Unfortunately, it’s been a bit confusing trying to book our holiday. We’re pretty used to the free-for-all that is travel in Southeast Asia, but I think this one takes the prize.
We successfully booked nice, cheap flights into Manila on Cebu Pacific Air. Now we’re trying to book flights on SEAir direct from Manila to Caticlan, which is the closest airport to the island of Boracay (thus avoiding a 5-hour flight to a 4-hour connection wait to a 1-hour flight to a 2-hour bus ride to a 10-minute boat ride day from transportation hell).
I spent about an hour on the phone with the happy Filippina ladies last night trying to sort out the best option for us. You know that special tone of voice phone support personnel use when dealing with the witless public? It was not pretty. In the end we were informed that the only way we could pay by credit card (as opposed to international bank transfer) was to book online.
Sadly, the SEAir website is not what I would consider up to international standards. We tried about 5 times last night but the flight times on the final confirmation page always show up wrong, so I’m reluctant to click “buy.” I’m sure it would all turn out OK, but I did note the disclaimer that all tickets purchased on the site are non-refundable, and unfortunately, SEAir is not quite a budget airline so we’re not quite ready to risk it. After all, the 45 -minute internal flight costs more than the 5-hour international flight from KL…
So, does anyone have any travel advice for Boracay? Info about SEAir? Hotels? Connection time between terminals at Manila?
UPDATE: We are complete idiots. We were trying to book the flight with SEAir using Firefox on a Mac. As soon as we used IE on Windows we were able to book just fine. Though I’m not sure if that makes us idiots or SEAir. No one likes IE anymore, right? Let’s go SEAir – it’s time for the Fox!
So, we are now happily booked on a 10am flight from Manila to Caticlan, thus giving us 5 hours to navigate Manila airport. I’m hoping that’ll be enough…
Next up: hotels.