Manila to Las Vegas to Chicago Flight
I am flying from Manila, Philippines to Las Vegas today, I have a two-hour layover then I fly onto Chicago. From Chicago I will take the Chicago Train system to the city and buy a ticket on Greyhound that will take me to Indiana.
I am not looking forward to the trip; it will be many hours of sitting in airplane seats.
Manila to Las Vegas
Tuesday, December 20 - Leaves Manila 1700 arrives in Las Vegas 1655
Las Vegas to Chicago
Tuesday, December 20 - Leaves Las Vegas at 2015 arrives in Chicago 130
Wednesday December 21, I arrive in Chicago at 1:30 in the morning.
I will take the Chicago Metro to the Greyhound Station and buy a bus ticket to Indiana; I hope it leaves around this time.
My plane ticket was from Bangkok to Chicago, the cost was 26,502 Baht or about 631 U.S.A. Dollars with a 24-day layover in the Philippines.
FREQUENT FLYER MILES
Some persons would get all excited about Frequent Flyer miles as I am going to fly around 12,000 miles, this is to me a rather ridiculous thought. Frequent Flyer benefits are specifically designed in my opinion as a way to induce a business executive to choose the large expensive carrier to fly from Bangkok to Chicago.
To get the Frequent Flyer miles the tickets would cost me about 1300 dollars I believe and I would have to pay 700 dollars more, since I have no desire to screw my employers or myself than I choose the cheaper tickets.
It is very hard to target Philippines Airlines in this instance and bulk up enough miles to do anything. Yes, maybe the Philippines Airlines may have the Frequent Flyer miles, however not worth the bother.
Frequent Flyer miles are a way to mentally bribe an employee into overcharging their employer for self-gains. It could in some ways be a (MAYBE) tax-exempt perk, not that many of them care about making money.
24 DAY LAYOVER SAVINGS
The savings I really made was the 24 day layover in the Philippines, by buying this ticket and sealing the deal on November 23, I avoided buying anything in Manila or from the Philippines Airlines directly, I got the ticket in Khao San Road and the layover was free. If I would have purchased the set of tickets separately I would have paid a couple of hundred dollars more. I do not trust the Philippines, they are always maneuvering to find a way to gauge a person, I am very afraid of buying plane tickets from here. I am especially wary of the Philippines Airlines as I feel and see many discrepancies that make me believe they will put you between a rock and a hard spot if they can.
Example: I can bring two bags of 30 kilos here, however if I get on the same airlines then an go to an island. It will only allow me about 15, I would have to MAYBE pay for about 45 kilos, this could blow the whole budget. I look for airlines like Ryanair.com that has these stations where you pay for over weight bags. If they have their own desk than I know this is one of the Airlines way of making money, in my opinion.
I have a question for you Andy. You bought tickets from Bangkok to Chicago and yet you are in Manila right now. I assume you are catching your first flight in Manila and not going to Bankok first. All the airlines always tell me that if you miss the first leg of the flight, that you forfeit the remaining legs. How are you getting around this?
I have the ticket or the e-ticket number with me. It seems if I missed the first flight or one of the flights I could be in trouble, or would have to pay for a new one to catch up with the iteneary. Airlines are funny about missed flights, they seem to forgive and just give you the next flight available.
I missed one with American Airlines in Miami and it was not the American Airline fault. It was a Venezuela Crap airlines fault, AA still gave me a free ticket.
This is Nat from the travel agency in Bangkok.
Airlines want their passengers to use their flight in coupon order. Andy purchased a BKK-MNL-LAS ticket on philipines airlines. They do not want Andy to start using the ticket in MNL because the whole ticket including BKK-MNL is cheaper then purchasing this in MNL.
If they would allow you to do this, MNL based agents could buy tickets in Bangkok and resell them in manila and by doing so undercutting the fares.
Off course we travel agents have ways around it by creating new PNR's and erasing any trace of the previous coupons.
That's why airlines love their e-tickets because they control the booking and we travel agents can not outsmart them in any way.
E-tickets are anyway the future. Soon the old fashioned paper ticket is a thing of the past. Merry christmas Andy and best wishes to everyone here.