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Fly to South Africa for 80k Points

Today we are helping a client fly to South Africa for just 80k points return. Jo’burg is a bustling city on the upswing with a vibrant hipster culture. The city is a breeze to explore by bike and take in the local galleries, cinemas, coffee shops and weekend market.

Read on to discover how you can fly to South Africa for just 80k points.

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Robert Gabriel Mugabe International Airport
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i have a trip to South Africa in March from St. Louis, Missouri.
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1,000 United Airlines
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Cheap Flights to South Africa

We found several flights to South Africa in March. However, not all airlines offer reward flights to all destinations, and Johannesburg is one such destination. We pared down our search results to only include airlines offering reward flights to South Africa. This trip carries a price tag in the neighborhood of $1,500. We are highlighting the United Airlines Flight for 80k points return plus nominal fee.

Fly to South Africa for 124k Points on Delta

We searched Delta Airlines and found a $1,580 going for 124k points plus a $60 fee. We found that the points price was high and the return is low. This option is only giving you $0.013 per point.

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Fly to South Africa for 80k Points on American

We found a $1,475 American Airlines flight going for 80k points.  While the number of points required for this flight is in the ballpark, you are only getting $0.018 per point with this option. Also, your United points will not transfer to American and you would be starting from zero, so we continued our search.

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Fly to Johannesburg for 80k Points on United

Searching United Airlines netted us a $1,900 flight for the same 80k points and a fee that is about the price of a cup of coffee. This option is giving you a  much better $0.024 per point.

To redeem this flight simply transfer your points through the Chase Ultimate Rewards portal.

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How to get 60k United Points

Based on the current cards you have, our recommendation is to sign up for the Chase Sapphire Preferred, to get 60k bonus points, with $4,000 spend within the first 3 months, for a Round trip flight to Johannesburg

We have put together five reasons the Chase Sapphire Preferred should be your first travel credit card. 

How to get an Additional 50k Points to use on United

Get the Chase Sapphire Reserve, which has a 50k point sign up bonus, $4,000 spend within the first 3 months, to apply to a round trip flight to Johannesburg. This card also offers 3x points on travel and dining, $300 annual travel credit, Priority Pass Select lounge access, and TSA PreCheck.

You can easily transfer your new Chase Sapphire points through Chase Ultimate Rewards.

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