When you're looking to book cheap flights to the Philippines, you’re not looking out for just one destination, but over 7,000. With its smouldering volcanoes, tangled rainforests and ever-dazzling (and ever-perplexing) cities, there’s a lot of fantastic sights to choose from – and to pack for. The first choice being where exactly your flight to the Philippines should touch down. Manila’s Ninoy Aquino (MNL) is the obvious choice for a big-city break in the Pearl of the Orient. It’s also the hub for transfers across the myriad of islands in this part of the world. Mactan–Cebu Airport (CEB) is the gateway to scrumptious fantasy landscapes, such as the Chocolate Hills. Then there’s Davoa’s Francisco Bangoy Airport (DVO), which is just a hop away from sparkling white shorelines, perfect for a spot of sunbathing. The possibilities are simply endless.
With its all-year-round heat a big plus for many visitors, you won’t find that ticket prices vary so much from month to month as they do with some other destinations. That said, there is often a dip in December and January, so cheap tickets to the Philippines can often be snapped up then. The timing of your booking can sometimes make a bigger difference. If you’re flying out when a festival is on, get in there early – such dates can become very expensive, very quickly. In general, booking six months in advance is best to guarantee the lowest prices. And look out for bargains to less popular destinations.
The weather in the Philippines doesn’t tend to vary that much– humid, more humid and most humid seem to be the staple settings. But you’ll find things a bit less sticky between November and April. These are the more popular (and expensive) months to travel though. Watch out for the rains in July and August as this is when the typhoon season is at its peak. Filipinos are no stranger to a party, and there are some dates to look out for when booking: The Feast of the Black Nazarene in January and the Chocolate and Flowers Festival in April.
The best-value carriers for getting you to the Pearl in the Orient fly from London to Manila’s Ninoy Aquino. Philippine Airlines provides a direct flight from Heathrow at rather reasonable rates. Most other carriers involve at least one stopover. Prices to Cebu and Angeles (CRK) airports are generally much higher, so a domestic transfer from Manila to these locations will likely be the cheaper option.
Diversity isn't a clichéd word in the Philippines. There really is more of everything: thousands of islands, a whole host of pulsing bright-lit metropolises and a fantastic array of landscapes. Its cuisine comes served with big dollops of Spanish, Chinese and American influence. Manila shines most brightly for city lovers, while Boracay’s party life sizzles like no other. But of course, let’s not forget Luzon, which simply dazzles with sights such as the ever-rumbling Taal Volcano.
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