Deal Alert: East Coast to Africa Starting at $571 Round-Trip
Update: Some offers mentioned below are no longer available. View the current offers here.
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 the New York metro area (JFK and EWR) and Washington, DC (IAD) to Abidjan (ABJ), Lome (LFW) and Nairobi (NBO) are available on several Star Alliance airlines. Deals can be found from September through the middle of June 2020. Note that the cheapest Ethiopian flights are booked into the airline's Economy Promo class, which means you'll have to pay to change your ticket.
All flights included in this deal are on major international carriers such as Ethiopian and Lufthansa, and some of the Ethiopian tickets are nonstop.
To search, head to Priceline or Expedia.
Airline: Ethiopian, Lufthansa, Brussels Airlines, United
Routes: JFK/EWR/IAD to ABJ/NBO/LFW
Cost: $571+ round-trip in economy
Dates: select dates in September - January 2020
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:
Newark (EWR) to Lome (LFW) for $571 round-trip nonstop on Ethiopian:
Newark (EWR) to Nairobi (NBO) for $584 round-trip on Lufthansa via United.com:
New York (JFK) to Abidjan (ABJ) $599 round-trip nonstop on Ethiopian:
Washington, DC (IAD) to Abidjan (ABJ) for $607 round-trip on United and Brussels:
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.