British Airways: San Jose – Johannesburg, South Africa. $1,354. Roundtrip, including all Taxes

The normal price for West Coast to South Africa is about $1,600.Use Joburg as a springboard to visit the rest of South Africa and neighboring countries like Namibia and Botswana.

Soccer City Stadium – Johannesburg. Photo: babasteve, used under Creative Commons License (By 2.0)

Sample Date:

  • November 12th – November 21st. Valid for travel October 26th – December 6th or December 25th – March 31st, 2013 Use ITA Software Matrix Airfare Search and flexible month search to see availability — enable advance routing codes and enter “ba+” on both the outbound and return routing code fields to see only British Airways availability. Must purchase by August 8th


  • SJC – LAX (Los Angeles) – LHR (London) – JNB (Johannesburg) – LHR – LAX – SJC


  • 22,768 miles or 5.9 cents per mile. British Airways is partners with American Airlines and a member of the Oneworld alliance. This fare will earn 100% mileage with American Airlines if you do not want to collect British Airways Avios Miles.


  • Use dates found at ITA Software Matrix Airfare Search and book on BA.COM
  • If you have a British Airways Credit Card from Chase, save 10% on all BA purchases. More Info. However, because there is a codeshare segment (the SJC – LAX portions is operated by American Airlines) on this itinerary, the 10% does not apply.

Background Information:

  • Visa: US Citizens – not required. Other nationals, check the TIMATIC Visa Database
  • Currency: Rand – $1USD = 8 South African Rand (ZAR)

Tips for saving when using credit cards at international destinations:


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