|When there is down, there must be up.|
|Yeah.. all done by our travel agent|
The first step I did was to decide on what airline to use for transportation. I got to be honest. With all the recent accidents that befell Cebu Pacific Airlines (CEB), I was going for Philippine Airlines (PAL) even if CEB was cheaper by around 5-6k. Although a bit expensive compared to other airlines, PAL offered the comfort of arriving and departing from terminal 2 of Naia and terminal 2 of Changi Airport. It also gave me peace of mind.
To start first, one would go to http://www.philippineairlines.com/ . Here
|Select where and when|
|wait for it...|
|Then, you check if you are up for it. You are asked to get insurance for an additional 5$.|
|Type in your data|
|and pay up.|
Now here is the tricky part. Since I can't really show it to you, I will just describe what happened. After putting in all the details and what not, I was transported to another website that is under METROBANK CARD. It seems they started implementing this new SOS system. It is their Secure Online Shopping. You are asked for a pass code given to you by the bank at step 1. Then, you change it into your own alphanumeric passcode in step 2. To be able to get the pass code one must call up their services. In theory this is great. BUT!!!!
I got to be honest here. I was placed on hold for more than 2 hours. The customer service representative on the other line needed to direct me to a special line. I believe all the inquiries were funneled into one or two help desks that it was a battle neck. GEEZ!!!
So I almost gave up. Believing in "kung may tinanim may aanihin, kung may aanihin may sasaing, at kung may sasaing may kakainin" (Basically: if you sow then you shall reap), I waited. I placed it on speaker just to give my ears a little rest. I even resorted to using my mom's platinum hotline to be able to get in because I was super pissed. BOOM! I got in without waiting 2 minutes. I got to say having a high credit limit would really give you certain perks.
After verifying my information and getting the password, I was able to book and was able to get my tickets via e-mail. WHEW!!!
Aside from the waiting game, everything went smoothly and was actually great for a first timer like me. I was able to do something that we would usually delegate to a travel agent. Thankfully everything is now in order. My only problem now is I can't decide if I should take the taxi or bus or the Mrt to my hostel. Arghhh!!!!
What do you think? LOL!
By the way, if you have the foresight to plan a vacation way way way in advance, I would suggest that you checkout the airlines every Monday. Usually, PAL and CEB would give out discounts and seat sale every Monday. You just have to go to their websites and see the offers. Just take note, the flying dates are months in advance.
Like these two... JUST READ THE FINE PRINT!!!!
***screen grabs from CEB's and PAL's websites ****
*** I didn't receive any compensation for this post. I just jotted down what I had experienced***