Flights to Manila from $539 or 39K Chase Ultimate Rewards (various US cities)

Flights to Manila, Philippines starting at $539. H/T to The Flight deal. The deals shown here are with Cathay Pacific.

What’s the deal

  • As low as $539 roundtrip
  • Fly Cathay Pacific (ranked # 4 in the world’s best airlines)
  • Airports:
    • LAX, SFO – from $539
    • SEA, ORD, JFK, EWR, BOS – from $633
  • Economy/Coach Class
  • Dates: Availability between January and May 2020
  • Check your nearest major airport, and see if a similar deal is available

How to check for low airfares

  • Use Google Flights
  • Enter your preferred dates
  • Dates that appear in green show low airfare availability
  • Make sure to check the fare rules for allowed luggage and seating


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Samples from $533 (Los Angeles and San Francisco)

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Samples from $633 (Chicago, Seattle, New York, Newark, Boston)

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From 35,000 Chase Ultimate Rewards

I went the extra step and checked if these same flights were available using the Chase Travel Portal. Yes, you could fly for as low as 39K Chase Ultimate Rewards from various major US cities). This is using your Ultimate Rewards with your Chase Sapphire Reserve. If you have a Chase Sapphire Preferred, the number of points required will be slightly more.


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From 43,000 Chase Ultimate Rewards

For the flights that cost over $600, the Ultimate Rewards needed are slightly more.

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How to begin flying nearly free

There are many credit cards out there. The points earned with Chase have been my favorite for many years. These Ultimate Rewards points could be used with different partner airlines (see below), hotel, car rentals. Here are the Chase Cards that I, myself, use on a regular basis which can earn you these Ultimate Rewards.The cards listed below also offers flexibility in transferring to other airlines and hotels (see below).

a. Chase Sapphire Preferred (click here)– earn 60,000 Chase Ultimate Rewards.  

The Chase Sapphire Preferred is a perfect starter card. With its current 60,000 bonus points, those points alone have gotten us two tickets to Hawaii, have gotten us to many countries and cities in Europe and Asia, just as an example. The sign up bonus alone can be worth as much as $1,000 or more in travel.

– 60,000 Ultimate Rewards sign up bonus after $4,000 in spend in the first three months
– Points are transferable to:

  • Hotel Partners
    • Hyatt
    • Marriott
    • IHG
    • Ritz-Carlton
  • Airline travel partners
    • JetBlue
    • United Airlines
    • British Airways
    • Southwest Airlines
    • Singapore Airlines
    • Flying Blue
    • Virgin Atlantic
    • Aer Lingus
    • Iberia

– Points are worth 1.25 cents each when redeemed through the Ultimate Rewards travel portal
– Primary rental car collision damage waiver
– Earn 2X points on all travel and dining
– $95 annual fee

If I were just starting out in earning miles and points, I suggest starting out with this card,  the Chase Sapphire Preferred

b. Chase Sapphire Reserve – earn 50,000 Chase Ultimate Rewards (I don’t have an active link at the time this was published, feel free to search on the net for a recent link, or check with me). Here’s a write up that I wrote on both Sapphire cards.

c. Chase Ink Business Preferred– earn 80,000 Chase Ultimate Rewards, perfect for those with small business.

I value my points earned with Chase. Here’s a write-up I wrote last year as to how we travel for nearly free (click here) with points earned with these credit cards.

For other cards that have helped us travel for nearly free, I recently I updated my favorite travel credit cards. I’ve also written this recently:

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Author: Jason

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