Life has a funny way of making sure that all the great things that happen are all squeezed together! At least that’s what often happens to us. Take August, for instance, when we had two full weeks jampacked with activities and preparations for the first Homeschoolers Science Exhibit and the kids’ very first portfolio review. This February was not much different! A week before their third quarter portfolio review was the 21st Hot Air Balloon Festival. That was one full day of fun with friends and one full day of sleeping all day (for the kids) and cleaning up and laundry (for me). This was followed with days of putting together their “book” (kids’ task!) and encoding their grades (my task). Aside from that, the kids also had activities with other homeschoolers – Engineering for Kids, Challenge Island, Learn Group, etc. So, yes, it was a crazy two weeks again for me! (Ain’t all weeks crazy for that matter?!)
Well, I needed a break! We all did! So for their end-of-quarter reward, we decided to stay at Ace Hotel and Suites for one night because “we’ve not been back to Ace Water Spa for ages!” Uhm…our last trip there was June last year, so “ages” is about right. In the kids’ calendar, I’ve been living for centuries!
I’ve heard great reviews of the Traveloka App from a friend and decided to give it a try booking our staycation. I’m definitely glad I did! I saved not only time but also money doing so.
It’s FAST and EASY TO USE!!!
I opened the Traveloka app at 7:05pm and by 7:22 pm, I had already received the e-voucher. I also simultaneously received a text message and an email confirming our booking. That’s about 17 minutes but that also includes several minutes away from my phone because …”Mama, I need help please…”, “Mama, I need to poop…”, “Mama, please check this…” and a few other “emergencies”. I think I actually spent only 5-10 minutes on the Traveloka App. That’s 10 minutes max!
It’s very easy to navigate through the app. In choosing the hotel, I just needed to choose the city or country (yes, it can be used to book international hotels!!!) and the dates we wished to stay. It took about a second or two to show a list of available hotels which I could sort according to price, popularity, or rating. I was also able to filter the list according to my accommodation preferences, budget, and required facilities. There’s also a map that shows where all the hotels are located so it’s easier to choose the one that’s most convenient for us.
I, of course, choose Ace Hotel and Suites as the kids requested. After choosing the hotel, I filled in the needed information, confirmed the details, then paid online. Traveloka uses Dragonpay which accepts VISA and Mastercard from most major banks. You can also choose to pay over-the-counter at 7-11, M. Lhuillier, or BDO.
I surprisingly received my e-voucher and email confirmation just a couple of minutes after. I also received a text message with my hotel voucher summary. Now I didn’t have to anxiously wait whether the transaction went through properly or not.
It Offers EXCLUSIVE DEALS and PROMOS!
Aside from saving me so much time, booking through the Traveloka App also saved me money! Our overnight stay at Ace Hotel and Suites costs only 4,774.19. That already included taxes and surcharges. There were no transaction fees and no hidden charges. There were no additional charges to be paid upon check-in. Of course, we had to comply with the standard room deposit for incidental charges but that was promptly returned upon check out.
The published rates for the room we booked ranges from 6,000 to 7,000 so we saved more than 1,000 pesos using the Traveloka App!
Aside from the already money-saving exclusive deals, Traveloka also offers promotions that offers varied discounts both on flights and hotel accommodations.
It Could Be Your Best Travel Buddy!
While relaxing on Saturday morning (I didn’t have to cook breakfast and wash the dishes, Hurrah!!!!), I browsed through the Traveloka App again and found out that we could book flights there as well. Imagine that – just one app to search for and to book both flights and accommodations!
For flights, you just need to choose your place of origin, destination, travel dates, and passenger numbers. The app then gives you a list of all airlines that have available flights. You can sort the list according to price, departure and arrival times, or duration. It’s really very easy to scroll down the list. It’s really very handy when you’re on a budget and are looking for the cheapest flight.
For hotels, you just need to specify the area or city with your preferred dates. You can also filter the choices according to the facilities you require and your budget. It’s also very easy to scroll through the list. Moreover, you don’t have to go to another website to complete your booking. Everything is done through the app.
Would I use the Traveloka App for our next vacation or staycation?
Definitely, yes! You should try it too!