Cebu Pacific had announced yesterday in their website that they are offering ZERO fare to all domestic and international destinations up to June 10 or until seats last. I have always seen this advertisements but somehow haven't really availed of it. It's either all those zero fare seats are already sold out (maybe they just offered 1 or 2 seats per flight and were already taken by friends of Cebu Pac employees who have advanced info?) or you get a zero fare one way but have to pay full fare on your return trip or vice versa.
So, how much did the zero fare seat really cost? Let's have a breakdown of the hidden fees:
The zero fare actually costs P1,164.00. Well, it's still a good deal if you have time to spend on weekdays and besides, November 30 is a holiday. To cut on costs, I did not include baggage allowances for my two girls and instead, will share the 20 kilos check-in luggage I alloted for myself. Their fares amounted to P664 each or P1,328 for the two of them. Our total fare would cost us a whopping P2,492.00 for a return trip to Dumaguete City or about P830 per person making it about the same cost as taking an airconditioned bus to Baguio City.
Well, I still have to make an itinerary for our travel to CDO - Camiguin this August, which I got from Air Philippines at a whopping P2,658 (P886/pax). And the good thing about Air Philippines is that each of us has 15 kilos baggage allowance (as if we're planning to buy 1 sack of rice there, ha ha ha) which would comparatively be cheaper than the zero fare of Cebu Pacific.
We only started flying around the Philippines when we got back from Australia in 2006. We also got hooked to those promo fares while living in Brisbane. We took the Pacific Blue going to Auckland, New Zealand and JetStar to Melbourne.
Thanks a lot for the air fare war, as Cebu Pac's line go: now every Juan can really fly.