We all know by now that there are seat sales spread out across each year and that we don’t have to be rich to travel anywhere.
We usually take plane rides when going to places far from Manila for the convenience and to save a lot of time. Nothing against riding buses, but we just really prefer to make the most out of our time instead of being in a bus for 10++ hours.
By the way, we’re also against the use of credit cards! I already cut mine 4 years ago. Hehe. We availed of BPI’s e-prepaid card so I could also budget our travels.
Anyway, based on our experiences here are some tips we’d like to share with you travelers out there.
1.Know when the seat sales are. Read articles on the internet; be passionate about finding that super cheap flight. LOL. It’s also good to know when and where travel expos will take place – attend those events, there have really great deals to offer.
2. Avail of an e-prepaid card (doesn’t matter what bank). For those who don’t have credit cards – like us – we make it a point to load our e-prepaid card on a monthly basis. How much amount do you want to set aside for travels? Have a goal in mind – your target date of travel and your budget for Place X.
Ex. Maximum 30,000. Save at least 3,000 per month. etc…
We prefer an e-prepaid just because we don’t want to have to pay for interests monthly. With this, we’re able to spend for anyting within our given budget.
3.Check all airlines for the cheapest flights. There are sites that already summarize the prices of trips for you.
4. Book for flights during unusual times like around 1am-4am. That’s what I usually do. Before I go to bed, I check flights. Even when I don’t have travel plans. -Pau
5. As much as possible don’t check in yoour baggages. If you can manage to pack everything in 1 carry on baggage, why not. It saves you around P400.
6. If you’re doing an advanced booking (6 months in advance), don’t book a round trip yet when the return ticket is not on sale. Book for a one-way ticket if it’s on sale then wait for a few months to book for the return ticket. This way you, you might have cheaper 2 one way tickets compared to a round trip ticket.
Scenario: We were supposed to book a round trip ticket to and from Naga, but only the departure was on sale. So I booked that first. 2 months later, there was a seat sale from Legazpi to Manila. So we decided to go to Legazpi from Naga and tour the city then just go back to Manila from there. Our tickets (two way) just costs around 2,700 TOTAL for the both of us.
7. When checking prices, check for one person first to see accurate prices. Then better to book for just one or two, then just ask your friends to book themselves.
8. As much as possible, we don’t avail of package deals because we want to do things on our own – create our own itinerary, look for the cheapest/preferred accommodations, etc. All our trips are DIY. If you don’t have time to createyour own itinerary, you can actually ask us to create one for you. It’s a hobby. LOL. 🙂
9. For those using credit cards, avail of your rewards/points to purchase tickets. It’ll really save you a lot of cash.
More hacks to be published as we experience more travels together!