News in brief:
Interesting Johannesburg deal in the Etihad sale
Etihad has launched a new long-haul sale from Manchester, with headline prices from £1,999 in Business Class.
Most places with fares this low are in the Middle East, India and Pakistan. There is one stand-out destination though – Johannesburg.
The sale is good for travel until the end of November so you are heading into the South African Summer at that point. I struggled to find this fare from Heathrow but from Manchester it was fairly easy, for example:
If you don’t live near Manchester, there are also good deals to Johannesburg from other European starting points – try out a few that are convenient to you and see what pops up. The Etihad sale page is claiming that Amsterdam to Jo’burg is as low as €1,450 for example.
Iberia domestic and transatlantic flights now bookable on ba.com
This may not be a new thing, but a reader pointed out that ba.com now lets you book the majority of Iberia flights, even when they are not British Airways codeshares. This has not historically been possible.
Here’s an example from Madrid to Santander:
It isn’t fully clear to me what the practical implications of this are.
If the BA call centre can solve issues with Iberia bookings then that would be a positive reason to book via ba.com and not iberia.com. It isn’t known if tickets would be issued with a 125- ticket number, meaning that they are effectively BA tickets and subject to BA control.