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With Mango Plus specials having become part of the offering in the last 2 weeks' Happy Days sales, we thought we'd share a review of our Mango Plus flight.

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Mango Plus flight review

Mango Airlines in Durban had no complaints with our heaviest bag weighing 29kg thanks to us booking Mango Plus - in a similar situation on our outbound Comair BA flight to Durban (booked through Kulula) we had to either pay a penalty or go on our hands and knees and repack our luggage at the airport. Added bonus was Mango giving our kids Easter eggs :) We had to change our Kulula credit card which we had used to book the flight, due to fraudulent transactions, but luckily we remembered the number and expiry date of the old card, as they wanted that.

Our first time with Mango Plus

Our Mango Lanseria flight at the end of 2011 was such a pleasure that we decided to fly with them again. And because we've never used Mango Plus, we decided to spoil ourselves and try that out too. The highlight of it was using the Bidvest lounge - in Durban's humid climate it's a pleasure to be in a lovely air-conditioned room. The lounge has free wifi, snacks and drinks.

Bidvest Premier Lounge at Durban's King Shaka International Airport

Security check-in admiring my camera

As I was going through the security check-in at King Shaka Airport, one of the security personnel was admiring my camera & asked how much it cost - he was gobsmacked when I told him that without the battery or lens it costs R20k, saying that he would never be able to save up that amount in his lifetime. I'd cry if I lost my Canon 5Dii, and keep her close to me at all times :)

Paying to choose seats

We threw in an extra R105 to choose our seats. Having read the tips on surviving plane crashes, we chose the row behind the emergency exit (cant get the one on the emergency exit with kids). All in all, we coughed up R3326 for 2 adults, a child & an infant.

Sardine Airlines

A fellow passenger was joking that we're flying with "Sardine Airlines", because of the lack of legroom - I agree, Mango offers the least legroom of the airlines in South Africa. On our BA flight to Durban our daughter sat on the floor at our feet & played on her iPad - on the return leg to Cape Town with Mango she again tried this, but found out to her dismay that there isn't enough space. In order to work on my laptop I had to sit with it half closed on my lap.

Mango Plus

Mango Plus gives us the convenience of unlimited flight changes without penalty fees, an extra 10 kg checked-in luggage, a R50 meal voucher to take advantage of while on-board, & the use of Lounge facilities while you wait and 10% off executive car port at OR Tambo Airport.

It's a bit difficult to spend the R50 each when they've run out of goods - for example, we wanted to buy 2 kiddies packs for R60 - sorry, they didn't have any in stock. In the end we only spent R60 out of the R150 we had available on crisps, peanuts & colddrinks.

First Catering and Mango Airlines plane

SAA flight specials

Book now on SAA or through the SAA Call Centre on 0861 606 606. For Call Centre bookings, please quote booking code: mn26Apr12



Johannesburg to Beijing

From R6980*

Johannesburg to Harare

From R3565*

Johannesburg to Lusaka

From R3593*

Johannesburg to Lagos

From R5538*

These flights to Dubai are operated by SAA's codeshare partner Emirates.

Durban to Dubai

From R6498*

Cape Town to Dubai

From R6698*

* Above fares are on a return basis, inclusive of all taxes and are subject to change.
  Terms and conditions apply.
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The Bottom Line: I'm a huge 1time airline fan, so was concerned to read in their audit report that: "The current liabilities of the Group exceeded its current assets by R295 032 163 at 31 December 2011. The Directors` Report also indicates that these conditions, along with other matters, indicate the existence of a material uncertainty which may cast significant doubt on the group`s ability to continue as a going concern."