Destination FUN: Tips on flying during peak season

Travelling to your holiday destination during peak season requires some planning. Here is a handy little checklist. So, tick off these points and you’ll be sure to avoid unnecessary expenses and possible delays. And remember, flying remains one of the safest forms of travel – especially when you want to beat the peak season crawl and impatient drivers making their way down to the coast.
Book early
Flights to popular holiday destinations like Durban to Port Elizabeth fill up well ahead of the school holiday dates. It is also true that flights are usually cheaper the earlier you book. So, whether you’re heading for tropical Durban or the wide, white sandy beaches of East London first make sure you’ve confirmed your accommodation - then go ahead and book that flight.
It is wise to pay a little bit extra to secure changeable flights to avoid penalties or cancellation of your flight in the event of changes in your itinerary.
Get your travel documents together
There’s nothing worse than realising that your partner or child’s passport had expired a week before you head out on that direct flight from Cape Town to Hoedspruit. Collect all passports well ahead of regional departure dates and check when they expire. Also, make sure of the visa requirements as some visas can take up to two weeks to process.
Tip: While you’re at it, check the date of you and your partner’s driver’s licenses. You’ll need a valid license for the car hire on the other side.
Don’t underestimate Jozi as a destination
A report by the Mastercard Global Destination Cities Index indicates that the number of flights to Johannesburg proved that it was the most popular destination in Africa last year. Once you’ve settled, be sure to get your tickets and take the open roofed red bus to all the hip, hop and happening destinations in and around Johannesburg and, of course, the must-see sights of Soweto.
Less chaotic at Christmas?
Don’t be too worried if it looks as though you may have to fly on Christmas day. The flights are generally not full. The majority of people prefer to be safely ensconced, surrounded by family and friends, rather than be travelling on that day.
It’s also a great way to get that gift that you’ve been meaning to get. The airport shops have fascinating options which may just prove to be ideal for that special someone.