Several airlines are offering business class fares between Canada (mostly Toronto, but also Calgary and Edmonton) and both Capetown and Johannesburg, South Africa for $1362 plus taxes and fees, roundtrip.
That comes out to be about $2500 once you include fuel surcharges.
A lot of money, to be sure, but still much less than I usually see these fares.
Low enough that there will be some who find it worth buying a ticket from their home city in the U.S. up to Toronto to start their journey. (You may be able to route back home through your home city and then throw away the final segment back to Canada.)
Here are the base fares: (via KVS Tool)
And a sample fare calendar for October: (via ITA Software)
And price breakdown, showing that the fuel surcharges are the biggest single component.
That’s why there are even folks who will find success reducing the price further.
These fares have been around for at least a few weeks. They aren’t mistakes, you’ll see that several airlines are offering them, though they won’t last indefinitely. They’re being discussed in several places, and I see that a pay newsletter is even promoting information about the fare now.
The fares are also non-refundable and with heavy change penalties. Passing along in case deep discounted business class fares between North America and Africa are useful to some.