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Fare alert: BA Amsterdam to Cape Town (Club World) for £1,113 return in Dec / Jan / Feb / March

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For some reason, Club World flights from Amsterdam to Cape Town are selling for €1275 (£1113) return on ba.com at the moment.

The ONLY dates I can find going out at this price during peak season are Thursday 6th December, Monday 10th December, Tuesday 11th December, Sunday 6th January, Thursday 10th January, Thursday 24th January, Thursday 21st February and Thursday 28th February.  There is more in March – 5th, 6th, 7th, 9th etc.

Christmas Day outbound is available for an extra €300.  This is the only cheap day over the festive period.

Coming back, there is a lot more flexibility.

You might be able to get the price down further by using BA Holidays, although this won’t be possible if your trip involves a Comair connection between Johannesburg and Cape Town.  Find a cheap date where the flights work and then plug the same dates into the BA Holidays website here and see if adding a car or hotel brings the price down further.

Here is a screenshot showing €1,275 return in Business Class (click to enlarge):

British Airways deal to Cape Town

Remember that you MUST fly to Amsterdam to pick up the first leg, otherwise your entire booking will be cancelled. Coming back, if you are on hand baggage you won’t – as a one-off offender – have any issues if you skip out at Heathrow. This won’t work if you have a checked case however.

If you don’t have a credit card with 0% foreign exchange fees, your best bet to maximise your miles when paying is with the British Airways American Express Premium Plus card.  This earns double Avios (3 per £1) when you book at ba.com or via BA Holidays.  You do not get double Avios if you book with the free British Airways American Express card.  Another option is American Express Preferred Rewards Gold which offers triple points – 3 per £1 – when you book flight tickets in a foreign currency, because it triggers both the ‘double points for airline spend’ and the ‘double points for foreign spend’ bonuses.

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Comments (38)

  • Paul says:

    If you have bags simply book a long layover (up to 24hours at LHR) or choose to route LGW AMS if that is allowed. I have never had an issue with short shipping my bags.

  • Graham Walsh says:

    I’m looking at LHR > JNB later this month and prices have rocketed. I did find going via OTA and the price is 1/2. Why do they (BA/Virgin) think they can charge so much directly?

    • Richard says:

      Because people will pay for a direct flight to SA when it makes the difference between a jet-lag free 11 hour overnight flight vs. a three hour stop in the middle of the night (especially if travelling for business or a short getaway).

      JNB and CPT direct are very lucrative routes for BA and they know how to price them.

      • Rob says:

        SA is probably the worse route to do indirectly via the Middle East vs direct, especially as flights are overnight with minimal time difference. I did a weekend break in Cape Town once – with no jet lag and the chance for 8 hours sleep both ways it is easy.

    • Richard says:

      It’s the perfect length too. At 11.5hrs or so you can have the first two hours for a nice meal, then 8 hours of sleep and then at least 45 mins to do breakfast before the cabin is locked down for descent.

  • Nick says:

    Hi,

    Has anybody managed to book this ? I can see it on Google flights and for occasional dates the outbound price on ba.com matches google flights but having tried many date pairs I can’t get this to price at all on ba.com

    Any suggestions?

    • Rob says:

      You might be late to game now. There were only a handful of dates when I wrote about it and those may well have gone now.