Air ticket from London to manila for £490.00
Replies: 23 - Last Post: Oct 27, 2012 1:31 PM Last Post By: irishman12
Oct 23, 2012 2:32 PM
and have seen that Kuwait airways has a Return ticket for £490.00.
the ticket cost £250 and the taxes are £240.
Depart London at 11.30am and get to Manila the next day at 16.20pm. total travel time 21 hours 50 mins.
Depart manila at 23.15pm and get back to london 17.20pm. total travel time 25 hours 5 mins.
so that is a 4 hrs 20 min stopover in Kuwait on way out. and 5 hr 35 min stopover on way back.
the next best deal is air china for £565.00 takes 19 hours.
then Royal brunei for £650 takes 30 hours.
then malaysia airlines £715. takes 18 hours.
has anybody been on Kuwait airways ?. or would you pay £75 more and fly with Air china.
or £225 more and fly with malaysia airlines ?
Oct 23, 2012 2:41 PM
1I would suggest to look for reviews of those airlines in this web in order to get more opinions than those that you'll get here. You can also read reviews about the airports in the same web.
Oct 23, 2012 3:01 PM
Oct 23, 2012 5:39 PM
3Nothing available on Saudi Airlines Asean? Flown Kuwait before, few years ago and from memory all was OK..
Oct 24, 2012 1:58 AM
Oct 24, 2012 1:59 AM
5I'd say Malaysia is better,but (for me) not £225 better.
Depends on you and how much money you have really ;-)
Oct 24, 2012 9:27 AM
6yes I have looked at Saudi airlines and they dont seem to have any good fares for the
dates I would like to travel.
the best fares Saudi now have is £505. and the flying times are the same as Kuwait airways.
20 hours + per way.
the fares for Singapore airlines and Emirates are over £800 pounds return.
thats over £300 pounds more than Kuwait airlines.
Oct 24, 2012 10:01 AM
Oct 24, 2012 1:11 PM
8Flights via the Middle East will always be longer because it's further. Also, some airlines stopover in Singapore or Bangkok, which adds to the travel time. I've flown to the Philippines on various Middle Eastern airlines. They've always been fine, except for the long travel times and stopovers.
Now, I usually fly via Hong Kong. It's 12 or 13 hours flying time from London, then another 2 or 3 onto Manila (or Cebu) and there are loads of connections, so you won't have to hang around for long. The problem is that thesedays, the Hong Kong route is more expensive, so it depends how much more you're willing to pay.
However, Hong Kong is a fantastic city in which to spend a couple of nights. Also, if you do get delayed, Chep Lap Kok is a really nice airport (and an engineering masterpiece).
Oct 24, 2012 5:41 PM
9Kuwait are not a good airline and the airport is absolutely awful. It does seem that they have changed their previously horrible length stopovers though. Before you had to go LDN-KUWAIT-BKK-MANILA and it took days. It was good for me though at one time, because you used to be able to get off in Bangkok on the way there and get on on the way back for nothing. Now I think costs fifty quid to do that. In the end, though the six and eight hour stops, in Kuwait, which is what it was in those days, were too much for me.
if it is 490 quid for 25 hours thats not bad though. I just paid 620 with Etihad only it took 17 hours - from Manchester, always a bit more than London.
Oct 25, 2012 2:02 AM
11There's a reason they're cheap and it's because they're just a very poor airline and if they charged the same as everyone else nobody would use them - aircraft, cabin crew, service, airport - all below average. Are they safe? Probably. Are they reliable? Usually.
I've used them once and it was OK, but I won't use them again and prefer to spend a bit more and fly on average or above average airlines such as Etihad, Emirates, Qatar or KLM. Brunei? Crap connections - life's too short to spent 30 hours getting to/from SE Asia.
I think by the time you've spent 9 hours in the delights of Kuwait airport sandwiched beweeen 30+ hours in shitty planes with no decent cabin service you'll wish you'd worried less about the £ and more about the hours.
Oct 25, 2012 3:04 AM
12beers are irrelevant as only idiots drink on long haul international flights that involve border controls. You don't want to be turning up as a guest in a foreign country smelling of booze, anywhere in the world. It's a stupid thing to do.
while we're here has anybody noticed that airlines have started getting tight with the food. On the second of the two flights out of the UK last night, the 8 hour one, the longer one, we were served only one meal plus a crappy 10 peso pot noodle. This was Etihad. Also last year I had cause to complain to a steward about the bad provision of food - this is volume, not quality - with even Emirates. I'm just not the complaining sort at all and I've never seen fit to do this before, ever. I think they might be cutting corners with costs here, hoping people won't notice. I have. I've started bringing some of my own food to tide me over, just bits of cheese and sausage, etc, which I never really did before.
Oct 25, 2012 3:38 AM
Oct 25, 2012 4:20 AM
14callippo in #12, I think the airlines are cutting corners wherever they can. Some idiot number cruncher has probably said if they decrease the food by 10-20% then they save something stupid like 50% of their food budget.
To be honest, the last time we flew on a full cost airline long haul was 5 years ago, so any food on a flight would be a novelty! From what my parents and friends have said most airlines are cutting back...unless you fly business or first class and then you get stuffed full of food and drink.
I know if I had a choice I wouldn't fly Kuwait or Saudi airlines, I would fork out for a slightly better class of airline.
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