I wanted to travel to Metro Manila and book a hotel near Ultra Sports Center since I am training for a race. I also wanted it to be conveniently located near a mall so I could easily meet friends and buy stuff I need, and since the hotel is going to be in Ortigas it would be easy to head to Manila, Quezon City or Antipolo. My friend told me to use to the Traveloka App since it is easy to use and I could book a hotel without even standing.
I installed the Traveloka App on my Android Phone and I’m ready to start booking.
Searching for the Hotel
I clicked on Hotels then the App showed me a screen where I could select the general location where I wanted to stay. I placed Ultra Sports Center since I wanted to be close to it for training. Then I input my desired check-in date and number of nights.
Pressed Search and the app gave me selections of hotels that is within the vicinity.
I saw BSA Twin Towers Hotel which had an 8.1/10 rating on the app plus had an above average rating on TripAdvisor. 1.2km is tolerable for me since I could walk that in around 20 minutes. Selected BSA Twin Towers.
It’s located directly in front SM Megamall and just walking distance from the Ortigas Station of the MRT. Very convenient. I decided to book the hotel.
Another thing that made me happy about the Traveloka App is that the rate is inclusive of taxes. Most of the Online Booking Systems I tried still did not include 10% service charge and 12% taxes and when you reach the point where you will book the hotel it had already ballooned to crazy proportions. For the Traveloka App everything is already included in the payment so the price will remain the same up to the end of the booking.
I pressed Select Room then was shown the description of the room.
40 square meter room is big enough for me plus it has WiFi! I’m booking and paying for this room.
Paying for the Hotel Booking
I pressed Select Room and was asked for some contact information which I happily provided. I also wanted a room at a high floor so I also added that on the special request.
Pressed Continue and was presented with 3 options for payment.
- Credit/Debit Card (Visa & Mastercard)
- Over-the-Counter (711, M Lhuiller and Cebuana Lhuiller)
- Bank Counters (via DragonPay)
Since I do not have a Credit Card or Debit Card and too lazy to stand up to head over to 711, M Lhuiller and Cebuana Lhuiller, I decided to pay via Bank Counters which will be processed using Dragon Pay.
Once I selected that the system showed me that I had around 2 hours and 15 minutes to pay for my booking.
No pressure on the time limit because I have BPI Mobile Banking on my Android Phone.
I pressed Pay Now and the system gave me a selection on how I wanted to pay. I selected BPI ExpressOnline/Mobile (Fund Transfer).
Then the Travoka App gave me steps on how I will pay via BPI Mobile.
So I paid the exact amount via BPI Mobile Transfer to Anyone, took a screenshot of the confirmation of transfer.
And clicked on the link provided on Step 2.
Placed my name and the date and time of when I made the payment and pressed Validate.
Note: You should validate your booking right after your transaction. You might have problems if you validate on a later time.
Confirmation of Booking
When my payment was validated I quickly received an e-mail with a pdf of my hotel voucher and a text message on the confirmation of my booking.
I checked on the Manage Booking on my Traveloka App I saw the my hotel was booked and payable by Traveloka.
Now I’m excited to stay at BSA Twin Towers, meet friends, visit museums and train at Ultra Sports Center.