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Old May 12, 19, 1:46 pm
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Reward to/from Johannesburg

Evening all.

Just a quick one.

I am looking for two tickets to Johannesburg in either business or first on a Amex 241 reward tickets.

BA and Redemption Finder is showing loads of availability up to December but absolutely zero for anything in 2020.

Am I missing something? January would be our ideal time to go.

Thanks in advance.
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JNB is a pretty popular redemption destination so the seats for January will be long gone. Some more might come up but I’d think that’s unlikely.
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Originally Posted by eugegall View Post
January would be our ideal time to go.
Unfortunately December & January is everyone else’s ideal time too!
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Old May 12, 19, 3:03 pm
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I appreciate what you're saying. December there is loads of availability but absolute zero for Jan, Feb, March, April and May.
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The England cricket team is touring South Africa in December/January as well, just to add to demand for tickets.
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December, January & February are SA summer as well, with Dec & Jan being school holidays...

It's busy season.
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Consider going via Capetown or Durban.
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Originally Posted by bluemoon68 View Post
Consider going via Capetown or Durban.
Unfortunately it's high season ALL over SA. Cape Town is highly likely impossible too.

Durban may not be that difficult, though wouldn't the cost be higher though?

I would think though that March onwards it would become easier to get awards to Durban.

Also, how many days ahead does BA make award sears available?
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Old May 12, 19, 3:54 pm
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Unfortunately it's high season ALL over SA. Cape Town is highly likely impossible too.

Durban may not be that difficult, though wouldn't the cost be higher though?

I would think though that March onwards it would become easier to get awards to Durban.

Also, how many days ahead does BA make award sears available?
All seats are available 355 days ahead- today and 354 future days.
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Old May 12, 19, 4:21 pm
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BA has recently dropped their 4-days-a-week 787 service, and the Iberia service from Madrid is being cut. Rewards booking opportunities will thus be squeezed even more.
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Busy season as others have noted. I booked our NY trip at T-355days and the inventory had gone within 5 mins of appearing on every day. Something might pop up later but with the reduction in OW capacity, I doubt it.
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Old May 13, 19, 2:26 am
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Yes, the 355-day killer! Having missed the boat, I'm still looking at options for next Feb to CPT, JNB or DUR ... as well as ANU or UVF. Nada, of course.

I fear I will have to pay money, and consign a 2-4-1 to the bin!
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Old May 13, 19, 3:42 am
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Yes, the 355-day killer! Having missed the boat, I'm still looking at options for next Feb to CPT, JNB or DUR ... as well as ANU or UVF. Nada, of course.

I fear I will have to pay money, and consign a 2-4-1 to the bin!
How qbout an ex-EU?

Or if you're prepared to venture away from One world, paid premium economy as a day flight might be a reasonable trade off?
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Old May 13, 19, 3:52 am
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How qbout an ex-EU?

Or if you're prepared to venture away from One world, paid premium economy as a day flight might be a reasonable trade off?
Ex-EU is a good thought, although starting in JER makes it less easy.
I also need to remember that OW won't be essential, as we will already have the TPs needed for gold renewal.
Just hate to lose a 2-4-1 and have to pay for an expensive seat ... and, sorry, we don't do PE
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Originally Posted by bluemoon68 View Post
Consider going via Capetown or Durban.
If anything, at this time of year, you are even less likely to find availability to CPT I reckon.

1) It is the prime holiday destination and
2) Last time I checked summer BA schedule was 2x A380 to JNB but 1x 747 to CPT, so there are just a few less seats knocking around.
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