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FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla., April 26, 2016 |   Freedom Day holiday in South Africa takes place on April 27.  South African Airways (SAA), Africa’s most awarded airline, is celebrating South Africa’s Freedom Day with a 5-day sale offering special fares from New York-JFK and Washington, DC-Dulles to Johannesburg, Cape Town, Durban, Port Elizabeth and East London.

“The Freedom Day holiday celebrates the first democratically-held elections in South Africa back in 1994,” said Marc Cavaliere, executive vice president, the Americas for South African Airways. “On this holiday, South Africans honor the strides that have been made to ensure a democratic South Africa and a better life for all. As the national flag carrier of South Africa, we’re incredibly proud of this achievement and salute the country’s achievements by inviting our customers to visit South Africa this summer with these special fares.”

The Freedom Day Fares start at just $1,299.00 (restrictions apply, scroll down for more information) from Washington, DC-Dulles to Johannesburg and $1,399.00 (restrictions apply, scroll down for more information) from New York-York to Johannesburg for travel during the peak summer season.

The Freedom Day Fares are available for sale through April 30, 2016, for travel June 1 through August 10, 2016.

To take advantage of these special fares, customers can visit or call SAA Reservations at 1-(800) 722-9675, or their professional travel consultant.

South Africa’s first democratically-held elections took place on April 27, 1994, when Nelson Mandela was voted as president of the newly democratic republic. For the past 22 years, South Africans celebrate Freedom Day on April 27th, as a day to commemorate the sacrifices that were made to achieve equality, to strengthen democratic ideals and to reflect on the country’s successes in fostering a free and equal South Africa.

South African Airways is one of the world’s most awarded airlines, having been honored as “Best Airline in Africa” for 13 consecutive years by Skytrax. On-board, SAA provides an inflight experience designed for pure comfort for long-haul travel.

Customers enjoy fully-flat seats in Premium Business Class, industry-leading legroom in Economy Class, gourmet cuisine and a selection of complimentary spirits and award-winning South African wines and generous checked baggage allowance. Also included are individual audio / visual entertainment systems that deliver an extensive menu of first-run movies and music choices. Via our Johannesburg hub, SAA links the world to dozens of cities and destinations across Southern Africa and the Indian Ocean islands.


Fares are per person and valid for round-trip travel and include government and airline imposed taxes and fees. Valid for travel between 6/1/2016-8/10/2016. The $1,299.00* fare is valid for travel from Washington, DC-Dulles Airport (IAD) to Johannesburg, South Africa.

The $1,399.00* fare is valid from New York-JFK Airport (JFK) to Johannesburg, South Africa. Minimum stay: Must stay over one Sunday for fares to apply. Tickets must be purchased within 72 hours of reservation being made or by April 30, 2016.

Seats at these fares are limited and may not be available on all flights or dates. Cancellations before / after departure: fares and fuel surcharge (YR / YQ / Q) are non-refundable.

Date change fee: $300.00, plus any applicable fare difference. Administrative fees may also apply. Baggage and optional services fees may apply. Reservations made 7 days or more prior to scheduled departure may be cancelled without penalty up to 24 hours after the reservations is made.

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