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To South Africa: SAA Or Connect In Europe?

Tue Aug 02, 2011 2:41 pm

I'm looking at a trip next May to South Africa. My options (once driving to IAD) is SAA with stop in Dakar to JNB then connecting to CPT. Or I could take KLM to AMS, then directly to CPT.

Times and prices are about the same.

Which would you choose and why? I'm leaning to SAA for Star Alliance miles but I have SkyMiles as well.

This is for economy class.

Thanks.
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RE: To South Africa: SAA Or Connect In Europe?

Tue Aug 02, 2011 3:22 pm

I would do SAA. The only reason I have ever connected in Europe by choice while going between Africa and North America is because it was significantly cheaper...and that's not the case here. SAA is a fine airline and I don't think KLM will offer you a better product, so that's not even really an advantage.
 
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RE: To South Africa: SAA Or Connect In Europe?

Tue Aug 02, 2011 3:41 pm

In October, both Lufthansa and Air France begin CPT nonstop from FRA & CDG, respectively. I don't know when the services stop (they're both seasonal, I believe). Could either of those two in the running?

I suppose Delta IAD-ATL-JNB is out of the equation because of the final destination being CPT?

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RE: To South Africa: SAA Or Connect In Europe?

Tue Aug 02, 2011 4:19 pm

Well, I begin the trip at CPT but end it at JNB after a safari, so that may be an option. I do see the potential to grab the A380 out of JNB so that might be an option. I did not see AF and LH as CPT options probably because I'll be there in winter season.
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RE: To South Africa: SAA Or Connect In Europe?

Tue Aug 02, 2011 4:35 pm

SAA 343 & 346 fleet have 34" pitch in Y, that's pretty generous and will make the flight more comfortable than certain other carreirs, I'd take this option myself.

On the flip side, if you wanted to travel on and A380 to JNB you could fly to either CDG or FRA and change there to connect to and A380 service to JNB.
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RE: To South Africa: SAA Or Connect In Europe?

Tue Aug 02, 2011 5:18 pm

If you want to take an A380 go to Cape Town on KL as they serve AMS-CPT year round, and then take AF back from JNB on A380. Doesn't AF fly both JNB-CDG and CDG-IAD on A380?
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RE: To South Africa: SAA Or Connect In Europe?

Tue Aug 02, 2011 7:54 pm

Yes, indeed, I was looking at the back-to-back A380 option. Very tempting but lots of connection times. Interesting feedback, all. Thanks!
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RE: To South Africa: SAA Or Connect In Europe?

Tue Aug 02, 2011 8:14 pm

I did SAA nonstop JFK-JNB in February and I thought it was great. SAA has extra legroom and the flight is weight restricted so you might have an empty seat next to you. I thought the SAA staff were great (even though South Africans love to complain about them). On the return I had to stop in DKR and it was a minor annoyance. It does mess up your sleep pattern and the fact that you have to grab all of your carryons and cant use the restroom while they do security checks is annoying but the stop was mercifully quick. I would take SAA just for the time savings.
 
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RE: To South Africa: SAA Or Connect In Europe?

Tue Aug 02, 2011 8:45 pm

The IAD option stops in Accra both ways. Are you saying you grab your carryons and sit in the plane during the stop or do you get off? I would assume the second?
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RE: To South Africa: SAA Or Connect In Europe?

Wed Aug 03, 2011 4:40 am

Quoting Boeing757/767 (Reply 8):
The IAD option stops in Accra both ways. Are you saying you grab your carryons and sit in the plane during the stop or do you get off? I would assume the second?

The stop is in Dakar and the answer is the former. Only the the Dakar-bound passengers can deplane. The others have to grab their carry-ons from the bins and stay in their seats while security sweeps the plane. There is also a crew change in Dakar.
 
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RE: To South Africa: SAA Or Connect In Europe?

Thu Aug 04, 2011 12:45 am

Of course I meant Dakar, sorry. Thanks for the feedback.
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