Travellers unamused as FlySafair’s R4 birthday sale sells out in less than three hours

JOHANNESBURG- There are some very happy travelers across South Africa but some not so much. FlySaFair produced 30 000 R4 tickets and all sold out in just under three hours.

Celebrating their fourth birthday, the ticket price match their age.

The sale meant to last from 9:00am to 5pm, by 11:30am the tickets were all sold out but this year the process went a little bit more smoothly than previous years.

Traveller24 used their intern Ethan van Dieman to see how the process was functioning. He said that the process was slow when he selected a date.

He almost got tickets, he said, “Upon being selected as part of the group to buy some of the tickets for R4, I was transferred to a different page. If you blinked, you might have literally missed it.

“I was part of the chosen few as I realised I was no longer in the waiting room.

“I’d entered into the buying screen just around 11am, when there were around 10 000 +- tickets left so it was a frenzy at this point.

“Familiarising myself with the system took a couple of seconds and nimble fingers were a must. You either had to book without a second doubt or someone did – a lesson I learned the hard way.

“Flights for R4 at this point were far and few between and there were no easy weekend getaways to Durban unfortunately. So I opted for my second choice.

“Trying to find flights with departure and return dates close to each other was near impossible – as there were mostly flights on Mondays and Tuesdays left. At this point I was making concessions around whether to plane one-way trips or not.

“Once I’d finally decided which flights to book and I thought I was on my way to Jo’burg from Cape Town for my birthday in September – sadly this was not to be.

“Tripping at the finish line, as soon as I attempt to make payment I’d get a red pop-up telling me that the flight/seat had been booked. Clearly, someone is faster than me. I repeated the process of searching, compromising, trying to book and then failing.

“So there you have it. Admittedly, I may not be flying to Johannesburg anytime soon but it sure was an exciting few minutes.”

Those who actually got tickets, posted their success:

And those who weren’t so successful:

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