Etihad Mistake Fare Aftermath: $350 to South Africa

With the publishing of sub $200 fares by Etihad Airways from many US hubs to various overseas destinations on Christmas day, I took some time out of my day to search for a fare that was interesting enough to consider. And I ended up pulling the trigger on a $350 fare from New York to Johannesburg, South Africa via Abu Dhabi. I’ll require a positioning flight to JFK but overall I’m happy with this purchase for two reasons:

  • It earns enough mileage on a combination of Oneworld partners to be a great deal, according to View From The Wing.
  • I now have plans for my birthday!


With fares from the US to South Africa traditionally in the $800-$1000 range, I’m glad to be experiencing a few new cities and countries for a lot cheaper than a regular paid or mileage ticket. Even though the full trip is in coach and the layover in Abu Dhabi is lengthy, I’m sure I can find something to do!

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