Published: November 6, 2018 | Updated: October 14, 2020 | Posted by: Venus Zoleta | Personal Finance
Cebu Pacific and AirAsia are the top-of-mind budget airlines in the Philippines. But they aren’t the only ones that offer cheap flights.
Apparently, seven other low-cost carriers serve the Philippines. Most of them are based in Singapore and South Korea.
On the hunt for affordable flights for your next trip? Consider one of these budget airlines.
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Jetstar Asia is known for its year-round low fares, especially flights to and from Singapore and Japan. Unlike Cebu Pac and AirAsia, Jetstar doesn’t have an in-house airline loyalty program. But it holds a weekly promo, the Friday Fare Frenzy, as well as seasonal sales during holidays like Christmas, summer, and Valentine’s.
The Singapore-based budget airline departs from and arrives at Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) Terminal 1 in Manila and at Clark International Airport in Angeles City, Pampanga.
Scoot, which merged with TigerAir in 2017, is Singapore Airlines’ low-cost carrier. Like other budget airlines, Scoot regularly holds seat sales for bargain-hunting travelers.
The Singapore-based budget carrier offers medium to long-haul flights between the Philippines and international destinations. In Manila, Scoot operates from NAIA Terminal 1.
While it has plenty of international flights to and from key cities in the Philippines, Scoot doesn’t operate domestic flights within the country.
Cebgo may be familiar to frequent flyers in the Philippines, but not many know that this airline was SEAir and Tigerair Philippines before Cebu Pacific bought the latter from Tigerair Singapore. While it’s based at NAIA, Cebgo also operates from Clark International Airport.
Like its sister company Cebu Pacific, Cebgo is a low-cost carrier serving the Philippines. Loyal customers may avail of GetGo, Cebu Pac’s loyalty program.
Dreaming of a Korean getaway but concerned about your budget? JejuAir may help you get to your dream destination at an affordable cost.
For travelers flying from Manila to Seoul or from Cebu to Busan, JejuAir offers discounted fares for as low as USD 50 through its Super Save Wednesday promo. Loyal customers may also sign up with the Korean budget airline’s frequent flyer program called Refresh Points.
Based on Jeju Island (the top tourist destination in Korea), JejuAir serves over 50 destinations across the Asia Pacific. However, JejuAir flights from NAIA Terminal 1 and Mactan Cebu International Airport are limited only to a few destinations in Korea. There’s no direct flight to Jeju Island. To get to Jeju, you’ll have to take a flight to Seoul and another to the island.
Jin Air, formerly Air Korea, is the budget arm of Korean Air, South Korea’s flag carrier. Branding itself as “the world’s hippest low-cost airline,” Jin Air caters to young and budget-conscious travelers.
This is another budget-friendly option to consider if you’re planning to travel to Korea. In the Philippines, Jin Air operates flights to and from Clark Airport and Mactan Airport.
Air Busan is one of Korea’s budget airlines and owned by Asiana Airlines. It has the best service and on-time performance among carriers in Korea, according to a Korean government report.
Because of the influx of tourists to Cebu, Air Busan operates daily flights between Cebu and Busan. Its Fly & Fun program gives discounts to members and ticket-holders with the airline’s partner merchants.
Lucky Air is a low-cost carrier that’s part of HNA Group, one of the largest airlines in China. This Chinese budget airline flies from Manila and Cebu to Kunming, China. It’s a relatively new player, having started its flights in the Philippines in June 2017.
Have you flown with at least one of these off-the-radar budget airlines in the Philippines? How was your experience? Was it worth your money? Let us know in the comments!