In this time and age, low cost carriers have given a lot of people the chance to travel by offering cheap fares almost every week. But how do you snag those cheap airfares? If you’re a newbie traveler, let these 5 practical travel tips help you in booking that cheap airfare.
1. Be Social-Media Savvy. Follow the social pages of the airlines, be it in Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram. Airlines such as Cebu Pacific, AirAsia Philippines, Philippine Airlines post their promos on their social media accounts. You can also follow Explore8’s accounts, where these promos are also posted. Like facebook.com/explore8, follow on Twitter @explore_8 and get inspired in Instagram @explore8travel.
2. Mark your CALENDAR for holidays, events, festivals. Usually, airlines post promos before a festival or a holiday. For example, Cebu Pacific usually posts at 12 Midnight for Philippine Independence Day Sale or any holiday for that matter. So staying up late has its perks. Create an alert on your smartphone for holidays then check the social media pages of the airlines.
3. BE DECISIVE. I cannot teach you how. But simply put, plan ahead. Know your desired dates and when you see a promo seat, don’t think about it overnight, book it the moment you see it. Why? Promo seats sell fast. In just a matter of five minutes, someone else would book that seat. Please also note that seats are limited per travel date. If you want to bring the whole family of 6 or 7, don’t expect that everyone will get the same promo fare since airlines allocate a certain number of seats per date and per location.
4.PLAN AHEAD. When promos are launched, the travel dates are usually 3-6 months later or even a year later. Don’t expect that you can travel as soon as possible when booking a promo fare. It really depends on the airline. But more often than not, the travel dates are far from the booking dates.
5. VISIT Travel Expos. If you’re not online most of the time, then visit travel expos organized by different travel organizations in the Philippines like the PTAA’s Travel and Tour Expo held every February or the PHILTOA’s Philippine Travel Mart held every September. You can book cheap fares during these expos but you need to be early at the venue. You also need to bring patience with you. But if you want to avoid the hassles of queueing, then Explore8 Travel is ready to assist you in booking tickets and packages at these expos. Just send your 3 preferred travel dates, destination, full names, birthdays and contact number at firstname.lastname@example.org.
We hope these 5 practical travel tips to get cheap airfares in the Philippines would help you kickstart your travel life.