Deal Alert: Flights to South Africa From $658 Round-Trip
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Flights to the South African cities of Johannesburg (JHB) and Cape Town (CPT) are available for as low as $658 round-trip. Most of the low fares are available from east coast cities, but there's also some good deals from the West Coast and the South. You can even nab low fares on United's new nonstop from Newark (EWR) to Cape Town (CPT).
If you can't decide which city to visit, check out our Miles Away episode on Cape Town and our Guide to Johannesburg to get a better idea of the two cities.
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.
Airline Qatar, United, Virgin, Delta
Routes: PHL/EWR/JFK/BOS/ORD/DCA/SFO/MIA/IAD/HOU/LAX to JHB/CPT
Cost: $658+ in basic economy
Travel Dates: September 2019 - March 2020 depending on route.
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, (3x on airfare), 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:
Philadelphia (PHL) to Johannesburg (JHB) for $658 round-trip on Qatar:
Newark (EWR) to Cape Town (CPT) for $692 round-trip nonstop on United:
New York (JFK) to Johannesburg (JHB) for $693 round-trip on Virgin:
Boston (BOS) to Johannesburg (JHB) for $707 round-trip on Qatar:
Chicago (ORD) to Johannesburg (JHB) for $737 round-trip on Qatar:
Washington DC (DCA) to Johannesburg (JHB) for $745 round-trip on Delta:
San Francisco (SFO) to Johannesburg (JHB) for $765 round-trip on Virgin:
Miami (MIA) to Johannesburg (JHB) for $772 round-trip on Qatar:
Washington (IAD) to Cape Town (CPT) for $792 round-trip on United
Houston (HOU) to Johannesburg (JHB) for $827 round-trip on Delta:
Los Angeles (LAX) to Johannesburg (JHB) for $836 round-trip on Qatar:
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