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SA Express Competition Winner

We've had a number of enquiries about who won the SA Express competition. Here she is! Congratulations to DeeDee Hunter from Cape Town on winning the 2 flight tickets which can be used on any available SA Express domestic South African route from 1 January 2014 to 30 June 2014. Thanks to everybody who took part in the competition, and for the wonderful entries. It really was loads of fun.

Mango Happy Days Sale

There's a Mango Happy Days Sale on the go. The sale runs from the 16th December until 9pm on the 18th December 2013, or until flights on special run out, whichever happens first. The sale is for selected flights up to the 28th of February 2014 (but I can assure you, that you wont find the best deals on any busy date). Book at Mango. Note that this doesn't constitute an offer on the part of South Africa Travel Online - merely the passing on of information to interested parties.

Mango Airlines plane parked at Lanseria Airport in Johannesburg

Best 1-way Airfares

The best airfares in the Mango special were (*prices subject to change):

  • OR Tambo to Durban from R545* 1-way (lower than last sale)

  • Lanseria to Cape Town from R639* 1-way (same)

  • Cape Town to Lanseria from R729* 1-way (same)

  • OR Tambo to Cape Town from R945* 1-way (same)

  • Cape Town to Durban from R845* 1-way (same)

  • Bloemfontein to Cape Town from R845* 1-way (higher)

  • OR Tambo to Port Elizabeth from R945* 1-way (higher than last sale)

  • Cape Town to Port Elizabeth from R945* 1-way (higher)

  • OR Tambo to George from R845* 1-way (higher)

For your interest, we've compared the airfares to the last Mango Happy Days sale, so you can see which bargains are getting better/worse. Mango OR Tambo to Durban flight prices are the only ones which are cheaper than in the last sale.

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Cruise to Tristan da Cunha Island

For cruise bookings and quotes, please email cruises@southafrica.to

There are certain cruises which are epic in nature, and are done more for adventure than for comfort, for the joy of the unvarnished experience - a cruise from Cape Town to Tristan da Cunha, the remotest island in the world, on the RMS St Helena falls into this category. The cruise typically leaves Cape Town and is at sea for 5 days before arriving at Tristan da Cunha where a couple of days are spent, then cruises to St Helena Island where a further few days are spent before another 5 days at sea to get to Cape Town. But was the 14th November 2013 RMS St Helena cruise to Tristan da Cunha its last voyage there? There are no more Tristan da Cunha cruises listed in its schedule, and with airport being built at St Helena Island, it's possible that the RMS (as she is affectionately known) will be retired without another trip to Tristan da Cunha. We were lucky enough that Tina Wagner, a passenger on board the RMS, shared the photos she took of Tristan. Here they are for your viewing pleasure.

Tristan da Cunha settlement

graveyard on Tristan da Cunha

 

House on Tristan da Cunha Island

 

Distance from Tristan da Cunha

 

Climbing to the top of Tristan da Cunha Island

 

Atlantic Yellow-Nosed Albatross

 

RMS St Helena cruise ship

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The bottom line: Qatar Airways is introducing an online application system for its passengers wanting visas to visit Qatar.

You can now use SAA Voyager miles to reduce the cost of flights booked with Mango.

Fastjet have reported a 72% average load factor in the month of Nov 2013, which is slightly lower than their average since launch of 73% (they explain this is due to November being a traditionally weak month).

We carried out a snapshot survey of Johannesburg to Montreal flights, and Lufthansa was cheapest.

SAA & JetBlue have entered into a codeshare agreement, whereby JetBlue will be listing SAA flights from Washington & New York to Johannesburg, and onwards to PE, Cape Town, Durban and East London. At the same time as SAA are expanded their US codeshare agreements, Qatar Airways is doing the same. It announced that it was operating flights to Philadelphia from the 2nd April 2014, and on the same day is expanding its codeshare agreement with US Airways to include onward flights from Philadelphia into the US.

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