Cebu Pacific has their own rewards program, called GetGo. Over the last two years since its launch, they have made a number of changes, making it a more robust program with a growing number of partners, earning and redemption options. Find out what you can get from this progrma in my detailed review of Cebu Pacific’s GetGo rewards program!
Reach – how far will it take me?
Cebu Pacific is flying to 63 destinations in 19 countries, most of them in Asia. With a growing number of long-haul planes, they are now also serving the Middle East, Sydney and Guam. THey have received authorization to fly to the other US destinations, with Honolulu being a good candidate! Cebu Pacific doesn’t have any airline partners, so there is no chance to go elsewhere. Check out all the Cebu Pacific Facts & Figures!
Earning – what do I have to do to earn points?
GetGo is a revenue based program, similar to Air Asia Big or United MileagePlus. You earn 1 point for every 5PHP (or approx. 9 points per USD). You earn points for the base fare and add-ons like luggage, meals and seat selection.
Cebu Pacific tightened their earning rules this year and no longer allows you to claim credit after the flight. You have to enter your GetGo number at the time of booking or at check-in – or you will not earn any points at all – read the details in my report here!
You can now also earn points through online shopping in partnership with Lazada at a rate of 1 point for 10PHP of shopping.
Over the last two years, Cebu Pacific has developed partnerships with every major bank in the Philippines and offers a wide selection of credit cards and even a debit card to earn points in GetGo at various rates. Read my detailed review of the best credit cards to earn GetGo Points!
Other partners include a small list of hotels and merchants, as well as the hotel booking sites Agoda and Kaligo!
Redeeming – what do I get for my points?
Cebu Pacific has been very coy about stating a redemption value for your points, so I did an in-depth analysis of available flights and point prices! I looked at a number of domestic and international flights on different routes over the next few months. Based on that analysis, the basic value of each point is 30 centavos (or 0.7 US cents). There were a few (popular) routes where the value was slightly less, down to 26 centavos. Combining the earnings and redemption rates, participation in the GetGo program offers you a 6% discount on your fares – that is comparable to the Delta SkyMiles program and slightly less than United’s MileagePlus program.
Because this is a pure revenue based redemption, there are no blackout dates or flights – any available seat, as well as add-ons, taxes and fees can be paid for with points! That makes it much more attractive than most programs where seat availability is usually very limited and you still have to pay taxes and fees, which can run into hundreds of dollars, if fuel charges are included!
CebuPacific has also started some GetGo promotional sales, that are similar to their popular “Piso” fares, where a ticket can sell for as little as 1Peso (2 cents) plus taxes and fees. I was able to book award flights to Taipei and Sydney for only 50 points each way – that’s incredible value as the one-way tickets in cash were about $50 for Manila – Taipei and $120 for Manila – Sydney at the time of the promotion!
One of the challenges is that reward bookings can not be managed online – I’m not able to add a meal, select a seat or add luggage to either of my reward reservations, forcing me to go to an office to do so. Given how much Cebu Pacific is pushing their web site and app to engage customers, that is disappointing!
Status – what perks will I get?
The GetGo program doesn’t have any status or elite levels – so, no perks for you! Given the relentless focus of Cebu Pacific on low fares, that doesn’t really come as a surprise. The only thing you get is early access to the seat sales and promotions, which is helpful to beat the crowds in snatching the super-low promo fares, both for cash and point sales!
What else is there? Interestingly, GetGo adds two innovative features: Circles and Share. You can create a “Circle” with up to 7 other members and pool your points into one balance to be redeemed by the “head” of the circle or any nominated member. If you travel as a group, you are able to redeem for a free ticket quicker. You can also great a “Share” group of up to seven people to give your points to. If you are a member of a “Circle”, you can share the “Circle” balance with somebody you nominate, but a “Share” nominee cannot access your points or the “Circle” balance.
You can sign up for GetGo here!
Who should join GetGo? Anybody who is planning to spend at least PHP2,500 – that’s your break even for the membership fee of PHP150 and you win from then on. As you can also redeem cash & points (which didn’t work online, when I tested it – you have to call), you can use your points as soon as you want. If you fly them regularly, you should absolutely join, there is no downside, only upside. Consider the GetGo program a way to get the low, low fares of Cebu Pacific for even less – and that’s always a good thing!