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  1. #11038
    I have never seen so much paperwork to get on to ferry with a motorcycle. In Manila. I had to make at least 8 stops on different windows.

    Quote Originally Posted by GoodEnough  [View Original Post]
    I have never seen machine kiosks at any terminal in the Philippines, though it's possible that I've missed them and they do exist. I did once try to go through security with nothing but my digital ticket and was promptly sent to a counter and told to get a physical printout. The digital era here is in its infancy--remember this country still engages in the wide use of carbon paper--and assumptions about check-in procedures in more developed places often don't hold here. Aside from Manila, lining up to pay the airport departure tax is still required. This remains a basically analog place.

    GE.

  2. #11037
    Quote Originally Posted by GoodEnough  [View Original Post]
    I have never seen machine kiosks at any terminal in the Philippines, though it's possible that I've missed them and they do exist. -and assumptions about check-in procedures in more developed places often don't hold here.
    Machines printing boarding passes exist in Manila airport. No assumptions were being made: only statements of experience in Philippines.

  3. #11036
    Quote Originally Posted by Golfinho  [View Original Post]
    Of course, you'll want to do online check-in with any airline with which you don't have gold / platinum status -- in order to avoid the lines, although now with machine kiosks, check-in can be done quickly at the airport, with just bags to drop. Discount carriers let you check in days in advance -- sole purpose being to market the upsell. Problem is, if your plans change at the last minute, once you've checked in with some airlines it is not so simple to get a refund or ticket change: you risk losing it completely.
    I have never seen machine kiosks at any terminal in the Philippines, though it's possible that I've missed them and they do exist. I did once try to go through security with nothing but my digital ticket and was promptly sent to a counter and told to get a physical printout. The digital era here is in its infancy--remember this country still engages in the wide use of carbon paper--and assumptions about check-in procedures in more developed places often don't hold here. Aside from Manila, lining up to pay the airport departure tax is still required. This remains a basically analog place.

    GE.

  4. #11035
    Quote Originally Posted by Dg8787  [View Original Post]
    WR, if you keep your dog collars and chains covered up along with your other apparatus you might find assistance much easier!

    Very few want to carry the Wicked's bag.
    Who me? LOL.

    I tip well DG and sometimes I have seen the same guy and if he sees me he will for sure come over and offer help.

    Only a few times have I been questioned about certain 'contents' and I just point to the cutie (if she is with me) and security smile and laugh.

    But I have learned over the year to leave a bag or two in various cities and / or give some cuties a pasalubong which means the bag is not as 'wicked' as before (but I did ask DHL to fly in some special stuff to Manila once. Was a fun day explaining the content to the lady at DHL in the UK.

  5. #11034
    Quote Originally Posted by GoodEnough  [View Original Post]
    . Cebu Pacific and PAL both allow you to check in on line and print your boarding pass, and I suggest you do so.
    Of course, you'll want to do online check-in with any airline with which you don't have gold / platinum status -- in order to avoid the lines, although now with machine kiosks, check-in can be done quickly at the airport, with just bags to drop. Discount carriers let you check in days in advance -- sole purpose being to market the upsell. Problem is, if your plans change at the last minute, once you've checked in with some airlines it is not so simple to get a refund or ticket change: you risk losing it completely.

  6. #11033
    Quote Originally Posted by WickedRoger  [View Original Post]
    I do the same but the only problem sometimes is finding a free one so when I see one I shout and whistle if needed to get the attention, once they see a foreigner they generally come across and ignore others.
    WR, if you keep your dog collars and chains covered up along with your other apparatus you might find assistance much easier!

    Very few want to carry the Wicked's bag.

  7. #11032
    Quote Originally Posted by Dg8787  [View Original Post]
    I use the baggage porters and they bypass the long lines outside in the heat or rain to the first X-ray machine security check and usually take me to the front of the check in line. I tip them P100, well worth it to me.

    Cheap Charlie's please disregard this post.
    I do the same but the only problem sometimes is finding a free one so when I see one I shout and whistle if needed to get the attention, once they see a foreigner they generally come across and ignore others.

  8. #11031
    Quote Originally Posted by ElNice  [View Original Post]
    Thanks guys, then definitely I'm going to print a copy of the tickets, just in case.
    I use the baggage porters and they bypass the long lines outside in the heat or rain to the first X-ray machine security check and usually take me to the front of the check in line. I tip them P100, well worth it to me.

    Cheap Charlie's please disregard this post.

  9. #11030
    Quote Originally Posted by Dg8787  [View Original Post]
    Depends on who is on duty. Some ask and some don't. Best to have a copy of the boooking on your tablet or cell phone to show if asked in lieu of a ticket or paper copy.
    Quote Originally Posted by GoodEnough  [View Original Post]
    The folks checking tickets for airport entry are poorly trained and inconsistent. I suggest you print out whatever you have, as the digital age hasn't totally dawned here. Cebu Pacific and PAL both allow you to check in on line and print your boarding pass, and I suggest you do so. When I'm staying at a hotel here, I'll typically check in on line, have the airline email me a copy of the boarding pass, and then have someone at the hotel print out the boarding pass. It's a system that's worked well for me. Also, having the boarding pass in hand allows you to bypass the check-in lines and go directly to the departure gate.

    GE.
    Thanks guys, then definitely I'm going to print a copy of the tickets, just in case.

