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Re: International fliers - buying airline tickets

Unread postby anne-marie » Wed Jul 13, 2011 8:36 pm

in "entire flight" what do you mean ?

home to home ?... more than 24 hours :shock:
only the long flight ? about 11 hours
the long flight and the connection ? + 1-2 hours depend where start the long flight
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Re: International fliers - buying airline tickets

Unread postby DuQues » Sat Jul 16, 2011 11:22 pm

Stark wrote:I'm curious, how long is the entire flight to JNB for European mites?

Direct flight from Amsterdam to JHB is 10 hours and 50 minutes...
We are now booked via Dubai, Leave at 15.30, and arrive at 10.50 the next day. Which is quite a bit longer, but was also quite a bit cheaper.
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Re: International fliers - buying airline tickets

Unread postby Jillinflorida » Sat Jul 16, 2011 11:38 pm

Stark

I'm flying from J'burg to London Heathrow - non stop and it's 12 hrs. 25 mins.

From Washington DC to J'burg it's 16 hrs. 40 minutes - 1 hr stop in Dakar by SAA.

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Airlines flying to South Africa - ask your questions here

Unread postby Stark » Thu Aug 18, 2011 5:10 pm

I've looked through the forum and haven't found a topic like this...so...I thought I'd make one. 8)

Anybody know what type of audio plug is on the typical South African Airways international flight?
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Re: Airlines flying to South Africa - ask your questions her

Unread postby nighthawk2 » Fri Aug 19, 2011 3:51 am

Last year's flight from Washington, on an Airbus A346, had the typical two prong headphone plug. I`ve never seen anything else on any plane, at least in economy class. I`m almost certain that you can purchase an adapter if you want to use ear buds, as in the ones that you use for an MP3 player, with one small prong.
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Re: Airlines flying to South Africa - ask your questions her

Unread postby arks » Fri Aug 19, 2011 3:59 am

I fly AA (American Airlines) and BA (British Airways) traveling Boston-LHR-Cape Town (or Joburg) and both these airlines use the single-prong system, so I use my own earbuds (and usually listen to my own MP3 player rather than the onboard entertainment). I guess that may be a difference between Boeing and Airbus aircraft?
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Re: Airlines flying to South Africa - ask your questions her

Unread postby Stark » Fri Aug 19, 2011 5:21 am

Most domestic (US) flights I take for business don't even bother with in-flight entertainment. (SW Airlines) I seemed to recall that the 2-prong connection was used on most of my international flights, but I don't really listen to music when I fly. My question is for Mrs. Stark, who wants noise cancelling headphones. To be safe, I may as well buy a 2-prong adapter just in case. :thumbs_up:
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Re: Airlines flying to South Africa - ask your questions her

Unread postby Rino » Mon Nov 21, 2011 6:42 pm

I have plugged my single prong i-pod headphones into the 2 prong socket (use either of the 2 sockets) without any trouble. It fits and it works. :)
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Re: International fliers - buying airline tickets

Unread postby threedogs » Mon Dec 05, 2011 5:28 am

I start looking about 10 months out but usually end up booking about 5 months ahead. From Australia it is very limited. 'Direct' flights' (there are no direct flights for us!) from Perth or Sydney to JB are only operated by Qantas/SAA codeshare so the prices are HIGH! We usually end up paying US$2300-2400 to get us to Phalaborwa on one ticket from Adelaide. There are lots of much cheaper options via Asia or the middle east but I've 'been there done that' twice and the last time said NEVER again. The connections are horrible and you end up in transit for hours and hours not to mention the longer flying times. Oh to live in Perth......
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Re: International fliers - buying airline tickets

Unread postby threedogs » Mon Dec 05, 2011 5:30 am

to clarify: that's US$2300-2400 per person!!
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Re: International fliers - buying airline tickets

Unread postby anne-marie » Mon Dec 05, 2011 8:29 am

:hmz: about the same price for me from Swizerland :shock: :wall:
Geveva, via Francfurt, or Amsterdam, or Paris, or London... all the big towns around
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Re: International fliers - buying airline tickets

Unread postby annapangolin » Sun Jan 29, 2012 9:56 pm

I usually like to book flights about 3 months in advance, but I didn't have that option when I booked my current tickets. I was worried that getting tickets 2 weeks before flying would put the prices WAY up, but it didn't :hmz:

I even searched for flights departing between 6 months and a year from now and they all cost the same as what i've just paid. I found that pretty interesting.

Return flights London to Joburg via Dubai (very short stopver) for just under £500, booked just under two weeks before flying. The cheapest I could find were just under £400, but involved some pretty crazy connections and stopovers.

I don't mind the stop in Dubai, especially when it saves money :dance: Although this time i'll have just an hour to make my connection. If my flight is late leaving London, i'll get quite stuck... :slap:

For me, the most expensive part of a trip to South Africa is getting from the little Island where I live, to London to get an international flight. This can cost almost as much as the flight to SA :cry:

So the point is that you can definitely find cheaper fares without much planning ahead :thumbs_up:

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Overseas travellers - avoid blood clots

Unread postby Stark » Tue Aug 28, 2012 11:04 pm

I'm sharing my story with the hope that it may keep my fellow overseas visitors to SANParks from having the same troubles.

After returning SA only to turn around for a x-country trip, I was diagnosed with a massive blood clot/deep vein thrombosis that runs the length of one leg. I survived a pulmonary embolism (part of the clot broke off and went to my lungs), and I'm currently getting blood thinner shots to the stomach 2x/day. I'm awaiting blood tests to see if I have a genetic factor in play that leads to blood clots, but I'm pretty sure travel is THE main reason. Not exactly fun - and most likely something I could have avoided.

I want to share a few simple suggestions from mdtravelhealth.com:

Risk factors for deep vein thrombosis include previous history of deep vein thrombosis
chronic swelling of the legs or feet
varicose veins
pregnancy
use of estrogen or raloxifene (Evista)
advanced age
cancer
obesity
stroke
recent hospitalization or surgery

To prevent the development of blood clots on long plane flights, the following measures are recommended:

Wear comfortable, loose-fitting clothing.
Do not place hand luggage where it may limit leg movement.
Walk about the cabin at regular intervals.
Perform isometric compressions of the leg muscles (i.e. contract the leg muscles periodically while sitting).
Avoid crosssing your legs.
Drink plenty of fluids.
Avoid alcohol and tobacco.
For those with any of the above risk factors, wear compression stockings, which can be purchased in most drug stores.


An ounce of prevention is certainly worth a pound of cure. Take care, mites!
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Re: Overseas travellers - avoid blood clots

Unread postby Meandering Mouse » Wed Aug 29, 2012 6:30 am

Stark, I am so sorry to hear that you have had such a rough time. Have some :gflower:

Thank you for alerting everyone :thumbs_up: . Your post might well have saved someone from a similar situation, or even worse.
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Re: Overseas travellers - avoid blood clots

Unread postby Hippotragus » Wed Aug 29, 2012 8:26 pm

Thanks Stark. My daughter, 23 years old at the time and tiny, ended up in hospital after flying from South Africa to UK. She had a clot on or near her lungs and was hospitaised for a while and had to take blood thinners (Warfarin) and have regular blood test for several months afterwards. When she flies she now has to administer a blood thinning injection in her stomach before takeoff. The doctors put the blame on the Pill she was on at the time - she is now on a different Pill which does not have the same side effects.
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