how far in advance do redemptions open?

Old Nov 10, 16, 1:30 pm
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how far in advance do redemptions open?

Hi,
Following the recent (or impending) VX dilution/revaluation, SAA now looks a better way to spend VX miles LHR to JNB. Try as I might, I can't work out when bookings open, or what the penalty/charge is for a change if I book a return placeholder, and then swop a couple of weeks later to the flight we want as it opens for booking.
Can any kind soul please point to a link I can check that out on.
Thanks,
Mark
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Old Nov 11, 16, 1:26 am
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Flights are open for booking 330 days in advance. No firm rules for redemption but typically booking 5-6 months out gets me the best result, especially in J.

LHR-JNB has quite good availability

Fees to change bookings are astronomical IMHO.
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Old Nov 12, 16, 12:10 pm
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Thanks for that
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