- What is weight control
- Bomb threats
- How to manage your bookings
- The reasons why there are flight delays
- Learn the airline alphabet
- Passengers with disabilities
- Travelling with pets
- Who gets the Airport taxes?
- Why do ticket prices change?
Feel free to pack your entire wardrobe (evening gown, too, 'cos you never know...) next time you whiz down for a two-day rendezvous in the Cape winelands – because you can afford to! You can purchase extra bags online or via our Contact Centre at reduced rates (up to 33 percent less). If, at the time of booking, you're not sure that you'll require additional weight, it's not a problem – you can always add any additional baggage later online up to 2 hours prior to departure, or via the Contact Centre.
Now, just a heads-up: when you opt for the extra bags baggage option, remember there are no refunds if you change your mind after 2 hours prior to departure. If you're unsure, there is always the option to pay for extra bags at the airport – but this is going to cost a little bit extra per bag than doing it online prior to departure.
If you're travelling with pets: There is a flat rate charged per pet and its container. Its always safer to call the Contact Centre before travelling with a pet. Pets need to be paid for at the airport on the day of departure.
When travelling with sports equipment, if it fits into one bag along with your other goodies and weighs 20kg, there is no additional fee. However if the equipment is in a seperate piece of luggage you'll need to pay for an extra bag either online or at the airport.
kulula check in: 'Do you have any sharp objects in your possession?'
This was an exchange between a staff member and passenger at the kulula check-in counter at George airport in March. It was the fourth bomb threat made at the airport this year. While we at kulula love to make our fans smile, bomb threats are no laughing matter. The customer who made the comment was immediately isolated, questioned and sent to court the same day, and his bags thoroughly checked.
Because we're super-concerned about your safety, we take false bomb threats very seriously. The Civil Aviation Act states that anyone who 'communicates information which he or she knows to be false, thereby endangering the safety of an aircraft in service, is guilty of an offence and liable on conviction to a fine or to imprisonment not exceeding 30 years or to both such fine and imprisonment.'
So statements, jokes and false threats is an absolute no-no, even when you're flying with other airlines.
Manage your booking
Changing your flight booking on kulula is easy. Simply select 'manage my booking' to view the available options. Please note that any booking changes are subject to a change fee. There is one online change allowed per booking. Alternatively, buzz the kulula Contact Centre on 0861 KULULA (585852). And don't forget to have your booking reference code handy before you ring us. This option will cost you an additional 80 bucks (a service fee; includes VAT). This means it's cheaper to change online. Fees are charged per person per flight. Don't forget you'll also have to pay in if there's a difference in fares. If you want to change your flight at the airport, zoot over to our ticket sales desk before check-in. If you have already missed your flight, sorry, you can't change your booking. You can only change future-dated bookings.
When can I change my booking?
I've swopped my flights but I want to change back…
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Delays happen to all airlines and, yes, we know they are annoying. Trust us, we know. But they do happen, and are caused by a number of factors.
Below are a few examples of what can go wrong and what we try to avoid everyday:
There are external factors that affect delays and we as an airline have no control over:
Often the Pilot will fly a little faster to catch up on a small delay so that by the time you land, you're actually 'on time' again. We try to catch up some of the delayed time in the turnarounds, but since they are so short it doesn't give us much time to play with. Unfortunately if your flight was heavily delayed in the morning, it's quite likely that by the afternoon, we are still delaying other passengers because of it. We immediately notify our fans by sending them an SMS when we know that a flight will be delayed. This is followed by regular SMS updates to inform them of the new estimated time of departure.
Not your usual ABC's
Pilots are a cool bunch … wearing aviator shades, riding 'first class' upfront and talking their own lingo. The International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO) phonetic alphabet is widely used throughout the airline industry. Aside from sounding Hollywood, it also ensures that pilots, traffic controllers and airline customer-service folks are clearly understood. So when you're ordering your next in-flight snack from the air-hostess-with-the-mostest, try it out:
Fans with disabilities - a helping hand
For our fans with disabilities who love to fly as much as we do, we're going out of our way to give that little bit extra, and have made the following services available:
Give our Contact Centre a tinkle on 0861 KULULA (585852). They will confirm availability pronto and make the booking. Just remember that all special-needs requests must be made at least 24 hours prior to flight departure, and check in is 90 minutes before departure for all our special-needs fans. Once you have been checked in, we will take you to the designated waiting area. From here you'll be escorted to the aircraft and introduced to our fab crew who will cater to your needs during the flight.
At your destination, one of our ground staff members will escort you, assist with your baggage collection and take you to meet your welcoming party.
Travelling with pets
We're often asked if our fans can bring their pets along on a flight (pets need holidays too after all). We love pets, but as of 4 May 2015, domestic pets and live animals will have a new transport facility that meets they’re highest standards through BidAir Cargo! This means pets will no longer be accepted at any of our check-in counters for local or regional flights.
Simply call 0800 22 1139 or email email@example.com to arrange the transportation of your pet at least 48hrs prior to departure. Learn more about the VIP treatment your trusted friend can look forward to and how to make arrangements to transport your pets at www.petlounge.co.za.
Airport taxes and fees research
Every time a passenger buys a flight ticket he/she is charged airport taxes, which differ from airline to airline. It is often assumed that all airport taxes are charged by Airports Company South Africa (ACSA) and the airline, when in fact only the 'passenger service charge' portion goes to ACSA. The rest of the fees go towards security charges, the Civil Aviation Authority, safety charges, fuel levies and SARS tourism levies.Airport taxes may include the following:
Here at kulula Headquarters, we regularly get asked why the price of tickets can yo-yo (even in the course of a day). Without getting into complicated economics, our prices are determined mainly by supply and demand, like all airlines. Basically, an air ticket is likely to be higher in demand around public holidays, long weekends and school holidays, as well as close to matches. As a result, one should expect to pay higher prices than normal during these times. Because of demand and limited supply (we only have so many planes), we suggest booking air tickets well in advance to get the best deals.
The further back a plan is made, the fewer the factors are that can affect demand and therefore price. That said, we monitor each of our flights daily and if there aren't enough bums in seats on an off-peak flight, we'll lower the ticket price to get as many fans on the flight as possible. If you're a bit of gambler and like doing things last-minute, it can be a way to enjoy some great deals. Because some of our biggest costs (such as fuel) are dollar based, prices are constantly changing (based on exchange rates). With the ability to book six to nine months in advance, kulula fans can get some great deals if for example, the dollar gets more expensive against the rand later on. Predicting what these costs will be far ahead in the future is anyone's guess, though. Fortunately, real-time pricing allows us to adjust our prices to these fluctuations.