Belgian leisure carrier Air Belgium is offering discounted tickets for their nonstop service between Brussels and Johannesburg. For €503, you’ll get full board service, a checked bag, increased refundability (Ticket price – €100) and of course two long haul flights. The prices are available for flights in autumn 2022.
These tickets are partly refundable. Air Belgium offers to return the full ticket price (minus a €100 fee) if you cancel up to seven days before departure.
To enter South Africa, you either need to be either fully vaccinated or present a negative PCR-test taken withing 72 hours before departure. Further, a filled health from is required.
Our availability calendar shows you all possible flight dates at the lowest fare for trips up to 28 days. It forwards you to Air Belgium with your preselected flight dates, or to our flight search, where tickets are sold as cheap as €465. Sadly, these are not necessarily covered by Air Belgium’s refund policy.
Air Belgium operates Airbus A330-900 NEO aircraft between the two cities, the newest generation of long haul aircraft. They offer 2-4-2 seating in economy class, with personal monitors for every passenger.
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This fare is valid until June 20, 2022 for travel from September through early December 2022. While no minimum stay applies, you are limited by the fact Air Belgium serves Johannesburg only twice-weekly. You may not stay longer than two months to get the cheapest fare. Availability is rather good during the entire travel period.
Google Flights helps you find additional flight dates. Booking directly on Air Belgium’s website has the advantage to benefit from their cancellation policy, while OTAs in our flight search sell these tickets roughly €50 cheaper.
Why is booking with an airline better than with an online travel agency?
More often than not, online travel agencies offer lower fares than airlines do. We still recommend booking with the airlines directly. There are three main reasons for that:
- The Covid-19 Pandemic
During the worldwide outbreak of Covid-19, planning international travel got more and more risky because of ever-changing restrictions. In contrast to many online travel agencies, most airlines modified their terms & conditions to become more customer friendly. Rebooking conditions are eased, change fees are waived and cancellations are much easier when there is no third party involved.
Further, by adding an OTA to your plans, you increase the risk of one service provider involved going bankrupt. Now, the airline and the online travel agency involved could vanish along with your money.
- Better Customer Service
In case any problems like delays, cancellations or missed connections arise, you can communicate directly with the airline. The airlines has to take care of you because you have a contract with them.
If a travel agency issues your ticket, you may have to reach out to them first. You also depend on your OTA to forward you information like flight changes instead receiving them directly from the airline. You may get a prime exhibition of responsibility shifting rather than problem solving.
This especially applies for premium tickets. You don’t want to spend more than €1,000 to wind up with some budget OTA’s telephone hotline in case anything goes wrong.
- Baggage Fees
Economy fares not including hold luggage are more and more common. In most cases, travel agencies charge much higher baggage fees than the airlines themselves. If bags are not included in your fare, airlines are often the cheaper alternative.
Hotel prices in Johannesburg usually start at roughly €40, depending on the hotel category. Whichever category and hotel you opt for, make sure to get the best price! Our recommendation is to search on booking.com, or even on our own Travel-Dealz hotel search:
Information & Tips for South Africa
South Africa is the touristically most visited country in the south of Africa. Whether its Safaris, tours of wine regions or the Table Mountain – visitors won’t be disappointed!
Traditionally, flights from Europa to South Africa have been quite expensive. In recent years however, airlines such as Iberia, Egyptair and British Airways have been offering cheaper and cheaper flights – even in premium cabins! If you are flexible in regards to your point of departure, the array of airlines with cheap tickets becomes even greater.
Best Time to Visit
South Africa is a huge country and therefore doesn’t have a single best time to visit. It really depends on what you want to see. The cities Johannesburg and Cape Town have the best weather in Fall (March – Mai) and Spring (September – November).
Immigration & Visa Requirements
If you have a valid EU passport and a valid return ticket, you will be given a visitor’s visa with a validity of 90 days. Turn to the ministry of foreign affairs of your country for more information.
The currency used in South Africa is the Rand (ZAR). One Euro are approximately 16 ZAR. Make sure to use a credit card that does not charge high fees for withdrawals or payments in foreign currencies.
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Information & Tips for Johannesburg
Johannesburg has 9,6 million inhabitants and is the largest city and most important business and financial center in Africa south of the Sahara. The city is well connected to Europe by air, flights for under 500€ (round trip) are becoming increasingly more common.
Best Time to Travel
The best times to visit Johannesburg are during fall (March – May) and during spring (September – Novemver). Temperatures are warm but pleasant and rainfall is comparatively rare.
From the Airport to the City
One possibility is taking the Gautrain, a type of local commuter rail. A trip to the city center takes about 25 minutes and costs approximately 12€. Taking a cab or an Uber runs you about 18€ to 24€.
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