How to save on air­fare

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We’re cel­e­brat­ing South African fe­male blog­gers this week and we can’t get enough of their handy tips.

Re­cently, blog­ger and fash­ion­ista Thithi Nteta booked her trip to var­i­ous parts of Europe rather cheaply – and then shared how she did it.

Think­ing of go­ing go to Prague and Croa­tia, she made her first big sav­ing by book­ing her re­turn flight to Prague well in ad­vance. She did it in Jan­uary us­ing the money she saved from not tak­ing a hol­i­day in De­cem­ber. Here’s the rest of the low­down:


A re­turn flight worked out cheaper than book­ing two one-way tick­ets. She and her travel part­ner also saved nearly R2 500 on their flights us­ing their Dis­cov­ery Vi­tal­ity mem­ber­ship ben­e­fits to book.


They booked their ac­com­mo­da­tion through share-econ­omy ac­com­mo­da­tion com­mu­nity Airbnb. Res­i­dents of the city you are vis­it­ing rent out rooms, but you want to make sure they’re gra­cious hosts.

Nteta rec­om­mends that you email them prior to mak­ing a book­ing to get a sense via their email eti­quette about what kind of peo­ple they are. She also rec­om­mends read­ing the re­views on Airbnb and pay­ing at­ten­tion to how hosts re­spond to the neg­a­tive feed­back they get. Start with the places that have ver­i­fied pho­tos, which ba­si­cally means that some­one who has been there can ver­ify that the apart­ment or space looks the same as it does in the photo.


The rest of the trip to Rome, Paris and Am­s­ter­dam cost her an av­er­age of R3 500 for two mul­ti­des­ti­na­tion flights with Iberia Air­lines and about R920 for one train trip. Flights were booked through Ex­pe­dia be­cause, un­like Trav­el­start or Flightsite, Ex­pe­dia al­lows you to book your own mul­ti­des­ti­na­tion flights. Ex­pe­dia also has a re­wards pro­gramme.

Nteta’s ac­com­mo­da­tion in Traste­vere in Rome was booked at a dis­counted price be­cause of the flight book­ings she had made.

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