  10. #11029
    Its approx an 50/50 experience to me. I have my bookingconfirmation stored on iBook. Sometimes when I queue up and security ask for ticket I start to get out my iPad, they mostly just stare away and ask the next in line. I just move on. The 50/50 is being asked for ticket / confirmation in the first place. Maybe something to do with the fact I mostly hit T3 late eve for EK flight departing a tad before or after midnight (pending on their rapid changing schedule). T3 is quoting down around these hours departure wince and security soon ends their shift. Tired I guess. Only Dubai and Hong Kong left for Intl. Departures.

  11. #11028
    Quote Originally Posted by BrainDrain  [View Original Post]

    Interestingly to segway to "credit card" the bookings always say to present with the same credit card as the booking was made. He tickets I've purchased for pinay, they have never been asked. I was asked once by Singapore Airlines at NAIA and failed! I had to provide additional credit card as a backup payment. How annoying.
    Thai Airways and Korean Air are both VERY strict about showing the credit card used for booking. I had given my asawa a copy of the credit card duly signed and authenticated by me when she was checking in to join me in Bkk (I had gone ahead).

    She was not allowed to check in. She had to repay for her ticket using her own credit card and then I had to get the refund for the fare paid on my CC (which I did, eventually, after some 2 months delay).

    As GE says, it's better to have a paper version of your ticket in your hand, because you never know who is on duty that particular day. With the increased level of security around now with martial law in Mindanao, you just might find that last week's rules are now changed.

  12. #11027
    Quote Originally Posted by GoodEnough  [View Original Post]
    The folks checking tickets for airport entry are poorly trained and inconsistent. I suggest you print out whatever you have, as the digital age hasn't totally dawned here. Cebu Pacific and PAL both allow you to check in on line and print your boarding pass, and I suggest you do so. When I'm staying at a hotel here, I'll typically check in on line, have the airline email me a copy of the boarding pass, and then have someone at the hotel print out the boarding pass. It's a system that's worked well for me. Also, having the boarding pass in hand allows you to bypass the check-in lines and go directly to the departure gate.

    GE.
    As you say the country is full of inconsistencies. My experiences:

    I use tripit.com for my flight itineraries and just show them the booking details on my phone. This is quite convenient as I don't carry paper copies. This has worked for me for the past 6 years.

    I have done various forms of online checkins and some airports still require a visit to the check-in counter. That was my experience with Cebu Pacific where I had gone directly to the gate and they had off loaded me as I had not gone to the check-in counter.

    Interestingly to segway to "credit card" the bookings always say to present with the same credit card as the booking was made. He tickets I've purchased for pinay, they have never been asked. I was asked once by Singapore Airlines at NAIA and failed! I had to provide additional credit card as a backup payment. How annoying.

    Happy days in paradise.

    BD.

  13. #11026
    Quote Originally Posted by ElNice  [View Original Post]
    I finished booking everything this morning, my trip will be from the 26th of June till the 13th of July "changeable", and I booked the local flights. Will be going to cebu city through cebu pacific for 4 days, then going to boracay through The Philippines airlines for 3 days, then coming back to manila for the rest of the trip using airasia. All the local flights cost me around $150, but my question is do I need to have the actual ticket with me when I go to the airport or the booking number is enough?
    The folks checking tickets for airport entry are poorly trained and inconsistent. I suggest you print out whatever you have, as the digital age hasn't totally dawned here. Cebu Pacific and PAL both allow you to check in on line and print your boarding pass, and I suggest you do so. When I'm staying at a hotel here, I'll typically check in on line, have the airline email me a copy of the boarding pass, and then have someone at the hotel print out the boarding pass. It's a system that's worked well for me. Also, having the boarding pass in hand allows you to bypass the check-in lines and go directly to the departure gate.

    GE.

  14. #11025

    Yep, happened to me.

    Quote Originally Posted by Dg8787  [View Original Post]
    Depends on who is on duty. Some ask and some don't. Best to have a copy of the boooking on your tablet or cell phone to show if asked in lieu of a ticket or paper copy.
    Had to come back home for due to sickness and I looked crap, people at home booked online and reservation was at airport so no paper copy.

    Arrived at Manila airport to see long line with guards checking tickets. Asked one. What if I don't have a paper ticket. He said you can't go in. Then and there I shit myself.

    Ok so what to do. Probably because I was feeling like shit I thought F this I'm going in - (Cue the Ride of the Valkyries music) I chose line that was moving fastest and pushed in (not the same line guard I asked before) got to the front and said I'm going to Aust -My friends have booked online. My ticket is inside. I then started walking through briskly (there was no way I wasn't getting in there) - by the time I was 5 steps away he said Where are you going I replied my destination and by now was 10 steps away. I just kept on walking didn't look back. Whole time the adrenaline was racing through my body and this was my first trip to manila.

    I was sick as and all I wanted to do was get on that bloody plane and get home.

  15. #11024
    Quote Originally Posted by ElNice  [View Original Post]
    I finished booking everything this morning, my trip will be from the 26th of June till the 13th of July "changeable", and I booked the local flights. Will be going to cebu city through cebu pacific for 4 days, then going to boracay through The Philippines airlines for 3 days, then coming back to manila for the rest of the trip using airasia. All the local flights cost me around $150, but my question is do I need to have the actual ticket with me when I go to the airport or the booking number is enough?
    Depends on who is on duty. Some ask and some don't. Best to have a copy of the boooking on your tablet or cell phone to show if asked in lieu of a ticket or paper copy.

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