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Traveloka App

A friend recently recommended Traveloka, a flight and hotel booking app, for my smartphone. I’ve had previous experiences checking for flights using apps, but haven’t really done any bookings through it. I’m on the page that thinks it’s cheaper to book on airline sites itself, but my friend was quite adamant that I use it, they always have online promos that can shave a few hundred of pesos from your final fee, he says. I downloaded it immediately.

Traveloka Promo
TRAVELOKA DISCOUNTS ON THEIR FACEBOOK PAGE

I’m familiar with the Traveloka brand from TV and web ads I’ve seen. I knew they’re an international brand from Indonesia who’s now trying to work their way into the Philippine market; they’re legit and I’m confident that I won’t get scammed or anything. They’re somewhat similar to Agoda crossed with Skyscanner, a useful tool for checking the cheapest hotel rentals and flights for users. And since I wanted to go back to Davao this year, I decided to give it a go.

Traveloka App
CLEAN APP INTERFACE

The landing page for the app is neat and tidy. On top are the promo announcements, and right below are the options for booking either flights or hotels. It also has price alerts and an ongoing promo tab (so you don’t have to wait for all the slides to show at the top). At the bottom are the My Booking and My Account tabs, where you can register and input your details—even your usual trip companion’s—so you won’t have to input it over and over again every time you book.

Traveloka Flights App
BOOKING A ROUNDTRIP FLIGHT USING TWO AIRLINES IS A BREEZE!

So I tapped on flights, set my origins and destination for Manila to Davao, inputted my departure date (which was quite innovative as it shows on the bottom the holidays for the month and are highlighted in red on the calendar itself), how many persons I’m traveling with, and pressed search. A list of airlines flying to Davao soon filled my screen with the lowest-priced set right at the top. I clicked on that one and was immediately sent to the return flight selection. I clicked on the cheapest flight again.

DREAMING OF DAVAO

Hmmm, I actually like the fact that I can book a roundtrip flight from two different airlines in one go without the hassle of going to their separate websites, searching for their lowest-priced flights and going through the motion of removing all the extra fees.

Yes, using the Traveloka app, I don’t have to remove the pesky pre-ordered baggage allowance, the set paid seats arrangements, and the usually unwanted travel insurance. My fare is as bare and as low-cost as most backpackers want it in the first place.

Traveloka Flights App
FILLING IN MY DETAILS

So, on to the next page. I was shown a summary of my flights, then was asked to fill in my details. Since I already set my particulars on registration, it was as easy as clicking the Add to passenger list button and everything was already pre-filled. For my companion, I manually added her deets, which, thank goodness, the Traveloka app automatically saves for future use.

Traveloka Flights App
CEBPAC TO DAVAO, AIRSIA BACK TO MANILA

The next page takes you to a final summary of your flight dates and time, the passenger details, baggage allowance purchased, if any, and the price breakdown. I can see a Convenience Fee, highlighted in green, but this is set to zero. Well, it is convenient but I’ll take it for free too! Lol.

Traveloka Flights App
MINUS PHP500.00! NOT BAD!

The total price is shown on the next page and it was at PHP7,586.38 for two persons roundtrip on two different airlines—Cebu Pacific from Manila to Davao, and AirAsia for Davao back to Manila. On the next page, I tapped on USE COUPON, added the promo code, and instantly, my flight fare was PHP500.00 cheaper. Yehba. That’s 7,086.38 for two, or 3,543.19 round trip. Not bad for a non-promo fare flight.

TRAVELOKA PAYMENT PARTNERS

Traveloka Payment 711
PAYING FOR MY TRAVELOKA BOOKING VIA 7-ELEVEN

Now for the final payment. The Traveloka app allows users to either pay via credit card, which is quite convenient. Unfortunately, my card was maxed out at the time (too much Lego, my friend), so it was good that they have an over the counter payment for 7-Eleven, M. Lhuillier and BDO. Note your payment option expires after a certain period. Mine was set for two hours. With still a lot of time, I sauntered over to the nearest 7-Eleven in our neighborhood, presented the barcode on my phone to the cashier—which he promptly scanned—paid it and walah, I’m done! Hello Davao! I’m coming over soon!






Posted by Christian Sangoyo on Thursday, February 9, 2017

18 comments:

  1. Ano sinabi mo sa counter ng 7/11?

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    1. Hi Marione, just show the barcode and they'll know what to do with it :)

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  2. Can i still purchase add ons like baggage allowance after purchase?

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    1. Hi Me Ann, yes you can still purchase add-ons after booking by calling Traveloka's hotline: (02) 246 9057

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  3. Yes thats what i want to know too. Coz im actually use of not having a baggage but this time i will have a check in baggage but in the app they dont have the baggage button.

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    1. Hi Wendy, Traveloka actually has an add baggage button on the app before you complete your booking :)

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  4. hi, just want to ask if ever di ako nag avail ng baggage allowance sa app , meron pa ren ba itong free na 7kg baggage allowance from the airlines?

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    1. If the airlines you booked on has free 7 kilo budget, then you'd have that even if you don't add a baggage with your flight.

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  5. the 500 off is from the coupon right? What if you don't have a code, comparing it from other booking sites, is it still cheaper?

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    1. I'd have to say that it is still cheaper since Traveloka doesn't have additional fees (admin fees, processing fees, etc.)

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  6. Pwede pa po ba bumili ng baggage s airport?? Kc po na alarm ako s issue ng cebu Pacific...

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    1. Hi Micah, yes you can still buy baggage at the airport for your Traveloka flights. I would suggest, however, that you simply call Cebu Pacific and buy your baggage through their hotline, it would be much more cheaper.

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  7. Hi I want to ask.nkabili na po ako ng ticket through traveloka since it's very easy magaccess ng app nya dto s Indonesia.but the thing is I heard the news about cebu Pacific problem..so s ticket n nbili ko no baggage...pwede pa po ba un lagyan if nasa pinas n ako?

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    1. Hi, yes you may contact Cebu Pacific directly to add baggage allowance for your Traveloka flight. :)

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  8. Hi, I'm a fan of traveloka and I've used the hotel booking feature very often and its a great experience but for flight booking, I'm still thinking about it.

    Just a question, what does traveloka do after you booked a flight ticket? They issue you some kind of e-ticket from PAL or cebupac with corresponding reservation code? Also what about if you got flight delays? Do they notify you too via email/cellphone that your flight is delayed? This is important to me.

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    1. Hi Dexter, after booking a flight with Traveloka, they do send you an e-ticket with booking number or flight reservation code to your email. You can also retrieve your flight booking on the app itself.

      For the flight delays, yes Traveloka does send a notification via email and texts.

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