Here’s a compilation of information to guide you in determining the How Much question.
RESORT RESERVATIONS and PAYMENTS:
1. IBAN/ SWIFT CODE: Direct Bank Pay
We prefer Direct Pay for its convenience and safety to You and Us. We will provide the Account numbers and Codes upon request when you’re ready to book your vacation.
2. CASH at The Resort:
**US DOLLAR CASH at the Resort for your Rooms and Meals and other miscellaneous expenses so no need to “prepay” your vacation.
AIR LINES & LUGGAGE FEES:
These figures were accurate at the time they were used by us. It should help “approximate” expenses for the most part of your visit with us.
Airlines have “in season” and “off season” schedules that affect their air fares. June and December seem to be the highest fares for the Philippines because class is out in the USA. It’s vacation time! December is Christmas of course! Don’t let that intimidate you. Last-minute deals could be had.
“Non-stop” service affects air fares. One such airline is Philippine Airlines which seem to be a little bit more expensive than most. Non-stop flight means ease for a lot of travelers and it’s worth paying the few extra dollars.
I want to put in an FYI here: this airline is almost always packed. It is the favorite airline for a lot of Filipino returnees- the old and infirm, young families with kids, along with the regular tourists. The seating also leaves you with a little nagging desire for just a few more inches of leg room. I grumble but the convenience of a “non-stop” flight still overrides all.
Approximate Fares to Manila; Info is Origination Point LAX, California, USA:
See links below for more info on each individual air carriers.
a) Passenger Type- adult fare starts at age 12. Babies and small kids’ fare vary. Each paying passenger gets their own free luggage allowance.
Example of Air Fare Breakdown on Philippine Air Lines as of September 5, 2011:
Base Fare Adult 12+ @ $630.00 each +
Air Fare Tax @ at $457.10 each
Total Air Fare 2 Adults = $2,174.20
Air Fare Tax- (same item as discussed above) this item consist of your tax on the ticket price, and “fuel surcharge”. It does not include “travel tax” and “terminal fees”. Please note: only Filipino citizens pay the Philippine Travel Tax. If you’re a foreigner on vacation only, you need not worry about this specific tax.
b) Class or Section- for example economy, first class, business class
c) Terminal Fee- this fee is paid by all travelers upon departure only. As of September 6, 2011, that fee is P700.00 pesos or approximately $16.70 (sixteen dollars and seventy cents). The cashier accepts cash in pesos or dollars, and also credit cards.
d) Luggages- some airlines offer liberal free allowances on their international portions of the flight. Domestic air carriers however are stringent (or stingy, whichever you prefer!) on weight limits on free luggage allowances.
Free Checked-in Luggage Allowance- this depends on the “class” seating you purchased. In this example, it is “Fiesta” or Economy Class.
-2 pieces checked-in luggage, each weighing 50 lbs. each for a total of 100 lbs. of free checked-in luggage allowance per person. This is a big deal to Filipino travelers, but maybe not so much to foreign travelers who are traveling light for vacation only.
-If you’re a scuba diver however- this is a boon for you.
Free Carry-on Luggage Allowance- 1 purse, and 1 carry-all that will fit under the seat, or in the overhead bins, approximately 15 lbs.
-Computer bags and laptop carriers- as long as there is a laptop in the bag, and the size conforms to “checked-in” luggage requirements, you will not have any problems w/ going a little bit over the weight limit. Be sure to tell the counter about the laptop if necessary.
**THE AIR LINES: International:
1- Philippine Airlines- We like this airline simply because it’s a direct flight as discussed above. Total flight time to Manila is 13+ hours.
For Philippine Air Line Luggage info, including fares for children, see here.
2- Korean Air- newer jets, ok seating but nothing to differentiate from any other air liner. This flight stops for 2 hours in Seoul, South Korea.
3- Asiana Airlines- more legroom than most airlines that serve Asia/ Philippines. Food is eatable.. 😦 2-hour stop-over in Taiwan is normal.
4- Cathay Pacific- the most expensive so far to this point. The reason maybe is that there are more added taxes as they itemize it. Stop-over in Hong Kong, and if all you’re doing there is a few hours’ lay-over, I see no need to pay HK taxes for anything!
There are more airliners that serve USA/ Manila, Philippines but these 4 are enough to choose from. Service-wise, there really is not much to differentiate any of these airlines from each other in any way worth talking about.
We book our flights on Travelocity instead of going to each individual airline site. We find working with Travelocity a little easier, with more comparison possibilities for finding cheaper rates.
**THE AIR LINES: Domestic:
Information for Domestic Air Carriers to San Jose Airport, Mindoro Occidental:
Here’s a more thorough breakdown of your Domestic itinerary plus information on luggage fees.
Approximate airfare is from P500.00 to P900.00 pesos, or approximately $12.50 to $22.50 USA Dollars.
For Euros or other denominations, pls. check your country’s currency exchanges.
Please call, text or email us with any Questions you may have:
CONTACT US– Mindoro Palms Beach Resort
**USD conversion to Philippine Peso:
The exchange rate is $1.00 (USDollar) to P38.00 (Philippine Peso).
Due to fluctuations in the market this is subject to change without notice. Please email us and ask for the prevailing exchange rate at the Resort at that time. Whatever is the quoted rate we give you is what the governing rate of exchange shall be throughout the duration of your stay.