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Old Jul 21, 19, 7:31 pm
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BA vs. SAA CPT to JNB

For domestic flights in South Africa going from JNB to CPT, which is a better business class product, SAA or BA? Also, is business class even worth the incremental difference? Thanks!
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Old Jul 22, 19, 5:31 am
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For domestic flights in South Africa going from JNB to CPT, which is a better business class product, SAA or BA? Also, is business class even worth the incremental difference? Thanks!
I'd say that SAA's business class product is far superior than BA. Whether it's worth it depends on your preferences.
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I prefer BA domestically - mainly for the far better catering and better lounges. They do have 2-3 seating but I have always managed to get a seat on the A/C side. The service is always top notch whereas some SA cabin crew can be quite sullen IME.

If you're fine with Y for 2 hours (i.e. don't have special reasons for wanting J - like more leg or shoulder room, more cabin baggage allowance, etc.) then it's really up to you to weigh the difference in cost against the improved experience. If you have status to give you perks like lounge access, that will also affect the value proposition.
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I'd say that SAA's business class product is far superior than BA. Whether it's worth it depends on your preferences.
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I prefer BA domestically - mainly for the far better catering and better lounges. They do have 2-3 seating but I have always managed to get a seat on the A/C side. The service is always top notch whereas some SA cabin crew can be quite sullen IME.

If you're fine with Y for 2 hours (i.e. don't have special reasons for wanting J - like more leg or shoulder room, more cabin baggage allowance, etc.) then it's really up to you to weigh the difference in cost against the improved experience. If you have status to give you perks like lounge access, that will also affect the value proposition.
Thank you both! As a UA 1k (Star Alliance Gold), I should have lounge access with SA, right?
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Thank you both! As a UA 1k (Star Alliance Gold), I should have lounge access with SA, right?
Yes, absolutely, and while SAA's domestic lounge at JNB isn't quite as good as BA's SLOW Lounge, it's still pretty good and far better than the non-Polaris United clubs.
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Yes, absolutely, and while SAA's domestic lounge at JNB isn't quite as good as BA's SLOW Lounge, it's still pretty good and far better than the non-Polaris United clubs.
So BA has the better lounge, and SA has the better business class, although its FA's are not as friendly. If I need to take the last flight out as I NEED to be there by 7 AM, which one has better onetime performance, and/ or fewer cancellations?
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I should add if you are on a wide body like A330 or A340 in SAA, you get lie flat seating. Because you are star alliance gold, I would recommend SAA. The experience and value you will get is far better than what you get in United. Also the SAA lounge is much nicer than any United lounge.
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So BA has the better lounge, and SA has the better business class, although its FA's are not as friendly. If I need to take the last flight out as I NEED to be there by 7 AM, which one has better onetime performance, and/ or fewer cancellations?
I should add that South Africa in general has way better on time performance than in the US. Boarding is always ahead of schedule!
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I should add if you are on a wide body like A330 or A340 in SAA, you get lie flat seating. Because you are star alliance gold, I would recommend SAA. The experience and value you will get is far better than what you get in United. Also the SAA lounge is much nicer than any United lounge.
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I should add that South Africa in general has way better on time performance than in the US. Boarding is always ahead of schedule!
Thank you! That's very helpful!
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Boarding is always ahead of schedule!
That's pushing it. Even in SA delays and cancelations are not unheard of.


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That's pushing it. Even in SA delays and cancelations are not unheard of.


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Yeah might be pushing it... but comparing SA to an airport like LaGuardia or O'Hare, SA is frigging amazing.
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Yeah might be pushing it... but comparing SA to an airport like LaGuardia or O'Hare, SA is frigging amazing.
Have you ever been to the JNB domestic terminal on a Friday evening when there's a stormy weather anywhere else in the country that leads to cascading delays?
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Originally Posted by cooleddie View Post
I should add that South Africa in general has way better on time performance than in the US. Boarding is always ahead of schedule!
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That's pushing it. Even in SA delays and cancelations are not unheard of.


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Have you ever been to the JNB domestic terminal on a Friday evening when there's a stormy weather anywhere else in the country that leads to cascading delays?
Sure every country has delays. SA air travel is pretty punctual though. I commute CPT-JNB every 2 weeks and rarely more than 15 mins late.

As someone else mentioned try get a widebody. SA does one flight a day usually with a wide body, AFAIK
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Sure every country has delays. SA air travel is pretty punctual though. I commute CPT-JNB every 2 weeks and rarely more than 15 mins late.

As someone else mentioned try get a widebody. SA does one flight a day usually with a wide body, AFAIK
Do you know which flight that is?
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Do you know which flight that is?
Unfortunately not. I always fly the cheapest (with consideration for schedule) in Y, usually Mango, FlySafair or Kulula
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