By Salma Awwad
Arabian Business compares flight prices on offer for the Christmas holidays
As the weather moves towards cooler temperatures, we start thinking about our next big getaway, i.e. the Christmas break. The holidays are just a couple of months away and it’s never too early to see what’s on offer.
Some of the most unlikely routes may land you the best deals you can get your hands on this holiday season. The only thing you have to be armed with when booking these tickets is time:
(All prices and researched from the last Friday before Christmas, Dec 18, 2014, to the first Sunday after the New Year, Jan 4, 2015.)
Malaysia Airlines $640 (AED2,343) Malaysia Airlines provides a round trip from Dubai to Manila via Kuala Lumpur. It takes off at 8:15pm and arrives at Manila at 20 past noon the next day with stop duration of 1 hour and 5 minutes.
China Southern Airlines $672 (AED2,459) From Dubai International airport, the flight takes off at 1:40am and arrives in Manila at 4:35pm. Total flight duration is 10 hours and 55 minutes with one stop in Guangzhou, China.
Philippines Airlines $929 (AED3,403) The cheapest direct flight on offer with a quick trip of 9 hours and 10 minutes.
China Eastern Air $968 (AED3,545) Like other flights, there is only a single stop with China Eastern. But your stay in Shanghai is a long 14 hour 25 minute layover. This brings the total trip time to a whopping 26 hours and 55 minutes
Emirates $990 (AED3,633) Another direct flight with surprisingly very affordable options. You do pay an extra $20 over China Eastern, but you get there in only 8 hours flat on the red eye.
Cebu Pacific $995 (AED3,641) The Ninoy Aquino based airline is always a sure way to get around on a budget. This round trip takes off at 11:10 pm and arrives the next day at 11:40 am, but if this is your preferred airways, we suggest you wait since it is known for pulling last minute deals during high seasons.
Air China $1,130 (AED4,139) With a 7 hour stop in Beijing, this overnight flight takes off at 12:50pm and arrives in Manila at 1am the next day. The 19 hour 40 minute experience is too exhausting for the savings on offer.
Korean Air $1,133 (AED4,148) The 14 hour flight has an almost 3 hour stop in Seoul and an additional baggage fee to take into account of $130. But for $4,148, it is is one of the cheapest ways to get to Manila and beats the tickets of offer by Qatar, Thai and Etihad Airways.
The information does not reflect the true status in terms of seat availability...prices are snap shot of some particular day.... ROYAL BRUNEI AIRLINES has good prices and connections which merits its presence here....I flew on it and great experience flying on their DREAMLINER 787 aircraft....