Star Alliance member Ethiopian Airlines is selling cheap economy class flights from Oslo to Cape Town and Johannesburg. The main benefit of flying with Ethiopian Airlines is that you’ll be allowed to bring 2 pieces of luggage, even at this low price!
South Africa will currently let you enter the country if you present a negative COVID-19 PCR test that isn’t older than 72 hours. You’d also need to fill out this form. For more information about South Africa’s entry restrictions, click here.
Should you not want to fly or not be able to fly, you can rebook the flight paying the fare difference. You can also request a travel voucher, valid for one year. You can read all about Ethiopian Airlines’ corona flexibility policies here.
From Oslo, you would first fly a short flight to Stockholm, from where you’d continue to Addis Ababa, both flights being operated with the same Ethiopian Boeing 787. From Addis Ababa, an Airbus A350 would fly you to Johannesburg, or a Boeing 787 to Cape Town.
We expect further shakeups in the airline industry over the following months. Some services might be cancelled, aircraft changed or downgraded. The schedule we describe may very well change.
By the way, we also have other economy class deals from Oslo:
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The fare rules merely state that your trip has to be at least 4 days long, and no longer than one month. You can either fly between July 24 and December 15, or after January 1.
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.
The tickets are issued in booking class E. Flying to Cape Town (and back) should get you:
- 14,830 Miles on Aegean Miles+Bonus
- 7,150 Award Miles + 1,180 PQP on United MileagePlus
- 6,560 Kilometers on Air China PhoenixMiles
- 4,290 Miles on ANA Mileage Club
- 3,950 Miles on Miles&More
- 3,580 Miles on Air Canada Aeroplan
- 3,570 Miles on Ethiopian ShebaMiles
- 3,570 Miles on Turkish Airlines Miles&Smiles
This fare is especially attractive for people earning miles at Aegean Miles+Bonus.
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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