For weeks, E and I have been waiting for the GetGo Ph seat sale. We had to book our flight back to Manila from Hong Kong. See, we already have our tickets to Macau thanks to the Cebu Pacific Seat Sale last February. What we lacked is our return flight home. I told him that we had to book our tickets by April, latest May.
In my “kuripot” (cheapskate) mind, I wasn’t willing to spend more than P7,000 (USD 140) for our flight back. Some of you are probably thinking that I’m too cheap, how can I possibly book three tickets below P7,000. With determination, stalking skills, and a supportive husband we were able to book our flight back for only P4,426.21 (USD 89)!
GetGo Ph Anniversary Sale
So how did we do it? As I mentioned, it took stalking skills and E to book this flight.
After booking our flight to Macau, I discussed with E that we had more than enough rewards points from our credit card to book two return tickets.
With his approval, I processed the transfer of points from my credit card to my GetGo Ph account. The points transfer was easy but it took 3 working days for GetGo Ph to reflect it on my account.
I guess this was a blessing in disguise. The current seat sale that they had charged 2,000 points per ticket. I didn’t give up, though, I started checking their page every other day hoping that they will announce a seat sale. I keep telling myself that I still had three months to book our return tickets.
Judging their past seat sales I knew that they have bi-monthly seat sales (Read: stalker digital practitioner who spent time analysing their sales and corresponding points).
Come March they started posting teasers about their anniversary sale. I knew that this sale was our opportunity to book our return flights. Thanks to the data I had, I deduced that the possible duration of the seats on sale will be around September to December 2017.
I started checking their page daily! I noticed that they post updates around 11 AM and would send out email blasts at least every other week. This obsessive stalking of their page and email checking bore fruit when I received their advance announcement for the much-waited seat sale.
With my hands trembling, I took a screenshot of my desktop (an actual screenshot – me taking a photo of my desktop)and sent the image to E. My heart started to beat faster as if I ran for a minute in place. It was now or never.
I then asked my brother if I can borrow his Mac Book Pro so I can easily book my flight. This, of course, came with a payment, he will also book a flight if he sees fit (a.k.a. if it fit his schedule). I was fine with that, we had 8,050 points. In my computation, we would only need 4,000 to 5,000 points.
Booking Our Flight
Around 9 PM last March 13, my brother handed me his laptop. Bunny wasn’t asleep yet so she even said “tap tap” when she saw it. I immediately logged in on my GetGo Ph account and clicked remember me. My plan in mind is to sleep for a bit with Bunny and wait for E to wake me up when he comes home. It was written in the stars that we will get our ticket because E’s shift would end around 10:30 PM and that night he was home 15 minutes before midnight.
E woke me up from my not-so-deep slumber with a kiss, just like Sleeping Beauty daw. I immediately sat up and opened the laptop. I refreshed the GetGo Ph site and the promo was still not up.
Midnight came and with renewed confidence, I refreshed the site and clicked on redeem flights. I entered our details, picked the dates, and waited for the page to load. E sat beside me waiting for the page to load. It felt like we were waiting for more than five minutes before the page loaded.
We had two choices, book the morning flight (8:35 AM departure) or the midnight flight (00:05 AM departure). I tried to weigh the pros and cons, I even considered making a list before making the decision. It was then that I realised, there was no traffic to beat, the train was our way to the airport, and that we weren’t in Manila. I also factored in work, with the morning flight we still have ample time to rest before we have to go back.
With E’s approval, I booked the morning flight. I expected the site to load slower, I anticipated that users were logging in and booking their flights, but to my surprise, I was able to go to the next page in less than 15 seconds. I added baggage allowance for myself only which cost us additional 3,510 points. In total, we used up 3,570 points and just added P4,426.21 for tax and other fees.
To be honest, there was a sense of thrill when we booked our flights through GetGo Ph. The fact that I asked E to wake me up is enough to prove that I was determined to get tickets. This is something that I would advise to those who will try to book. Set an alarm for 12 MN and don’t wait for their Facebook post. Watch out for their email blasts because most often than not they announce in advance.
This goes for all seat sales. You will miss out on good flight schedules if you wait until the last minute to book or if you just wait for their post to reach you.
Other Seat Sales
If you are still looking for seat sales, you can check Philippine Airline’s site. Last I checked they have no announcements yet on their Facebook page. You can book domestic flights for as low as P1,000 one way. Their sale is both for their domestic and international flights.