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From today (17 April 2012) Qatar Airways are running a three-day global sale to more than 100 destinations worldwide, for flights until 6 June 2012.

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SAA May Madness Sale

Sales Period : 17 Apr to 26 Apr 2012. For travel on selected flights from 1 to 31 May 2012. Limited availability. Book at SAA.   

From Johannesburg to
Fully inclusive Fare in ZAR



Cape Town


East London


Port Elizabeth






















Pointe Noire


Victoria Falls






Hong Kong











Terms and Conditions
  • Departures/Travel Restriction :  Outbound Travel permitted from 01 May 2012 through to 31 May 2012.      
    To FRA/MUC/LON – 01May 12 – 30Jun 12, 01Oct 12 – 30Nov 12

  • Min/Max Stay :International: 0 / 3 Months
    Regional: 0 / 12 Months

  • Ticketing:  Within 72hrs after reservation. 

  • Stopovers : Not Permitted.

  • Re-routing :  At any time not Permitted

  • Change of reservation : INTERNATIONAL: Any time permitted at ZAR1700 per change. Upgrading to any higher fare or cabin permitted at a charge of ZAR1700 per transaction plus any difference in fare. 
    REGIONAL:  At any time charge a rebooking fee of ZAR 400 per change.  These flat rates must be paid subject to the applicable booking class being available. If the booking class is not available, upgrade to the next higher/available fare -- charge the difference in fare plus the applicable rebooking fee. Child/infant discounts apply.

  • Cancellation :  Anytime – No refund.  Upgrade permitted. Where this fare is combined with another fare most restrictive condition will apply.

  • Standbys :  At any time not permitted

  • Child / Infant Fares :  Children (2-11 years): 75% of the adults fare                  
    Infants (under 2 years): not occupying a seat pays 10% of applicable normal published fare        

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

Qatar Airways 3-day Global Sale

Passengers can avail themselves of the special fares taking advantage of up to 25% off both Economy and Business Class prices. The round-trip fares are inclusive of all taxes and surcharges.* The booking window ends on Thursday April 19 at 2359 hrs.

Passengers can choose from more than 100 destinations served by Qatar Airways; including Cape Town, New York, Sao Paulo, Bangkok, Athens, Singapore, Istanbul, Maldives, Delhi, Goa, Munich, Stockholm, Copenhagen, Casablanca and Melbourne via the airline’s Doha hub.

Qatar Airways plane parked at Johannesburg O.R. Tambo International Airport, South Africa

The specials are for travel until the 6th June 2012.

“For those planning to visit family or friends or just keen on a getaway break, Qatar Airways is offering these value fares to over 100 destinations we fly to across Europe, Middle East, Africa, Asia Pacific, North America and South America. We are very pleased to offer these great savings to our loyal customers, and to those travelling with us for the first time. The promotional offers are not only appealing, but the large number of destinations available is also extremely attractive. 2011 was a big year for Qatar Airways and 2012 is going to be even bigger as we introduce more destinations to our international network and more flights on existing routes to give our customers a wide array of travel choices.” said Akbar Al Baker CEO of Qatar Airways.

*The promotion applies to return airfares only. Some Qatar Airways destinations are exempt from this promotion. Prices include all taxes and fees and fares may not be available on all flights and days. Passengers can check terms and conditions at Qatar Air.

Terms & Conditions:

  • Valid on Qatar Airways operated flights, with the exceptions of all itineraries originating from Benghazi, Geneva, Mashad, Shiraz, Tripoli, Zurich, as well as flights to and from Houston, Montreal, Manila, Shanghai, Washington D.C.; and flights between Sao Paulo and Buenos Aires. Valid on flights from Qatar.

  • Sales valid from 17th to 19th April 2012.

  • Travel valid between 20th April and 6th June 2012; return travel must commence no later than 6th June 2012. 

  • Discount applies to instant purchases only.

  • Discount applies to Economy and Business Class return tickets. (For flights where Business Class is not operated, First Class is applicable)

  • Seats are limited and are subject to availability of the relevant booking class.

  • Fares include all applicable fees, taxes and airport charges. Service fees may apply for tickets purchased at Qatar Airways Sales offices or through travel agents.

  • All fares being displayed on qatarairways.com already include the discount, if applicable.

  • Tickets are non-refundable, non-transferable and non-changeable. Cancellations are not permitted (except for itineraries originating from Brazil).

  • For itineraries originating from Brazil, tickets are non-refundable, non-transferable and non-changeable. Cancellations before departures are allowed against a penalty of USD 300. Cancellations after departure are non-refundable.

  • In case of no-show, ticket has no value for use on any other service, and it is non-refundable, non-changeable and non-bookable. 

  • Minimum stay is 3 days. Maximum stay is 1 month. 

  • Stopover is not permitted.

  • Standard child/infant discount apply.

  • Other terms & conditions apply. Please review at the time of booking.


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The Purple shall rule! "10/04/2012, 06:30 Kulula flight, Tambo to Dbn. We arrived late for check in and had to rush through baggage and ticket procedures. Ground personnel very helpful. Made flight, seats B1, B2. Due to stress about time and possibly my age, I started feeling bad about 10 minutes into flight. Before my wife could even call attendants I fainted. Cabin staff administered Oxygen and made me comfortable. Came to while landing. Flight staff arranged for wheelchair and assistance. I am fine and I think they were very helpful and professional. Thank you very much." Daan

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