Booking Our One-Way Flight to Toronto
And so our journey continues. We just purchased our plane tickets from Manila to Toronto from Philippine Airlines after 14 tries! Imagine filling-out the forms for 5 to 10 minutes, but when you try paying through credit/debit card, site will tell you that there’s an error. I did it 14 times; you can imagine how long it took me to book this flight.
We haven’t experienced being in any long haul flights so I really have no idea what it feels like to be inside a plane for 18 hours straight, so again, we have to research to find the best experience at the best (cheapest) price possible.
There are a lot of considerations when choosing your airline; first the duration of the flight (we have our baby with us so this is on top of our list), leg room, the number of stops (transfers), rebooking fee and of course the total price. Since we will be coming from Manila, we limited our search to some of the most prominent airlines within Asia. We narrowed it down to Philippine Airlines, Korean Airlines, ANA, Cathay Pacific and EVA air based on reviews and recommendations by friends. These carriers have almost the same cost ranging from USD1800 to USD2600 and baggage conditions on the day of our flight, so we’re just left with the duration of the flight, leg room and number of stops.
Duration of the flight and the number of stopovers can be viewed from each of the carriers’ online booking platform. Duration of flight ranges from 19 to 22 hours and number of stops from 1 to 3 stops. The Philippine Airlines flight will have a one hour technical stopover in Vancouver. The other airlines have a stopover in their home airports before proceeding directly to Toronto except for ANA which have a stopover in Los Angeles.
For estimating the leg room we used seatguru to check the details of the seat pitch and seat width as well as the best seats per plane and carrier based on reviews. In estimating the legroom, we used the seat pitch which is the distance from any point on one seat to the exact same point on the seat in front or behind it. So the rule is the higher the seat pitch, the better. Note though that this doesn’t represent the leg room at all but this could be a basis.
There are other considerations such as stopover/layover time, miles accumulation (most of the airlines have this offering for free, so it will be good to have an account for miles) and food. These factors were not our main concerns so we skipped looking through them.
We ended up with Philippine Airlines although Korean Airlines based on reviews is a really good candidate. We chose PAL because it has the shortest travel time, least number of stopovers and a not so bad seat pitch. We also purchase Choice seats for more legroom since our infant will be sitting on our laps and insurance. Total cost is USD2028 for a one-way ticket.
Below is the comparison table that we created so we can compare the airlines easier.
With this, all that’s left is to pack our things; secure documents that will be needed in Canada (birth certificates, TOR, diploma, wedding certificates) attend PDOS and land. Do let me know if you have questions and I’ll try to answer it.
Until next post.
It’s awesome that you invest so much time into planning. I’m sure your flight will be enjoyable with such a good preparation. Be sure to read reviews on blogs about the airlines next time! 🙂
Thanks Moritz. Thanks for the advice. I might write a review for PAL after our experience. More power to your blog. 🙂
I hope so. Love these reviews 😉
I really find your blog helpful! Thank you for your detailed posts 🙂 I also applied for express entry here in SG. I was wondering if it was indicated in your COPR that your Country of Residence is SIngapore, because mine does. I don’t have any dependents and I plan to leave for Canada soon. Is it better if I depart from Singapore instead of going back to Philippines? I am just worried that it would create conflict in the Canadian immigration if I don’t leave from the stated country of residence.
Thanks and more power to your blog! 🙂
Hi. Thank you for reading my blogs and I’m happy that it helps you in your own journey. I applied for express entry while I was in the Philippines, but, I asked CIC to change the visa issuer to Singapore. My COPR still states Philippines as the issuer. I don’t think there would be an issue with the Canadian immigration desk since you have valid documents to enter Canada. I have friends who went straight to Canada from Singapore. As long as you have a valid visa and a COPR, I think you can enter Canada from any destination (except I guess from countries that are on their watch list of).
I hope I was able to help and Welcome to Canada. God bless. 🙂
Hey Kulas, i have always appreciated your blogs as ” one stop destination” for resolving my doubts.
I plan to make my first entry in Jan 2018 and stay there for mere 2-3 weeks. i think i can do a couple of things like- apply for my zero balance bank account, credit card,driving liscence. what other things i could do? that is one question.
the other question which is really taking my attention is what will i do about my PR card? i am not sure if it will be processed in 2-3 weeks while the time i am still there in Toronto. So i have two options:
1. not applying the card at all, in Jan 2018 and apply for it when i am moving permanently ii.e. Dec 2018 ( a few ones told me its not in my hands to apply or not, its automatically processed at the immigration office at the airport)
2. ask a friend of mine to receive it and send it to me to india via reliable courier like Fedex etc. ( a few ones told me that its a normal practice but i have been reading online which does not really support this idea)
Looking forward for your opinion.
Thank you for your kind words. Im glad that my blogs can help people in need.
Here is a blog I wrote about what you can do in the first few weeks: http://kulasangeles.com/things-to-do-on-the-first-few-weeks-after-landing-in-canada/
To answer your questions:
Yes, you have no choice, they will process your PR once you landed and your number 2 is the best way to do this.
Good luck and welcome to Canada in advance.
thanks kulas. i think i will go with option 2.
I just want to ask which website is reliable which you can you suggest to book for tickets from manila to montreal ? Can i book a ticket before my pdos? I am planning to to attend the pdos by july 12 then flight to montreal will be july 13-14.
Yes you can do that. I don’t think there is a direct flight from PH to Montreal. You need a connecting (regional) flight to Montreal.
Welcome to Canada.