toronto, and the plane has a very nice fully flat staggered product in business class, which is a huge improvement over their old seats (which I reviewed on their 777, for example).
Anyway, the airline pretty frequently has attractive business class fares, and I figured a couple of them were worth highlighting.
Philippine Airlines has very cheap business class fares for travel from Taipei to North America. Availability is excellent through the end of the schedule (except for travel in the next month, as there seems to be a roughly one month advance purchase requirement).
The best fare is from Taipei to Toronto via Manila, which you can fly for 990USD in business class:
That’s pretty incredible, given that it includes the 15+ hour A350 flight from Manila to Toronto.
While not quite as good, there are also reasonable fares from Singapore to Toronto, which you can fly for 1,487USD:
You can search for these fares in ITA or Google Flights, then book through an online travel agency like Priceline. If the specific dates I’ve linked to above sell out, Priceline has a “Flexible Dates” search that might be useful as well.
I figure this is useful not only for those originating in Asia who are looking for a cheap one-way premium cabin ticket to the US, though this could also be useful for anyone looking to return to North America from Vietnam. 😉
Unfortunately Philippine Airlines doesn’t belong to any of the major global alliances, so these tickets aren’t great for earning miles. In terms of crediting miles, wheretocredit.com notes that you can earn 125% redeemable miles with either ANA Mileage Club, Etihad Guest, or Philippine Mabuhay Club.
If you do want to fly Philippine Airlines there are some options for redeeming miles, though in my opinion paying cash is a better deal. For example, Etihad Guest has distance based redemptions on Philippine Airlines, and a one-way flight of over 8,000 miles costs 155,556 miles one-way in business class, which is obscene.
While these fares won’t earn you valuable miles with many programs, these are some excellent business class fares to get you from Asia to the US. Some even allow a stopover in Manila, should that be of interest to you.
I’m planning to review Philippine Airlines soon, so would like to take advantage of one of these fares.
Anyone considering flying Philippine Airlines on a cheap business class fare out of Taipei?
(Tip of the hat to Phrantic)