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SAA future flights?

Discussion in 'questions. answers. conversations.' started by Stacey, Dec 2, 2019 at 12:13 AM.

  1. Stacey

    Stacey Reader

    I’m planning on traveling to South Africa next March/April (2020) but am concerned about the current financial situation of SAA.

    Do you think it’s safe to book a flight on this airline? Or should I go with another route/airline? (I just really prefer the direct from JFK to Joburg...)
     
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  2. OCTinPHL

    OCTinPHL Active Member

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    Hi Stacey,

    I was going to write that I'd take a chance, as SAA is state-owned, and although it is having financial difficulties, the gov't won't let it go under. But this makes me rethink my advice: https://www.reuters.com/article/us-...surers-as-financial-doubts-grow-idUSKBN1Y323C
    I would still take a chance, as I bet some one will cough up the ~$150 million needed to keep flying. Depends on risk adverse you are - I'd risk an economy ticket, but probably not a paid J ticket, unless I had rock solid credit card protection that I knew would allow me to get my $ back.

    I'm in a similar situation. I have a ticket on Hong Kong Airways for DAN - HKG in May. Cost $109. My friend and I just bought a second ticket on Viet Jet Air, just in case (well, actually, the timing works better as well). Though I never was a boy scout, I like being prepared for international travel.

    Let us know what you choose, if you don't mind.
     
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  3. rickyw

    rickyw Well-Known Member

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    If you're looking for a direct routing, you could also consider Delta, with a quick connection in Atlanta. The flight is relatively the same length, and depending on the cabin you are planning to fly in, Delta 777 is better than South African 340...
     
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