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I’m happy to travel together. However, in case our flight schedules vary, I’m sharing with you what I learnt about getting the best flights possible to Cebu from Australia.
I’ve been a happy crash-test dummy and tried every flight, route and airline available just so I can give you my personal experience with them and some helpful tips!
Cathay Pacific via Hongkong
This is my personal favourite.
I know that it sounds a bit strange to book a flight to Hongkong when your destination is in Cebu, but you actually have to go past Hongkong, to get to Cebu. Travel duration from Melbourne, via Hong Kong to Cebu is about 12.5 hours.
Cathay Pacific offers night time flights, so be prepared. Use your points and upgrade to premium economy or business class for the longer leg flight from Australia to Hong Kong, and vice versa.
I like Singapore Airlines as much as PAL.
Flight duration from Tullamarine Airport to Changi Airport on Singapore Airlines is about 8 hours and the flight from Singapore to Cebu is 4 hours.
However, unlike Cathay Pacific that has a short layover, the layover in Changi Airport is anywhere from 3 hours – 5 hours, which creates a longer total duration than via Hong Kong.
They have code share destinations with Silk Air, so that’s something you might want to check too.
Philippine Airlines (PAL)
This is the next best option on my list.
Philippine Airlines gives reliable service, but not as good as Cathay Pacific and Singapore Airlines.
It flies from Melbourne to Manila (9 hours) and then takes off from Manila to Cebu (1.5 hours).
It also has a longer layover in Manila, with anywhere between 3.5 hours to 6.5 hours.
The reason why I prefer Cathay Pacific and Singapore Airlines is because I think Philippine Airlines doesn’t have a code share with any main Australian airlines.
Waiting in the international terminal at Manila is not a comfortable option. Often, the airconditioning is not working and it’s cramped with a lot of people. In my experience, there can be significant flight delays or gate changes, which does not make for a restful trip.
My last and least favourite is Cebu Pacific. Based on experience, they are the least reliable.
I have discovered that on every single flight, my bags have been opened or checked by someone else and not by security.
They advertise that they fly directly from either Sydney or Melbourne to Cebu, but in reality, you still have to go through Manila.
There’s usually a really long overnight layover time in Manila, which requires an airport hotel booking.
Ironically, Cebu Pacific takes the longest amount of travel time to get to Cebu.
I’m not saying they’re the worst airline of all. I am just ranking them lower than the first three I mentioned based on what I’ve experienced so far.
After all, Cebu Pacific is the lowest cost carrier.
There are other low-cost carriers that you can try. You can even choose to book flights with different airlines to customise your travelling.
Some people do this to insert a side trip and spend it on touring other cities before Cebu. It’s not an easy option because it takes harder work, but if maximising your travel is your priority, then you’ll be alright.
I hope you find my personal notes on getting the best Australia to Cebu flights helpful!
If you’re curious about any of the carriers or have a question, let me know in the comment section!