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Over the last festive season almost all vehicles for hire in coastal towns were sold out. It's good to see thatour clients are already planning ahead and hiring cars & vans for the end of this year. Click here to ask us for a car rental quote.

Cruise news: R33,234 for 2 adults sharing a balcony cabin on OP011, the 21 to 27 December MSC Opera cruise from Durban to Anakoa & Portuguese Island.

Win a weekend car rental with Avis

Redeem your SAA Voyager Miles in the month of April 2012 or book your Avis car rental through SAA and there's a chance you might win 1 of 5 complimentary Group B weekend car rentals from Avis*.

Terms and conditions

  1. This Competition is organised by Avis Rent a Car South Africa, a Division of Barloworld South Africa (Proprietary) Limited t/a Avis Rent-a-Car (herein after referred to as “the Promoter”).

  2. By entering the Competition, all participants and winners agree to be bound by the rules set out below.

  3. A copy of the Competition rules will be available from www.flysaa.com

  4. The Competition is open to permanent residents of South Africa except any person who is at the date of publication hereof:

    • A director, member, partner, employee, agent or consultant to the Promoter (or any of its subsidiaries or holding companies) or any other person who directly or indirectly controls or is controlled by the Promoter;

    • A spouse, life partner, immediate family member (including but not limited to parent, child, brother or sister), business partner or associate of any of the persons specified in 4.1 above;

    • A supplier of goods or services which is the prize under this Competition or any of its subsidiaries or holding companies;

    • A director, member, partner, employee, agent of or consultant to, spouse, life partner, immediate family member (including but not limited to parent, child, brother or sister), business partner or associate of any of the persons specified in 4.3 above;

    • A marketing service provider of this Competition;

    • Under the age of 18 years.

  5. The Competition commences on 1 April 2012 and ends on 30 April 2012 (both days inclusive).

  6. The prize in the Competition is one of five Group B vehicle rentals for a weekend.

  7. The winners will be announced as follow:

    • One winner to be announced on 10 May 2012

  8. To participate in the Competition, participants must book a Avis weekend car rental through www.flysaa.com on qualifying rates.  Participants will earn 250 Voyager Miles per weekend rental and stand a chance to win one of five Group B weekend car rentals.

  9. The winner will be determined by way of a random draw conducted by an independent auditor selected by the Promoter to take place on 10 May 2012.

  10. The prize winner will be notified via e-mail and / or SMS and / or telephone.  The potential winner may be required to provide a copy of his / her identity document to a representative of the Promoter for the purposes of verifying his / her identify and thereby consents to the processing of his / her personal information and storing of such information on the Promoter’s database.  The Promoter undertakes not to disclose any of the prize winner’s personal information other than for the declared purpose, unless required to do so by a court of law or under any applicable legislation.

  11. A potential prize winner is not an actual winner until his / her submission is validated and his / her documents are completed and submitted to the Promoter.  Should the winner be found not to have complied with these rules, he / she will be automatically disqualified and forfeit the prize, and selection of a replacement winner shall take place and shall be selected in the same manner as the first winner was chosen.

  12. All participants and winners, as the case may be, indemnify the Promoter, its holding companies and subsidiaries (including their directors, employees, members, independent contractors, agents, consultants, sub-contractors and representatives) against any and all loss / damages that may be sustained directly / indirectly arising out of / pursuant to this Competition or resulting from the acceptance of and / or possession of and / or use of the prizes on offer, including but not limited to loss / damages arising out of / pursuant to personal injury, death, property damage and claims based on publicity rights, defamation and / or invasion of privacy unless due to the negligence of the Promoter.

  13. If the Promoter is unable to reach any person within 90 days of drawing his / her entry for whatsoever reason, such person will be disqualified and selection of a replacement winner shall take place and shall be selected in the same manner as the first winner was chosen.

  14. The Promoter will arrange by delivery of the prize to the winner 10 working days after the respective draws.

  15. The prize is not transferable.  No substitution, cash redemption, or assignment of the prize is permitted and the Promoter is not liable for any defect in the prize.  The Promoter of the Competition reserves the right to substitute the prize with any other prize of comparable or greater commercial value for any reason.

  16. The Promoter may require the winner to be identified, photographed and published in printed media or to participate in any marketing activities or be present when the draw takes place or when the winner is announced.  The winner will be given the opportunity to decline the publication of his / her image and participation in the Promoter’s marketing material in so far as it relates to the Competition.

  17. The judges’ decision is final and no correspondence will be entered into.

  18. The following conditions also apply to the competition, over and above already stipulated Terms and 

    • Group B vehicle for a 3 day weekend rental anywhere in South Africa.

    • Valid for six months from 01 May 2012.

    • Time, mileage and waivers are complimentary.

    • The driver must be over 18 years of age and be in possession of a valid driver’s license.

