South African Airways: Fly From JFK Or DC To Johannesburg For $690 Or 46K Sapphire Reserve Points Round-Trip!

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  • This fare is valid on South African Airways for flights originating in JFK or Washington DC. Not valid for flights originating in South Africa.
  • Flights from JFK-Johannesburg are nonstop, flights from JFK-Cape Town have a stop in Johannesburg, and flights from Washington DC.-Johannesburg have a technical stop in Accra or Dakar with no plane change.
  • See this post for 12 nonstop flights from Johannesburg that you can book with Avios. Visit Kruger, tack on a flight to Cape Town or Victoria Falls, and have the trip of a lifetime.

You can currently fly from JFK or Washington DC to Johannesburg for just $690 round-trip or from JFK or Washington DC to Cape Town for $759 round-trip.

  • This sale is valid for ticketing through 5/28.
  • Outbound travel is valid on most dates from October 26-November 30. 
  • A Saturday night stay is required.

You can use Google Flights to help find valid dates and to find more dates on sale.

This G class fare will earn 50% of the flown distance when credited to a program like United MileagePlus. That means a JFK-JNB flight would earn 7,969 miles round-trip.

If you have a Chase Sapphire Reserve card you can redeem points for 1.5 cents each towards travel. If you have a Chase Sapphire Preferred or Chase Ink Preferred you can redeem points for 1.25 cents each towards travel.

You can login to your account and redeem Chase points for travel here. The cost will be 48,535 points round-trip with a Sapphire Reserve! That rate include all taxes and you will still earn flight miles as well!


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11 Comments On "South African Airways: Fly From JFK Or DC To Johannesburg For $690 Or 46K Sapphire Reserve Points Round-Trip!"

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Nice price but likely an awful flight in Coach for 15-17 hrs JFK-IAD.

Personal experience

I’ve flown it many times, you often have a free seat next to you.


Great price but the plane from JFK is very old. It was subpar when I flew in Biz in January, can’t imagine how terrible coach is.


Ive literally spent 5 hours today looking for flights to SA for 5 and reading through the forums. This is a great deal but sadly terrible time of year to travel (school, holidays )


take the kids out of school for a week


I have no idea where to find the $690 for DC to Joburg!!!

The website links only goes to the front page…

Any help please?


I flew in couch earlier this year and it wasn’t bad. For me it was one of the better long haul flights that I’ve been on. The food was edible and the service was great.