After getting my one way ticket from PAL using Mabuhay Miles, I had to immediately look for an airline who was selling affordable tickets from Osaka to Manila. Luckily, I was able to buy a ticket from Jetstar which cost only 6,000 pesos.
For those who are not familiar with the airline, Jetstar is a budget airline and is a subsidiary of Qantas. The reason why I wanted to try it out is because aside from it being affordable, I have already flown with its mother company back in the day when I went to Australia.
As usual, I had to research about people’s experiences so that everything would go smoothly. Unfortunately, the reviews were really bad. You may google it up! You know what they say, expect for the worst and hope for the best. That’s actually my motto in life. Haha!
Surprisingly, it wasn’t as bad as I thought it would be. Thank God my flight was not delayed! I didn’t mind if the seats were really tight and that there was not enough legroom because you get what you pay for. It was uncomfortable but I was able to manage because I slept throughout the flight. The only thing that I didn’t like is that the seats were really filthy.
My advice if you plan to fly with Jetstar:
- Make sure that you use your OWN CREDIT CARD when you purchase your tickets online
For some weird reason, I was not able to check in online because I needed to verify my card in the check in desk. I used my own credit card and I still had to verify it. I don’t even know how they “verify” the card because when I checked in, they didn’t even ask me for anything. I heard that if you use someone else’s credit card, you may have to purchase a new ticket. The cardholder must be part of the travelling party because if not, it can be considered as a fraudulent transaction.
- Pay extra for check in baggage
Jetstar is very strict with the hand luggage. It should really be 7kg or less because if not they will not let you check in. In fact, when I was checking in, the girl in the counter told me that I am not allowed to shop inside and put more things in my hand luggage. It’s better to pay for the 15kg check in baggage when purchasing tickets online because if you suddenly decide to check in your overweight hand luggage, you will have to pay more (it can reach up to 20,000 pesos)! Don’t risk it. It’s better to be prepared!
- Don’t fly with an empty stomach
I suggest that you buy food before boarding the plane because the food they sell is ridiculously expensive.
4. Make sure you only have two pieces of hand carry big enough to fit pasalubong bought in Kansai Airport
We, Filipinos love buying pasalubong for our loved ones especially in Duty Free. Unfortunately, Jetstar is very strict when it comes to the number of bags we do not check in. They only allow 2 pieces. Perhaps one handbag and a knapsack. The hard part is that they will not allow you to bring the plastic bag if you already have 2 bags with you. My tip is to have an empty hand carry maleta/knapsack so that you can put all the pasalubongs you bought in the airport there.
The question is… Will I fly with Jetstar again?
IT DEPENDS. If the travel time isn’t that long, definitely! The 4-hour flight back to Manila was uncomfortable but bearable. I would rather purchase a ticket that cost 6,000 pesos and suck it up and deal with it rather than buying a ticket that cost 30,000 pesos. As long as I am able to get to my destination safe, then I AM GOOD!
Other airlines that fly to Osaka directly: