Saturday, 15 September 2018

Paying your airfare with your MasterCard? Beware!

I have recently paid close to R21 000 for airfares with my StandardBank MasterCard, based on the premise that I will enjoy the 90 days free travel insurance and have the option of topping it up if I wanted to.
Great was my surprise when Aegis, their nominated insurance service provider, refused to issue the policy because I will be away more that the 90 days that they promised to cover me for.
To add insult to injury, on previous occasions when I have been away more than 90 days, they always issued the policy letter for the first 90 days of my trip.
I can't help feeling that some daft manager somewhere has taken an ad hoc decision but this was the last time I will use my StandardBank MasterCard to pay for my airfare.
So, be careful and check if you are going away for more than 90 days.
Fact is, many senior citizens do go away for 90 days to visit their children and family.
Oh, and another thing, remember that you pay a 2.75% surcharge every time you use your credit card overseas. With the condition that the Rand is in right now, that pushes your exchange rate up substantially.

Sunday, 28 December 2014

Ever considered Lapland for a holiday?(Or Namibia?) The extreme contrast!

Have you felt the urge to experience the midnight sun, see the Aurelio lights or visit in the brief summer? Fellow senior Leena Rantas originally from Finland and her Namibian husband offer you the opportunity. 
Johnny, in contrast, runs a safari company in the Namib from his base in Swakopmund and Leena has a cottage in Lapland that you can rent. 
Contact Leena direct on e mail
for the cottage or Johnny at e mail for your Namibian safari.
They both promise you special care and a good price if you are on our data base.
You can also contact us at for further info or to be placed on our data base.

Wednesday, 17 December 2014

Flight ticket fares comparison on domestic airlines by Ronnie Forrester.

Thank you to Ronnie Forrester, who shared the following with us. This is what Ronnie wrote:

With all the commuting I have to do, I did a survey of a comparison between FlySafair,  Kulula and FlyMango for a date in the distant future to check for best pricing (for +- same times) :

NOTE: Bear in mind this is a non-Holiday Season weekend and that the pricing on FlySafair does not include checked-in luggage whereas the Kulula one does allow for luggage (whether or not you choose to take any).
Another aspect to be borne in mind, is that FlySafair would most often be on-time, whereas Kulula is mostly delayed (of all the Domestic airlines)
In my opinion, Mango is most often on-time and even if leaving slightly late on occasion, always arrives earlier at the destination.

Passengers (1)
Flight Details  Jnb – Cpt Return
JNB- CPT13 February 201519:55       Departing Flight FA -1003
CPT- JNB15 February 201517:20       Return Flight FA -1020

Fare                  R 1,196.59
Taxes                R 502.30
Total Price         R 1,698.89


Departing  HLA to CPT       (economy)   
Flight : MN465            
depart: Lanseria (Jo'burg)   13 Feb 2015 17:10                
arrive: Cape Town                13 Feb 2015 19:15                

Returning  CPT to HLA      (economy)             
Flight : MN464            
depart: Cape Town               15 Feb 2015 16:30                
arrive: Lanseria (Jo'burg)    15 Feb 2015 18:25                
travellers: 1

booking summary
flights                                      1420.00 ZAR
taxes & fees                           473.58 ZAR
Vitality booking fee               35.00 ZAR
contribution                            - 485.64 ZAR

total:                                       1442.94 ZAR



13 FEB 2015
Flight JE705
16:25 Lanseria, Joburg (HLA)
18:40 Cape Town (CPT)
15 FEB 2015
flight JE706
17:00 Cape Town (CPT)
19:00 Lanseria, Joburg 

1Adult                                                               R1501.07
Total Fares                                                       R1501.07
ACSA Passenger Service:                                    R199.00
ACS Passenger Security:                                     R43.00
14% VAT:                                                         R210.15
SACAA Passenger Safety:                                   R32.78
Total                                                            R1986.00

 So, the comparative totals are as follows:

FlySafair =           R1698.89
Kulula =               R1422.94
FlyMango =        R1986.00

Thursday, 21 November 2013

My recent travels

I have been in many places, but I've never been in Cahoots. Apparently, you can't go alone. You have to be in Cahoots with someone. I've also never been in Cognito. I hear no one recognizes you there.

I have, however, been in Sane. They don't have an airport; you have to be driven there. I have made several trips there, thanks to my friends, family and work. I live close so it's a short drive.

I would like to go to Conclusions, but you have to jump, and I'm not too much on physical activity anymore. I have also been in Doubt. That is a sad place to go and I try not to visit there too often. I've been in Flexible, but only when it was very important to stand firm.

Sometimes I'm in Capable, and I go there more often as I'm getting older. One of my favourite places to be is in Suspense! It really gets the adrenaline flowing and pumps up the old heart! At my age I need all the stimuli I can get! And, sometimes I think I am in Vincible but life shows me I am not.

People keep telling me I'm in Denial but I'm positive I've never been there before!

I have though been in Deepshit many times; the older I get, the easier it is to get there. I actually kind of enjoy it there.
So far, I haven't been in Continent, but my travel agent says I'll be going soon.

