- Disaster Prevention #2 - If you have purchased your airline ticket on-line -- with many, if not all airlines -- you are required to show the credit card that you paid your ticket with as you check in. I am not sure what happens if you don't have the credit card with you, but you don't want to find out.
Our bank switched from Visa to Mastercard at one point, and sent us new cards. We forgot we had booked SAA tickets on the old one.
As we arrived at Jo'burg, we were asked to produce the old card, which obviously we couldn't. It's a very stupid rule; the seats are there, they are fully paid for, the names on the passports are correct, etc etc... but it is somewhere in the small print that you also have to prove you own the credit card. Honestly, I cannot understand why a consumer-organisation has not contested this rule yet.
Anyway, we were lucky that our bank was open on a saturday morning. They were able to send a fax to the SAA desk, which stated what happened with our cards.
If that would have failed, we'd be forced to buy our own seats a 2nd time. Go figure!