We are now in Costa Rica and my goal is to blog as much during my downtime. I’ve been pretty bad with my delayed-blogging, and I don’t like that. So. I’m segmenting each entry in different phases and stages.
This entry shows how you how we booked 5 FREE roundtrip tickets to Costa Rica
Preparing for Costa Rica
We just got back from two big back to back trips from Bali in November, and Philippines in December and January.
Honestly, we had no time to plan for Costa Rica. I mean, yes we booked our 5 Free roundtrip tickets, we booked our accommodations, and reserved quite a few car rentals (there’s a reason for this). But as far as activities, We read quite a few sample itineraries, and we’re just going to see where the roads take us.
Our flight day
We had an unusual situation during our flight day. Our flight was scheduled to leave at 11:30pm. On the other hand, my in-laws were scheduled to arrive at LAX at 3pm. They were coming back from a month-long trip to the Philippines.
We had it all planned. Instead of all of us driving separate vehicles and paying extensive amount of parking fees, we just decided to help each other out by taking one another to the airport, and pick each other up on our return. We knew we’d all have to either wait a little bit longer, but that didn’t matter.
We arrived at LAX close to 5pm. My Kuya Nelson and Ate Tonie’s flight arrived earlier than expected so they had to wait a little bit for us. We still had a busy schedule planned before we made it to LAX. Evan played at his basketball game around 2:30pm, while Nancy finished up packing at home. Directly after Evan played two quarters, we left the game and headed straight home to get Nancy. We were finally on the road by 3:45pm.
The traffic towards LAX didn’t help. There were two accidents which made our commute longer than usual. But we still made it too LAX past 5pm. We picked up Kuya Nelson and Ate Tonie, and right before 6pm, they dropped us off at Terminal 3 before 6pm.
Interjet Airlines – first impression
To be perfectly honest, I’ve never heard of Interjet Airlines. I didn’t expect much consider the amount of points I used to get 5 free roundtrip tickets to Costa Rica. The day before the flight, I got a call from Interjet Airlines advising me of my flight time changes. It was actually to my advantage, the flight times were moved up, meaning shorter waiting time. I’ve been traveling for quite awhile now, but I’ve never heard of an airline calling its passengers about changes in flight schedule. It was a non-issue for me, and I appreciated the personal phone call.
Help me with our TSA Precheck, please
If there was an issue I had prior to the flight, their website would not allow me to provide our TSA Precheck # so we could easily breeze through security at LAX. I was advised that the ticket agent at LAX should be able to fix that for us.
At LAX, It was a good thing that Interjet Airlines opened up their ticket counter just past 6pm. We were one of the first ones to be assisted. Wendy took care of my family. We had no luggage to check, all we had were carry on luggage and backpacks (free of charge to carry them on board). I informed Wendy on our TSA Precheck dilemma. I brought our 5 Global Extra cards as proofs that we have TSA Precheck.
It took Wendy a couple of tries, and finally, she was able to update our information. Since we were at Terminal 3, I expected us to fly out of Terminal 3. Wendy informed us that we would be flying out of Tom Bradley International Terminal. It was a good thing she covered that with us. Thank you, Wendy.