Star Alliance member Ethiopian Airlines offers cheap flights from Brussels to Johannesburg and Cape Town. The cheapest flights from Brussels start at €413. This fare includes full board service and two pieces of luggage up to 23 kg. That makes it a very good economy class offer. The outbound flight has two layovers: in Vienna and Addis Ababa. On your way back, you only have one stop in Addis Ababa
The FAA has alerted pilots to use caution while flying in Ethiopian airspace below 29,000 feet due to ongoing clashes between opposition groups and military forces. Planes may be directly or indirectly exposed to ground weapons fire and/or surface-to-air fire.
Should you not want to fly or not be able to fly, you can rebook the flight, paying the price difference, as long as your original flight was supposed to take place before March 31, 2022. You can read all about Ethiopian Airlines’ corona flexibility policies here.
Our calendar displays all available dates for trips of up to 28 days and will redirect you to Ethiopian Airlines’ booking site:
Ethiopian Airlines operates a young and modern long haul fleet, as flights to Johannesburg are operated by A350 aircraft. A Boeing 787 takes you from Europe to Addis Ababa and also to Cape Town.
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We haven’t been able to retrieve any information on the travel period or offer availability. The minimum stay requirement is four days, and you can’t fly on Fridays and Saturdays. According to Google Flights (and our own calendar above), these fares are available until June 2022. We recommend booking these tickets directly on Ethiopian’s website.
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.
These tickets are issued in booking class O. To give you an example, flying to Johannesburg would get you:
- 12,119 Miles on Aegean Miles+Bonus
- 6,061 Award Miles + 1,007 PQP on United MileagePlus
- 5,145 Kilometers on Air China PhoenixMiles
- 3,635 Miles on ANA Mileage Club
- 3,137 Miles on Miles&More
- 3,031 Miles on Air Canada Aeroplan
- 3,031 Miles on Turkish Airlines Miles&Smiles
- 3,031 Miles on Ethiopian ShebaMiles
Feel free to use our mileage calculator to see how many miles your individual routing would get you:
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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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