We wanted to use our Mabuhay Miles to save money but the problem is, there is an additional $34 fee each to book a ticket (Manila to Cebu) and we can only book premium economy and business class. So my husband bought Manila to Cebu Economy Class Ticket and chose Business Class for our Cebu to Manila flight using Mabuhay Miles.
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April 20, 2016
Park ‘N Fly
We parked the car at Park ‘N Fly, we used to park the car at the airport because it was only P50 per night but they already increased the rate so my husband prefers the Park “N Fly.
Then we rode the shuttle and off we went to NAIA Terminal 2, it’s been two years since our (my son and I) last travel via plane so I was a little bit worried because of the “Laglag Bala” scam. I even put a binder clip in my bag just to make sure that they cannot put a bullet.
We asked if there is an earlier flight pero nakaalis na daw. If we did not eat lunch, nahabol siguro namin, lol!. So we waited for our 4PM flight, there was a little bit delayed in our boarding time but at last, makakalabas na rin ng Luzon.
My son loves to ride an airplane and he loves sitting in the window seat so I already accepted the fact that I will always sit in the middle seat.
In the Philippines, Philippine Airlines is the only airline that offers free meals but there is nothing special about their free meals so I was surprised when they served the meals. Wow! Hindi na biscuit, level up na sila. If I remember it right, during our Manila to Cagayan de Oro flight,Dewberry cookies, nuts and coffee lang. Sobrang nakakabusog para sa breakfast flight. Lol Anyway, we enjoyed the Chicken Franks Bunwich Sky Treats.
Finally, we landed at Mactan Cebu International Airport
April 25, 2016
After few days, we have to say goodbye to Cebu, we took a cab from Crimson Mactan Resort and Spa to Mactan Cebu International Airport.
There is a different line for Economy Class and Business Class ticket so waiting time is not a problem. The staff offered me an earlier flight pero wala daw food, I declined. Sayang Business Class ko kung wala food. Lol.
Cebu Mabuhay Lounge
After that we went to Mabuhay Lounge, it was our first time tapos ang nabasa ko agad “No Wifi” today. There is free wifi in the lounge, malas lang wala siya that day.
So after getting our table, we immediately check the free food and drinks available. My son was asking me, where is daddy? I have to explain to him that his dad has an economy ticket so he is not allowed in the lounge. My husband doesn’t want to upgrade his ticket at sayang daw ang miles.
After few hours of waiting, the staff approached us asking for our boarding passes. Madelay daw kasi flight namin and she will check kung mamove kami sa earlier flight. I gave our ticket but after few minutes kinuha ko ulit. I told her na may kasama ko sa economy flight so maghintay na lang kami. After few minutes, she approached me again and asked me kung ilan kasama ko sa economy. I said, isa lang. Then she asked for the name and boarding pass.
Fortunately, we were able to get a new flight. She gave me our boarding passes and even my husband’s economy ticket.
The staff informed us that we can already board the place. I was looking for my husband at the boarding gate, I thought nauna na siya. So we were all surprised nung pagpasok niya ng plane. Nandun na kami at iniwan daw namin siya. Lol
We were on the first row 1A and 1C and at that time kami lang sakay ng business class. There are newspaper and blanket on top of our chair and the flight attendant served welcome drinks, I chose orange juice while my son water. She informed me about the menu (Grilled Tanigue or Pork Belly) and I chose Pork Belly.
So this is Business Class, spell SPACE. We have big front seats and more space.
The most exciting part is the food because this time we have hot meals. But since my son doesn’t like to eat the food and busog na siya sa lounge, I asked the flight attendant if she can deliver it to my husband. I gave her the seat number. Thanks!
After eating, the flight attendant gave us hot towels. Then the pilot announced that we’re going to descend na. I did not notice the time, kakakain. Lol
Upon arrival, we have a different carousel for Business Class and Premium Economy. There is priority tag in our baggage so we were able to get our baggage ahead of time.
My husband called Park ‘N Fly to pick us up. When we’re about to leave I saw familiar faces, mga nakasabay namin sa Cebu to Manila flight, kararating lang. There is really an advantage in having a priority tag in your baggage.
Advantages of Business Class Tickets
1. Special lane for check-in
2. Priority check-in, boarding and luggage handling
3. Access to Mabuhay Miles Lounge
4. Welcome Drinks
5. Hot Meals
6. Priority Airport Standby
Those are the differences of economy flight and business class. We enjoyed our business class experience and thanks to Mabuhay Miles.
Read: Philippine Airlines International Flight Experience
NAIA 2 Mabuhay Lounge