I did a quick search for random dates at end of july CA was cheapest, then KE, then CX was about $450 more. SQ was actually cheaper than CX and EK was only about another $300 more than CX..... A stopover in DXB could be interesting...
Quoting mikeology (Thread starter): Layovers are fine and wouldn't mind spending a few days in a different Asian city
CX or JL are the obvious 2 options given that you have ruled out PR (which are perfectly acceptable compared to UA for example in Y) and have oneworld miles. MU Is an option too I guess, but you might need a visa if you want to spend a stopover in China.
I'm a star alliance man myself, so for the money I'd just go on SQ or NH...
MHG From Germany, joined Dec 2004, 671 posts, RR: 1 Reply 6, posted (2 months 3 weeks 3 days 13 hours ago) and read 706 times:
I tried CX once (SFO-HKG-CEB) and unless they exchange their Y-Class seats I´m not going to consider them again. Period.
So, I´d suggest choosing MH (via KUL) if the price is ok.
They may not be the cheapest but the whole package (hard product plus soft product) is way better than CX.
... and KUL might be an interesting stopover city as well (much less expensive than - say - HKG/SIN).
And finally: MH just recently joined Oneworld ...
Well, I´ve never flown JL but would give them a try.
CXB77L From Australia, joined Feb 2009, 2193 posts, RR: 4 Reply 13, posted (2 months 2 weeks 6 days 22 hours ago) and read 465 times:
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Quoting MHG (Reply 6): I tried CX once (SFO-HKG-CEB) and unless they exchange their Y-Class seats I´m not going to consider them again. Period.
Which Y class seats are you not fond of?
They recently refreshed their entire long haul hard product range (J, W and Y are new, F remains the same as it has been since 2008). Regional product is probably nothing to write home about, but I find their long haul Y seats to be exemplary.
mikeology From United States of America, joined Mar 2012, 103 posts, RR: 0 Reply 15, posted (2 months 2 weeks 6 days 18 hours ago) and read 439 times:
Quoting airportugal310 (Reply 10): Plus you'll get an A330 on SFO-HNL-SFO (11/12)
MNL might be A330 too but not sure. Can't remember at the moment
I believe its all A330's
Quoting roadrunner165 (Reply 8): Ever consider SFO-HNL-MNL? I love Hawaii as a transfer point going to the Philippines. Fly domestic to Honolulu then overnight in Waikiki. The following day catch the Hawaiian Airlines flight to MNL.
And why no desire to fly PR?
Also, are you planning to stay in Manila during your visit? Given any consideration to Cebu?
Yes i've considered that and wouldn't mind doing so. Just haven't heard a lot of grea things about PR.
Yes I would stay in Manila but would plan to see Cebu for a day or two
Quoting je89_w (Reply 14): OK, then what about the famous Island Hopper?
That would be awesome. But how would one go about booking that?
PI4EVER From United States of America, joined May 2009, 599 posts, RR: 2 Reply 16, posted (2 months 2 weeks 6 days 17 hours ago) and read 435 times:
You can book the "Island Hopper" using the UA website. The flight ops from HNL on Monday, Wednesday and Fridays for a same day connection in GUM on to MNL. You will need to fly SFO-HNL and overnight as this flight departs HNL early in the morning depending on day of week....0525 or 0600.
Use the "Multiple Destination" link on the UAL website and book it by entering SFO-HNL, HNL-MNL with the day of departure from HNL obviously having to be a Mon, Wed or Fri. If you fly from SFO to HNL and spend less than 24hours in HNL you fare will be calculated as a connection not a stopover.
This will of course offset your OneWorld mileage accrual so definitely factor in the benefit of continuing to accrual mileage in your primary program.
That said, the "Island Hopper" is an unusual way to fly across the Pacific and is a long day of flying to GUM....14+hours plus the add-on to MNL but may be a "once in a lifetime" opportunity to see these beautiful Pacific Island atolls. There is meal and beverage service on the flight and the GUM-based crews are friendly and professional, and very proud of this renowned airline service begun by Continental as "Air Micronesia" flying DC-6's and 727's.
One bit of advice. It can be a long and bumpy ride during Typhoon season across the mid-Pacific, but these crews are well experienced veterans who fly safe. It is quite an adventure in a 737-800 all the way to MNL!
jetblue777 From United States of America, joined Jul 2009, 1427 posts, RR: 1 Reply 17, posted (2 months 2 weeks 6 days 8 hours ago) and read 399 times:
I flew on OZ in 2009 from JFK-ICN-MNL roundtrip, and I have to say that they are the best airline I've flown with, and they are certainly above SQ in my opinion. ICN is also a great airport to deal with, although SIN is better IMO. I'd go with either OZ or SQ.