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  1. #11386
    I have had problems with Uber and Grab because GPS gets flaky and I am not familiar with a new city so cannot pin point my location. So the designated airport and other pick up points are great. With the Pinoy handling, the ride does not show up on my credit card. It is also cheaper than a hotel car.

    Quote Originally Posted by BrainDrain  [View Original Post]
    From my observation, the Grab booths that I have used at Megamall & NAIA T3 are just run by people using the app on your behalf and they add a margin for this service. Using the app directly myself has been 20% cheaper and faster without the filipino manual handling logic.

    BD.

  2. #11385
    Quote Originally Posted by Docwiltro  [View Original Post]
    I can't confirm any information regarding Uber, but the Asian ride-share company, Grab, does have a podium and pick-up area outside Terminal 1 at NAIA. After exiting the terminal, turn right and walk maybe 75 meters and you'll see it on the median. It is not necessary to have an Internet connection on your cell phone: the attendant will call a Grab driver for you. From NAIA to Ermita it cost me p193.

    https://app.box.com/s/oh4k2s02uufxu708yqi6nn1tbclzhh99
    From my observation, the Grab booths that I have used at Megamall & NAIA T3 are just run by people using the app on your behalf and they add a margin for this service. Using the app directly myself has been 20% cheaper and faster without the filipino manual handling logic.

    BD.

  3. #11384
    So, avoid Eastern, Central and Western Mindanao. I suspect Northern and Southern Mindanao are safe? I have just avoided Mindanao over the years except for a trip to Davao city center.

    Quote Originally Posted by RedKilt  [View Original Post]
    Message from the Australian Consular Information (SmartTraveller) site follows:

    Wednesday, 10 January 2018.

    Latest update.

    Reconsider your need to travel to eastern Mindanao, and do not travel to central and western Mindanao, due to very high levels of violent crime, high threat of terrorist attack and kidnapping.

  4. #11383
    Quote Originally Posted by RedKilt  [View Original Post]
    Message from the Australian Consular Information (SmartTraveller) site follows:

    Wednesday, 10 January 2018.

    Latest update.

    The Philippine Congress has voted to extend martial law in Mindanao until 31 December 2018. Measures imposed under martial law may include the suspension of the writ of habeas corpus, curfews and establishment of checkpoints. Monitor media reporting and follow the instructions of local authorities. The level of our advice has not changed. Exercise a high degree of caution in the Philippines overall. Reconsider your need to travel to eastern Mindanao, and do not travel to central and western Mindanao, due to very high levels of violent crime, high threat of terrorist attack and kidnapping.
    Strictly from the perspective of one who lives in Davao, martial law here appears to be pretty much of a non-issue. I've never, since martial law was declared, been through a check point anywhere in the city, though I pretty much stick to the central parts. If there's an increased police or military presence, it's not visible and there's no curfew, other than that which applies to minors.

    I'm driving to and from CDO in about 10 days, and the last time I made that drive, about 10 weeks ago, I think I went through two cursory checkpoints. So the enhanced security apparatus must be deployed around the usual trouble spots.

    GE.

  5. #11382
    Quote Originally Posted by BusyDiver  [View Original Post]
    I did some searching and it is not clear to me if you can arrange an UBER ride from Aquino Intl to hotels in Manila. Some report said it was not permitted (posted in 2015) but other posts in 2016 seem to support UBER is permitted. Two questions. Appreciate any confirmation if UBER is available and any for those that have used it any tips on using the service.
    Uber and Grab are both available.

    However, as you will see from some recent posts here, sometimes the white and yellow taxis have few people waiting in line so it's worth checking them first before you rush to book a Uber or Grab.

    The other problem when traffic is really crowded is that the Uber or Grab cars will take a long time before they can get to your pick-up point.

    You need to consider all options.

  6. #11381
    Quote Originally Posted by BusyDiver  [View Original Post]
    I did some searching and it is not clear to me if you can arrange an UBER ride from Aquino Intl to hotels in Manila. Some report said it was not permitted (posted in 2015) but other posts in 2016 seem to support UBER is permitted. Two questions. Appreciate any confirmation if UBER is available and any for those that have used it any tips on using the service.

    Thank you.
    I can't confirm any information regarding Uber, but the Asian ride-share company, Grab, does have a podium and pick-up area outside Terminal 1 at NAIA. After exiting the terminal, turn right and walk maybe 75 meters and you'll see it on the median. It is not necessary to have an Internet connection on your cell phone: the attendant will call a Grab driver for you. From NAIA to Ermita it cost me p193.

    https://app.box.com/s/oh4k2s02uufxu708yqi6nn1tbclzhh99

  7. #11380
    Quote Originally Posted by WestCoast1  [View Original Post]
    As seen recently in Century Mall (Makati), at the ForEx downstairs.
    I usually use ATM or credit cards without FX fees. I think the rates are better. Have not figured out which bank will give better TT rates for US to PI transfers. In some countries, I have been able to find 2 banks whereby I can get very close to the rates I get with my cards, net the fees.

