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Deal alert: Fly from the US to the Philippines from $754 round trip

June 07, 2022
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The Philippines reopened its borders to tourists and eliminated the quarantine mandate for vaccinated travelers. Why not scratch that itch and book yourself a trip to this popular Southeast Asia destination?

This latest deal is for flights to the Philippines' capital city Manila and Cebu from U.S. departure cities Los Angeles, Miami, Newark and New York City. We came across some strong discounts even in this current age of sky-high airfares, and even a few downright blockbuster savings.

The best availability for travel is between September and March 2023. This fare sale involves Economy tickets, so you'll often have to pay for checked luggage. It's helpful to know airlines' baggage policies before booking.

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Big thanks to Scott’s Cheap Flights for first spotting this deal. Its Premium membership is available for $49 per year. The Elite tier option is available for $199 per year, and it offers access to deals on premium economy, business- and first-class tickets. The more flexible you can be with your travel plans, the better price you'll find.

Deal basics

Airlines: Delta, Philippine Airlines, Singapore Airlines, Turkish Air, United.
Routes: Los Angeles, Miami, Newark, New York City to Cebu City and Manila.
How to book: Search Google Flights and book directly through the airline.
Travel dates: Best availability from September through March 2023.

Hidden beach in Matinloc Island, El Nido, Palawan, Philippines. (Photo by Simon Dannhauer/Getty Images)

Sample flights

Let's start with a sweet fare from Los Angeles (LAX) to Manila (MNL) in February – only $781 for a round-trip ticket on Singapore Air. Aside from the major reduction in price for this itinerary, we also liked that the layovers weren't very long. A few of the best prices we found in this deal come with lengthy layovers. This one doesn't.

(Screenshot from Google Flights)

We also found some nice deals from L.A. to Manila in November, like this Philippine Airlines ticket for $948. While it's almost $200 more than the fare we showed you above, this one is nonstop on a Boeing 777. So if flying direct is worth a few extra bucks -- and this is still a big markdown from typical prices -- then this one may appeal to you.

(Screenshot from Google Flights)

There is quite a lot of availability on sale tickets from Los Angeles to Cebu City (CEB) in the fall. Here's a nice round-trip ticket on Philippine Airlines for just $948 in September. We found similar prices in October and November, but a lot of those itineraries had two and even three stops.

(Screenshot from Google Flights)

Newark (EWR) to Cebu is available on United for $1,122 round trip. The downside if you're flying from Newark to the Cebu province is you're almost assured of having to make two stops each way if you want to take advantage of the sale prices. One silver lining? United's ticket comes with a free carry-on and your first checked bag is free.

(Screenshot from Google Flights)

A similar choice awaits you if you prefer flying out of Kennedy Airport (JFK) in New York City. You can find some great deals on Singapore Air to Manila -- including a few in February for less than $800 round trip -- but expect to have two layovers.

(Screenshot from Google Flights)
(Screenshot from Google Flights)

One last one -- we found a nice price on a Miami (MIA) to Manila flight on Turkish Airlines in early November. Your first checked bag with this fare is free, adding to the savings.

(Screenshot from Google Flights)

Maximize your purchase

Pay with: The Platinum Card® from American Express for 5 points per dollar on airfare booked directly with the airline or through American Express Travel (on up to $500,000 on these purchases per calendar year), the Citi Prestige® Card for 5 points per dollar on airfare, the Citi Premier® Card or Chase Sapphire Reserve for 3 points per dollar on air travel, the American Express® Gold Card for 3 points per dollar on airfare when booked directly with the airline or through Amex Travel, or the Chase Sapphire Preferred Card for 2 points per dollar on travel.

The information for the Citi Prestige Card has been collected independently by The Points Guy. The card details on this page have not been reviewed or provided by the card issuer.

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3XEarn 3 Points per $1 spent at Gas Stations, Air Travel and Hotels
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    For a limited time, earn 80,000 bonus ThankYou® Points after you spend $4,000 in purchases within the first 3 months of account opening

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Why We Chose It

The Citi Premier’s 3 points per dollar spent across a wide range of popular categories is one of the more lucrative offerings in the world of points and miles. The Citi Premier comes with a $95 annual fee and is currently offering a solid sign up bonus of 80,000 points after you spend $4,000 on purchases within the first three months. It also has some valuable transfer partners to make the most of your rewards. Add in access to Citi Entertainment plus a $100 hotel credit for any single-stay hotel booking that exceeds $500 or more, excluding taxes and fees, booked through the Citi travel website, there are few reasons why the Citi Premier should not be in every traveler’s wallet.

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  • Earns 3x points on restaurants, supermarkets, gas stations, air travel and hotels.
  • $100 annual hotel savings benefit (on single hotel stay bookings of $500 or more, excluding taxes and fees, booked through thankyou.com)
  • Points transfer to 16 airline programs, from JetBlue to Virgin Atlantic.
  • World Elite Mastercard benefits, extended warranty, damage and theft protection.

Cons

  • $95 annual fee
  • Lacks travel protections that other travel rewards cards come with
  • For a limited time, earn 80,000 bonus ThankYou® Points after you spend $4,000 in purchases within the first 3 months of account opening
  • Earn 3 Points per $1 spent at Restaurants and Supermarkets
  • Earn 3 Points per $1 spent at Gas Stations, Air Travel and Hotels
  • Earn 1 Point per $1 spent on all other purchases
  • Annual Hotel Savings Benefit
  • 80,000 Points are redeemable for $800 in gift cards when redeemed at thankyou.com
  • No expiration and no limit to the amount of points you can earn with this card
  • No Foreign Transaction Fees on purchases