We can get to our travel destinations by a private car, bus, train or ferry but it’s the plane that brings us to more exciting places on Earth. More exciting means more pricey. hahaha But don’t worry, I have prepared some airline-booking tips to somehow help you tick off items from your bucketlist. 🙂
First, if you’re comfortable using mobile apps, download one or two from my list of suggested apps:
- Philippine Flights
You can easily check available flights on your chosen dates, compare prices among airlines and choose the best option for the departure and arrival time of flights. Or if you’re a loyal customer of a particular airline, you can also download their own app from the store for free.
Second, subscribe or register as a member. Most of the airline companies offer online membership on which you gain points whenever you book a flight then you can use these points to book another flight. And also, they notify you through email every time they have promo fares. For Filipino travelers, we have Mabuhay Miles for Philippine Airlines, Big Shot for AirAsia and GetGo for Cebu Pacific. When you already have an account, complete the information about you and your frequent companions ahead of time so that when you’re catching a promo fare, you don’t need to fill everything up all over again. It saves a lot of time, I swear! Don’t forget that catching a promo fare is a tough competition, like every second really counts! Tick tock! Tick tock! hahaha
Third, follow their pages on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter or in any platform that you regularly use. This, for me, is the fastest way to get promo updates because I use Facebook everyday. LOL
Fourth, most of those who catch promo fares are the ones who use credit cards. But if you don’t have one, debit cards are also accepted by some airlines. I mentioned about travel fund in my previous post so if you’re using an atm for that fund, it’s better if it can also be used to book tickets online (e.g. Visa and MasterCard debit cards). While some people book online then pay over-the-counter (banks or payment centers), there is no guarantee that the booked flight is still available before payment.
Fifth, read travel magazines or airline magazines during your flight to get updates from their upcoming promo especially on their new flights which are usually 50-70% off the regular price. And also, sometimes they announce photo contest and obviously the price is a trip to somewhere-you-have-never-been-to, exciting! hahaha
Sixth, no insurance, no snacks or flight meals, no seats, no checked-in baggage. Regarding INSURANCE, it’s really up to you. LOL. But if you’re still unsure of your travel dates, you must avail this so you can rebook your flight or change passenger’s name for a cheaper fee. And if you have many dependents, insurance is a must! haha SNACKS or MEALS, if it’s a long flight, why not or just bring your own. Or just sleep throughout the flight, surely no additional charges. haha PAL always offers free snacks btw. 🙂 SEATS, for daddy long legs and his relatives, choosing a seat is needed for comfy travel. But if you’re not choosy, don’t purchase a seat online. Upon checking in through a self-service check-in kiosks at the airport, you can actually select a seat but unfortunately, this is not available in some airlines. I am only able to do this with Cebu Pacific. Of course, you need to be early because it’s on a first-come first-served basis. BAGGAGE, this is not really a problem for backpackers like Dora. haha You decide for yourself, kaya mo na yan LOL 😀
Seventh, some people think that you can only check-in online (web check-in) if you have no checked-in baggage, wrong! Even if you have checked-in baggage, you can still check-in online, print an electronic boarding pass or make use of the airline kiosks at the airport then just proceed to the bag-drop or web check-in counters. If you have noticed, these counters always have shorter queues than the regular ones.
Eighth, attend any Travel Expo events. There are so many great travel deals and package tours being offered and surprisingly low fares for big airlines! Just make sure you prepare your credit card and cash. haha And don’t forget to get flyers because they’re very helpful especially in preparing DIY itineraries. In the Philippines, this usually takes place in SMX Convention Center, MOA, Pasay.
So there you go loves, I hope my tips sounded useful to you. hahaha If you want to add some of your tips here, just comment below! 🙂 Thanks for reading! 😉