Published On: Mon, Apr 2nd, 2012

The so-called game of travelling


First, I’d like to thank Millie for not giving up my space on Kalatas.  I promise to try (in between raising four kids) to send in my monthly contributions.

So what’s new? Heads up kababayans, the taxes to Manila have gone up AGAIN!  Just in case you’re in the market looking for airfares, the current tax to Manila based on a return ticket is $427.54. And did you hear about the latest special flying United Airlines to Los Angeles – it’s only $374! Unbelievable, right? But wait, how much is the tax flying to Los Angele? $718!  The return airfare to Los Angeles is almost half the cost of the taxes.  I don’t know about you but I’m still in shock.  I can vividly remember the booth at Sydney International Airport where you had to pay $10 for your departure tax.  It’s no wonder everyone’s desperately trying to find cheaper ways of travelling.  Unfortunately there’s no easy way to find this.  Other than a simple case of being at the right place at the right time, I suggest you add your name to any database that will keep you updated with airline specials.

During my absence from circulation last year, Philippine Airlines released an unprecedented airfare of $999 (excluding tax of course) for departures in December.   Once upon a time we used to know roughly when cheaper airfares were going to be released or how far in advance to book.  These days it’s been so unpredictable we have absolutely no idea.  Airlines are releasing airfares that expire in 48 hours.   Just then I quoted a Qantas airfare to Manila for $369.   This was only in the system yesterday and it expires tomorrow.  I don’t even have enough time to get that out in the marketplace.  Another example is an airfare I quoted to London 2weeks ago that was over $2000. Then a special gets released for $999!

So the bottom line is the Travel Industry is evolving.  If you want to keep INformed, keep IN touch.  Be available—either via email, iPhone and even Facebook.

Well folks I guess that’s the name of the game.

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About the Author

- Jane Crame, a Philippine born immigrant, has been in Australia since 1977 and manages a family owned travel agency which was established in 1982. She has had the opportunity to work under one of the biggest retail travel franchises, Jetset Travel. She has organized a local travel show and her company has been a top-ranking travel agency for Philippine Airlines for the past ten years. She has traveled extensively around Asia, America and the Pacific Islands. Jane is happily married and is blessed with 4 beautiful children.

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