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*A - UK Airports to JNB/CPT - 509 GBP+ in Premium Economy Roundtrip

*A - UK Airports to JNB/CPT - 509 GBP+ in Premium Economy Roundtrip

Old Apr 15, 2023, 1:02 am
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*A - UK Airports to JNB/CPT - 509 GBP+ in Premium Economy Roundtrip

Since Friday morning I have been noticing on Google Flights that there were some great premium economy fares showing up between various airports in the UK (I have seen available dates from LHR, LCY, LGW, EDI, MAN, NCL) and Johannesburg and Cape Town. So far it looks like all the results are various Star Alliance carriers with connections in Frankfurt, Munich, Brussels, Zurich, and Geneva.

EDIT - Might work to other South African airports too. Just tried Durban and it worked. More information on what to put into ITA Matrix in post below.

The lowest fare I have seen is 509 GBP and the highest non-normal fare is around 800 GBP. Most dates are around 650 GBP. Normal is about 1200 GBP.

On many dates premium economy is only 10-20 GBP more than economy and over the summer it's less than economy. Below I have a screenshot of a 509 GBP roundtrip. On that same date an economy ticket is 500 GBP.

Unfortunately the absolute cheapest options often come with pretty terrible connections or double connections. Between 700-800 GBP is where you can start to find single connection itineraries with layovers under 12 hours.

EDIT - Forgot to mention, your trip needs to be at least 9 days long.

Category 6: Minimum stay requirements

TRAVEL FROM TURNAROUND MUST COMMENCE NO EARLIER THAN 8
DAYS AFTER ARRIVAL AT TURNAROUND.

Availability is pretty good too! I did a Google Flights search from LGW,LHR,LCY,EDI,NCL to JNB,CPT (you can put up to 5 airport in the field at Google Flights) and you can see nearly every date is discounted.



The fall looks great!!



Here are a few example Google Flights links to get you started! Unfortunately, you'll find the data on Google Flights is a little stale. You can click on a date and it won't display a flight at the low price it claims exists.
https://www.google.com/travel/flight...1gDzsWgDPvUoZ6
https://www.google.com/travel/flight...5Ah3P5PDVUoJu8
https://www.google.com/travel/flight...w14ppV7v2PWk27
https://www.google.com/travel/flight...Tz9vdRF4YMgEa9



These are not phantom fares. I am able to find and book them on OTA's.


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Old Apr 15, 2023, 1:19 am
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Nice find for UK departures, funnily enough I've found with most *A fares they require some sort of overnight in their hub city to get the best availability but I just see it as a nice add on to the adventure. Can't say I've travelled any of these in PE so can't attest to the quality but most of the prices are what I would imagine people would pay for economy so a decent add on
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Old Apr 15, 2023, 1:41 am
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Looks like it might be working to other airports in South Africa too. Just tried Durban and I was able to find a few dates that worked.

https://www.google.com/travel/flight...GXXL5bwDVtod89

EDIT - Upington also works, so likely all SAA destinations in South Africa work - https://www.flysaa.com/plan-book/tra...n/where-we-fly



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Old Apr 15, 2023, 1:50 am
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I need this for December ;-)
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Old Apr 15, 2023, 1:55 am
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Originally Posted by Dutch007
I need this for December ;-)
Hope you find a date that works!


Here's what I put into ITA Matrix to get it to return results. Choosing Premium Economy wasn't working because the intra-European flights are economy, so I had to set the class to Cheapest, and provide the Lufthansa/Swiss/Austrian/Brussels fare codes for the premium economy segments -

f bc=n|bc=g|bc=e; alliance star-alliance




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Old Apr 15, 2023, 4:33 am
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Another great find @cruser1 thank you! Presume this wont work one way (either way)?
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Old Apr 15, 2023, 6:46 am
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Another great find @cruser1 thank you! Presume this wont work one way (either way)?
No, that uses a different fare rule, unfortunately. One way is like 1080 GBP.
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