This post is a continuation of “How to catch a seat sale post”
After I have given you a prep about booking online Now I will show you the step by step process of booking a cheap fare online. I will use the Airphil Express’s website because I think that it is the easiest to use. The process is practically the same with other airline’s web.
Step 1: Go to the Airline’s Website. Here are the list of budget airlines in the Philippines (You can choose below by clicking the link)
Step 2: When you see a seat sale like this one. Always take note of the Selling Period, booking period, and the destinations because the seat sale might be over or hasn’t even started yet. And it might not be the one you’re looking for.
Step 3: Search for flights using the search box. Just click the drop-down box choose where you are flying from, choose your preferred travel dates (Make sure it is within the promo period) choose where you want to fly, and how many tickets you are buying. Then click find flights.
Tip: Most of the time search results will take longer to show up specially when you are trying to compete with thousand others. Hence close other tabs, patiently wait and quit opening too many tabs or lurking on facebook.
Step 4: When the results appear you willl see something like this in general even in other airline’s website. If you’re in luck, the base fare mentioned in the advrtisement will still be available like in this case the base fare mentioned above is P151. It is apparent that it is still available in our sample search below and in other dates too. However if in case it is no longer available on your desired date you can opt to pay a higher base fare or move your travel period to pay less.
After you click the base fare you will see the total amount of the ticket that you will have to pay. In this case you will only pay P1184 (1 person) for a round trip ticket from Clark to Cebu from July 3-5. This could the cheapest you can find online.
Step 5: Click continue then you will be brought to this page. Enter your details. If you’re going out of the country make sure to enter your passport details if not then leave this behind. Provide a valid email address (one that you have an access to) because your itinerary will be sent here then click continue
Step 6: Next you will be brought here and you will be ask to choose a seat. if you think you don’t need any of this don’t do anything just skip these because you’ll have to pay for them on top of your air tickets. Click continue on these 2 pages. I normally skip them..hehe
Tip: If you Check in-in early you could still choose your preferred seats. Arrive at the airport 2 hours before your scheduled flight 🙂
Step 7: Payment.
It is your choice whether to add up travel insurance on top of your air tickets.
If you have a credit card just enter your details above. If you don’t have one you can ask other’s permission to use their credit card. However you are required to present that credit card or a photocopy during check-in.
Another option is to choose third party payment and pay through the trusted parties above within 24-hours of booking.
After you have completed all the step above make sure that you agree to the terms and click submit payment. You will then receive your itinerary. If you chose to pay by third party you will receive a code that you will have to use in paying for your ticket.
If you have more questions about booking online you may post your comments below and I’ll try my best to help you. Happy Booking 🙂