  8. #11379
    Quote Originally Posted by RedKilt  [View Original Post]
    Message from the Australian Consular Information (SmartTraveller) site follows:

    Wednesday, 10 January 2018.

    Latest update.

    The Philippine Congress has voted to extend martial law in Mindanao until 31 December 2018. Measures imposed under martial law may include the suspension of the writ of habeas corpus, curfews and establishment of checkpoints. Monitor media reporting and follow the instructions of local authorities. The level of our advice has not changed. Exercise a high degree of caution in the Philippines overall. Reconsider your need to travel to eastern Mindanao, and do not travel to central and western Mindanao, due to very high levels of violent crime, high threat of terrorist attack and kidnapping.
    I think after Marawi a lot of the terrorist are in hiding. But then again that may make them more desperate to come out of the woodwork and do surprise attacks.

  9. #11378

    Mindanao warnings

    Message from the Australian Consular Information (SmartTraveller) site follows:

    Wednesday, 10 January 2018.

    Latest update.

    The Philippine Congress has voted to extend martial law in Mindanao until 31 December 2018. Measures imposed under martial law may include the suspension of the writ of habeas corpus, curfews and establishment of checkpoints. Monitor media reporting and follow the instructions of local authorities. The level of our advice has not changed. Exercise a high degree of caution in the Philippines overall. Reconsider your need to travel to eastern Mindanao, and do not travel to central and western Mindanao, due to very high levels of violent crime, high threat of terrorist attack and kidnapping.

  10. #11377
    As seen recently in Century Mall (Makati), at the ForEx downstairs.
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  11. #11376
    Quote Originally Posted by RedKilt  [View Original Post]
    Never happens that way?

    I think you just contradicted yourself mate.

    We just provided examples (2 out of 2 cases) where it HAS happened.
    Correct and I'm happy to contradict myself. It *rarely* happens that way for me. Possibly it was holiday time as the cause.

    2 weeks prior, landed T1 at 7:30 pm, and ran into a similar experience (waited about 2 minutes for white taxi, was at hotel 25 minutes after grabbing luggage). Happy days are here again.

  12. #11375

    Taxi Experiences

    - I arrived at Manila International Airport around 3 PM. Long wait at the Yellow taxi line. Approx 40 minutes extra. Same experience a few years ago when I arrived during the nighttime. Assuming the White taxis had a longer wait. Should have paid the extra pesos to take the coupon taxi, or called Grab taxi, or tried the zoo upstairs. There was a new VIP bus service. It was advertising "door to door". Does anyone know how that service is?

    - Uber sucked on this trip. It had surge pricing the entire day (between 12 PM to 11 PM).

    - Most meter taxis asked for flat fees. One asked for meter plus 50. But the flat fees were similar to the Uber surge prices. But in their defense, traffic was bad the entire day. It took about 45 minutes to go from Ermita to Makati.

    - One Uber driver said business sucked for Uber. He said most were using Grab taxi now.

    - I normally have my hotel taxi from Angeles pick me up, since I don't like Manila. This past trip confirmed that Manila is not my cup of tea. I prefer Angeles or Puerto Galera over Manila.

  13. #11374
    Quote Originally Posted by WestCoast1  [View Original Post]
    I landed 1 pm recently at T3 (domestic flight arrival), grabbed luggage from the carousel, walked outside across the street and saw 50-60 white taxi's queued up, and not a single passenger in line! I was the only one. Never happens that way! Took the skyway to Makati and was in my condo less than 20 minutes after hopping into the taxi.
    Never happens that way?

    I think you just contradicted yourself mate.

    We just provided examples (2 out of 2 cases) where it HAS happened.

  14. #11373
    Quote Originally Posted by RedKilt  [View Original Post]
    Much of the time you don't need to worry about Uber or Grab Taxi at the airports as there are often plenty of taxis waiting.
    I landed 1 pm recently at T3 (domestic flight arrival), grabbed luggage from the carousel, walked outside across the street and saw 50-60 white taxi's queued up, and not a single passenger in line! I was the only one. Never happens that way! Took the skyway to Makati and was in my condo less than 20 minutes after hopping into the taxi.

  15. #11372
    Quote Originally Posted by Nolz7  [View Original Post]
    I used UBER once in 2016 from Terminal 2 to Makati. I was told that they usually drive around the airport waiting for a call. Be warry about the canopy outside the doors as it may block the satellite signals.
    Much of the time you don't need to worry about Uber or Grab Taxi at the airports as there are often plenty of taxis waiting.

    The last 4 times I have arrived (all in December 2017 with 2 x in Terminal 2; once in Terminal 1; once in Terminal 3) there have been plenty of taxis waiting.

    The last time I arrived in T3 a friend who lives near my condo was standing waiting for his Grab to arrive and invited me to join him. He had been waiting 10 minutes and was dismayed when I said "no need" and watched me walk across the road and climb into a taxi and away we went. It turned out that he never got home for another 30 minutes after me.

    I have both Uber and Grab on my phone but I always wait until I have checked out the lines BEFORE I call either of them. If the delays are substantial then I call Uber or Grab. As I said, I haven't needed them on the last 4 occasions.

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