Your phone will make the plane crash

Cell phones on flights was banned as far back as the early 1990s, the fear was that they would interfere with the pilot’s instruments, which could cause accidents. While that ban is still in force, a study by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) in 2006 could not prove this to be the case. However, the agency was also unable to conclusively prove that cell phone use did not lead to accidents and so retained the ban.


All airlines charge fuel surcharges

Fuel surcharge are described by airlines as reasonable estimates of the per-passenger fuel costs above some baseline calculated based on such factors as the length of the trip, varying costs of fuel, and number of flight segments involved. Some low cost carriers have abandoned the term and are transparent about what is their fare and what are airport taxes.

Last-minute flights are cheapest

If an airline is seeking to fill an under booked flight, you may get a great deal. But even more frequently — and especially on popular routes — the later you leave it, the more expensive the tickets become. This is a simple case of supply and demand. The fewer seats remaining, the more the airline can charge, knowing the odds are firmly in its favour that someone will be desperate enough to pay.


LCC fares are always the cheapest

Not necessarily so, many travel arrangers automatically assume a low cost carrier fare will be cheaper than a legacy airline. LCC’s frequently hike fares relative to yielding and so a competitive negotiated corporate fare may well come in cheaper. A good self-booking tool should be able to see all published, private and LCC fares and display the lowest fare even if it means using different carriers for different sectors.



Ticket changes are really expensive

Airline ticket/ fare policy often dictates that if you change the ticket, you must be charged. The corporate traveller frequently thinks that this is a cost by levied the travel management company when it is an airline cost. This is not to be confused with change fees, charged by the TMC to it clients and of course, ticket classes determine airline change fees.


Qualifying for Government business

In the past, any travel agency or travel management company have been able to tender for SA Government travel business, which has indirectly led to many indiscrepencies and failures relative to supply. Now any travel supplier needs to be a legitimate member of Asata to qualify. Please contact us for more details.

Compliance is still a major issue

In a recent survey of global travel executives by Travelport, 80% of respondents said stricter travel policies have had a positive impact on their travel strategies in terms of mitigating cost risk. Whether policies restrict accommodation bookings to certain ‘star’ categories or partner chains, or cut out spending on first class travel, companies stand to achieve significant cost reductions across their travel programs. Ref: Travelport’s survey of global travel executives


Travellers find cheaper rates online

There are some business travel agents that are embracing the rates made available to the public on Internet sites such as and, and they give this content to their customers alongside the usual channels too. Choose the right business travel agent that aggregates content, and this headache is removed instantly!