Philippine Airlines (PAL) is the flagship carrier of the Philippines. It was founded in February 1941 by Andres Soriano and his associates. It is the first and the oldest commercial airline in the entire Southeast Asia. PAL is owned by billionaire entrepreneur Lucio Tan.
Previously named Philippine Air Lines, Inc., it has a rich history and numerous milestones. PAL’s maiden flight was from the Nielsen Airfield in Makati to Baguio in 1941. PAL momentarily stopped operations during World War II, but resumed it again after the war ended. They began flying to 15 local destinations.
In 1946, PAL was the first Asian airline company to have a regular international flight across the Pacific Ocean — its destination was San Francisco, California, USA. It also flew American servicemen to Oakland, CA, Guam, and Honolulu.
Currently, Philippine Airlines serves domestic and international flights to various local and international destinations including East Asia, Southeast Asia, Europe, the Middle East, North America, and Oceania. It continues to expand its flight routes and taking the Filipino around the world.
Currently, NAIA Terminal 2 is reserved for all of Philippine Airlines’ domestic and international flights.
Mabuhay Miles is Philippine Airlines’ frequent flyer program. Each flight grants you “miles” as points that you can save up to upgrade to business class or even upgrade your current MM ranking.
You’ll be able to use these miles for flying and more. It is free to enroll, so you can enjoy many perks when you fly with Philippine Airlines.
There are four types of membership:
It’s easy to enroll for a Mabuhay Miles. You can apply online (https://www.mabuhaymiles.com/) or get forms at any Mabuhay Miles Service Center, Philippine Airlines Ticket Offices, Airport counters, Mabuhay Lounge, In-flight, Mabuhay Miles booths, Program Partners, and Travel Agents.
You have to be at least two years of age to be able to apply.
There are two ways of earning Mabuhay Miles: flying and shopping. The number of flyer miles varies from country to country. For example, if you have a round trip vacation from Manila to Bangkok, you’ll get around 862 miles.
Shopping is another option for you to get miles, especially if you don’t travel as often as you want to. PAL partners with different establishments like hotels and banks where you can earn miles when you book a hotel or use a bank’s credit card when you purchase things.
You’ll need at least 3,500 miles to be able to avail of awards. These are transferable but cannot be converted into cash.
You may get award ticket redemption forms at any PAL ticket office. Be sure to show your MM card, a valid ID (ex. Passport), and extra cash for possible taxes, surcharges, and fees that may be collected during redemption.
Want a hassle-free way of checking-in? Do it online! Here are the three easy steps on how to check in online for Philippine Airlines:
To ensure a smooth online check-in, do it 24 to two hours before your flight departure. You can also check-in your connecting/returning flight.
Take note of these things before doing a web check in for PAL.
For Domestic Flights:
For International Flights:
Meanwhile, if you want to do a regular check in, there are several check-in lanes in NAIA Terminal 2 where grounds personnel can assist you in checking in for your flight. Be sure to arrive at the airport early enough since lines can get long. Unlike checking in online though, you cannot get preferred seats and other benefits.
The bag size and weight vary from destination to destination and class type, but the regular weight is 7 kilogram maximum for a hand-carry baggage. Take note of the allowances so that you don’t have to pay for excess weight.
Philippine Airlines offer Free Baggage Allowance depending on the fare and route class per destination. For domestic flights, the minimum is 20 kilos for economy class and 30 kilos for business class. If you have an excess baggage, you’ll have to pay PHP 200 per kilo per piece.
For international flights, the minimum is 23 kilos for economy class and 32 kilos for business class. Excess baggage charge depends per destination.
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