The Air Mauritius Travel Smart Programme offers South Africans amazing low-season benefits, including a last-minute upgrade to business class – when available – on check-in. For family holidays, children under 12 fly free – only paying taxes – and the family can make use of the business class lounge. Every traveller also gets an extra 3kg baggage allowance.
Qatar Airways has announced a unique solution to the recently imposed electronics ban by offering business-class passengers a laptop loan service on all its US bound flights from affected countries such as Doha. For business travellers this means uninterrupted productivity, as they can continue to work throughout their journey.
The complimentary laptop can be collected by all business-class travellers on US-bound flights after boarding. Customers are also able to download their work on to a USB stick before stepping on board, to pick up where they left off.
Turkish Airlines flies to more countries than any other airline in the world, so it’s no wonder that international air-transport rating Skytrax has named the carrier “Best Airline in Europe” – for the past six years. From Johannesburg, it’s a 10- hour flight to Istanbul’s Ataturk Airport (add three hours if you fly from Cape Town via Jozi). If your waiting time at Ataturk Airport to your next destination is six hours or more, you can take advantage of a free tour of Istanbul that takes in a host of the city’s premier attractions.
The Singapore Explorer Pass is an add-on that is well worth having. Tick the box when making your Singapore Airlines booking to enjoy a one-time pass to more than 20 attractions and benefits during your stay in the Asian island country. Included in the package is entry to the Chinatown Food Street, a Singapore river cruise, a visit to the national orchid garden, a choice of walking tours, and a Singapore cable car Sky Pass (please note that attractions are subject to change).
The more the merrier is certainly the case when it comes to Qantas, Australia’s largest domestic and international airline. Keep an eye out for Qantas’s regular companion sales, in which you can qualify for massive discounts when making a booking for two or more travellers. Qantas also offers daily direct flights from Johannesburg to Sydney, from where you can fly to towns and cities all over Australia.
A trendy new on-board lounge experience awaits first- and business-class travellers planning to fly Emirates from July 2017 on an A380. A social seating arrangement features open areas for mingling, while LED mood lighting creates a chilled atmosphere in which cocktails and snacks are served. To add to in-flight enjoyment, major live events are screened on a 55-inch TV screen, complete with surround sound.
Don’t miss Emirates’ Skywards frequent-flyer programme, which enables members to earn and spend miles with Emirates and a wide selection of partners.`
South African Airways
Much like an auction, South African Airways’ Step-Up feature offers economy-class travellers an opportunity to experience luxury travel by making a bid for an upgrade. You tell them what you’re willing to pay to move from the back of the plane to the front – and you might get lucky! Once your flight tickets are confirmed, you’ll receive an email outlining the potential availability of seats for upgrades, and a link to the Step-Up Offer page, where the bidding begins! The SAA Voyager Miles loyalty programme is another useful value-add that rewards frequent flyers, who can accrue and redeem miles for flights, upgrades and other attractive rewards.
Which parent wouldn’t jump at the opportunity of a flying nanny service on a long-haul flight? Etihad offers this dedicated child-care assistance programme on board – and on the ground. In addition, the Etihad Guest frequent flyer programme welcomes guests with 500 bonus miles. By making use of Etihad’s handy mobile app on iPhone or Android, bookings, check-ins and updating your flight status is quick and easy.
With 70 years’ flight experience to its credit, proudly African Ethiopian Airlines has established itself as a leading carrier on the continent – currently flying to 83 destinations. As a member of Star Alliance, Ethiopian Airlines welcomes travellers flying with any affiliate carriers to redeem miles via its Sheba Miles loyalty programme. Programme members are entitled to exclusive upgrades and benefits such as excess baggage allowances, priority check-in and boarding, and lounge access.
What a pleasure to not have to think about lugging luggage. Lufthansa’s practical baggage pick-up service will collect your luggage from home, allowing you to go directly to your boarding gate at Airport Munich. When the kiddies are happy, everyone on board is happy. Created with children’s preferences in mind, Lufthansa’s special menu features delights such as “tortoise muffins” and “chipolata mummies”. For its South African Miles&More HON Circle members and first-class travellers, Lufthansa offers complimentary transfers, with its appointed service provider, on arrival in and departure from the country.
Good news for those who experience aviophobia is that BA runs one-day courses that help travellers overcome flying anxiety. Sign up at Heathrow, Dubai, Dublin, Edinburgh, Gatwick, Glasgow or Johannesburg. For seamless travel, BA’s handy mobile app allows you to check in, select your seat and download your boarding pass direct to your phone. Travelling with a guide dog? Good news is that it is may accompany you in the cabin – free of charge. There is a limit on dogs per flight.