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Airfare deals are typically only available on limited dates. We recommend you use Google Flights to find dates to fly, then book through an online travel agency such as Orbitz or Expedia, which allows you to cancel flights without penalty by 11pm Eastern Time within one day of booking. However, if you’re using The Platinum Card® from American Express, you’ll need to book directly with the airline or through the Amex Travel portal to get 5x MR points. Remember: Fares may disappear quickly, so book right away and take advantage of Orbitz or Expedia’s courtesy cancellation if you’re unable to get the time away from work or family.
Cheap flights from multiple cities in the US to Nairobi, Kenya are now available from just $549 round-trip. Flights are available beginning in early September with some routes available through May 2020. These deals are being offered by multiple carriers including both Sky Team and Star Alliance airlines.
Flights from the US to Africa are typically $900+ round-trip. Additionally, deals like this are rarely available over major holidays, however, some routes feature cheap fares over Thanksgiving and the Christmas holiday.
Kenya boasts some of the world’s top safaris, including a national park just a short drive from downtown Nairobi. If you prefer to stay in the city center, there are a few points hotels to consider including the Sankara Nairobi and the Nairobi Hilton.
To search, head to Google Flights and enter your origin and destination cities. Scroll through the calendar function to find dates and prices that work for you. Finally, click through to book directly with the airline or through an online travel agency like Priceline or Expedia.
Airline: Air Canada, Air France, KLM, SWISS, United
Routes: ATL/BOS/EWR/JFK/LAX/RDU to NBO
Cost: $549+ round-trip
Dates: select dates in September 2019 – May 2020
Pay With: The Platinum Card® from American Express (5x on airfare booked directly with the airline), Citi Prestige Card (5x on airfare plus excellent trip delay insurance), Citi Premier Card, Chase Sapphire Reserve, American Express® Gold Card (3x on airfare) or Chase Sapphire Preferred Card (2x on travel)
Here are a few examples of what you can book:
Newark (EWR) to Nairobi (NBO) for $549 round-trip on United, SWISS via SWISS:
New York City (JFK) to Nairobi (NBO) for $549 round-trip on SWISS:
Boston (BOS) to Nairobi (NBO) for $588 round-trip on Delta, KLM, Air France via Delta:
Atlanta (ATL) to Nairobi (NBO) for $614 round-trip on Air Canada, SWISS via Orbitz:
Los Angeles (LAX) to Nairobi (NBO) for $624 round-trip on Air Canada, SWISS via United:
Raleigh/Durham (RDU) to Nairobi for $637 round-trip on Air Canada, SWISS via CheapOair:
Maximize Your Purchase
Don’t forget to use a credit card that earns additional points on airfare purchases, such as The Platinum Card® from American Express (5x on flights booked directly with airlines or American Express Travel), Citi Prestige Card (5x on airfare on plus excellent trip delay insurance), Chase Sapphire Reserve, American Express® Gold Card, Citi Premier Card (3x on airfare) or the Chase Sapphire Preferred Card (2x on all travel purchases). Check out this post for more on maximizing airfare purchases.
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