    •  The driver must have a valid credit card which must be presented at time of collection of the vehicle for any additional service charges that may be incurred. This includes the responsibility amount in the event of an accident or the vehicle being stolen.

    • The rental excludes the contract fee, fuel and any other additional charges that may be applicable

    • All requests are subject to availability.

    • May not be exchanged for cash and is not transferable 

    • A deposit of R5 000 applies to all weekend rentals. (Friday - Monday)

    • No additional drivers will be permitted on weekend rentals countrywide.

    • Car rental conditional to availability and regrettably excludes peak periods.

    • All Avis car rental Terms and Conditions apply.

Latest Car hire quotes

Here's the car hire quotes we did recently. Note that prices and availability may have changed since we did these quotes.

O.R. Tambo car for hire

Cheapest car with aircon from the 29th June to the 15th July

Best price I could find was R2960 (R185/day) for a Ford Figo with 100km free per day. See First Car Rental. 

We are looking for a car with unlimited km, power steering and aircon from 13 April to 23 April 2012. We can collect at O R Tambo and return it again there.

How about an Opel Corsa Essentia or similar for R2,180 (R218/day). It has aircon, power steering and unlimited mileage. See our vehicle hire quotes page. 

Durban car for hire

Car rental req. collect Drbn airport on June 28th at approx 12 noon - return Drbn July 5th at approx 12noon

Best price I could find was R1176 (R168/day) for a Chev Spark with 100km free per day, see First Car Rental

I would like to hire a van for 6 people from 27 to 30 April.

I suggest going for a VW Kombi 8 Seater for R2509, with 200km free per day.  See  Car Trawler

I would like to hire a van for 10 people from 21 September 2012 - 7 Octorber 2012, 200 km free

How about a Toyota Quantum or similar for R15,719 with 200km free per day and aircon as well. See Europcar. 

Cheapest car hire from the 2nd until the 9th July 2012, picking up at DUR & dropping off at JNB, driving 1000km.

Try a Chev Spark for R1926 (including a one-way fee of R660, for picking up in Durban & dropping off in JNB).   See Budget Car Hire

Please help me find a quote for a car rental in Durban King Shaka Airport from the 4th of May 2012 to the 7th of May 2012. A sedan with only a radio and a power steering will do.

Best price is R762 for a Nissan Tiida with 100km free per day (R1.84/km thereafter).  See First Car Rental

Windhoek car for hire

Looking for a cheap vehicle from the 18th to the 28th September, from Windhoek Airport.

How about a VW Polo for R2892. See  Car Trawler

Cape Town car for hire

I will be needing a small car with a GPS Unit for the 18th May to be returned on the 25th May. Please advice how much will it cost me and do I need to have a credit card?

 I hope a Chevy Spark or similar for R1,085 brings a spark to you today. The GPS comes at an extra R75/day. See First Car Rental. Indeed you should have a credit card at the time of booking.

We are looking to hire a car in Cape Town, we are going to Port Elizabeth from 26 April till the 7 May 2012. We will return the car in Cape Town. The cheapest car please with unlimited kilometres.

The cheapest car that I managed to get with unlimited mileage was a Chevy Spark or similar for R 2,013 (R 183/day). See our car hire page.

Looking for the cheapest car hire in Cape Town from the 24th June until the 2nd July 2012. Planning on doing about 1000km.

Go for a Chev Spark for R1439 (R180/day), with 200km free per day, see  Budget car hire

Pretoria car for hire

I want to hire an automatic economy car from 23 April and return it on 26 April in Pretoria. Can I hire online and still get an automatic car?

Yes, you can hire online & still get an automatic vehicle.  Best price is R945 (R315/day) for a Nissan Tiida Automatic, with 100km/day free.  It wasn't clear to me if you are both picking it up and dropping it off in Pretoria (if not there's an extra R600 one-way fee).  See First Car Rental

Port Elizabeth car for hire

Arriving in PE on Monday 17 September 2012 at +/-14h00 and leaving on Sunday 23 September 2012 at +/-14h00.  Please quote on reasonable car hire. Preferably not a small car as we will be travelling with a little baby (and loads of luggage) will possibly need an infant car seat.

Hoping that R1,368 (R228/day) for a Nissan Tiida or similar is neat and tidy for you. It has boot space for 3 medium size suitcases, the infant car seat will be for an extra R250. See First Car Rental.

We will be arriving at Port Elizabeth airport on the 14th of December 2012 around 18h30 and need to rent a 7- seaters, but will return it to Cape Town airport airport on the 5th January 2013 at 11h00. Aircon, power steering, no excess, unlimited mileage and 2 drivers.

The best quote I could get for a 7-seater that meets your requirements was for a Toyota Quantum or similar for R33,704 (R1,532/day). Additionally you will have to pay R600 as a one way fee and R220 for the additional driver. See First Car Rental.

