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Update as of 9:45am EST Saturday – Availability is getting harder to come by, but there are still discount fares to be had! See below and book ASAP!
Update as of 6:20pm EST – These fares are still available, even as low as $392 per person, through February 2016. See below for booking details and book on Orbitz ASAP – you can always cancel before tomorrow night at 10pm CST if you need to.
Our friends at Stealth Trips tipped us off to this great deal for those looking to head to Africa later this year and early in 2016: flights on sale from New York to Nairobi for under $500 round-trip, which is a sizzling deal.
Here are some sample deals we found:
February 2016 – New York-Nairobi for $392.11 round-trip
New York-Nairobi for $405.80 round-trip
New York-Nairobi (NBO)
Dates: Decent availability in October, November, and early December; Select 2016 dates
Mileage: 17,974 Miles on Etihad, ticketed via Jet Airways. See below for mileage earning.
New York-Johannesburg for $597.40 round-trip
New York-Johannesburg (JNB)
Dates: Decent availability in October and November
Mileage: 21,522 Miles on Etihad, ticketed via Jet Airways. See below for mileage earning.
Chicago-Nairobi for $785 round-trip
Dates: Available for the first three weeks of November
Mileage: Depending on routing miles will vary, but around 16,500 PQMs if booked on Swiss and crediting to United.
Nairobi is a perfect jumping off point for East African tourism and safaris. You’re only a short drive from amazing safari destinations like Tasvo East/West, the Ngorongoro Crater, Serengeti/Masai Mara National Parks, and many more.
Nairobi is a regional hub (and is the home base for SkyTeam partner Kenya Airways) and is a short direct flight to popular tourist destinations in Tanzania (Dar Es Salaam, Arusha / Mount Kilimanjaro and Zanzibar), Ethiopia (Addis Ababa), South Africa (Capetown, Johannesburg, and others) and many more.
Earning Points and Miles
Because these tickets are bookable on Jet Aiways ticket stock for Etihad flights, the earning structure can be a bit complicated. Most of the cheap NYC-Nairobi fares are booking into Jet Airways O Class, which earns ZERO redeemable or elite qualifying miles on American. For Etihad Guest members, you’ll earn 50% of the flown miles for these tickets.
Reminder: You can bank extra credit card points by using a card that maximizes airfare purchases, like 3x on airfare with the American Express® Gold Card or 2x on the Chase Sapphire Preferred. Check out this post for more on maximizing airfare purchases.
You should be able to book most of these fares through Orbitz.
Please report back if you’re able to score any of these deals!
The Points Guy Assessment: The Chase Sapphire Preferred is a great pick for the beginner and the frequent traveler. The CSP has superb travel benefits, double points on certain purchases, and a 50,000 point sign up bonus. The $95 annual fee is waived the first year so this puts it as one of the less expensive cards, while still allowing you to earn one of the most valuable point currencies.
The Points Guy Assessment:
The Chase Sapphire Preferred is a great pick for the beginner and the frequent traveler. The CSP has superb travel benefits, double points on certain purchases, and a 50,000 point sign up bonus. The $95 annual fee is waived the first year so this puts it as one of the less expensive cards, while still allowing you to earn one of the most valuable point currencies.