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Cruise news: Today is the last day on which you can get a mystery onboard credit for any cruise booking you make with us. Get a quote at cruises from Durban, cruises from Cape Town or Mediterranean cruises to see what your mystery onboard credit is.

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SA Express Promo Code

We are always looking for ways to give you, our much loved reader, little nuggets of value, and so are delighted to for the first time showcase an SA Express Promotion Code. The code sometimes gives cheaper flights on the following routes for travel up to the 30th September:

  • Durban - Port Elizabeth

  • Cape Town - Port Elizabeath

  • Durban - East London

  • Johannesburg - Hoedspruit

  • Bloemfontein - Cape Town

  • Cape Town - Kimberley

How to use the promotional code
  • Type the promotional code SAXCLUB when booking at www.flysaa.com (for technical reasons the promo code doesn't work on the flyexpress.aero site)

  • Check fares both with and without the promo code (each will be cheaper in different circumstances)

The promotional code will stop working on the 9th September 2013.

SA Express promotional code

SA Express plane

Mango Senior Citizens Flight Special

The Mango Senior Citizens Special offers you 15% off selected Mango Tuesday & Wednesday flights booked at 0861001234 if you are 65 or older. Your age will be checked against your ID when booking and at check-in. This offer is valid until the 28th February 2014, and is only valid for bookings made through the Mango call centre.

Well done Mango on connecting families by making it easier for senior citizens to visit their children & grandchildren.


If there's been any doubt about whether SAA is trying to add codeshares, let it end now. In addition to the recent codeshare agreements with Etihad, Air Seychelles JetBlue and Air New Zealand; South African Airways has now also entered into a codeshare with Tam Airlines in Brazil. SAA operates 11 flights a week from Johannesburg to Sao Paulo, but of course some people want to fly to somewhere different in South America; so they're now selling onward flights on their website (which are operated by TAM Airlines) to Brasilia, Florianopolis, Iguacu Falls, Porto Alegre, Recife, Rio de Janeiro & Salvador. Similarly TAM is selling SAA's flight from Rio to Johannesburg and onwards to Cape Town, Durban and Port Elizabeth.

Air Zimbabwe is planning on adding 2 new routes in October, Harare to Lilongwe and Harare to Lusaka, and is considering flying from Durban to Harare (where it would compete against SA Express).

Here's what our friends at HotelsCombined say are the top 25 places travellers in the world say are the most popular - great to see Cape Town in 16th place.

1. Paris

14. Chicago

2. New York City

15. Tokyo

3. London

16. Cape Town

4. Rome

17. Rio de Janeiro

5. Barcelona

18. Buenos Aires

6. Venice

19. Marrakech

7. San Francisco

20. St. Petersburg

8. Florence

21. Beijing

9. Prague

22. Shanghai

10. Sydney

23. Siem Reap

11. Berlin

24. Chiang Mai

12. Istanbul

25. Queenstown

13. Bangkok


Fastjet is opening a new route in Tanzania, with it now taking sales for flights from Dar es Salaam to Mbeya.

Airlink flights to Skukuza should be available for sale from the end of September (about the same time that FlySafair says it'll start taking bookings on its Cape Town to Johannesburg route).

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My family and I (2 adults and 2 children) recently flew to Milan via Doha on Qatar Airlines. What a wonderful experience! We had a 9 hour stopover in Doha on our outbound flight and were put up in a 5 star hotel for the evening – meals, drinks and transport to and from the airport included! The meals on the flight were excellent as was the in-flight entertainment. The children were also treated to a wonderful gift. I was most impressed with the friendliness and efficiency of the staff. I would definitely recommend this airline to other readers and will be using them as frequently as possible in the future. 

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Are the Nigerian-South African immigration issues about to flare up again? Arik Air has submitted a petition to the Nigerian Ministry of Foreign Affairs over 40 Nigerians who weren't allowed to enter South Africa in August.

Turkish Airlines' net operating profit increased by 190% in the first half of 2013 compared to the same period in 2012, and number of passengers increased by 26%.

If you've had enough of applying for Schengen Visas, are thinking of emigrating, and have enough $, why not apply for the Malta Global Residence Programme via an "authorised mandatory" (once residence status is granted the need to apply for a Schengen visa falls away): Pay an administrative fee to apply. Demonstrate you have sufficient medical insurance & are financially self-sufficient. Buy a property or rent a property of sufficient value Spend no more than 183 days a year overseas away from Malta. Pay a minimum tax of €15,000 per family, per annum.