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10 Ways to Enjoy PAL’s Business Class (According to Luke)

Philippine Airlines Business Class 14-min

On our flight home from Hong Kong, Philippine Airlines upgraded us to business class! Let this future jet-setter show you how to have a great time. Here are all the little details we loved about our flight.

1. Before the flight, wait it out at the lounge

Philippine Airlines PAL Mabuhay Lounge 1-min

If you’re taking your business class flight from Manila, start your trip with a visit to the Mabuhay Lounge. It’s always such a great way to start a trip because they serve the best arroz caldo. This is Luke’s first time at the Mabuhay Lounge and he was warmly welcomed by the staff (as you can see!)

Philippine Airlines PAL Mabuhay Lounge 2-min

You can also enjoy a great selection of pastries, cookies, sandwiches and even a delicious bowl of noodles. Luke loved the cookies, cornflakes and koko krunch!

2. Enjoy the hot towel, warm bread and nuts

Philippine Airlines Business Class 7-min

As you wait on board for the flight to take-off, the crew hands each passenger a warm towel. It’s always nice to relax and wind down before you fly.

Philippine Airlines Business Class 16-min

Before the meal, you are also served bread (my favorite!), nuts (Luke’s favorite) and your choice of drinks. Look at Mor’s happy face. Haha.

3. Have a toast and drink (water, of course!) to your heart’s content

Philippine Airlines Business Class 12-min

Speaking of drinks, let’s have a toast! Luke just got water because he has never been much of a juice person but there’s definitely no shortage of options for you!

4. Take advantage of the space

Philippine Airlines Business Class 8-min

The wonderful thing about riding in business class is having lots of legroom AND storage! Luke’s huge diaper bag (which doesn’t really have diapers, but is in fact filled with toys, extra clothes and other essentials,) fits snuggly in this compartment. I was able to get all that I needed for Luke in an instant, without having to rummage through it in a tight space.

5. Press the button that makes your chair lie flat. Then push the one that makes it sit up straight. Repeat 50x.

Philippine Airlines Business Class 11-min

Probably Luke’s favorite feature as he was riding PAL’s Business Class. Once I showed him how the seat buttons worked, he was pressing them like a pro. It’s like an extension of Disneyland for him!

6. Do #5 again, this time, with mom’s chair

Philippine Airlines Business Class 2-min

And of course, he had to let me in on the fun! He kept saying “Mommy, SLEEP!” as he pressed one button. And after 5 seconds “Mommy, WAKE UP!” as he pressed the other button.

7. Use the different compartments in your chair as a garage for your toy cars

Philippine Airlines Business Class 13-mina

Because that’s what the compartments really are for anyway, right? (Bonus: You can charge your gadgets on board too!)

8. Enjoy the in-flight entertainment

Philippine Airlines Business Class 5-min

Each business class passenger at this Philippine Airlines flight was given an iPad where we can watch movies and TV shows using the myPAL player app. We don’t usually let Luke watch on iPads but we’re on vacation anyway so I’ll let it pass this time! 😉

Of course, he chose to watch Mickey Mouse Clubhouse! The earplugs were still too big for his tiny ears so they kept falling (haha!) In the end, he just decided to watch without sound.

9. Order a fancy meal

Philippine Airlines Business Class 4-min

One of the highlights (if not THE highlight) of our flight was the dinner. No need for a kid’s meal for this little traveler because he basically eats anything (with the exception of cake as he does NOT like cake!)

I ordered the Pork Roulade in Red Vinegar Glaze for me and the Atlantic Cod in Pimiento and Smoked Chili Veloute for Luke. 

Philippine Airlines Business Class 10-min

This is how mom’s table looked like. Haha. I didn’t dare put his meal on his table because he’ll probably just make a mess if I did. We shared everything and I loved both but I personally liked the Pork Roulade the best!

