Deal Alert: US Cities to Kenya From $566 Round-Trip

Jun 5, 2019

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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.

Flights from major cities around the country such as New York (JFK/EWR), Atlanta (ATL), Washington DC (IAD), Boston (BOS) and Los Angeles (LAX) to Nairobi (NBO) are currently on sale for as low $566 round-trip.

The low fares are available for dates in the fall, and there’s even some Thanksgiving availability. All of the fares are in economy and include stops both ways in several European cities.

Nairobi, which is considered the financial capital of East Africa, is quickly gaining notice as a popular travel destination. Kenya Airways, the country’s flag carrier, offers non-stop service between Nairobi and New York (JFK), though last year it scaled back its daily flights between the two cities. Once in Nairobi, you can visit the famous Giraffe Center nature park and the Maasai Market (which will ship goods over $50 to the U.S.).

Additionally, Nairobi is a great jumping off point if you’re wanting to go on safari in one of Kenya’s many game parks.

To search, use Google Flights and enter your departure and destination cities. Use the calendar function to find the best dates and prices that work for you. You can then book directly with the airline or through an OTA like Priceline or Expedia.

Airline: Lufthansa, United, Swiss, Delta, Kenya Airways, KLM, Air France
Routes: BOS/JFK/EWR/LAX/IAD/ATL to NBO
Cost: $566+ round-trip in economy
Travel Dates:
September – November 2019 
Pay With:
The Platinum Card® from American Express (5x on airfare booked directly with the airline), Citi Prestige Card (5x on airfare plus excellent trip delay insurance), 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 Nairobi (NBO) for $566 round-trip on Lufthansa:

Boston (BOS) to Nairobi (NBO) for $588 round-trip on Delta:

Newark (EWR) to Nairobi (NBO) for $566 round-trip United/Lufthansa:

Los Angeles (LAX) to Nairobi (NBO) for $645 round-trip on Delta:

Atlanta (ATL) to Nairobi (NBO) for $643 round-trip on Lufthansa:

Washington (IAD) to Nairobi (NBO) for $696 round-trip on KLM/Kenya Airways/Air France:

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 on plus excellent trip delay insurance), 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.

H/T: Airfare Watchdog

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