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Have a foreign affair in Southern Africa with SAA

Ahead of Valentines Day, South African Airways is offering US travellers  a "foreign affair" in some of the world's most romantic locales - book a round-trip to Southern Africa and take your lover along for free!

MeerkatsBuy a ticket in SAA’s award-winning Premium Business Class for $9,750* round trip and bring your sweetie along to sit (and cuddle) with you in style and luxurious comfort for just the taxes and fuel surcharges.

The fare is available for sale from now untilFeb. 28, 2009 for travel until May 30,2009 on flights from New York JFK or Washington Dulles to a variety of cities in South Africa – Johannesburg, Cape Town, Durban, East London and Port Elizabeth – as well as to Dakar, Senegal. A fare of $10,075* round trip takes you and yours to Windhoek, Namibia; Gabarone, Botswana; Lusaka, Zambia; Maputo, Mozambique; and Harare, Zimbabwe. For $11,175* round trip, both of you can jet to Dar Es Salaam, Tanzania; or Nairobi, Kenya.

To book tickets, passengers may call 1-800-722-9675, or their travel agent.

“What better Valentine’s gift for that someone special or a friend (or both) than to take them to one of the most profoundly romantic places on earth in the fastest and most comfortable way. With our award-winning fully-flat bed seats and fine South African wines, you and your companion will step off the plane feeling snuggled, refreshed and ready to enjoy Africa,” said Marc Cavaliere, executive vice president, North America for South African Airways. “SAA’s Premium Business Class is consistently voted the ‘Best Business Class’ to Africa. At this fare, we’re offering optimum luxury and the chance to fly in style at an amazing price to a destination where the dollar goes far.”

With South African currency trading at more than 10 Rand to the U.S. Dollar, it’s hard to beat South Africa as a destination that features first-class amenities and breathtaking sights at a value price. The February 2009 issue of Travel + Leisure¹ magazine notes that a martini in Cape Town could cost you $3.30 versus $32.08 in Paris. This difference in prices translates at all levels in South Africa, where you could share a Valentine celebration of a lifetime for a fraction of the price you would pay in Europe.

South African Airways, celebrating its 75th anniversary this year, features the only nonstop service from the U.S. to South Africa with daily departures from either Washington, D.C. (until April 30th, with a stop in Dakar commencing May 1), and direct service from New York (operating non stop effective May 1). 

For more on South African Airways’ 75-year history, visit www.flysaa.com


*Fare excludes taxes and fuel surcharges. Seats are limited. Companion must travel with ticket purchaser on the same dates and flights. Minimum stay of 5 days. Travel must be completed by June 15, 2009.