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Book British Airways Business Class to South Africa from £1250 – when you book it with a car

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Via Flyertalk, there is a very interesting ‘flight and car’ deal currently available to Johannesburg in the BA sale.

You can get a Club World business class flight, plus a car, for £1250.  It is a little bit cheaper if two people travel.

You need to book this via BA Holidays – click here for their business class holidays page.

Here is a screen shot for a one week holiday in January, which is peak season in South Africa..  Click to enlarge:

BA sale deal to Johannesburg

The best pricing is Johannesburg from £1250.  Cape Town is more expensive at £1691, based on a solo traveller.  Durban is £1610.  These prices are available well into 2019, and drop further if two travel together.  Availability is slim for more than two people.

You can also book this deal with an inclusive hotel.  The cheapest option for Jo’burg when I checked was the Holiday Inn Express Sandton which comes out at £1341 per person, based on two sharing, for seven nights with Club World flights.

For comparison, buying the Jo’burg flight as ‘flight only’ in the BA sale would cost £2274 for the dates in my example.

Another benefit of using BA Holidays is that you only need to pay a deposit now, with the balance due five weeks before departure.

Have a play around on the BA Holidays site here.

To maximise your miles when paying, your best bet is the British Airways American Express Premium Plus card which 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 double points – 2 per £1 – when you book flight tickets directly with an airline.


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Comments (40)

  • Frances Butler says:

    5th to 9th January is coming out at £934 for 1 person… London to Johannesburg, it’s the day flight back.

  • Craig says:

    Tough decision, I have reward flights and hire car booked Jan/Feb. Cancelling and rebooking in the sale will cost me £1200 more but save a lot of Avios. How many will I earn on a LHR-JNB flight?

  • Nathan says:

    This could not have come at a better time. Was about to book LHR-JNB-LHR WT+ outbound and UUA to CW on the inbound for £1,800 + 60,000(!) Avios. Instead got this deal for just shy of £2,000 return in CW and earning nearly 50,000 Avios and a retention of Silver status for another year too! Thanks Rob. Any idea what would happen if we returned the car after say 3 days instead of keeping for the full 2 weeks? Would we be charged or penalised in any way? Plan to do more than just Johannesburg 🙂

    • Nathan says:

      …For two px I should have said 🙂

      • Sean says:

        I wouldn’t suggest returning the car early as they can reprice and void the voucher (making you pay rack for the 3 days). Can you price it with a car booking for part of the trip? Otherwise it seems that not using the car at all would be better

        • Nathan says:

          The site was being buggy and didn’t want to lose out so just booked the flights and car for the entire time. So you think that just not showing up for the car would be fine? I thought I’d read somewhere of no show penalties

        • Lady London says:

          I have noticed that both Hertz and Avis seem to have changed their t’s and c’s in the past year or so, possibly quite recently. The conditions for prepaid are both very different from what they were, for both. The conditions for Pay at Location also appear to have worsened for both of these, with swingeing new fines for no-shows that weren’t there before. Prepay on the other hand seems to have actually become refundable (which it never was before) provided a certain amount of notice have been given.

          Rather remiss of me not to have noticed since I have hired quite a few cars in the past year and not taken a reqlly good squizz at the t’s and c’s again till recently. But I’d advise anyone hiring a car at least from these, and probably from others, that’s used to a certain set of t’s and c’s to take a look and make themselves aware of what’s changed. Sad to say but I find hiring a car a stressful business due to the rampant levels of fraud and unfair conditions that seem to be reported on the part of the providers. Plus one or two of my own experiences would always urge caution if you’re the one carrying the cost if there’s any issues.

    • Craig says:

      Use the custom holiday option, add flight then car. You’ll get similar prices but the car hire will match what you actually want. I’ve got Comair flights to CPT and back from PLZ to tie in and it worked for me.

    • Paul says:

      Just priced up 13 days in June, £2554 for 2 inc car hire for entire period, £4224 for same but only 1 day car hire!

  • Kevin says:

    Thanks for this! Had used the 241 voucher on this route for May. Paid the extra £1200 and got the same flights in CW without using any miles at all. Great bargain. I’ll gladly pay the £70 and use the voucher some other time!

  • Jimmy says:

    That’s a total bargain, thanks Rob (and Frances Butler) – just booked 11-20 January 2019 for £937.50 each. Couldn’t readily find any availability to CPT.

  • Craig says:

    Decided to go with the change, 125000 refunded, £1200 extra, 34000 Avios earned and we will be 5 tier points away from Bronze. Thanks Rob.

  • Mark F says:

    Hm. Current direct LHR3-CPT 62AB booked with a 2-4-1 vs cash LHR5-JNB-CPT on a b788…

    Stop making things complicated for me, Rob.

  • Henry Young says:

    So you are seriously suggesting (a) to go to South Africa during open season on whites and (b) driving a car in the world capital of car-jacking 😉

    • Paul says:

      Henry, you’re absolutely correct. Far better to stay at home, nice and safe from the world, not using up availability that those foolish enough to venture out into the world might wish to use. I quite literally cannot count the number of friends and acquaintances who have vanished off to foreign climes never to be seen again.

    • Rob says:

      You don’t need to actually collect the car …

      • Jimmy says:

        Exactly. We’re flying into Joburg, and prompty flying straight back out to CPT.

    • Mikeact says:

      We are lucky enough to go regularly, and have never encountered any problems…but then, we don’t go looking for problems. Even the townships have many decent people more than welcoming…..just ‘ be aware’ , like any part of the world….and I’ve been to many ‘dangerous spots’.

      • Mr Dee says:

        Quite sure nobody looks to get robbed in their homes in the middle of the night, crime is high there and you need to be more than just careful.

    • MikeL says:

      Henry, have you been to London recently ? 😳

    • Gavin says:

      Absolute coddswallop, I went into shabeens in townships with no bother whatsoever!

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