Cebuana Adventures: The Struggles of Last Minute Flight Booking

On March 30, 2017, without any precursor, I decided that I was going to travel for the Holy Week. Alone. This, despite the fact that my mom already has plans for the family.

While I was driving to work, my mind was quite empty until the thought popped up. So when I arrived in the office a few minutes before 9 a.m., the first thing I did was check for flights on random destinations – Bali? Coron? Malaysia? – any place that didn’t require Filipinos to get Visas. Then I remembered reading about Taiwan allowing visa free entries for Philippine passport holders with a valid US Visa. Immediately I searched for flights to Taipei and, surprisingly, the fare was still cheap for my desired date of travel which was April 12. Thank goodness for budget airlines like Airasia!

I took this as a go signal from the universe because I only had 13 days till the flight (now 11 days). I thought the that price would have already soared through the roof! Fortunately, it was only a couple of thousands higher than the average price of 2,000 PHP. The price coming back to the Philippines is a different story.

In my excitement, I hurriedly booked the 4,030 PHP ticket to Taipei without much thought. I had no idea how much my lodging, land transportation, and food expenses would be (by now, of course, I’ve had enough time to research on it). This is the most spontaneous I’ve ever been. How exciting…

What’s even more exciting is the fact that I do not have my passport with me. This dawned on me right after I received my flight confirmation email. I submitted my passport to the Embassy of Japan last week!  Who forgets something like that? Me, apparently.

And so, the following narrative ensued:

  • “Thank goodness I bought Travel Insurance! Maybe I can cancel my flight to Taipei for free, otherwise I’ll have to pay a fee to change it :(“
  • “But does my travel insurance cover cancelled trips for reasons other than death of a family member and natural disasters? I have look it up”
  • “The travel insurance website can’t find my policy! I gotta contact the airline.”
  • “Well this customer representative doesn’t seem happy to help me. Okay, I’ll just email the travel insurance company.” *sends email*
  • *receives reply attached with full insurance policy*
  • “NOOO! My insurance won’t cover it.”
  • “Oh wells, at least I didn’t buy a ticket coming back yet… Bye bye, 4,030 pesos.
  • “My passport should be back in a week, just a few days before my ticket’s departure date. I should just look for a return ticket” *Goes to Airasia website*
  • “Oh damn, it’s 10,000+ PHP coming back.” *searches for ticket from Cebu Pacific*
  • “Cool. Around 6,000 PHP, but still too expensive. I wonder how much it is a week from today?”
  • “Wow… only 2,000+ for a flight from Taipei to Cebu on April 9. Maybe tickets will get cheaper if I wait it out?”
  • *at 12 m.n.* Nice. that 10,000+ PHP ticket came down to 8,000+. I’m so sure that it’ll still go down.
  • *the next day* Dammit the ticket went up.

There you have it. All that trouble in the span of a day. Oh well, hopefully my passport will arrive within this week because if it doesn’t, I’ll have to watch my booked ticket go down the drain. We’ll see how it goes. Follow my blog to keep updated!


16 thoughts on “Cebuana Adventures: The Struggles of Last Minute Flight Booking

  1. I just saw your comment on Traveling the World Solo’s blog in which you said you just posted your first. I was so excited for you and wanted to show support. One of the best ways to grow your audience is to do what you did; engage with other bloggers. Keep it up. I really hope that everything works out for you. And if it doesn’t, know that it usually does. Being spontaneous is one of the most enjoyable things about adulthood. I just published something about it like 2 days ago! I can tell you’ve got promise young padwan.

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    1. Hey! Thank you. Your comment means so much to me! And thank you for following my blog, I really appreciate it. I hope so too, but it looks like i might have to reschedule the flight. Will have to see where the winds take me. I already love your blog! I like how you publish your thoughts in short posts. It has variety and it keeps the timeline interesting. xoxo 🙂

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      1. Oh no! I’m sorry to hear you’ll have to reschedule. Did you try checking if you can get to another airport and fly home from there? Sometimes smaller ones are cheaper. I waited to buy a ticket from Phuket to Chiang Mai and the cost went up $70. A learning experience for sure. Thanks so much for your feedback. I’m very glad you like it. 🙂

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  2. Hey there! After all the stress of preparing for a trip, the best things you can do is to enjoy it. I sometimes don’t consider some details for my trips but when I do, I end up overplanning (if there’s a word like that, lol).

    Anyway, you mentioned you’ve got our US visa. Mind sharing your experience coz I’m planning to visit the US next year and I really don’t have any idea what to do or where to start.

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      1. That’s good to hear. I think Taiwan os a nice place to visit.

        Oh yeah! I wish to hear your experience in processing your visa. I never had experience doing it on my own coz my visas were processed by my husband’s employer. This time I have to do it on my own.

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      2. I did everything over the https://ph.usembassy.gov/ website! It’s fairly easy and quick. The interview is what made me anxious the most. You just have to:

        1. Download payment slip (found on the site)
        2. Pay the amount indicated on the slip
        3. Make an account on the website
        4. Fill up the form DS 160, then;
        5. Schedule your interview! 🙂

        Lol. It sounds daunting while i’m saying it but it will be easy once get the details from the website 😁

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      3. Most of the time, they won’t ask to look at your papers. I can attest to this because i’ve had 3 interviews before i was finally given a visa! Lol. But it’s better to be prepared. Bring bank certificates and statements, your itr or the bir employee form, any proof of ownership to a property (or anything that will convince them that you will be coming back to the PH). During interview, they’re going to ask you want you want to do in the states, how long you plan to stay, what you do for a living, and if you’ve ever been outside of Ph before. Just be honest and specific. For ex., if they ask you what you do for a living, don’t say “i’m businesswoman.” Say it like, “i’m an owner of a (nature of business) company with (number of branches) all over (cebu? Visayas?)” or if you’re an employee, say it like “i’m the (position in company) of (nature of company) (company name)” you get the gist. Haha. And whenever they ask you what countries you’ve been to, count it one by one and don’t group them together saying “countries in asia” etc. won’t really convince them.

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      4. Just thinking about it makes me really anxious but the worst thing they can say is no, right.

        Anyway, thanks for sharing your experience. It’s a great help in my preparation. I appreciate it.

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      5. Yeah, it can be intimidating. Especially once you’re there in front of them answering their questions already. During those times my voice would break from nervousness. lol. But yup! the only bad thing they can do is say no. Just hope for the best. You’re welcome! 😀

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  3. Hey there! After all the stresses of planning a trip, the best thing you can do is to enjoy it. I sometimes miss to consider some details when planning but when I do, I end up overplanning (if that word even exist, lol)

    Anyway, you mentioned you’ve got your US visa. Mind sharing your experience coz I’m planning to visit the US next year and I really don’t have any idea what to do or where to start.

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