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Delta is offering round-trip award fares to Johannesburg, South Africa (JNB) starting at just 64,000 SkyMiles round-trip plus taxes and fees. Although Delta doesn’t have an award chart, it’s unusual to see round-trip flights to South Africa for less than 80,000 miles.

You can fly from cities across the US, but the most discounted departures are from New York (JFK) and Washington DC (IAD).  If you’re short on miles, remember that you can instantly transfer American Express Membership Rewards points into your SkyMiles account at 1:1 ratio.

Note that while the Africa fare sale lists destinations for Nairobi (NBO), Cape Town (CPT) and Abidjan (ABJ), the SkyMiles deals only apply when flying to Johannesburg.

Cape Town, a TPG favorite, is a quick flight from Johannesburg. Make sure to check out this list of tips when planning out the rest of your travel.

TPG recently went to South Africa alongside PeaceJam which you can watch in the first video from our Meaningful Travel series:

Airline: Delta
Routes: IAD/SAN/PHX/PHL/OMA/JFK/IND/FLL/CLE/ORD/BHM/AUS to JNB
Cost: 64,000+ SkyMiles round-trip in economy in the US; fares are lowest outbound on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Saturdays
Purchase by: November 7, 2018
Travel Dates: January 10, 2019 and March 19, 2019
Booking Link: Directly with Delta
Pay Taxes/Fees With: The Platinum Card® from American Express (5x on airfare), American Express® Gold CardChase Sapphire Reserve, Citi Prestige (3x on airfare plus excellent trip-delay insurance) or Chase Sapphire Preferred Card (2x on travel)

Here are a few examples of what you can book:

Washington, DC (IAD) to Johannesburg (JNB) for 64,000 SkyMiles + $60 round-trip:

New York (JFK) to Johannesburg (JNB) for 64,000 SkyMiles + $60 round-trip:

Fort Lauderdale (FLL) to Johannesburg (JNB) for 70,000 SkyMiles + $60 round-trip:

San Diego (SAN) to Johannesburg (JNB) for 86,000 SkyMiles + $60 round-trip:

Maximize Your Purchase

Don’t forget to use a credit card that earns additional points on airfare purchases to pay the taxes and fees, such as the Platinum Card® from American Express (5x on flights booked directly with airlines or American Express Travel), American Express® Gold Card, Chase Sapphire Reserve, Citi Prestige (3x on airfare) or the Chase Sapphire Preferred Card (2x on all travel purchases). Check out this post for more on maximizing airfare purchases.

If you don’t have enough SkyMiles in your account, consider signing up for one of the Delta credit cards to ensure you’re able to take advantage of a deal next time one pops up. For example, the Gold Delta SkyMiles® Credit Card from American Express currently comes with a bonus of 30,000 SkyMiles after you spend $1,000 in the first three months. Plus, a $50 statement credit after you make a Delta purchase within the first three months. Also, this is a great card for defeating basic economy.

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American Express® Gold Card

With some great bonus categories, the American Express Gold Card has a lot going for it. The card offers 4x points at US restaurants, at US supermarkets (up to $25,000; then 1x), and 3x points on flights booked directly with airlines or through amextravel.com. It is currently offering a welcome bonus of 35,000 bonus points after you spend $2,000 in the first three months.

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More Things to Know
  • Earn 35,000 Membership Rewards® Points after you spend $2,000 on eligible purchases with your new Card within the first 3 months.
  • Earn 4X Membership Rewards® points at U.S. restaurants. Earn 4X Membership Rewards® points at U.S. supermarkets (on up to $25,000 per year in purchases, then 1X).
  • Earn 3X Membership Rewards® points on flights booked directly with airlines or on amextravel.com.
  • Earn up to $10 in statement credits monthly when you pay with The Gold Card at Grubhub, Seamless, The Cheesecake Factory, Shake Shack, and Ruth's Chris Steak House. This is an annual savings of up to $120. Enrollment required.
  • $100 Airline Fee Credit: up to $100 in statement credits per calendar year for incidental fees at one selected qualifying airline.
  • Choose to carry a balance with interest on eligible charges of $100 or more.
  • No Foreign Transaction Fees.
  • Annual Fee is $250.
  • Terms apply.
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Annual Fee
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