From BTS to K-Drama, samgyupsal to an abundance of beauty products, South Korea’s contributions belong to a list too many to mention. Its ever-evolving culture has, in fact, made the country a well-loved tourist destination, most especially for Filipinos.
Whether you’re a first-timer or a frequent flyer to this Asian destination, it’s time to whet your wanderlust with this handy breakdown of some of the best airlines to Korea.
Jeju Air is the first and the number one South Korean low-cost carrier that flies passengers to domestic and international destinations such as South Korea, China, Japan, Philippines, Mongolia, and Russia, to name a few.
Jeju Air’s Air Café ensures its passengers bound for Incheon of the best Korean food staples such as a Chicken and Beer Set, Beef Bulgogi and Sandwich Couple Meal, Bibimbap, plus other special plates that provide sumptuous variety. These pre-ordered meals can range from USD 8 and above.
Jeju Air members can enjoy discounts in some of Seoul’s popular tourist hotspots, such as Everland and the Korea Folk Village. Points can also land passengers awesome flight deals.
The Hong Kong-based international airline is a member of the Cathay Pacific Group and covers about 53 destinations across Asia-Pacific region, including 23 routes to Mainland China. Cathay Dragon has been recognized as the Best Airline (China category) six times and has been honored as the Best Regional Airline in Asia back in 2011, 2013, and 2015.
Diners aboard Cathay can choose from its variety of international or contemporary Asian offerings. While the menu is regularly updated, depending on the route and the season, first class dining is always ensured.
Some of its mouth-watering dishes include Stir-fried Spicy Chicken, Bean Curd, and Fragrant Rice, and the Blackeye Bean Masala with Basmatic Rice and Mushroom Curry. A wide selection of wines and other beverages also await passengers.
The Marco Polo Club is Cathay Pacific’s and Cathay Dragon’s loyalty rewards program that elevates its members’ travel experience through special club and partner benefits, exclusive services, and an easy point-earning system for future travel use.
Formerly known as the Korean National Airlines, Korean Air flies to about 135 destinations, which include international routes to 50 countries in Asia, Oceania, the Middle East, Europe, Africa, North America, and South America.
Korean Air’s gastronomic offerings are often related to fine dining, with award-winning food and service, which provides Western, Chinese, Japanese, and traditional Korean medleys, plus a selection of wines that evoke a premium dining atmosphere.
The SKYPASS membership rewards cardholders in miles with every spend from Korean Air partners, as well as benefits and flight upgrades, among others.
Philippine Airlines (PAL) is the official flag carrier of the country, being the first and oldest commercial airline to operate under its name in Asia. With an impressive 41 routes to international destinations and 31 domestically, PAL offers an array of options in terms of flight classes—Economy, Premium Economy, and Business Class—as well as food selections and other flight add-ons.
PAL’s in-flight menu covers well-loved Filipino favorites as well as fusion dishes. Delicious collaborations with renowned chefs also take center stage in the Food Festivals in the Sky, which promises a unique dining experience. Special meals that cater to dietary, medical, or religious needs are also served.
Receive free flights and other exciting benefits with the Mabuhay Miles program, while the myPAL Roam pocket WiFi can be rented for as low as PHP 200 a day when exploring the different sights abroad.
Previously known as the Seoul Airlines, Asiana Airlines is one of South Korea’s two major carriers, along with Korean Air. It flies to over 100 destinations in Asia, Europe, Oceania, and North America.
Asiana’s in-flight meals boast of quality. From the award-winning, Yeongyang Ssambap to the progressive Potofu Bossam, every bite is a guaranteed bang-for-the-buck experience.
Asiana Club members can collect miles and use them for free flights or avail of partner discounts and perks for hotel bookings and car rentals.
Now that you have these flight options to choose from, it’s time to get to know the ins-and-outs of Incheon International Airport.
Here are some of the things to look forward to in terms of navigating one of the world’s best airports.
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