10. Charm the crew: They might give you a surprise!

Philippine Airlines Business Class 15-min

Through out the flight, all the crew members who passed by us were so kind to Luke! Sometimes, they would stay for a while to chat with him and they would occasionally ask us if we needed anything. Then in the middle of the flight, one of the flight attendants asked if Luke would like ice cream because they still had 1 left from the earlier flight and of course, he said yes!

Special thanks to the sweet PAL crew members. We really experienced the #HeartOfTheFilipino on our flight! Can’t wait to fly again soon!


In case you were wondering how this toddler did on the flight, well, he was generally pretty behaved! As you can see, there were a lot of things that kept him occupied the entire 2 hours (including wait time on-board) of our flight He had a quick cry before landing because his ears wouldn’t pop and I think he semi-panicked inside. But all-in-all, he was such a great flyer!

I thank God for His grace and all praises to Him alone! Here’s to more flights with the kids! :)

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  • Reply
    Ken Patricio
    September 19, 2017 at 12:31 pm

    Adorable Luke! How time flies so fast, now he can travel with you outside Philippines. He really enjoyed the VIP trip. Thank you Ms. Sheena for giving us the glimpse of PAL #HeartoftheFilipino treat.

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      Sheena Sy Gonzales
      September 19, 2017 at 1:18 pm

      Hi Ken, thanks for always following on our adventures! Yes he finally was able to go outside the country and he definitely enjoyed! Hoping to plan something again soon! 😉

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    September 19, 2017 at 2:57 pm

    Haha! This was a lovely read. Numbers 5 and 6 were extra funny.

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      Sheena Sy Gonzales
      September 19, 2017 at 9:40 pm

      Thanks Lorra! Heehee. He was so happy; even raising his hands.

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    September 20, 2017 at 5:17 am

    Little man knows how to enjoy a flight!

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      Sheena Sy Gonzales
      September 20, 2017 at 9:21 am

      He sure does! 😉

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    Susie @ Mile High Dreamers
    September 21, 2017 at 10:12 am

    I am DYING over how cute Luke is in all of these pictures! Especially the one with him walking up to the club haha he looks so confident! And what are up and down button made for, if not to be used!
    So lucky that you guys got to fly business, what a fun trip for your little guy :). Love seeing the pics of your family!

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      Sheena Sy Gonzales
      September 21, 2017 at 10:26 pm

      Hi Susie thanks so much! Yes super confident as if he knows what lounges are all about. Haha!

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    Monique Galang
    September 22, 2017 at 1:31 pm

    Wow. Luke already experience business class on his first plane ride! Looks like luke had a great time.

    • Reply
      Sheena Sy Gonzales
      September 22, 2017 at 4:53 pm

      On his second plane ride! Haha yeah he really did! :)

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    Anika May
    September 22, 2017 at 5:05 pm

    Such adorable photos, Luke is a total cutie, I can’t get over it!

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      Sheena Sy Gonzales
      September 23, 2017 at 9:33 am

      Thanks Anika!

  • Reply
    September 22, 2017 at 5:53 pm

    The business class always looks great! I hope you had a great time!

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      Sheena Sy Gonzales
      September 23, 2017 at 9:32 am

      We really did! Thanks Violette, as always!

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    September 22, 2017 at 8:39 pm

    Oh how exciting to have the upgrade and all the cool things for your son to play with, what a nice flight experience! :) Very lucky!

    Hope you are having a lovely week :)

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      Sheena Sy Gonzales
      September 23, 2017 at 9:32 am

      Thanks Mica, he really enjoyed his upgrade! Hehe.

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    September 23, 2017 at 11:37 pm

    Wow!! These photos are so cute and your son is absolutely adorable :) It looks like you guys had so much fun!!

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      Sheena Sy Gonzales
      September 24, 2017 at 9:48 pm

      Hi Colleen, yes we really did! Thank you!

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    September 25, 2017 at 1:01 pm

    Haha I would do #5 and #6 all the time, with everyone’s chairs!!! Looks you had fun! x

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      Sheena Sy Gonzales
      September 25, 2017 at 2:45 pm

      Hahaha my son isn’t alone then. Yes we had a great time! :)

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