Deal Alert: Flights to Africa From $564 Round-Trip

Aug 16, 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.

We haven’t seen deals this low to Africa in a while, but we’re seeing great availability from US cities such as New York (JFK), Washington (IAD) and Houston (IAH) starting at just $564 round-trip.

The deals aren’t just clustered in one part of the continent, either, with cheap fares to Lomé (LFW), Johannesburg (JNB) and Nairobi (NBO). Keep in mind that some of the stops in Europe have long layovers in cities such as London (LHR). The deals to South Africa were first reported by Scott’s Cheap Flights, and are available from September through the spring of 2020. You may have to search through Priceline to find the low prices to Johannesburg.

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 an OTA like Orbitz or Expedia.

Airline: Air France, Brussels Airlines, KLM, Kenya Airways, Delta, Virgin Atlantic
Routes: JFK/IAD/IAH/ORD/SEA/SFO to LFW/JNB/NBO
Cost: $564+ round-trip in economy
Dates: September 2019 – May 2020
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Here are a few examples of what you can book:

Washington (IAD) to Johannesburg (JNB) for $564 round-trip on Virgin Atlantic via Priceline:

Houston (IAH) to Nairobi (NBO) for $578 round-trip on KLM:

New York (JFK) to Lomé (LFW) for $588 round-trip on Air France:

Houston (IAH) to Lagos (LOS) for $590 round-trip on Delta:

Chicago (ORD) to Lagos (LOS) for $590 round-trip on Delta:

San Francisco (SFO) to Lagos (LOS) for $590 round-trip on Delta:

New York (JFK) to Abidjan (ABJ) for $607 round-trip on Brussels Airlines: 

Washington (IAD) to Abidjan (ABJ) for $607 round-trip on Brussels Airlines: 

New York (JFK) to Johannesburg (JNB) for $616 round-trip on Virgin Atlantic via Priceline:

Seattle (SEA) to Nairobi (NBO) for $616 round-trip on KLM:

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