Monday, August 15, 2016

8 Ways to Score Cheap Airline Tickets

“Travel as much as you can, as far as you can, as long as you can. Life’s not meant to be lived in one place.”

I agree with this quote because we live in a wonderful world so learn to travel and see the beauty and charm of other cities, provinces and countries. Have some adventures in life, seek to see and experience things up close and personal. Do not stay or live in one place.

I cannot deny that travel means expense but nowadays, you don’t need to be rich just to travel because there are so many ways to travel cheaply.

Living in the Philippines which is an archipelago, we always need to fly out to visit Visayas, Mindanao and of course other countries. In order to save money, I need to look for cheap airline tickets. 

I’ll be sharing with you how do I save for airfare. Here are the 8 Ways to Score Cheap Airline Tickets

1. Watch Out for Seat Sales 

My number one on my list is watch out for airline seat sales, I cannot stress enough but you can really save money if you are able to buy promo ticket.

I remember when my son was in toddler years, I really wake up before 12AM so I’m ready to book when 12AM strikes. Airlines are offering P1 sale or FREE seat, we’ve been to Kota Kinabalu, Malaysia for only P2,145 Round Trip for 3 persons.

How can you watch out for seat sales? Follow the social medias of different airlines such as Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and subscribe on their email updates to keep you updated with deal alerts.

2. Visit Travel Expo 

Visit Travel Expo, if you don’t like waking up early, you don’t have a reliable internet connection or you don’t like booking online. It is like a one stop shop where airlines, resorts, hotels and travel agencies offer promos, seat sales and discounts. But you need a lot of patience to fall in line. 

3. Enroll in Airline Frequent Flier Program 

Whether you are a frequent traveler or not, take advantage the frequent flier program of different airlines. Membership is free and you can earn miles by flying or staying in partner hotels. 

We were able to book Business Class ticket using our Mabuhay Miles when we went to Cebu. 

4. Use Credit Card 

Credit card companies are also offering airline promos and discounts by using their credit card to book the airfare. Some companies are offering buy 2 and get one free. 

We also earn miles by using our credit card. Credit Card Points to Mabuhay Miles. 

5. Fly with Budget Carriers 

If you are not picky, book your tickets on budget airlines like Cebu Pacific and Air Asia. These airlines also offer membership program where you can also earn points or miles.

6. Book One Way Ticket

Don’t always book round trip ticket especially if the price is steep. Whenever there is a seat sale, I make sure that I will only book the promo fare so most of the time, I will buy a one-way ticket and wait for another seat sale or check other airlines. 

When we went to Cebu 5 years ago, I book Manila to Cebu and Cebu to Manila in two different airlines.

P499.68 - Manila to Cebu (via Cebu Pacific) 3 persons 
P1561 - Cebu to Manila (via AirPhil) 3 persons 

7. Fly on Cheapest Days or Times 

If there are no seat sales and you need plane tickets, book the cheapest days or times. The cheapest days are Tuesday and Wednesday. Avoid expensive days like Fridays, Sundays, Holidays and Peak Season. 

The cheapest times are flights at dawn and red-eyes. I don’t mind flying as early as 5AM if the fare is cheap. When we went to Japan, I chose the earliest flight because it was the cheapest rate, fare difference of $50 dollars per person/way

8. Use Booking Platform 

Sometimes looking for a cheap airline ticket is very stressful because it takes so much time but now with the help of booking platform like Traveloka, the work will be easy. It is available on your desktop or mobile phones.

Booking platform is a great tool to search for cheap airfare because you only need few clicks and you can see, compare and book airline tickets. It will save you time in comparing cheap flights from different airlines. Aside from that, you can also book a hotel at a competitive price. 

Care to share your tips in booking cheap airfare.

Friday, August 12, 2016

Betty Crocker: Chocolate Chip

Ever since I attended the Bread Baking Class, I was looking for weighing scale, dough scraper and additional mixing bowls for proofing. I’ve been to Gourdos but I did not find what I needed so I asked my husband if he can accompany me to Dough It All - Mamplasan

Read: The Day I Learned How to Make my Own Bread 

We went to Brentville to check the baker’s supply center but the guard told us that it was already closed, last week lang po nagsara, lilipat daw po sa bandang hi-way. Waah! I just found out last month that they have a branch in Laguna then sarado na. 

Since there is also South supermarket in Brentville, we checked it out para di sayang lakad. I saw the Betty Crocker instant mix cookie, I tried their oatmeal chocolate chip mix last year and we liked it so I tried this chocolate chip mix.

Read: Betty Crocker Oatmeal Chocolate Chip

You only need two ingredients, 1/2 butter and 1 egg. Mix the three ingredients and bake for 8-10 minutes at 375F. 

The chocolate chip cookie is good, it is a little bit sweet for my taste so I pair it with milk. Between the two instant mixes, I prefer the oatmeal chocolate chip. The only problem with baking cookies is you need to make sure that you will get it on time, I almost forgot the second batch so may burnt part sa ilalim, anyway it is still edible. As of this writing, I only have 5 pieces cookies left since I baked it yesterday.

Thursday, August 11, 2016

Why I don’t like Pokemon Go?

I’ve been reading a lot of not so good news about Pokemon Go so I already told my son that we will not download this game even it is already available in the Philippines. Last Saturday, I’ve been seeing a lot of Pokemon Go in my newsfeed but I did not pay attention. 

Out of curiosity, my husband asked me to download the app because the Pokemon Go app is not compatible with his phone. #choosy So I downloaded it and tried it, I just look for monsters within our house and I was able to catch two monsters and yun pa lang napagod na ko. Hehehe! I downloaded the game in our Ipad too. 

Last weekend, my son was not allowed to use the Ipad so Sunday afternoon came, he was convincing his daddy to play Pokemon Go. I said no, but my husband said, “sige na, bonding na namin”. I’m not sure if that is really for my son or dahil gusto din niya magplay. Hehehe! So after church, they drove around the village to catch monsters but they did not find any. Hehehe! 

Last Monday, my son asked me to play Pokemon Go. I tried again to look for monsters within our house and I found one. But the following day, I already deleted the app on my phone and my son asked me, why mommy? 

Why I don’t like Pokemon Go?

1. The game is not for me, you need to move just to look and catch the monsters. Knowing me, I’m so lazy to move and I don’t want to go out of the house just to play the game. 

2. I don’t think it is a safe game because your focus is on your phone.

3. You need to be online just to play the game so it means additional cost if I will play it outside because I don’t have wifi connection. 

4. The snatchers are very happy because they see a lot of people playing Pokemon Go, madami sila mabibiktima. Madaling masnatch na ang mga magagandang phone. 

Well, the good thing about Pokemon Go, it makes you move so nakakaexercise ka na rin. A good bonding with your friends or family kung sabay-sabay kayo na maghunt. 

Let see this weekend, if my husband and son will play the Pokemon Go since I haven’t deleted the app in our Ipad.