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Business class price war

24 Jul 2009 flights
surveyed on 27 Jun 2009

sale on BA business class ticketsAs the recession bites, airlines are struggling to fill their business class seats. BA (British Airways) are running a business class sale until midnight 30 June 2009. We checked their Johannesburg to Cape Town prices (R2913), and it was the lowest BA price we've seen since since we started surveying business class prices on this route (18 Oct 2008). However, SAA are even cheaper - charging R2551 for a business class flight! (on a non-price basis we prefer BA to SAA).

Last time we surveyed the Johannesburg to Cape Town flight route we were surprised to see BA (British Airways) coming in cheapest (R633) for economy class tickets, and today there's another good price from BA (R648).

The Mango Flex price of R911 is the cheapest we've surveyed from JNB-CPT (previous best R996 on 21 Feb 2009).

Flights from Johannesburg to Cape Town*
Bus & train trips from Joburg to Cape Town

BA British Airways economy class
flight BA6407 leaves 1900 arrives 2110

648**

Shosholoza Meyl economy class
leaves JHB 1230 arrives CPT 1530 (+1)

270

1time Airline economy class
flight 1T137 leaves 1930 arrives 2140

707

City to City coach bus
leaves JHB 1300 arrives CPT 0635 (+1)

380

Kulula Airline from Lanseria Airport
flight MN473 leaves 2015 arrives 2225

777

Intercape coach bus
leaves JHB 1745 arrives CPT 1315 (+1)

420

Mango Airlines lowest price
flight JE181 leaves 2035 arrives 2250

743

Translux coach bus
leaves JHB 1515 arrives CPT 0915 (+1)

450

Kulula Airline from O.R. Tambo Airport
flight MN109 leaves 1830 arrives 2040

907

Greyhound coach via Bloemfontein
leaves JHB 1800 arrives CPT 1230 (+1)

490

Mango Flex
flight JE181 leaves 2035 arrives 2250

911

SA Roadlink coach bus
leaves JHB 1400 arrives CPT 0815 (+1)

499

Mango Plus
flight JE181 leaves 2035 arrives 2250

1026

Shosholoza Meyl tourist class
leaves JHB 1030 arrives CPT 1240 (+1)

510

SAA South African Airways economy class
flight SA365 leaves 1840 arrives 2050

1058

Baz Bus
(7 day pass)

1250

SAA South African Airways business class
flight SA365 leaves 1840 arrives 2050

2551

Premier Classe train
(Thursdays & Sundays)

2450

BA British Airways business class
flight BA6407 leaves 1900 arrives 2110

2913

Blue train

9215

* one-way flight prices (incl tax) leaving Johannesburg for Cape Town, between 1819 & 2036 on 24 Jul 2009
** BA6407 is marketed by Comair as MN6407 on the Kulula website but costs R957 there, as opposed to R648 on the BA website - which shows both the BA & Kulula websites must be checked to find the cheapest prices.

Some cheap prices

Here's some cheap prices I found (all subject to change):

JNB to DUR

Lanseria to Durban

CPT to DUR

Johannesburg to East London

Cape Town to Port Elizabeth

Mango

Kulula Air

1time

1time

1time

R426

R490

R429

R469

R502

22 Jul 2009

22 Jul 2009

20 Jul 2009

5 Jul 2009

1 Jul 2009

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