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Deal Alert: JFK to Nairobi From $629 Round-Trip on Delta, KLM

April 25, 2018
4 min read
Lioness in the Nairobi National Park, Kenya
Deal Alert: JFK to Nairobi From $629 Round-Trip on Delta, KLM
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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 American Express Platinum Card, you’ll need to book directly with the airline or through 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.

We rarely see flights to Africa priced this affordably, especially with such wide-open availability over the fall months and the tail end of safari peak season. Some dates include a 12+ hour layover in Amsterdam (AMS), which could be a great way to get a break from travel, stretch your legs for a bit, and see a fun city in between transcontinental flights. Other available dates offer two- to five-hour stops in Paris or Amsterdam for less than $20 more.

Please note that we experienced a glitch when trying to book on Delta via Google Flights. So we suggest using Google Flights to find the dates that work best for you, then plugging those dates directly into the Delta website. KLM's booking system does not seem to be experiencing the same issue.

Airline: Delta, KLM
Routes: JFK to NBO
Cost: $630+ round-trip in economy
Dates: October–December 2018
Booking Link: Orbitz, Expedia or directly with the airline
Pay With: The Platinum Card from American Express (5x on airfare), Chase Sapphire Reserve, Premier Rewards Gold Card from American Express, Citi Prestige (3x on airfare plus excellent trip delay insurance) or Chase Sapphire Preferred (2x on travel)

Here are some examples of dates you can book:

JFK to Nairobi (NBO) in October/November for $629 round-trip on Delta (book through KLM) with a 14-hour outbound layover in Amsterdam (AMS):

JFK to Nairobi (NBO) in November for $630 round-trip on Delta with a 5-hour outbound layover in Amsterdam (AMS):

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JFK to Nairobi (NBO) in December for $630 round-trip on Delta with a 4-hour outbound layover in Amsterdam (AMS):

JFK to Nairobi (NBO) in November for $648 round-trip on Delta with a 3-hour outbound layover in Paris (CDG):

Maximize Your Purchase

Don’t forget to use a credit card that earns additional points on airfare purchases, such as the American Express Platinum Card (5x on flights booked directly with airlines or American Express Travel), Chase Sapphire Reserve, American Express Premier Rewards Gold or Citi Prestige (3x on airfare) or the Chase Sapphire Preferred Card (2x on all travel purchases). Check out this post for more on maximizing airfare purchases.

Featured image by Lioness in the Nairobi National Park, Kenya. (Photo by @nana_dei via Twenty20)
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