[quote=“Quarters”]A close member of my family is dying - terminal lukemia, and has been given 2 weeks at the most by the doctors.
I need to book a flight to the USA (SFO) asap and the cheapest I can find is Philippine airlines for roughly 18,000 NT pre-tax (22,000 with tax and fees).
Does anyone have personal experience with Philippine airlines? They rank pretty low for safety. The next step up in price would be EVA for about 28,000 with tax and fees.
Your input is appreciated.[/quote]
iv taken phillippines airlines twice from TPE to SFO. They are quite safe and in fact have a very good safety record (outside of the PHillippines itself). Bad thing was there was a five hour layover at the MNL airport . That sucked big time. The dc10 they used before had to stop in guam (3 hour flight) for refueling then onwards to honolulu (7 hours) then you deplaned to go thru US customs there and then another five hours to SFO. The 747s skipped the guam refueling. So it was 10 hours to honolulu, deplane and go thru customs and then another five hours to SFO. But still had the horrid 5 hour stopover in MNL.
service was good and it was pleasant. To think I even took it to save 1000nt over northwest.
but EVA is a quick nonstop that only takes 10 and a half hours from TPE to SFO.
EDIT: sorry to hear bout your family member
P.S. I took phillippines airlines back in 1979 with the dc 10 and then it was 15,000nt one way or 30,000nt return (no cheaper to buy return tickets then) . And northwest was 16,000nt each way.
So if your tickets are roundtrip at those prices? They are sure good. Considering that 1979 dollars are worth at least 3 times todays dollars? Cept I guess in english teaching dollars, we got 350nt / hour then. And today its 500nt/hour?
But everything else was far cheaper.
I would go with EVA though unless you are saving 10,000 nt? EVA is quick and fast and good.