Tuesday, September 23, 2008

I Love FREE Tickets!


First of all... Thank you Cebu Pacific!

I don't call myself a Cebu Pacific fan or loyalist eventhough I first rode their jurassic DC-9 aircraft to Iloilo when they are just less than a month old airline flying only few routes from Manila. There are only I think less than 10 passengers then including me, my dad and sister. If given a choice I would still love to fly with full-service carriers.

I'm so happy that I took advantage of the absolutely FREE seats which Cebu Pacific Air offered last weekend. I booked several flights to Luzon, Visayas and Mindanao. By the way, I want to congratulate the airline which gave me many free tickets for being the recent No. 1 domestic airline in the Philippines. I mostly booked just 2 days/1 night trips so I don't need to file for a vacation leave and it will also lessen my overhead expenses, anyway I will be just revisting the places that I explored before.

I even booked 7 FREE roundtrip tickets for me and my friends and we will be going to Butuan City in December. My friends hesitated a little but "beggars can't be choosers" so I didn't had a difficult time convincing them to go with me, besides all 7 of us haven't been to Butuan. I'm also planning to make our Bicol trip with my family and our househelp in December to be my gift to all of them. I will save a lot as I will only need to spend for our hotel and transportation as my dad always spend for our food whenever we are on a trip. I don't even want to reveal that our airfare is free so they will think that I am so generous, hahaha!

What I like the most about this FREE tickets are my Cebu, Davao and General Santos trips. I don't need to spend for my hotel stays as I will be just spending a day in those destinations. I already been to those cities before so there's no need to stop and smell the roses anymore. I only plan to buy some souvenir t-shirts and maybe some delicacies which I can make as Christmas gifts to my friends and relatives. I know that souvenir t-shirts are always cheaper than those branded ones and most people like to receive a souvenir shirt rather than those which were bought in a department store.

Because of this history first FREE ticket frenzy I now consider my 2 nights Boracay package for only 4,430 pesos as very expensive. Eventhough it is still cheap as I got them from the PAL Express booth at the 19th Philippine Travel Mart I still consider them a waste because I could have just booked the tickets and got them for free. I even thought of selling them at a discounted price (the lowest Boracay package price that you can get in any airline or travel agency is about 8,000 bucks per person which includes airfare, airport transfers, 2 nights accommodation and daily breakfast).

So now, with all those horror stories which you can read in a number of blogs about the services of Cebu Pacific maybe this time I'll be a little bit tolerant as I am a non-revenue passenger although it is not an excuse to inconvenience me with whatever instances that may arise in my future flights. I know my rights, privileges and responsibilities as a passenger very well. By the mere possession of a ticket, any airlines would be bound to transport me from point A to point B in a safe manner and without delay as the ticket serves as an implied contract between the passenger and the airline. Believe me, I have my share of horror stories after multitude of flights with them since April 1996 but I consider them just part of the joys & pains of travelling so it is not enough for me to boycott them as what other bloggers advocate (I love that I live in a country that advocates free speech!).

22 comments:

Carlota said...

waaaahhh. buti ka pa.. i didn't know about this free tickets until yesterday and it was too late already by then... oh well, hopefully there will be another one next year. crossing my fingers.. let's just hope that your family won't read your blog so they won't know that you have gotten them for free. weeeee

Lawstude said...

ang galing-galing naman. ang daming trips. inggit ako.

i don't wanna sound partial pero may basis naman yung horror stories about cebu pacific kasi eh, at pinakaworst doon yung laging delayed flight.

by the way, sorry for not visiting sooner. just had a weeklong vacation and the work just piled-up. i'll catch-up on my readings/blog-hops once my sched returns to normal. have a nice day friend.

Rintjez said...

I flew with Cebu Pacific domestic and international couple of times and I always satisfied with its service. Never heard about the horror stories until today. Haha!

kegler747 said...

@ carlota: Dapat pumunta ka dto sa blog ko nung friday. I posted it agad as soon na malaman ko :)

kegler747 said...

@ lawstude: Meron akong love/hate relationship sa cebu pacific ;) hehehe

kegler747 said...

@ rintjez: good for u that were satisfied with your flights with cebu pacific. I don't know if i may call it luck ;)

.::. Vanny .:. said...

pano nagkaron ng free roundway ticket? *inggit*

di ko cguro agad nalaman yan kc im on a out-of-town trip last weekend. and yes, im satisfied with Cebu pacific :D

Debra said...

Asian airlines are growing faster than European and AMerican airlines. I never heard of CEBU but it seems to be an emerging star. do they fly to Europe or USA? And what are their fares like?

Debra
Dallas

kegler747 said...

@ vanny: Cebu Pacific became the #1 domestic airline as reported by ATO kaya ayun they allocated 50,000 seats to be given away free.

Allan Barredo said...

galing talaga ng cebu pacific. I'm a big fan of that airline.

do visit the fish port sa Gen San, its just near the airport. and bring home lots of tuna :)

kegler747 said...

@ debra: Cebu Pacific only flies to several destinations in Southeast Asia and East Asia. I heard they are now planning to fly in U.S. destinations by next year.

kegler747 said...

@ allan: Yup, I'll follow your suggestion. I will bring my large Coleman cooler. Kasyang kasya dun khit 10 kilos ng tuna :)

the donG said...

keep reminding me kegler. im really into this promos.

thanks!

eli said...

pwde ba sumama jan? pwede ako basta free!

ces said...

care to exchange links? :)

wow, free tickets.. kainggit! :)

Ces said...

Hey there, thanks for adding my link. Na-add ko na din link mo. :)

Thanks, sana nga merong promo :)

kegler747 said...

@ the dong: Cge, I'll remind you kapag meron promo. Keep checking din my blog kse for sure I'll post it here as soon na malaman ko.

kegler747 said...

@ eli: Ubos na ang free tickets eh ;) but do keep on visiting my blog para malaman mo kung may promo.

dyosa said...

I got free seats too. That's why I'm flying to Cebu this December. Ang saya!

Travel safe. :-)

Carlota said...

hopefully, before CEBu pacific fly out to US, they'll have flights to Cambodia.. i really want to see my angkor wat minus the horrifying land trip that i keep reading about in blogs..

sana sa europe din. ahehehehe. sana wala na ring visa. ahehe.. wish ko lang.. nanaginip na naman ng gising.

ALiNe said...

hay ako walang makuhang free.. congrats!

Mitz said...

love/hate din ako with cebu pacific. haha. if only they had great customer service, then it would really raise the airline up the bar.