Travel Insights

How to choose the best travel management partner for your…
  With South Africa's economy still volatile, most companies are keeping focussed on streamlining operations and eliminating wasteful expenditure. While your travel expenses may not be your biggest cost item, every rand misspent…
Tanzania bans plastic bags – how will this affect you as a…
The Government of Tanzania has advised travellers to the country that as of 1 June, all plastic carrier bags, regardless of thickness, will be prohibited from being imported, exported, manufactured, sold, stored, supplied and…
BA closes Joburg lounge for refurbishment
From 23 May British Airways is temporarily closing its First and Galleries Club Lounge at Johannesburg’s OR Tambo International Airport for construction work. All eligible customers will be relocated to the Slow Lounge or the…
Visa delays Explained
Due to the ongoing peak travel season, VFS Global has warned customers that it has been seeing high volumes of visa applications across most regions around the globe, including South Africa. Due to a surge in applications, some…
American Airlines eliminates some fees for oversize bags
  American Airlines has eliminated fees for oversize common sports and music equipment. Customers can check these as standard baggage, up to the maximum allowed dimensions and within the weight requirements. Passengers…
How to enforce your travel policy
  Drafting a travel policy is one thing but if you don’t enforce it within your company and your travellers don’t abide by it, you’re wasting your time. Here are our 6 top tips to get your staff to use and comply with your…
Four common mistakes companies make when booking travel
Would you balance your business accounts yourself just because you know how to use Excel? You might, but it will take a great deal longer than paying an expert to do it for you.  Of all the “epic fails” SMEs encounter to save a…
How to master business travel as a working mom
Being a working mom is not easy, especially if you travel for work. It’s daunting having to juggle a successful career with a busy household. When you throw a business trip into the mix, the challenges become almost…
Malawi's Chileka Airport closes runway for maintenance
Chileka International Airport (BLZ) in Blantyre, Malawi, will close its main runway for maintenance from 24 April 2019.  It is expected to reopen in July 2019. Affected airlines to Blantyre are Malawian Airlines, Kenya…
VFS appointed as new Italian visa company
VF Worldwide Holdings (VFS) replaces Capago as the new visa outsourcer for travellers to Italy in the jurisdiction covered by the Consulate General of Italy in Johannesburg. This includes Botswana, Gauteng, KZN, North West, Free…
United Airline announces non-stop New York to Cape Town…
United Airlines announces the intended launch of a new seasonal non-stop service between Newark Liberty International Airport in New Jersey, New York, to Cape Town International Airport.  The seasonal service is said to…
Etihad now gives golfers free luggage allowance
Etihad Airways is now allowing golfers to bring their golf clubs free of charge on flights to the UAE. The allowance includes an additional golf bag containing one set of clubs, one pair of golf shoes, and a golf umbrella or…