How to Prepare for a Trip to the Philippines and how to book cheap flights to Manila and Cebu - ASAP Tickets Travel Guide

Best airlines for flights to the Philippines

Long-haul flights are already tough, especially when flying with kids. The average flight length from the U.S. to Manila and Cebu is around 20 hours.

So, to avoid spending long hours in an airplane’s seat, choose Philippine Airlines or Cathay Pacific – they usually have much shorter flights with fewer stops.

NON-STOP flights to Manila and Cebu

The only non-stop flights from the U.S. to the Philippines go from Los Angeles International Airport and San Francisco International Airport and are operated by Philippines Airlines. These are also the shortest flights to the Philippines from the U.S.

Philippine Airlines also offer direct flights from New York to Manila – with a stop in Vancouver (you don’t change planes during the flight when booking a direct flight).

Popular flight routes to the Philippines

Flights to Manila (MNL)Flights to Cebu (CEB)
Los Angeles – ManilaLos Angeles – Cebu
San Francisco – ManilaSan Francisco – Cebu
New York – ManilaNew York – Cebu
Houston – ManilaHouston – Cebu
Chicago – ManilaChicago – Cebu

Popular flight routes from the U.S. to Manila and Cebu

How much does a flight ticket to the Philippines cost?

Always book in advance! I know, I know – you probably have heard this a million times. But it’s REALLY one of the best ways to be 100% sure that you’ll get the cheapest ticket.

Of course, you can always wait for a last-minute promo, but it may never come. That’s why it’s best to book your flight to the Philippines and other destinations worldwide well in advance (at least 1 month before departure)

The average cost of a round-trip flight to the Philippines is around $600. But, for example, if you book a round-trip flight to Manila with ASAPtickets 3 months in advance, the ticket will cost only $427.

Get a child discount

If you’re traveling with kids, you don’t have pay full price for the ticket, because all children under 12 years old can travel on international flights for a reduced fare.

  • In general, the discount is 25% off the full price
  • But infants under 2 years old can sit in your lap or in a car seat next to you – either for free or for a 75% discount off the full price.

Not all reduced children’s fares are always advertised online… So, it’s best to contact airlines directly or book your flights with a travel agent.