The Philippines’ leading airline, Cebu Pacific (PSE: CEB),has implemented the 20% discount, on top of the exemption from the 12% Value-Added Tax (VAT), on airfare for Senior Citizens and Persons With Disabilities (PWDs) across all its booking systems.
This means bookings of Cebu Pacific flights made by eligible Senior Citizens and PWDs, whether done via ticket office, online via the CEB website, or through the CEB mobile app, now reflect the applicable discounts on the base fare for flights within the Philippines.
The 20% airfare discount and 12% VAT can be availed by all Filipino Senior Citizens and PWDs. For bookings made through the website or mobile app, the passengers need to input their details, including their date of birth or the number stated on their identification cards (Senior Citizen Card or PWD card). The total amount discounted can be found both on the “booking summary” portion of the website, as well as the “fare breakdown” or “payment details” portion of the itinerary receipt.
The discount extended to Senior Citizens and PWDs only covers airfare, and does not cover ancillary services such as food, baggage allowance and seat selection.
Upon check-in, passengers who availed of the discount are required to present their Senior Citizen ID issued by the Office of Senior Citizen Affairs (OSCA); or PWD ID issued by the National Council on Disability Affairs (NCDA). In lieu of these, they may show other valid government-issued IDs that reflect their nationality and birthdate such as Passport, Driver’s License, Voter’s ID, SSS/GSIS ID, PRC Card, Postal ID, PWD ID issued by the Office of Persons with Disability Affairs (PDAO) or the City/Municipal Social Welfare and Development Office (CSWDO/MSWDO) of the place where the PWD resides, or their Transportation Discount Fare Identification Card issued by the National Council for the Welfare of Disabled Persons (NCWDP).
“Through this system upgrade, we hope to be able to better serve the travelling public and make it easier for our Senior Citizens and PWDs to avail of the discounts. We also recognize the efforts of the House Committee on Transportation, the Department of Transportation and the Civil Aeronautics Board in drafting these guidelines that would govern the granting of discounts for senior citizens and PWDs on online transactions as these have been seen growing exponentially over the past years,” said Atty. JR Mantaring, Vice President for Corporate Affairs of Cebu Pacific.
CEB flies to 37 domestic destinations, with over 80 routes—the most extensive among Philippine carriers. Its 60-strong fleet is comprised of two Airbus A319, 36 Airbus A320, eight Airbus A330, eight ATR 72-500, and six ATR 72-600 aircraft. Between 2017 and 2022, CEB expects delivery of 7 Airbus A321ceo, 32 Airbus A321neo, and 10 ATR 72-600 aircraft. /jpv