Writing A Personal Essay – Cheap Tickets Flights
Writing a personal essay requires the writer to draw information from lived experiences. Personal Essays fall into the category of creative nonfiction. It’s an umbrella niche for a lot of categories including novels, poems and news stories. Depending on what you choose to write, the most important thing you should remember is to captivate the interests of your readers.
Without wasting much of your time, let me revisit my travel experiences. The last time I booked my airline flight online to Zimbabwe things almost didn’t go to plan. I hope the travel experiences I am going to share will help someone who is planning to go to Harare.
I travelled there this year towards the end of August. It was that time of the year when prices for airline flights were at their peak. This was due to summer coming to an end. A time when most people will be trying to make the most of the remaining few weeks. The busiest time of the year.
This journey was not planned. I had to fly there for an emergency. If I had made prior arrangements, I would have bought my air ticket at least 5 months before my leaving date.
Moreover, I would have had the option to down pay my airfare in instalments, like I often do. This time, I did not have the chance to compare fares because all prices were above £ 1,000, 00.
I realized that getting an air ticket at a low fare was beyond my grasp. That triggered my frantic search on Google, searching for the cheapest ticket online to Ethiopia.
The reason why I had to pass through Ethiopia, is because there are no longer direct flights to Zimbabwe these days. This situation has been going on for a while now. At least, for more than 4 years. The only way to go to Harare is by connecting flights from other international airports. I preferred using the Ethiopian Airline because it had the least stopover time.
So, the search began. I was so engrossed that I didn’t realise the difference between the two groups of websites that emerged from my search. On one hand were websites promoting Ethiopian flights. The other had the Ethiopian Airline official website.
In my haste and desperation to get the cheapest ticket online, I found myself talking to a representative from an agent promoting the cheapest Ethiopian flights, instead of talking to an Ethiopian Airlines representative.
I didn’t realise this until I had deposited the cash into a bank account. When I phoned the rep to tell him I had completed the transaction, he was quick to say I had missed the deadline. So, I had to folk out £ 150.00 on top.
Suddenly, that roused my suspicions. I knew something fishy was happening. I did another search on Google, this time about scams for flight tickets.
The information I came across sent goosebumps all over my body. I read something along these lines, ‘Scam, criminals create duplicate websites of real travel agencies.’
Which meant scams were not new. In fact, many people had been tricked through scam websites that were using legitimate logos and offering amazing travel deals.
I rang the representative again. I told him in no uncertain terms that I had no money to top up. I didn’t succeed in getting my electronic ticket as I had been promised nor get my money reimbursed.
I continued to call the office for 3 consecutive days until I resorted to contacting the agent I had bought a ticket for my trip, the previous years. Fortunately, he agreed to help and to chase the agent up.
He contacted the agent. I don’t know what he said to them but I got sent an electronic ticket in the end. At first, I was not convinced it was a genuine ticket after the ordeal I had gone through.
So, I rang the Ethiopian Airlines so that they could cross-check by flight number and by reference number if the ticket was genuine.
It’s true that illegal ticketing websites exists and pretend to supply online tickets. Then, they will take your money but will not give you a ticket.
(1) You need to check if the site is genuine. You can find out if a ticketing website is genuine by looking at the feedback customers leave behind. You do this by entering the site name into a search engine. You will be able to judge from buyers’ comments if they received their tickets.
(2) You need to check contact details on the website. A landline telephone and a full postal address are a must-have. Avoid using sites with no fixed landlines and postcodes as they can be difficult to get in touch after you have bought your ticket.
(3) After buying a ticket from an agent, you need to crosscheck with the airline by your flight number and ticket number. In case you turn up at the airport and discover your flight doesn’t exist.
I know I did a stupid mistake by going ahead to purchase a ticket online without carrying out the necessary checks. I don’t know if its one of the common thinking mistakes our brains to make every day, but what I now know is that these mistakes are repeatedly being done. To make matters worse, it’s happening on a daily basis.
Hopefully, you find my post ‘Cheap Tickets Flights – Personal Essay Sample’ will help you make some informed decisions. If you have any questions please feel free to ask. I will be more than happy to respond as soon as I can.