Another first for Travelstart’s mobile site – airline mix ‘n match

Travelstart’s just launched South Africa’s first public flight booking engine for mobile phones, which was great news for price-conscious travellers who are always on the go. But another great feature makes its debut on this revolutionary site, the ability to mix and match low cost airlines in one booking.

Previously with all travel agents and airlines, if you’re buying a return domestic ticket, you have been forced to use the same airline there and back. You could be paying more than you need to, for example:

A return ticket on Airline “A” costs R1200:

  • R300 for the flight there
  • R900 for the flight back

A return ticket on Airline “B” costs R1300:

  • R800 for the flight there
  • R500 for the flight back

Travelstart have been working hard on a new system which allows you to pick the cheapest flight going out and the cheapest flight coming back, even if they are on different airlines.

That means in this example, you’ll be paying R800 for the return ticket:

  • R300 for the flight there on airline “A”
  • R500 for the flight back on airline “B”

That’s a saving of R400!

The Travelstart system then combines these two flights into one booking for you for convenient payment. You’ll still get a reference number for each airline you’re travelling with to help you check-in either online or at the airport. This exciting feature will be exclusive to those booking on Travelstart’s mobile site at first and will be rolled out to the regular booking site later.

Even more incentive to book with Travelstart where our systems do the dirty work for you speeding up your search for the best bargains around! Make a booking on today and stand the chance to a BlackBerry – we’re giving one away at the end of January!

Our Readers Comments

  1. Is this option just for national flights, or will it be available on international flights as well?
    It’s a fabulous idea.

    • Hey Val! At the moment, it’s just for domestic (national flights) on low cost carriers (Kulula, 1Time, Mango), we’re soon going to be rolling out SAA & BA into the mix and once that’s working well, the rest of the world. Keep your eyes peeled for more info, we’ll be talking lots about it still 🙂

  2. Thanks Nick, I will follow your tip, pretty or not!!!!

  3. It’s a fantastic idea to mix and match the airlines it will make it much cheaper for those of us who have to book multiple flights to our destinations, but why is it exclusive to the mobile scheme???? some of us do not have such phones that are able to do this on and seems a bit unfair that as customers we will not be able to make use of this offer until sometime? in the future.

    • Hey Julie! That’s a great question. Truth is it’s something brand new we’re working on, since we were building the mobile site from scratch, we could try it out there first.

      We’ve not forgotten the regular online version, but it requires a lot more ongoing work to ensure it’s able to do the same as the mobile site. Our development team is working on the project constantly from all around the world to ensure that the new technology we’ve put into the mobile site can work with the regular site as well.

      But here’s my tip to you, you can still access the mobile site from your PC just go to from your internet browser and browse as you normally would. It might not be as pretty as it would be on a mobile but the site won’t stop you and you’ll be able to make bookings, no problem!

      Thanks for getting in touch!

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