We finally booked our air tickets to Bali!
Oh man, it was like climbing the Internet Mount Everest! I tried to use the Indonesian budget airlines, http://www.lionair.id/ and was thrilled to find out that the original air tickets would have cost S$339 for 2 people at the beginning. However, when we wanted to extend one extra night, the flight tix went up to a staggering S$520 - difference of S$181 (almost 100€) just for one extra day!
I was quite reluctant to do so, but Stephan said that this would be our annual "indulgence" trip, so its "ok". However, when I tried to booked the tickets, that´s when the nightmare started.
The website asked me for my "cardholder name" - ok, followed by "phone card holder". What on earth is that? I was like "Huh?" So, I went to search the terms and conditions on the website, but found none. Next option, Internet.
I actually found 5 links to this topic and none of them was in English! They all apparently were stumbled by the same issue and the only one I could read and understand was in German! (haha, A German guy with a blog, who´s spending 6 mths in Indonesia) ... he clarified that he entered in the telephone number of the credit card company - never heard of before. So, I tried that too.....
However, all the way to the last page, they rejected Stephan´s credit card! I was so puzzled, so I kept trying and trying again. Sometimes the website would not even process the first few pages! I would already be on the second page and suddenly I would be directed back to the homepage!!
It was like the website had a mind of its own and I was so ready to kill the website! I must have tried like over 2-3 hrs! The worse thing was that while I trying to buy the E-ticket repeatedly, the price of the tickets kept increasing! It was like I was working against a time bomb! The price eventually increased until S$660!!!!!! That´s like a 100% increase over 3 hours!
Anyway, I finally gave up on Stephan´s credit card and decided to try my Singapore credit card instead. However, as expected, it was rejected due to "insufficient funds". At least I know it works with Singapore credit cards. What did I do next?
Charissa, my dear friend from Singapore started chatting with me online and I was like going bonkus about my booking frenzy. It suddenly dawned on me that I could ask her if she could transfer money to my Sg bank account via Internet banking and I could try again!
Thing is, LionAir is still the cheapest option, compared to the any other airlines that. And guess what? It worked! It actually worked! I was so happy that I couldn´t believe it when the payment was approved! I was jumping and shouting around the house.......
Oh, guess what I found out when I finally actually called the company? They told me that the website only works with Indonesian credit cards. I was like "Huh"??? Which airline would offer tickets online and not accept International credit cards and not mention it anywhere on its website? I think I´m simply too used to the efficiency and "idiot-proofness" of most Singaporean websites.
Anyway, that´s enough of my ranting.....What´s more important is, we´re going to the island of some of the most beautiful sunrises, sunsets, beaches etc. in the world! Bali here we come!