Flysafair, R4 sale
  • FlySafair is now taking applications for extra baggage allowances on its flights into Durban, and there are seats available from Johannesburg this weekend.
  • All baggage has to be accompanied, but you can return on the same day after handing off luggage at King Shaka.
  • A standard-fare return from OR Tambo on Sunday, which comes with 20kg guaranteed, and more if your application is successful, is currently going for around R1,500.
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For around R1,500, you can get a guaranteed 20kg of supplies to Durban before the weekend is out, with the possibility that you could at least double that weight for no extra cost, under a FlySafair offer now taking applications.

The airline is now taking applications for additional luggage allocations on its flights into the KwaZulu-Natal hub (click here for the form) as part of a "Durban relief" effort.

That is extra bags for people on the flight, because under security rules, all baggage must still be accompanied, the airline said. That means the sender has to retrieve bags from the luggage carousel at King Shaka International – though they can then hand it off to a recipient, and get on the next flight out.

By Friday morning seats were still available on flights departing from OR Tambo in Johannesburg all weekend. Flights to Durban – on a hand-luggage-only basis – were on sale for around R500 for the remainder of Friday and Saturday. But return flights on the same days were between R1,000 and R2,000, which means a same-day return trip would be costly.

On Sunday, however, a flight from Durban to Johannesburg was selling for R671.

To guarantee you can take some luggage, even if your application for a free bag is unsuccessful, you can book a seat with hand luggage and a 20kg bag on Sunday for a total of R1,495. That would see you depart Johannesburg at 06:15, and leave Durban again at 18:50.

Both airports are secure, and form part of the key infrastructure that have been assigned army units as a matter of priority.

Doing the same thing from East London is only possible from Sunday, when the first seats are currently available. That will set you back more than R2,000 – and you'll need to speak to the FlySafair call centre to book flights that arrive and depart within 40 minutes of one another.

Flights from Durban to Cape Town are only available from Sunday, when a return with at least one bag will cost you around R2,400. Seats from Durban to Port Elizabeth also first become available from Sunday, when that leg, with no luggage, will cost at least R3,271.

The standard rules on dangerous baggage remain in place, FlySafair says, so you can not take flammable liquids or corrosives (which may cover some cleaning products) in your bags. But food, basic medical supplies, hygiene supplies, and pet food can be packed. 

Individual items must still weigh no more than 20kg, and luggage pieces must be no bigger than 90cm by 75cm by 43cm, the standard size for a large suitcase.

(Compiled by Phillip de Wet)

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