Adv PG Robinson SC

Sunday, 20 October 2013

Travel arrangements :Internet or travel agent?

With the growth of the Internet and the increase in the number of options available to travellers it has become a conscious decision to decide whether you should use the services of a travel agent or make your own booking(s) via the Internet.
Your seniorcitizen team has had a closer look at your options and this is what we think: 
- If your journey is a simple domestic return you can save money by booking on the Internet but check before you do. Some travel agents negotiate bulk deals with airlines and may well be able to give you a competitive price.
Straightforward one stop international journeys can also be easy and cheaper via the Internet but you must take great care and check all details before committing yourself, especially if the flight includes a transit stage.
Complex and complicated flight with stopovers, transits and interrupted flights require greater application, patience and good Internet skills. You only need make one mistake and it could cost you dearly: Most cut price Internet tickets are not interchangeable without a considerable penalty so if you miss-calculate or if the flights change without you knowing, it could spell great inconvenience and cost.
Travel tip:
For more complex trips use your local travel agent unless you are experienced and know your way around the Internet.Even then a good travel consultant may well be better equipped to advise you.

Alternative gateways to Europe and beyond.

When the UK introduced compulsory visas for South Africans, budget travellers had little choice but to seek alternative routes to Europe and other destinations beyond. 
Some of the most common reasons are: 
- The cost and trouble of securing a visa. 
- You also need a visa even when you are in transit only. 
- One sometimes need to switch airports to Luton or Gatwick to connect to a cheaper flight. 
- The visa is only valid for the UK unlike a Schengen visa that covers something like 8 or 9 countries.  
- The dubious practises and rip off techniques of some of the visa services companies.
-  The high cost of travel and accommodation in London discourages travellers to stay over unless they have good reason.
Airlines like Turkish Air and the airlines of the Arabic countries are offering value for money packages that include onward flights to many major hubs all over the world, enticing budget travellers to stop over in exotic destinations like Istanbul, Doha or Dubai, to mention a few. 
Of the European airlines Air France and KLM seems to be the most competitive at the moment. 
Iberia has stopped flying to SA and code share with their new partner BA via London. That is no great loss as Iberia must be one of the worse airlines in Europe. 
TAP and the German airlines are worth a look as well.
Travel tip:
Beware of saving a small amount and end up spending 5 to 10 hours longer travelling than you would on a more direct route or one with speedier connections.

Welcome to the ultimate hotel

Brilliant Beijing Hotel Brochure - Translated as only they can.
A friend went to Beijing recently and was given this brochure by the hotel. It is precious.
She is keeping it and reading it whenever she feels depressed.
Obviously, it has been translated directly, word for word from Mandarin to English.
 Getting There:
Our representative will make you wait at the airport. The bus to the hotel runs along the lake shore. Soon you will feel pleasure in passing water. You will know that you are getting near the hotel, because you will go round the bend. The manager will await you in the entrance hall. He always tries to have intercourse with all new guests.
The Hotel:
This is a family hotel, so children are very welcome. We of course are always pleased to accept adultery. Highly skilled nurses are available in the evenings to put down your children. Guests are invited to conjugate in the bar and expose themselves to others. But please note that ladies are not allowed to have babies in the bar. We organize social games, so no guest is ever left alone to play with them self.
The Restaurant:
Our menus have been carefully chosen to be ordinary and unexciting. At dinner, our quartet will circulate from table to table, and fiddle with you.
Your Room:
Every room has excellent facilities for your private parts. In winter, every room is on heat. Each room has a balcony offering views of outstanding obscenity! .. You will not be disturbed by traffic noise, since the road between the hotel and the lake is used only by pederasts.
Your bed has been made in accordance with local tradition. If you have any other ideas please ring for the chambermaid. Please take advantage of her. She will be very pleased to squash your shirts, blouses and underwear. If asked, she will also squeeze your trousers.
Above All:
When you leave us at the end of your holiday, you will have no hope. You will struggle to forget it.


Saturday, 21 January 2012

Churchill on Italian cruises

After his retirement Churchill was cruising the Mediterranean on an Italian cruise liner and some Italian journalists asked why an ex British Prime Minister chose an Italian ship.?
“There are three things I like about being on an Italian cruise ship” said Churchill.
“First their cuisine is unsurpassed. 
Second their service is superb. 
And then, in time of emergency, there is none of this nonsense about women and children first”.

Sunday, 23 October 2011

Way to go: Who to use and how to go about it.

When the baby boomer generation was young, there was really just one option if you wanted to travel outside Southern  Africa. You went to a  travel agent, told them what you wanted and left it to them.
Not so anymore! You now have multiple options!
      - Go to a travel agent.
      - Do it yourself direct on the internet.
      - Use one of the internet based travel agents.It is all done via e-mail and phone calls and you sort out      your own passport, visa(s) and travel money.
      - Join a group organised by your club, business, church or retirement village, etc.
We will be adding and commenting on some of these options as we go along, so keep on reading.