nygfan84
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Flights To SA For World Cup For US DM Member

Thu Jan 08, 2009 2:21 am

Hi I know it is very early but I am planning on going to the world cup in South Africa next summer. When is the earliest time that one can book dividend miles star alliance tickets? I have about 80,000 miles and hope to maybe snag a business class seat to JNB. I don't really care about my routing but it has to be on a star alliance carrier. What would be the best option from NYC? I don't mind stopping in Europe to get there and do all the carriers have the same mileage requirements? Thanks
 
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BreninTW
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RE: Flights To SA For World Cup For US DM Member

Thu Jan 08, 2009 2:34 am

SA might be your best option (JFK - JNB nonstop). Otherwise, LH and LX also fly Europe-JNB.

Be aware though that one of my friends is a *A member, and has had endless problems cashing in miles on Europe-JNB flights.

I would imaging you could book from about 300 days before your flights ... I've done exactly that when cashing in miles on CX (oneWorld, admittedly).
 
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RE: Flights To SA For World Cup For US DM Member

Thu Jan 08, 2009 3:36 am

You can generally book 330 days out, but good luck getting any MP ticket to SA, especially during the World Cup. In addition to SA you can use TAP, LH , Egypt Air, Turkish and LX. However 60,000 miles will not get you a Business Class ticket, maybe an economy.
 
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RE: Flights To SA For World Cup For US DM Member

Thu Jan 08, 2009 3:42 am



Quoting TonyBurr (Reply 2):
However 60,000 miles will not get you a Business Class ticket, maybe an economy.

According to the SAA website, USA-SA business class will cost between 150,000 and 300,000 Voyager miles, or 80,000 miles for an upgrade from economy.
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RE: Flights To SA For World Cup For US DM Member

Thu Jan 08, 2009 4:03 am

Bear in mind that you might find that the only way to get match tickets is as part of a paid Business or First Class package with Emirates!
 
nygfan84
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RE: Flights To SA For World Cup For US DM Member

Thu Jan 08, 2009 4:07 am

I have a friend in South Africa who has a hook up with tickets so I am not worried about that. I am just thinking about the best way of getting down there with 80-100 miles range.
 
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RE: Flights To SA For World Cup For US DM Member

Fri Jan 09, 2009 2:43 pm



Quoting Andz (Reply 3):
According to the SAA website, USA-SA business class will cost between 150,000 and 300,000 Voyager miles, or 80,000 miles for an upgrade from economy.

I am flying IAD-JNB and JFK-DKR-JNB regularly. The chance is almost zero to book a Business Class seat with miles.

I normally buy a Business ticket or book the lowest fare upgradable y-class ticket, which is K-class. Upgrades are not that difficult to get if you are flying JFK-DKR-JNB. BTW the current non-stop from IAD-JNB will return over DKR again in the US summer. The JFK-JNB leg will be a non-stop from summer.

Upgrades on the IAD leg is more difficult to get.
 
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RE: Flights To SA For World Cup For US DM Member

Fri Jan 09, 2009 6:01 pm



Quoting Nygfan84 (Thread starter):
I don't really care about my routing

Have you considered to fly in CPT as an alternative to JNB ?
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RE: Flights To SA For World Cup For US DM Member

Fri Jan 09, 2009 6:56 pm



Quoting Nygfan84 (Thread starter):
Hi I know it is very early but I am planning on going to the world cup in South Africa next summer. When is the earliest time that one can book dividend miles star alliance tickets? I have about 80,000 miles and hope to maybe snag a business class seat to JNB. I don't really care about my routing but it has to be on a star alliance carrier. What would be the best option from NYC? I don't mind stopping in Europe to get there and do all the carriers have the same mileage requirements? Thanks

I would say that being World Cup a premium event, i believe all airlines will block FF seats as more as they can just because they will be able to sell all C/F seats with premium.
So i agree with others, buy the lowest Y fare that allow upgrade and ask for it as soon as possible. It might be the only way.

Also consider new routes that shall be announced like GRU-JNB (TAM).
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