A Million People Waited for FlySAfair’s R8 Deal, SA Turns to Humour for Comfort: “They Put Us on Flight Mode”

A Million People Waited for FlySAfair’s R8 Deal, SA Turns to Humour for Comfort: “They Put Us on Flight Mode”

  • FlySafair's R8 ticket sale dominated social media as SA citizens waited hours to try get their hands on tickets
  • FlySafair's mega-sale returned on Wednesday after a two-year break, and it broke Mzansi internet and many hearts
  • The airline was prepared for backlash as they knew they could not please everyone, and shade is what they got

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The only other thing than a riot, protest or looting that the citizens of Mznasi come out in their numbers for is a R8 flight special. FlySafair had one million people virtually lining up to try their luck on Wednesday, 4 May 2020.

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FlySafair's mega-sale returned on Wednesday after a two-year break, with a million people trying to grab the cheapest fares in South Africa. Image: Getty Images
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The FlySafair's mega-sale returned on Wednesday after a two-year break and the wait was worth it for some but not for most.

Business Insider reported that the airline sold 30,000 tickets at R8 each in just seven hours. With more than one ticket going to most, a lot of people were left feeling hard done by. It was a long wait for nothing.

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The random selection process cheesed a lot of people off with some feeling it was nothing more than a marketing ploy. Social media was set alight by many angered Saffas who queued for what seemed like days.

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Kirby Gordon, FlySafair's chief marketing officer tried to assure peeps that the selection was totally random and that the only control the airline had was how many people were allowed on the site at once.

"Learning from that, we decided to use the random selection option which feels more fair because it is luck of the draw to gain access regardless."

Gordon said the airline understands people’s frustrations and that the long wait and disappointment of not being chosen would lead to a lot of shade on social media. It was anticipated.

"It's human nature to be more vocal when you're upset about something rather than when you're happy with a result, and the reality is that we're never going to please the whole crowd of over a million people trying to get tickets.”

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Take a look at what some of the salty citizens had to say:

@PitchNoirFilms said:

“Why put us in queue if you will randomly select people? Shouldn't we have ticket numbers on a first come first served basis according to time stamps of when we initially queued? Lame. Tapping out. #FlySafair”

@Perzarhos said:

“Biggest scam in history after Forex traders #FlySafair”

@Siseko_12 said:

@KaraboTony said:

FlySafair R8 sale had people of Mzansi bathing with their laptops to make sure they got their tickets

In related news, Briefly News reported that when there is a crazy sale on, you'd best believe the people of South Africa are going to be there! The FlySafair R8 sale became a comedy show with people sharing the lengths they went to make sure they did not miss out.

Literally everything is expensive these days. You can’t even get a loaf of bread for R8, so when whole entire plane tickets go on sale for that price, you’d have to be mad to not try your luck.

Facebook page Dala U Crew compiled an album of some of the most hilarious snaps that people shared showing how they were making sure they did not miss their R8 tickets.

Source: Briefly News

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