It’s time for another premium fare deal and I’m sure this one is going to be quite popular. South Africa is a place I’ve wanted to visit for a long time and hopefully, I’ll be able to do so in the future. Like every morning I wake up, I was browsing online and came across some fares from New Zealand to South Africa that caught my eye.
These fares can be booked for just over AUD 4000, which is pretty insane considering in most cases; the AKL-HKG return trip is 4k.
As an example, these flight would usually sell for upwards of 6 to even 10k during the peak travel seasons.
This well-priced offer was first posted by Flyertalk member qupasyd. He’s also provided you with two examples with some random dates and the stopover/routing rules.
From what I can see, the best availability is during February & May 2020, with the following months having random dates available. It also looks like there is only a minimum stay of 1 day which is helpful.
One of the examples given starts in Christchurch and that for that one, you’ll take an Air New Zealand flight to Auckland where you’ll then connect ono the Auckland service. You can also have a stop through Johannesburg on your way over to South Africa and take a South Africa Airways flight to Cape Town, but if you do that, you’ll fly onboard an older product. By using the stopover option, this also may open up a lot more seats available for the same price quoted.
Cathay Pacific operates its 777-300ER’s to Johannesburg while the Cape Town route receives it’s much newer A350-900’s.
The 777-300ER, the airline, uses for the route features 369 seats which are spread across three cabins – Business, Premium & Economy Class. The Business cabin consists of 40 suites laid out in a reverse herringbone 1-2-1 configuration with each seat having a pitch of 82” and a width of 21.” The Premium Economy cabin consists of 32 seats in a 2-4-2 layout with the seats featuring a pitch of 38” and a diameter of 19.5” The Economy cabin holds 297 seats in a 3-4-3 layout and every seat has a pitch of 32” and an overall width of 18.5.”
The A350-900 aircraft features a total of 38 seats in 1-2-1 herringbone configuration with a pitch of 45” and a width of 20.” It also includes 28 Premium seats fitted in a 2-4-2 configuration having a pitch of 40” and a width of 20” while the Economy cabin features 214 seats with a pitch of 32” and a width of 18 inches.
What would I earn from these flights?
The most important thing you’ll need to ensure is that you calculate your earning with the correct booking code these flights use with is: (I).
Qantas Frequent Flyer
- If you were to credit these flight to the Qantas frequent flyer program, you’d earn a total of 600 status credits for the return journey.
American Airlines AAdvantage
- If you were to credit these flights to American, you’d earn a total of 43,118 miles for the return journey.
Alaska Airlines Mileage Plan
- If you were to credit these flights to Alaska, you’d earn a total of 30,789 miles for the return journey.
Cathay Pacific Marco Polo
- If you were to credit these flights to Cathay’s program, you’d earn a total of 360 club points for the return journey.