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Flying from NYC TO JNB AND FROM CPT TO NYC..stopover??

Flying from NYC TO JNB AND FROM CPT TO NYC..stopover??

Apr 26th, 2019, 11:41 AM
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Flying from NYC TO JNB AND FROM CPT TO NYC..stopover??

NOTE: Could not edit title..should be "from CPT to NYC on the return."

I know the obvious routes and have taken KLM via AMS a few times in the past.
We are Skyteam and Iberia members so would prefer using member carriers. Flights would be business, but not relying on points.

Looking for an interesting routing that would afford a stopover in an appealing city for a few days either on the way or on the return. Tel Aviv??? Addis?? (Leery of Ethiopian due to reported common cancellations) Gulf States are not a draw for me in the least. Amman, yes (chicken restaurant!! and so much more.....) but doubt if routing can be done without many stopovers.

Prefer someplace more exotic or unknown to me than London or AMS or CDG or MAD. Any possibility of Finnair via Helsinki? Stockholm?

If necessary, can go outside our membership clubs.....

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Apr 26th, 2019, 12:31 PM
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Apr 26th, 2019, 01:28 PM
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Well, of course anything's possible if you're willing to pay...

Most fares between NYC and South Africa will allow one "free" stopover in each direction, but of course the airlines expect that stopover to be in their hubs, so Madrid, Paris, Amsterdam, Frankfurt/Munich, London etc. However there's no prohibition against you buying a separate ticket from, say, Amsterdam to Copenhagen for a few days, or from Paris to Lisbon, whatever, and nest it inside the bigger ticket.

Some other ideas: Tickets from most of Europe to SA in business class are around $2000 cheaper than from the US, so you could build in an automatic stopover by buying separate tickets - say NYC to Oslo, then Oslo to SA and back, then back to NYC - in essence nesting the SA ticket within the transatlantic one. The total fare probably won't be terribly far from the simple round trip (or open-jaw) ticket from NYC. There are good fares to SA from Oslo and from Italy; for example El Al sells a round trip in business class from Milan to Joburg via Tel Aviv for around US $1660, allowing a stop in TLV in both directions. Or Air France is offering round trips from Lisbon to Joburg (plane change at CDG) for $1715 most of the time.

Or if you don't mind flying on a separate ticket down to Miami, American and Latam offer a round trips from MIA to Joburg via Sao Paulo, Brazil, for $2500, with a free stopover in GRU. (You could easily pop over to Rio or down to BsAs during the stopover.)

Or of course there's always my personal fetish, round-the-world tickets. A four-continent Oneworld business class RTW starting in someplace like Norway or Japan is only a thousand bucks or so more than the round trip from NYC, and would let you add South America, Asia or Australia/NZ to the routing, with unlimited stopovers. The ticket is good for a year, so you could combine a South Africa trip with one to Australia or South America, with a long stopover at home between them, as well as a lot of travel within North America (which includes Central America and the Caribbean) also included in the price of the ticket. For example, look at https://tinyurl.com/y6c9gpdw or https://tinyurl.com/y36h3ryo as examples.

Remind us when this trip is, and for how long.

Last edited by Gardyloo; Apr 26th, 2019 at 01:48 PM.
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Apr 26th, 2019, 05:45 PM
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Honestly, I’d just add time to South Africa. It is a beautiful country and any “interesting” stopover is too out of the way.
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Since you mentioned Stockholm, it is a very beautiful city at all times of the year, lots to do & see for a short stopover, walking around the old town, boat excursions, museums such as the Vasa and many other things. Food scene is not as good as Copenhagen though (IMO) but still has some excellent restaurants eg


Copenhagen is also a wonderful city, not as beautifully situated as Stockholm. Easy to get to/from the airport, lots of dining options, enough attractions in the city centre to keep you going for a short stopover and the cakes/pastries are to die for.

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May 2nd, 2019, 05:57 AM
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Gardyloo and Odin, I owe my thanks to two of the gurus of air travel forum.

I' about to embark on a Japan visit and once we return, we will will proceed for the routing your have offered up. Long stay in SA not appealing cause we've been so many times and would like to perhaps stop at Tel Aviv or Beirut or any place else that we might never make a vacation focus..

Right now we are both pretty sick and hope we can make the plan on Monday. No, we did not buy insurance...we have bronchitis, both of us.
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