Are “Piso Fares” real?
हो र होईन। Yes, because when airlines say PISO FARE, they refer to the base fare, the cost of the plane ticket. and yes, they can go as low as P1 or even zero at times. No, because there will be other charges to be added to the fare such as web admin fees and government taxes. Regardless, these discounts will give you substantial discounts and will allow you to travel on the cheap!
With the rise of affordable carriers and stiff competition, prompting even legacy airlines to offer budget options, finding low-cost fares is not that tough anymore. Yet, whenever airlines announce discounts on their Facebook pages, they are bombarded with all sorts of complaints from users. While some of them have a point, some users just accuse the airlines of being deceptive, claiming that the sale is just some empty pledge or a misleading marketing strategy. Some even go as far as saying that the SALE is not real.
Trust me, these discounts are real. just because you can’t find discount seats doesn’t indicate they are not. lots of of our trips became a reality because of these low-cost fares. I have availed of it lots of times. but we understand where the negativity is coming from. Some get really frustrated because the discount seats don’t appear when they search. and when they do appear, it’s tough to pin them down.
There are lots of reasons for this:
The number of seats on sale available is limited. They can’t put all the seats on sale. Airlines normally publish the number of seats on sale PER DESTINATION on their web site so be sure to check it out.
Their web sites suck. They promote their sale to no end, but their web site can’t manage the traffic surge, often leading to downtimes and slowing down.
Your connection sucks too. A slow Internet connection will complicate things more.
I used to work as marketing expert for two local airlines and a global travel aggregator site, so I somehow have a good grasp of how these sales work. It takes skill! You need to be fast and precise.
Here are some ideas on how to successfully book a discount flight based on my experience as a frequent flyer and as an insider. This applies to local airlines such as Cebu Pacific Air, AirAsia, and Philippine Airlines. ल यसरी हामी गर्छौं।
1. follow airlines’ social media accounts.
Stalk them on Twitter and Facebook. Gone are the days when they would surprise everyone. They now announce the sale days ahead.
It’s hard to know when exactly discounts will happen, but there have been constant elements over the years: They launch special sales during holidays and crucial occasions. For example, to celebrate their anniversaries, airlines normally launch enormous discounts as a treat and a marketing stunt. They also normally have discounts on Easter, Valor Day, independence Day, and new Year’s Day among others. I’m referring to booking periods, not travel periods.
Many frequent travelers I know have turned on the get NOTIFICATIONS feature of the FB page of airlines so they receive alerts. Downside, they are notified for other shit, too.
2. sign up for an account before the sale.
This way, you don’t need to type in your details when it’s time to book. lots of airlines put a time limit on each booking session. Signing up for an account indicates you don’t need to type your personal info and credit scores card details each time you book.
But that’s not all. Register for an account with their Reward Programs too. Airlines normally hold sales that are exclusive to members of their loyalty Programs! That’s AirAsia big for AirAsia, GetGo for Cebu Pacific Air, and Mabuhay Miles for Philippine Airlines.
3. Be ready with your companions’ personal details and preferences.
Collect all your companions’ personal details beforehand. Don’t ask your pals for their details and preferences when you’re already in the process of booking. It’s incredibly stressful! pals take forever to reply! also because like I said, your booking session might expire. Worse, someone else might book the seat you’re eyeing while you and your companions are still deliberating. happened to me multiple times: just when we’ve finally decided, poof, it’s gone.
So before the sale, decide on the following:
Alternative Destinations (as plan B, in case you don’t find fares)
Here are the personal details you need from your companions:
Full name (including middle name and as written on passport)
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Passport Number (some airlines require this)
Passport Expiry date (some airlines require this)
While you’re at it, ask them too if they like aisle or window seat and meal choice, if they’re ready to pay for them. LOL।
4. book by small batches.
This is one thing I have proven so lots of times. When you book for so lots of people at once, the site displays “SOLD OUT.” but when you book for just one or two people,you can have that same flight (same plane, same day, same time).
For example, once, during a promo, my pals and I were booking tickets to Cagayan de Oro. There were 5 of us. Every date we chose, we would get a sold OUT display. but when we tried just booking for two people, unexpectedly some slots became available. So what we did was book two flights and then my pal booked the same flight for three people using a different computer. All 5 of us flew to Cagayan de Oro on the same flight.
There are risks, though! These may be the last 2 or 3 seats so if you’re a big group, there’s always a chance you’ll end up taking different flights.
5. Be quick and early. book on the first day of SALE.
Perhaps the reason I always get hold of sale seats is because I book early. If the announced sale period is November 3-6, book on November 3. There’s a big chance there won’t be anything left in the following days. The number of seats in a plane is finite and they can only put a few of them on sale but the demand is so big that they tend to get sold out easily.
Some airlines replenish discount seats after a specified period of time so they’re evenly distributed throughout the sale period, but they don’t disclose the exact date and time. The easiest way remains booking at the start of the sale.
If you found low-cost fares and you like the dates, book them fast. You have no idea how lots of users are eyeing those same seats at that moment and you will lose them soon. If you’re booking for other people, make sure you have their full names and birth dates (sometimes, passport numbers).
6. book in the wee hours.
I know it sounds absurd but if you really want to get hold of a low-cost seat, book in the wee hours of announced date of sale. The sale normally activates at 12 midnight. You will have a lot more chances if you’re searching within the first hour.
Also, whenever there’s a sale happening, airline web sites can’t seem to manage the volume of users trying to book at the same time, slowing down the system. This also leads to a lot of waiting times and errors. This is what you can avoid when you book while the rest of the world is in slumber.
7. consider other dates.
If there are no a lot more seats on your chosen dates, pick another. Obviously, weekends tend to get sold-out faster than other days of the week. Be flexible when it pertains to dates and timings.
धैर्यवान हुनुहोस्। I know it can get tiring clicking the next Day/Previous Day button but if you really want it cheap, you shouldn’t mind going through all dates if necessary. If you have very certain dates that can’t be changed, then good luck to you.
8. choose a not-so-popular destination.
Davao, Cebu, Bohol and Palawan seem to be the most loved destinations — they go “sold out” even before you consider booking. So come up with alternative places to check out that are also worth your time. For example, Dumaguete uses a heritage-rich experience as well as terrific beaches. Iloilo is your gateway to Guimaras where beaches are as sensational as in lots of provinces in the country. Laoag opens your doors to Pagudpud and the best of the Ilocos region.
Also, try using other gateways to the destination you wish to visit. want to fly to Dumaguete but no a lot more P1 seats? try Cebu and just take a ferry to Dumaguete. This way, you’ll also get to explore Cebu. No a lot more Caticlan seats? Kalibo is just two hours away. going to Samar but no a lot more Catarman or Calbayog seats? try Tacloban. Be open to other possibilities.
Airlines actually disclose the number of available discount seats per sale. just go to their web site and check which destinations have a lot of seats on sale.
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