This is a great deal and you’ll earn at least $150 worth of Qantas Points on your flight.
You’ll have to fly through Sydney and Johannesburg. Domestic connections within Australia on Qantas are included, with domestic South African connections on British Airways subsidiares Comair and kulula.com.
For informational purposes, the only two nonstop services to South Africa are with Qantas from Sydney and South African Airways from Perth. You can probably expect Qantas to launch direct services to Cape Town on its Boeing 787 Dreamliner in the next couple of years.
If you would like some inspiration for going to South Africa (and info on how to get there on points), check out our destination guide.
Depart: Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Perth or Adelaide
Arrive: Johannesburg, Cape Town or Durban
Dates: 12 May 2019 to 28 February 2020 (excluding school holidays, the whole month of December and most of January; these are the best times to go)
Airline: Qantas, Comair and kulula.com
Cost: a flat $1099 return from all cities
Where to credit points: Depending on where your existing points balances lie, you may choose to credit these flights to Qantas Frequent Flyer, Cathay Pacific Asia Miles, British Airways Executive Club, American Airlines AAdvantage or Alaska Airlines Mileage Plan.
For example, a return Economy Class ticket from Sydney to Johannesburg will net you 7500 Qantas Points + 80 Status Credits. These points are worth $150 according to our valuations. You’ll earn more for any domestic connections.
Lounge access: If you hold Qantas Gold or above status, are a Qantas Club member or have Qantas lounge passes with one of these credit cards, you will get access to Qantas and associated partner lounges; American Express Card Members get access to the Sydney and Melbourne Amex lounges; and Priority Pass members can gain access to lounges/eateries in all airports listed above except Perth and Durban.
Best credit card to use for purchase: Credit cards that offer bonus points for booking travel
Booking link: you can book directly through the Qantas website. Make sure you add your frequent flyer number to your booking. You can avoid the credit card booking fee by instead paying by BPAY or POLi. Sale ends 25 March (there are also good fares to South America on sale until the same day).
Airfare deals are typically only available on limited dates. Fares may disappear quickly, so we suggest booking as soon as you are confident in your travel dates.