Looking for a sedan to hire from Port Elizabeth from the 4th to the 13th April 2012.

Your best bet is to go for the Nissan Tiida Auto (or similar) 1.6 L Auto Petrol Aircon Power Steering Dual Airbags ABS Radio CD, including 100 km/day free mileage, all for R2,394.  See First Car Rental.

Arriving Port Elizabeth 08h00 on 13 April and departing 14 April 14h00. Please quote on cheapest car hire.

I hope R360 (R180/day) sparks you in the right places. Thats for a Chevy Spark or similar by the way which comes with free 100km/day. See First Car Rental.

Bloemfontein car for hire

I need a car for 3 adults from Bloemfontein airport on the 4th April 7:00am returning it on the 9th April 19:00pm at Cape Town Airport. Best deal please. Aircon and power steering, super cover insuarance , two drivers

How about a figure of R 1,272 (R212/day) for a Figo (Ford) or similar rental on a super cover, then add on R600 for the one way fee and R220 for the additional driver. See First Car Rental. 

Lanseria Airport car for hire

I am looking for the cheapest car with aircon to hire from Lanseria airport on the 14 Dec 2012 and return the 16 Dec 2012.

The best quote I could get was R425 (R185/day) for a Hyundai i10 or similar. Price can change. See Budget Car Rental

car rental agencies at Durban's King Shaka Internationl Airport

Autopedigree cars

Check whether these vehicles are still available at Autopedigree (these are amongst the cheapest prices of theirs we could find):

Gauteng, Pretoria North

Audi A4 1.8 T Attraction



Western Cape, Parow

Audi A4 1.8 T Attraction



KwaZulu-Natal, Pinetown

BMW 320i A/T Motorplan



Lufthansa Business Class special

Lufthansa are running a number of business class specials until 15 April 2012:

Johannesburg to Frankfurt from R19,550 *

Johannesburg to Rome from R20,010 *

Johannesburg to Madrid from R20,043

Johannesburg to Istanbul from R20,130*

Johannesburg to Brussels from R20,230*

SAA flight specials

Book now at SAA or through the South African Airways Call Centre on 0861 606 606 (compare prices with other airlines). Limited seats available, prices subject to change without notice. When booking through the Reservations Call Centre, quote booking code: ws05apr12.

Johannesburg to Beijing

Johannesburg  to Perth



R6 874*

R9 410*


Johannesburg to Washington

Johannesburg to Frankfurt



R9 575*

R6 998*


Johannesburg to London

Johannesburg to Entebbe



R6 958*

R5 386*


Johannesburg to Cotonou

Johannesburg to Sydney



R6 428*

R10 595*

New route effective 17 May 2012

Operated by SAA's codeshare partner
Qantas  Airways

Terms and conditions:

*Above SAA fare specials are on a return basis, inclusive of all taxes and are subject to change due to currency fluctuations. Terms and Conditions apply. South African Airways can at any time change/discontinue these special fares and conditions without prior notice.

from Johannesburg to Perth, Sydney, Washington, Frankfurt and London - Sale Period: Until 15 April 2012. Travel period: Until 31 May 2012.Cancellation: Before departure 25% cancellation fee applies,except Frankfurt / London non refundable. After departure tickets are non-refundable Changes :Anytime permitted at a charge of R1700 subject to the same booking class.

from Johannesburg to Entebbe - Sale Period: Until 15 Apr 2012.Travel period: Until 31 May 2012. Changes: Permitted any time at a charge of R 400 subject to seat availability. Cancellation: tickets are non-refundable.

from Johannesburg to Cotonou – Sales period: Until 30 September 2012. Travel period: From 17 May to 30 September 2012. Changes: Permitted any time at a charge of R400 per change subject to seat availability. Cancellation: Tickets are non-refundable.

from Johannesburg to Beijing - Sale Period: Until 30 June 2012.Travel period: Until 30 June 2012. Changes: Permitted any time at a charge of R 1700 subject to seat availability. Cancellation: before departure 25% cancellation fee applies, after departure tickets are non-refundable.



Avis have opened a car rental office in Graaf-Reinet.

Comair's share price is still struggling - hit a low of 142c per share yesterday.

Are you flying to Greece for the Orthodox Easter? Ferry services have been halted by a 48-hour strike.

The Purple shall rule! In response to what we published regarding Jackie's difficulties in getting a refund from Flight Centre, they have responded: "We are fully aware of this client.  The flight itinerary was communicated to the client in detail and he initialed the document 6 times (next to each sector and the cancellation fees) and signed also writing his full name."

To which Jackie has replied: "Come on Flight Centre also accept responsibility. As per Emirates CPT office, it should have been verbally communicated to me on signing, which was not done, therefore Flight Centre should have decreased their portion of the penalties and the refund period, ie: minimum 12 weeks - 2yrs maximum"

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