Deal Alert: Flights to Morocco, Kenya and Cape Verde From $443 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 11 p.m. 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.
Flights to African cities have dropped as low as $443 round-trip. This is a great deal considering these flights typically cost upwards of $1000+.
You can either enjoy a week off the coast of West Africa on the island of Cape Verde, browsing the markets of Marrakech or driving through Kenya's amazing game reserves — all of these could make for an unforgettable trip.
Note that if you make a booking through TAP you have the ability to add a layover in Lisbon or Porto, Portugal at no additional cost. This is a great way to see another country for the price of one round-trip ticket.
To search, head to Google Flights and enter your origin, destination and stopover 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.
To get the absolute best price on some routes, you can search on SkyScanner or Momondo and book through an OTA. Just note that it may be harder to deal with some of the smaller OTA’s customer service if you want to change your flight or if something goes wrong.
Airline: TAP Air Portugal, Delta, Air France, KLM, easyJet, Norwegian
Routes: JFK/BOS/IAD/ORD/IAH/LAX/MIA to RAK/RAI/NBO
Cost: $444+ round-trip in economy
Travel Dates: November 2019 - March 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 when booked directly with the airline) or Chase Sapphire Preferred Card (2x on travel)
Here are a few examples of what you can book:
New York (JFK) to Marrakesh (RAK) for $444 round-trip on Norwegian/easyJet:
Boston (BOS) to Praia (RAI) for $535 round-trip on TAP:
New York (JFK) to Nairobi (NBO) for $569 round-trip on Delta/KLM via Airfrance.com:
Boston (BOS) to Nairobi (NBO) for $588 round-trip on Delta/KLM:
Houston (IAH) to Nairobi (NBO) for $629 round-trip on KLM/Kenya Airways/Air France:
Washington DC (IAD) to Marrakech (RAK) for $667 round-trip on TAP:
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.