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South Africa trip - how to on the cheap?
Girlfriend and I really want to take a trip to South Africa, we're looking to minimize the costs though.. Does anyone have any helpful tips to share? Also, what are my options, backpacking? Even through some kind of an aide agency?
I've been to South Africa twice, and am going back for a third visit in July. South African Airways usually runs sales during the African summer. If you plan on going in the African winter, I would suggest keeping an eye on the US Airways mileage sales. The last two times I've gone I was able to save ~$500 by buying US Airways miles utilizing their 100% mileage bonus. Then you use them to book a South African Airways flight, since they are alliance partners. It is a bit tricky with two people because you have to find award ticket availability, but if you plan WAY in advance you can usually do it. My girlfriend and I went in June-July of last year, and we booked our plane tickets in November of 2010.
Do you have any specific activities you would like to do while in the country? Are you planning on visiting certain cities?
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