Air France and KLM still have Johannesburg on sale for about $800. Star Alliance carriers (United, Lufhansa, Brussels Airlines, Air Canada and Swiss Air) also have a similar fare but it doesn’t earn miles with United or US Airways. Instead, we recommend that you spend slightly more for the $894 fare with Air France that does earn 100% mileage with Delta. The distance between New York and Johannesburg via Air France is over 18,000 miles. At a super conservative valuation of a penny a mile, that’s worth $180. In essence, by spending about a hundred dollars more, you will come out ahead at least $90.
Sample Travel Date:
- February 17th, 2014 – February 25th, 2014
- Valid for travel from November 1st – 30th or January 10th, 2014 – March 10th, 2014. Use ITA Software Matrix Airfare Search and flexible month search to see availability — enable advanced routing codes and enter “/ f .. RLPR5US” on the outbound field and “/ f .. RLPR5US” on the return field to search only this fare. This code will search for the $894 mileage earning fare. Must purchase by March 31st, 2014 (THIS WILL NOT LAST until then)
- If you don’t care about miles (we believe that’s a huge mistake) and want to save the $94, on the advance routing code fields, enter “af+” to search for only Air France availability.
- Beginner’s Guide on How to Use Matrix by ITA Software
- How to Read Airfare Rules and Use It to Your Advantage
Partner Fare Class:
- JFK – CDG (Paris) – JNB (Johannesburg) – CDG – JFK. Use NYC as the search criteria
- 18,112 miles or 4.9 cents per mile. Air France partners with Delta. This $894 fare in R class will earn 100% mileage with Delta SkyMiles. Remember to provide your SkyMiles number at check-in to receive your miles. DO NOT CREDIT THIS TO KLM’s program, as it will only earn 25%. Credit to Delta!
How to Book:
- Use dates found on ITA Software Matrix Search and book on AirFrance.US
- Receive 2% back with TopCashBack.com(*), use TopCashBack.com‘s AirFrance.US link book to receive the 2% saving
- Chose the fare that add up to $894. At the confirmation screen, make sure it says Class R. If it is V, it will not earn any miles!
- Visa: US Citizens – not required. Other nationals, check the TIMATIC Visa Database
- Currency: Rand – $1USD = 10.09 South African Rand (ZAR)
Tips for saving when using credit cards at international destinations:
- No Foreign Transaction Fee Credit Cards to save on international purchases
- Don’t get hit with Dynamic Currency Conversion
- Get your taxes refunded when shopping
- How to Avoid International Data Roaming Charges
For more of the latest cheap New York Flight Deals:
- Go to the The New York Flight Deals page
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