Hmm, was your eye drawn to the image? thought it might be, we all love a bargain. Look a little closer. That price is in Singapore Dollars … about $36 USD at today’s rate. From where you ask? From Singapore.
So why did I feature this on my blog about traveling to, living in and working in the Philippines? Not because of the location, but the air line doing the advertising … Jetstar is a discount airline operating out of Manila’s "second" airport, DMIA, the former Clark AB in Pampanga, Luzon. Part of the Qantas family of airlines, JetStar serves Singapore directly from DMIA and onward from Singapore Macau (Hong Kong’s "second" airport … 30 minutes by hydrofoil from Central, Hong Kong) as well as dozens of cities in Australia, Thailand, New Zealand, Japan and others.
Most fares aren’t quite as cheap as $36 USD but they are very economical indeed … typical round-trip from Manila-Singapore-Manila is about $168 USD, all in.
The aircraft are new, the crews are well-trained, the company is backed by one of the oldest and safest in the business, Queensland And Northern Territories Air Service (we know them today as QANTAS).
Many people reading this are those who have to leave the Philippines every year to renew tourist visas, this is certainly a great choice … hotels and entertainment in Singapore are many and varied … and for my Australian and New Zealand readers, another route to the Philippines.