South Africa: €1,640 Business Class from Amsterdam with British Airways

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Oneworld flagship carrier British Airways is currently selling cheap Business Class tickets from Amsterdam to the South African cities of Johannesburg and Durban. Flight times are ideal, and 2 x 32 kg of luggage is included.

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The flight times are as good as can be

From Amsterdam, you would fly to London on an Airbus A320, and from there either fly to Johannesburg on the huge Airbus A380 or to Durban on a Boeing 787-Dreamliner.

The long-haul flight to South Africa is roughly 12 hours long, so you’ll have quite some time to enjoy the luxuries of Business Class.

Search & Book

The fare rules basically state almost no restrictions. You just have to stay there for at least one Sunday and not over 12 months. Sadly, British Airways doesn’t state until when this deal will be available.

Finding available dates is easiest with Google Flights. Once you’ve found them, you can then look for the cheapest fare on Skyscanner. You can, of course, also book the flights directly on, but their prices are somewhat more expensive.

We’ve put together an availability calendar to help you find available dates for trips of 2-5 days (longer trips will usually cost the same for those starting dates). Once, you’ve selected your dates, you’ll be redirected to Skyscanner.


The short flight to/from Amsterdam is issued in class J, and the long flight to South Africa in class I. That will get you the following amounts of miles (based on a roundtrip to Johannesburg):

  • 30,190 Miles on Alaska Mileage Plan
  • 23,610 Points on Finnair Plus
  • 19,410 Avios + 360 TP on British Airways Executive Club
  • 19,410 Award Miles + 1,150 Tier Miles on Iberia Plus
  • 18,410 Avios on Aer Lingus AerClub
  • 14,900 Miles on Royal Air Maroc Safar Flyer
  • 14,670 Qmiles + 80 Qpoints on Qatar Privilege Club
  • 14,670 Award Miles + 180 Tier Miles on Asia Miles
  • 14,670 Miles on SriLankan FlySmiles
  • 14,670 Miles on LATAM Pass
  • 14,670 Miles on American AAdvantage
  • 14,670 Miles on Japan Airlines Mileage Bank
  • 14,670 Miles on Royal Jordanian Royal Club
  • 14,670 Miles on S7 Airlines Priority Club
  • 14,670 Miles on Malaysia Airlines Enrich
Data provided by Without guarantee on correctness.

British Airways Business Class

British Airways’ Club World Business Class

BA’s Business Class is subject to some mixed reviews. While it offers lie-flat seats in most aircraft configurations, they are deemed to narrow by some costumers. Since not all seats are facing forward, you might have to endure a long trip facing to the rear end of the cabin.

Further, that some business fares do not include free seat selection is critized, as it may cost €60 to select the seat of your choice. A more detailed review of BA’s 777 Business Class can be read here. Their Boeing 787 features a similiar layout that is reviewed here.

Information & Tips for South Africa

South Africa is the touristically most visited country in the south of Africa. Whether its Safaris, tours of wine regions or the Table Mountain – visitors won’t be disappointed!

Traditionally, flights from Europa to South Africa have been quite expensive. In recent years however, airlines such as Iberia, Egyptair and British Airways have been offering cheaper and cheaper flights – even in premium cabins! If you are flexible in regards to your point of departure, the array of airlines with cheap tickets becomes even greater.

Best Time to Visit

South Africa is a huge country and therefore doesn’t have a single best time to visit. It really depends on what you want to see. The cities Johannesburg and Cape Town have the best weather in Fall (March – Mai) and Spring (September – November).

Climate diagram for Cape Town (Source: WMO World Weather Information Service)
Climate diagram for Johannesburg (Source: WMO World Weather Information Service)
Climate diagram for Durban (Source: WMO World Weather Information Service)

Immigration & Visa Requirements

If you have a valid EU passport and a valid return ticket, you will be given a visitor’s visa with a validity of 90 days. Turn to the ministry of foreign affairs of your country for more information.


The currency used in South Africa is the Rand (ZAR). One Euro are approximately 16 ZAR. Make sure to use a credit card that does not charge high fees for withdrawals or payments in foreign currencies.

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Information & Tips for Johannesburg

Johannesburg has 9,6 million inhabitants and is the largest city and most important business and financial center in Africa south of the Sahara. The city is well connected to Europe by air, flights for under 500€ (round trip) are becoming increasingly more common.

Best Time to Travel

The best times to visit Johannesburg are during fall (March – May) and during spring (September – Novemver). Temperatures are warm but pleasant and rainfall is comparatively rare.

From the Airport to the City

One possibility is taking theΒ Gautrain, a type of local commuter rail. A trip to the city center takes about 25 minutes and costs approximately 12€. Taking a cab or an Uber runs you about 18€ to 24€.

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