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BA, Houston (IAH) - Johannesburg (JNB) $793.36 RT, 18,040 miles

BA, Houston (IAH) - Johannesburg (JNB) $793.36 RT, 18,040 miles

Old May 30, 15, 3:23 pm
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BA, Houston (IAH) - Johannesburg (JNB) $793.36 RT, 18,040 miles

Sample dates November 11th November 15th , lot's of dates in November, bookable on ba.com, credit to AAdvantage
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Old May 30, 15, 4:23 pm
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That's a great find, thanks for posting!

While the fare doesn't work from PHX, there are some US PHX-IAH flights that work nicely with it, at decent prices.

Does anyone know if South Africa requires any special visa for US citizens?
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Old May 30, 15, 4:43 pm
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There are also other places near JNB that BA serves at a pretty decent rate. CPT, WDH, LVI, etc.

No visa required for US citizens in ZA, but if you travel with kids, read the new ZA law effective 6/1/2015. It's a cluster.....
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Old May 30, 15, 5:58 pm
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Originally Posted by MightyTravels View Post
Sample dates November 11th November 15th , lot's of dates in November, bookable on ba.com, credit to AAdvantage
hopefully that BA don't impose hammer on AA's ability to earn 100% on BA's cheapest fares this year (IMO, i expect some changes next year).

Few months i find decent deals with BA's PE if you are willing to do open jaw from Toronto to JNB/CPT, then return to your home airport.
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Old May 30, 15, 6:26 pm
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Originally Posted by aztimm View Post
Does anyone know if South Africa requires any special visa for US citizens?
Nope. Just ensure that you have two blank pages in your passport.



Sweeten deal if you can use AARP and Chase VISA 10% discount. Total RT comes to $655.21.



Outbound - Wednesday 18 November 2015
BA0194 16:40 18 Nov George Bush Intercont (TX) (Houston) 19 Nov 07:30 Heathrow (London) British Airways World Traveller
BA0055 18:00 19 Nov Heathrow (London) 20 Nov 06:55 Johannesburg British Airways World Traveller

Inbound - Tuesday 24 November 2015
BA0054 21:30 24 Nov Johannesburg 25 Nov 06:45 Heathrow (London) British Airways World Traveller
BA0195 10:2025 25 Nov Heathrow (London) 25 Nov 14:35 George Bush Intercont (TX) (Houston) British Airways World Traveller

Price $655.21 1 passenger

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Old May 31, 15, 12:19 pm
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Originally Posted by aglp2k View Post
Nope. Just ensure that you have two blank pages in your passport.
Which is quite a stupid requirement since the visa stamp is a regular rubber inked one these days that takes up less than the assigned quarter page. Even the old sticker visa took up less than a quarter page...as does the small departure stamp.

As noted, BA's revised its mileage given for discounted economy fares in its own program so it is highly likely that it will soon decrease them to 50% in partner programs. So the sooner you travel, the likelier you are to get the full mileage.
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Old May 31, 15, 12:40 pm
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BA, Houston (IAH) - Johannesburg (JNB) $793.36 RT, 18,040 miles

AARP and the BA Visa discounts are a great addition. Brings down the CPM to 3.
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Old May 31, 15, 12:49 pm
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Which is quite a stupid requirement since the visa stamp is a regular rubber inked one these days that takes up less than the assigned quarter page. Even the old sticker visa took up less than a quarter page...as does the small departure stamp.
I remember the very first time I was going to ZA and knew about this requirement. I had a very full passport and we were leaving the USA to goto ZA on a simple connection through London, so I figured all would be perfect, I had exactly two blank pages.

However, we were flying VS and our flight was cancelled, so we had to overnight in LHR. By a lucky saving grace (we were in Upper Class) we were personally escorted to the immigration queue and I went out of my way to make sure the officer stamped one of the other pages (same with the return portion on leaving London in the morning) just to ensure two pages remained perfectly empty.

Fast forward to arrival (first time ever) into OR Tambo, and I approached the immigration officer - he didn't even look down at my passport, just randomly stamped and handed it right back to me. Sure enough, after a few more hops throughout Europe on the return, I made it back home to the USA with those two pages still blank and no one batting an eye on a 'full passport'.

That said, immediately next to me in the immigration lines was another man who was getting yelled at for not having two pages empty and while I didn't stay long enough to see if he was actually turned away from entry, it looked scary enough to make me realise (remember, this is my first time ever in ZA) that your experience is largely out of your hands when you leave your home.

The main difference (unfortunately, most likely) was that my skin was chalk white and the other gentleman's was not.

But since then, I always keep the 'requirements' of entry on any country just to possibly avoid issues like that.

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Old May 31, 15, 5:25 pm
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Originally Posted by Deltahater View Post
There are also other places near JNB that BA serves at a pretty decent rate. CPT, WDH, LVI, etc.

No visa required for US citizens in ZA, but if you travel with kids, read the new ZA law effective 6/1/2015. It's a cluster.....
Originally Posted by aglp2k View Post
Nope. Just ensure that you have two blank pages in your passport.

Sweeten deal if you can use AARP and Chase VISA 10% discount.
Thanks again for sharing this deal! This is one (of the many) reasons I love Flyertalk! I thought I'd just do another run to Seoul this fall, but Johannesburg will definitely work for me.

