South Africans looking forward to their overseas holidays have been dealt a blow with the extensive global travel bans put in place with the announcement of the Omicron variant.


That doesn’t mean that December holidays have been cancelled. Hundreds of thousands of international visitors have already discovered the depth of tourism experiences on offer in South Africa, many of whom return to our shores to enjoy our diversity, says Des O’Connor, Chief Commercial Officer.


“With South Africa remaining on Level 1, we have an opportunity to support our local tourism and hospitality industry over the festive season, while also enjoy the amazing experiences we have right on our doorstep. If you have not booked your December holiday yet, it’s not too late,” says O’Connor.


Flights are busy over December, but there is still capacity particularly between Christmas and New Year, O’Connor confirms. “Travellers who are looking to get away this December will still be able to snap up great accommodation and flight deals locally. Not only will you have that well-deserved break to set you up for 2022, you’ll also be helping to support a tourism and hospitality industry which has borne the brunt of restrictions over the past 20 months and rely desperately on your support to keep their doors open and retain jobs.”


O’Connor adds: “As always, we urge travellers to adhere to the protocols that are in place such as wearing of masks, social distancing and avoiding crowded spaces so we all play our part in stemming the spread of COVID.”


A final word of advice for travellers flying this festive season to avoid frustration at the airport and limit delays is to make sure you check in baggage that does not meet the cabin baggage measurement criteria. “For your ease of travel and to mitigate any inconvenience for others, we urge you to check in any baggage that exceeds cabin baggage size allowances.  Larger than usual volumes of people travel over the peak festive season and overhead space will be limited so do the right thing and check your baggage if it exceeds the size and weight limit,” says O’Connor.’s flexible Branded Fares offer a range of options for every kind of traveller:

  • Fly Light: A hop-on, hop-off option for those with only cabin bags offering the best possible fares. A change of booking fee of R299 applies.
  • Pack & Go: An all-round option to suit most traveller’s needs including one piece of checked luggage weighing up to 20kg and two free booking changes.
  • Fully Loaded: A fully flexible option allowing unlimited booking changes, two checked bags and Q-Jump to speed-up check-in procedures.


Online bookings can be made both on the website and through the new app, which saves on the service fee for bookings made through the call centre. Passengers can then also self-service their own bookings online, again saving on call centre fees should they wish to make an easy change.


Book flights and holidays via, the App, or the Contact Centre on 0861 KULULA (585852).


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