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Travel on a budget: Save on flights, splurge at destination

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Jul. 11, 19 | 8:43 pm

Are you a Filipino working overseas who needs to go back home but is worried about airfare costs? Good news, traveling is now easier!

We all love to save. It allows us to take a break from our daily routine. Some prefer shopping or leisure activities while some opt for a quick get-away or fly back to home country for a weekend. For individuals working overseas, ‘budget’ is the main focus – we want to save some and splurge some.

In recent times, it has become convenient for individuals to travel more frequently. Dubai is centrally located; it allows easy travel network. Hence, we can see individuals traveling more frequently to new locations or their home country. However, this was not the scenario a few years ago.

Maricar Cabatuan, a Filipino working in Dubai for almost 9 years (initially) was able to visit her home country (Philippines) to meet her family once every two years due to excessive airfare rates. However, when in 2013 the operations for the no-frills flight from Dubai-Manila route started, it was easier for Maricar to travel more often to the Cagayan De Oro, Southern Philippines. There she could save more and visit home more frequently.

How did it happen? no-frills travel

No-frills travel is a system which is commonly offered by Low-Cost Carriers (LCCs) or budget airlines. At times, airfares can be expensive for an individual however, the concept of no-frills’ enables an individual to purchase the flight ticket at highly competitive rates. Thus, increasing the savings or making it easier to book more tickets to fly along with the family.

In no-frills you save by paying only for what you need. From starting the operations in 2013, Cebu Pacific has enabled the overseas Filipinos to travel more back home or even bring their family to UAE for holidays.

How does this work?

Save more – Pay only for what you need

If you’re an overseas Filipino, you are most likely to spend little on airfare costs and more on pasalubong for your family or on your pocket money during your vacation to the Philippines. The most important advantage of budget traveling is that their rates are more affordable. This is because, in budget flights, you only pay for what you need – ‘no-frills flying’.

In no-frills flying, you will primarily pay for the airfare alone and buy ancillaries – like extra baggage, meals, and others.

In the Philippines, Cebu Pacific is the largest carrier that offers the most competitive no-frills flying system which allows you to have flexible travel as you can personally choose what to include. You might think that this system is more expensive, but you should know that the total cost that you will spend on LCCs might actually end up being cheaper compared to full-service airlines.

Go directly – More networks are available

Unlike full-service carriers which usually use main airports, no-frills aircraft have sprawling networks of secondary airports that permit travel point to point. Cebu Pacific has the widest network in the Philippines which connects the country better than anyone else as it offers flights to 36 Philippine destinations through almost 100 routes.

No-frill airlines have travel hubs that serve as short stop-overs to avoid congestion. In the Philippines, these hubs include Davao, Cagayan De Oro, Clark, Cebu, Kalibo, and Iloilo.

Not only overseas Filipinos can benefit from LCCs through its safety, and convenience, but most especially through affordable airfare costs, allowing them to save more on flights, and splurge at their desired destination or even be connected with the loved ones more frequently.

Travel safely – Planes are always new!

Did you know that budget flights replace their planes more often than traditional airlines?

Practically, LCCs need to replace their aircraft fleet every five years due to one reason – efficiency. New planes are the most fuel-efficient option possible for budget flights and at the same time, a young aircraft fleet helps to avoid aircraft malfunction and high maintenance fees.

A study conducted in the United States between the year 2000 to 2004 reported that due to its young aircraft fleet, LCCs have a better safety record than traditional airlines.

Cebu Pacific has the youngest fleet in the Philippines. To date, Cebu Pacific’s fleet is comprised of 36 Airbus A320, seven Airbus A321CEO, eight Airbus A330, eight ATR 72-500, and 12 ATR 72-600 aircraft, totaling to 71 aircrafts.

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