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Airfare deals are typically only available on limited dates. We recommend that you use Google Flights to find dates to fly, then book through an online travel agency such as Orbitz, which allows you to cancel flights without penalty by 11pm Eastern Time within one day of booking. Remember: Fares may disappear quickly, so book right away and take advantage of Orbitz’s courtesy cancellation if you’re unable to travel. Additionally, keep in mind that discounted partner fares may not earn miles with US-based carriers.
We’ve seen better deals to South Africa, both on Emirates and South African’s nonstop from JFK, but sub-$800 is still a steal on what’s typically a very pricey route, especially for departures from the West Coast. Today, South African and Virgin Atlantic are offering discounted fares from New York and California, respectively, getting you from the US to Africa for well under $1,000 round-trip, including taxes and fees. You can travel between January and May, depending on your origin city. Note that you may need to book South African flights through Orbitz to get this fare.
Airlines: South African and Virgin Atlantic
Routes: NYC, LAX, SFO to JNB
Cost: $739+ round-trip in economy
Dates: January 2016 through May 2016
Booking Link: Orbitz
Pay With: American Express Premier Rewards Gold, Citi Prestige or Chase Sapphire Preferred
Search for your flight here:
Here are some examples of what you can book:
New York (JFK) to Johannesburg, South Africa (JNB) for $739 on South African:
San Francisco (SFO) to Johannesburg, South Africa (JNB) for $778 on Virgin Atlantic:
Los Angeles (LAX) to Johannesburg, South Africa (JNB) for $828 on Virgin Atlantic:
Maximize Your Purchase
Remember, you can bank extra credit card points by using a card that offers a bonus on airfare purchases, like 3x on airfare with the American Express Premier Rewards Gold and Citi Prestige, or 2x on travel purchases with the Chase Sapphire Preferred Card. Check out this post for more on maximizing airfare purchases.
H/T: Loyalty Traveler
Be sure to act fast if you’re interested! Even after the introduction of the Chase Sapphire Reserve, the Chase Sapphire Preferred is still a fantastic choice if you want to avoid the Reserve’s $450 annual fee, earn 2x on all travel & dining and earn a 50,000 point sign up bonus.
Even after the introduction of the Chase Sapphire Reserve, the Chase Sapphire Preferred is still a fantastic choice if you want to avoid the Reserve’s $450 annual fee, earn 2x on all travel & dining and earn a 50,000 point sign up bonus.