We’re really sorry sir but your flight is fully booked now and we can no longer accommodate you…
The check-in counter attendant was politely telling me that I was just bumped off of my flight (Manila-Cebu) because of an overbooking. Technical problems with a previous flight was the said culprit and they have to accommodate passengers. They will only accommodate me the first flight next day, 0430H.
Wow. In my entire life at airports, I’ve finally experienced being bumped off a booked flight which I paid for a few days ago. Shit happens.
I would have raised hell upon being told that but wait, sweeteners were lined up and I took the bait.
Well, well, sweet enough and for a very peripatetic person and a travel blogger, free tickets to any place in the country is always appreciated. I feigned being a visitor in Manila and took the hotel booking. And thanks to the two ladies who accommodated me, they were very friendly and helpful with my questions. Sorry, forgot to get your names.
As a way of making it up to you sir, we would be happy to provide you a round trip ticket to any domestic destination of Cebu Pacific and a travel allowance of P500 to cover your transportation from and to the airport. If you have no place to stay here, Sir, we will gladly accommodate you at Palm Plaza in Malate with free dinner and airport transfers. If you will avail of the latter, the P500 is forfeited.
Now this is just sweet, as sweet as the caloric overload of Krispy Kreme doughnuts that I brought as pasalubong to a friend and family. Nevermind the slight inconveniences.