So the kids will be on their 3week June holiday from tomorrow.  Over the last few years, they’ve gone to Durban every June and December holiday for a few days because well…

  1. Mum and dad work and cannot take the a full 3weeks every June and December to be with them.
  2. 3weeks is a long time to sit at home and occupy themselves every day and let’s face it, our nanny has actual WORK to do, she cannot sit and play with them every minute of the day.
  3. Their besties in the complex go to holiday programme because they have nobody at home to look after them during the day so even when they’re at home, it’s just the two of them and the nanny all day every day.
  4. Last, but most certainly not least, nana and grandpa really love spending the quality time with their grandies!  As do their grandies love spending time with them ❤

This year, we hadn’t really planned the Durban trip for June, but over the past weekend, we decided that we would take the kids up next weekend and they can stay a few days extra on their own with the grandparentals as per normal.  I would also like to stay a few nights just to get a bit of a break from the hustle and bustle of the city.  As the hubster is off to Sweden for a soccer tournament at the end of July and cannot afford to take anymore leave, we decided that I would fly up with the boys.

When looking at the tickets, it made sense financially as well!  I mean, I drive a Kia Rio and to fill up the tank is about R690 – there and back, that’s already petrol of R1,380.  Then there’s toll fees, snacks and lunch along the way.  The trip in the car would probably be in the region of R2,000 return.  Plus, because the hubster can’t take leave, we’d have to rush out after work on the Friday and come back in the blink of an eye on the Sunday.  So I booked tickets (sshhh, it’s a surprise, they have no idea and they haven’t been on a plane in 2years so it’s going to be epic!!) to fly to Durban next Saturday afternoon.  I booked my leave and thought I’d book the return flight for myself at a later stage so this morning, I logged on to make my booking back to Jo’burg.

Being a Discovery Vitality member, I get to take advantage of the discount when booking with Kulula.  What I didn’t realise is that there’s also a Discovery booking fee and then of course the usual taxes or whatever else they lump on top of the ticket price.  Do you know how much I saved on the flight……………………………………R12 GUYS!  R12 GOOD OL’ RANDS…What the actual…?!?!?!  How can that even be called a discount.

Anyway, the flight still works out to about the same as the drive cost wise because petrol is so expensive!!!! and of course there’s the added plus of not having to sit in the car for 6hours each way, but still.  How can that even be called a saving *SMH*?!

 

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8 responses »

  1. halberts2014 says:

    LOL, sorry, but does anyone actually save anything on anything nowadays? Nothing is an actual bargain anymore.
    Hope you all enjoy your trip and that the boys have fun with their grandparents.

    • Jodie says:

      I feel like we’re getting robbed in broad daylight every day. I actually won’t be surprised if soon, the supposed “discount” you get on flights adds up to you paying MORE than you do without the freaking discount!

  2. what level are you on? We’re on diamond and the discounts are SIGNIFICANT. In 1 year I save about R20 000.

    But I definitely agree that you need to evaluate every year (vitality cost X 12 versus the discounts). when it stops making sense, stop.

    YAY Durban!

    I have 10 work days left before our holiday and cannot WAIT! I keep saying when people talk to me at work, I will be on the beach in ____ days. I know it’s getting annoying but it helps me cope to focus on FUN things ahead!

  3. MamaCat says:

    Jodie, when I tried to book tickets, using my Discovery discount, it actually cost more than just buying straight.

  4. Louisa says:

    Haha, a lady from Discovery tried to sell me this just a week or so ago. I had the best time chatting to her. She had to whip out her calculator, and after keeping her out of trouble for a good 20 minutes she agreed with me that it actually wasn’t worth it for me.

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