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Sure, you could get from the U.S. to South Africa in about 15 hours, but why sell yourself short? Cathay Pacific First Class is nicer than even the ponciest of celebrities daily life, and Hong Kong is always worth a trip. One of the greatest values in frequent flyer world is spending 28 hours in pure luxury, for just 70,000 points.

How This Is Possible

Alaska Airlines, the friendly carrier slowly taking over the Pacific Northwest and America at large- has an amazing frequent flyer program. The airline is partners with the iconic Cathay Pacific, meaning you can use Alaska miles to book Cathay Pacific flights. To go from the U.S. to Africa, including Johannesburg, you need just 70,000 miles for first and business class one way.

U.S Cathay Flights Go To Hong Kong. So You Get Two Flights

While most routings would be fairly anticlimactic, this one is amazing. You’ll get over 15 hours from most U.S. cities to Hong Kong, lapping up the first class treatment. You can build a stopover in Hong Kong if you wish too. You’ll then carry on, enjoying the First Class Pier Lounge at Hong Kong International before another 13+ hours in flat bed business class from Hong Kong direct to Johannesburg. Once you get to South Africa, we have a few suggestions.

You Just Need 70,000 Alaska Miles, Easy To Earn

There are a few ways to go about this. Obviously if you already have Alaska miles, this is an easy no brainer- but if you don’t there are options to have enough instantly. Option one: use your miles saved up from flying, spending, etc. Option two: you have or will get the Alaska credit card, which gives you 30,000 bonus points to start or option three: you buy the miles needed for these flights at a deep discount, just $1400. There’s a current bonus up to 50% on through October 12th, which is why it’s so much cheaper than usual to buy the points, if needed.

Don’t buy points or make non refundable travel plans UNTIL you’ve found first and business class space using miles, and confirmed with Alaska Airlines phone agents. 

Once Your 70,000 Miles Are In Place…

Woohoo, it’s party time. Cathay Pacific serves the venerable Taittinger Comtes de Champagne Blanc de Blancs 2006 champagne to accompany it’s massive flat beds. We’re willing to bet you can grab a healthy dose along the way. Simply find space with Cathay Pacific by using the Asia Miles or British Airways website and searching between your city and Hong Kong, and then from Hong Kong to your African city. Once you find first class availability, call Alaska Airlines to book. Be prepared to offer flight numbers and have your miles ready in your account. Enjoy!


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