Deal Alert: Flights to Africa From $578 Round-Trip
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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.
There are a handful of routes from major US cities to African destinations spread across the continent. We’re seeing departures from Chicago (ORD), Houston (IAH), New York (JFK) and Washington DC (IAD) to Dar Es Salaam, Tanzania (DAR), Algiers, Algeria (ALG), Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire (ABJ), Nairobi, Kenya (NBO) and Cairo, Egypt (CAI) with prices starting from $578 round-trip.
Most flights should include a checked bag and seat selection. Not all route combinations are on sale, so you may have to play with Google Flights until you find a decent deals.
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 OTA like Priceline or Expedia. For some routes to get the absolute best price, you can search on SkyScanner and book through an OTA. Just note that it may be harder to deal with some of the smaller OTA’s if you want to change your flight or if something goes wrong.
Airline: Air France, Delta, Qatar, United, SWISS, KLM
Routes: ORD/IAH/JFK/IAD to DAR/ALG/ABJ/NBO/CAI
Cost: $578+ round-trip in economy
Dates: select dates in May, August-December 2019
Pay With: The Platinum Card® from American Express (5x on airfare booked directly with the airline), Citi Prestige Card (5x on airfare), 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:
Chicago (ORD) to Algiers (ALG) $578 round-trip on Air France:
Chicago (ORD) to Dar Es Salaam (DAR) $596 round-trip on Air France/Delta:
New York (JFK) to Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire (ABJ) $647 round-trip on Delta/Air France:
Washington DC (IAD) to Dar Es Salaam (DAR) $652 round-trip on KLM via Delta.com:
Houston (IAH) to Nairobi (NBO) $664 round-trip on Qatar Airways via Trip.com:
Chicago (ORD) to Cairo (CAI) $667 round-trip on SWISS via United.com:
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), 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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