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Fly To Africa With A Companion For As Low As $800 Each (Plus Free Stopover In Dubai)

Written by Charlie

If you want to head to one of five popular cities in Africa this summer, this deal may be just what you are looking for! Sure, using miles and points for travel is what we love and enjoy doing, but there are times that it may be the better option to buy (and earn miles) over using miles at a lower redemption value.

Fly To Africa With A Companion For As Low As $800 Each


This sale being run by Emirates is actually for $1,699 for two passengers, or $850 a person. However, thanks to the recent Amex Offer for Emirates, if you still have that offer saved in your account, you can save another $50 a person bringing your total down to $800 per person.

By itself, that is a pretty good fare. Though this sale fare runs through December, the price for summer travel to Africa is very good. Other fares I looked at for travel to Johannesburg for dates in the summer were at least $1,000 each with many much higher.

The Emirates Amex Offer


The first one that you will need is to have the Amex Offer for Emirates tickets saved to your account. read about that offer here. If you did save that offer, you will have until June 30 to book your ticket (you do not have to fly before then).

This offer is no longer available if you have not already saved it to your account. If you do have it, check your Amex account to see which card you saved it to because you will use that card to make your purchase.

The Emirates Discount

Here are the details of the Emirates flight discount:

  • Must fly from one of these airports: New York (JFK), Boston (BOS), Chicago (ORD), Washington DC (IAD), Houston (IAH), Los Angeles (LAX), San Francisco (SFO), Seattle (SEA), Orlando (MCO) and Dallas Ft. Worth (DFW)
  • Must fly to one of these airports: Cape Town (CPT), Dar Es Salaam (DAR), Durban (DUR), Johannesburg (JNB) and Nairobi (NBO)
  • Must purchase by 11:59PM May 17
  • Good for travel until December 10, 2015
  • Promotion is applicable utilizing Emirates operated flights only (no codeshares apply).
  • Minimum stay: three (3) days or first Sunday.
  • Maximum stay: three (3) months.
  • To see more terms, click here

The results default to the sale price of $1,699 (all-inclusive) automatically when you put in 2 passengers so no code is needed.


Free Stopover in Dubai


Get a free stopover in Dubai!

The terms allow for one free stopover in Dubai (you will need to connect there both on the outbound and return anyway). You can stop there on the way or return for no extra charge in the fee. If you have not been to Dubai before, this would be a great chance to check it out! (read some of my posts about Dubai)

Review: Park Hyatt Dubai

Not only is a stopover in Dubai a great way to check out this big city, but it is also a way to break up a very long trip! If you want a stopover on the other way, it will be $100 per person.


If you have any travel in mind to these cities in Africa, this is a pretty good fair to use to take advantage of that. When you take into account that you can get a free stopover in Dubai as well, that makes it even nicer. Just remember – the price you see at checkout will be the $1,697. You will receive the $100 statement credit from American Express when you use the Amex card that has the Emirates offer saved to it.

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About the author


Charlie has been an avid traveler and runner for many years. He has run in marathons around the world for less than it would cost to travel to the next town - all as a result of collecting and using miles and points. Over the years, he has flown hundreds of thousands of miles and collected millions of miles and points.
Now he uses this experience and knowledge to help others through Running with Miles.


  • Charles,

    How to set the free stopover in Dubai via online? I only see “Return”, “One Way” and “Advanced Search”. I used “Return” since this is roundtrip.
    Thanks for the reminder on Amex Offer, I had it in my cards but forgot about it. Combined with this deal will be sweet! anyway to split tender using 2 Amex cards? maybe book and pay by calling over the phone?

    • Click on the advanced search and then add cities. As far as splitting payment, I am not sure about that. You could give them a call after you pick the dates and stopover and see if they will let you do it.

  • The price is different from SFO – JNB , I’m not seeing $1,700 for 2 passengers, am I doing it wrong?

  • MESS!!! South Africa & Kenya are just 2 countries in a big continent….ofcourse you got me with the misleading title. #clickbait

    • I said the same thing that Emirates did for the sale – they said it was for Africa. No one is blaming Emirates for clickbait! Glad you made it all the way to the bottom of the post so you could leave a comment.

    • Poli or pole? (that’s a kiswahili reference) Three countries are included. DAR is in TZ. Blame EK not Charlie. They called the promo Adventure in Africa and put a lion picture.

  • Купил гта 5 в стиме, ждал.
    Затруднения могут носить и материальный, финансовый характер.
    Надеюсь, у него тоже был включен вид от первого лица, тогда он мог насладиться этим спектаклем в полной мере, как и я.
    В р-не завода им.
    Женщины-Стрельцы наделены уникальной способностью: не замечать неприятности, не принимать близко к сердцу существующие трудности, не реагировать на обиды.