travel-appsI fly to Durban several times a year and during the last 12 months, between business and personal, I made use of all local airlines.

On my last visit to Durban about 2 weeks ago, I checked in as normal with Kulula and opted to receive a mobile boarding pass on my phone. I don’t recall being able to do this earlier last year.

You just check in via a mobile device and opt for a mobile boarding pass, which is sent to you right away. 

With SAA and BA, it will sit in the Passbook app on the iPhone, and with Kulula, it will be sent via email as a jpeg. To make this clear, you don’t need to home print anything else (save the trees). You just show your phone at security check points and boarding gates by having Passbook open or the image displayed in your gallery for Kulula. I haven’t experienced Mango supporting mobile boarding passes yet.

Airlines that support mobile boarding passes on iPhone:

1. SAA – was most surprised to see SAA supports Passbook. This is what the pass looks like, which is scanned using the QR code shown below:


2. BA – first airline in South Africa to support Passbook, surprised at those who don’t support it yet.


3. Kulula – they don’t support Passbook so the jpeg format should work on any smartphone or tablet:


If anyone reading this made use of a mobile boarding pass with SAA or BA on Android, please feel free to comment. Thanks!

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  1. Ayo DocMkize 14/09/2014 at 22:47 Reply

    I think those are the only apps that support passbook in South Africa. Only three what a shame these retail outlet, car hire services should be embracing these new technologies for the consumer experience.

  2. Jason Bagley 24/03/2015 at 10:22 Reply

    Kulula also has started supporting passbook. Check-in online via their mobi site on your iPhone (using Safari) and there will be a “add to passbook” button that is shown below the QR code.

    • Nafisa Akabor 24/03/2015 at 10:27 Reply

      Thank you for letting me know 🙂 Haven’t flown them in a while! Also recently discovered Emirates supports Passbook (finally).

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