Travel to the Philippines by the Numbers

Airplane

We’re making our last major family trip to the Philippines for the foreseeable future given the high cost of travel.  It will be a big reunion for all of us after spending last year there, me as a student minister with the UU Church of the Philippines.  I did go back in February briefly, and was impressed to see the growing numbers of the Metro Manila/Quezon City UU group that I helped ground, and the urban poor fellowship of Bicutan.

Here are some of the numbers that we’ve  been pondering in preparation for the trip:

  • 1 new baby, born April 9.
  • 5 business days needed to receive new passport.
  • $180 dollars needed to expedite and express ship the new passport.
  • 4 round-trip plane tickets, 2-stop, using the last of my 240,000 United Airline miles.
  • 10% of full fare plus taxes for the infant seat – roughly $400.
  • 12 bags allowed, 2 per fare passenger, 3 for me as I’m a United Premier 1K, and 1 for the infant.
  • 840lb of luggage allowed, including 50lb promised to UU Philippines for books, 10lb for rice to a family friend, and several hundred pounds of gifts.
  • 10% Value-Added Tax potentially applied to all imported gifts.
  • 1 used electronic per returning Filipino citizen allowed (we’re planning to bring an LCD TV).
  • 2 in-country trips planned, to Dumaguete and Bohol.
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One response to “Travel to the Philippines by the Numbers

  1. Wow; that sounds like QUITE the excursion! And with children, no less. I hope I get to see the new baby and Aimee before you all head out. I didn’t see the invite to the party last Saturday until Michael showed it to me an hour after it had started. Unfortunately, I had an editing class that afternoon and didn’t have time to get to your place beforehand.

    That is a LOT of miles. I was looking at the price of fares to different places around the world from Portland, and was just appalled. With few exceptions, things look very pricey.

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