We missed our flight going to Cebu via Cebu Pacific because our flight was scheduled at 9pm but we arrived at the airport 30 minutes before the flight (due to unavoidable circumstances). Based on our previous trips, Cebu Pacific usually allowed passengers to check-in 30 minutes before the trip. So, we were confident enough to make that trip, but we were surprised to know that they already closed the flight and that they let the chance passengers in. Unfortunately, that was the last flight for the day and that the next available flight would be on a Sunday. We kinda panicked and checked out other airlines to book for the earliest flight the next day because we don’t want to miss the tour as well. So, we called out every domestic airlines we could possibly think of. Also checked out fares and availability through Marc’s laptop via Globe visibility (Thank God he brought the laptop with him).
After an hour of calling and surfing, Marc finally booked us a flight for 8am the next day via Air Philippines. It was twice the price difference from our one way ticket to Cebu, but it didn’t matter anyways for as long as we get to Cebu the next day, money wasn’t a problem. The only catch was, we had to get the tickets 3 hours before the trip. Since we already learned our lesson and we didn’t want to miss out the opening of the ticketing office (because they might give out our slots), we’ve decided to spend the night at the airport ala “The Terminal” with a twist of Amazing Race type. We were at the Terminal 2 at around 10pm, then we had to wait for the ticketing office to open by 3am, and we had to wait 5 more hours before the flight… So, a total of 10 hours of waiting at the airport and 10 hours of no sleep for me at all. Marc just slept the whole time while I had to look after the bags and track the time the whole night till sunrise. Lesson learned: Adjust your time 5 hours prior to your flight schedule. :p (more…)