I just booked, with a separate US booking PHX-IAH, with healthy connections on either side (2-1/2 hours, and 4 hours). Currently US and BA are in separate terminals at IAH; by Nov they might be together. But I should have sufficient time to deal with drama if I need to.
No matter how hard I tried, I just couldn't get any sites to book it all as a single itinerary, without adding $200+ to the price.

Unfortunately--or perhaps fortunately--I don't yet qualify for AARP. But believe me, the day I can, I will apply for it.

I have a rather new passport with plenty of space, at least 3 sets of 2-across pages empty, plus a few random singles. I don't know why some places stamp on a random page toward the end of the book, while others will all stamp together. Traveling solo, so don't need to worry about kids.

I'll have most of a day free in London on the way over. If the weather is decent, I'll go into town (I've been many times, and actually have an Oyster card with money still on it). Otherwise, I'll hang out at a lounge or 2 at LHR. There are left luggage places at LHR (T2-3-4-5) for GBP 10/day.

What helped sweeten the deal more is Hilton is doing a, "summer sale," and I got a decent rate at the Hilton Sandton.

If anyone else is considering this, please shoot me a PM and I'll share the details I booked. Years ago, it seemed FT'ers on MR's made up almost half the plane on a SFO-FRA flight ^
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Originally Posted by aztimm View Post
Thanks again for sharing this deal! This is one (of the many) reasons I love Flyertalk! I thought I'd just do another run to Seoul this fall, but Johannesburg will definitely work for me.

I just booked, with a separate US booking PHX-IAH, with healthy connections on either side (2-1/2 hours, and 4 hours). Currently US and BA are in separate terminals at IAH; by Nov they might be together. But I should have sufficient time to deal with drama if I need to.
No matter how hard I tried, I just couldn't get any sites to book it all as a single itinerary, without adding $200+ to the price.

Unfortunately--or perhaps fortunately--I don't yet qualify for AARP. But believe me, the day I can, I will apply for it.

I have a rather new passport with plenty of space, at least 3 sets of 2-across pages empty, plus a few random singles. I don't know why some places stamp on a random page toward the end of the book, while others will all stamp together. Traveling solo, so don't need to worry about kids.

I'll have most of a day free in London on the way over. If the weather is decent, I'll go into town (I've been many times, and actually have an Oyster card with money still on it). Otherwise, I'll hang out at a lounge or 2 at LHR. There are left luggage places at LHR (T2-3-4-5) for GBP 10/day.

What helped sweeten the deal more is Hilton is doing a, "summer sale," and I got a decent rate at the Hilton Sandton.

If anyone else is considering this, please shoot me a PM and I'll share the details I booked. Years ago, it seemed FT'ers on MR's made up almost half the plane on a SFO-FRA flight ^
technically, you might indicate that your age isn't old enough to qualify for AARP's primary target, but you actually can get AARP membership... $16 i believe..
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Originally Posted by washeelers747 View Post
technically, you might indicate that your age isn't old enough to qualify for AARP's primary target, but you actually can get AARP membership... $16 i believe..
absolutely correct. You can join AARP at any age. Otherwise it would be age discrimination. I know, it makes no sense..
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Is it possible to upgrade on this fare using avios or AA?
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Old Jun 3, 15, 1:19 pm
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Is it possible to upgrade on this fare using avios or AA?
you can't use SWUs on BA metal
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Old Nov 19, 15, 5:21 pm
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Just a quick update....

I did the PHX-IAH-LHR-JNB, JNB-LHR-IAH-PHX trip last week/over weekend. More of a mini-vacation rather than a true mileage run (I like having at least a day or 2).

Since 11/11 was a holiday for me, I left then. Had about 10 hours or so in London on 11/12 (met friends for lunch and walked around a bit). Arrived at JNB on Friday 11/13.
Rental cars were very cheap, even with full insurance. The Hilton Sandton was also pretty reasonable (walking distance to a shopping center).
Did a daytrip out to Pilanesburg National Park and saw all kinds of wildlife--including zebras, hippos, and elephants.

Returned the same route on Sun 11/15, but with just ~3 hours at LHR on 11/16. Enough time to shower in the lounge.

All miles posted to my AA account very quickly, within 2 days after flights ^

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Old Nov 19, 15, 8:27 pm
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Originally Posted by aztimm View Post
Just a quick update....

I did the PHX-IAH-LHR-JNB, JNB-LHR-IAH-PHX trip last week/over weekend. More of a mini-vacation rather than a true mileage run (I like having at least a day or 2).

Since 11/11 was a holiday for me, I left then. Had about 10 hours or so in London on 11/12 (met friends for lunch and walked around a bit). Arrived at JNB on Friday 11/13.
Rental cars were very cheap, even with full insurance. The Hilton Sandton was also pretty reasonable (walking distance to a shopping center).
Did a daytrip out to Pilanesburg National Park and saw all kinds of wildlife--including zebras, hippos, and elephants.

Returned the same route on Sun 11/15, but with just ~3 hours at LHR on 11/16. Enough time to shower in the lounge.

All miles posted to my AA account very quickly, within 2 days after flights ^

Let me know what questions you have.
Glad you enjoyed it, how full were you IAH flights in Y? My experience has been pretty empty, but they adjusted down to the 772 and 77W now, which eliminated a ton of Y seats.
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