Gulf carrier Etihad Airways put a nice price tag on tickets from London-Heathrow to Johannesburg. Full-service flights including a checked bag up to 23 kg start at €43,658 (~£37,167). All connections have a layover in Abu Dhabi. Furthermore, the availability of these tickets is pretty great. You can find multiple departures each week at the lowest fare until February 2021.
Etihad sends several Airbus A380-800 and Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner from Abu Dhabi to London. Connections with the shortest layover are A380 service. The Airlines currently uses Airbus A330-200 aircraft between Abu Dhabi and Johannesburg – for the winter flight plan, another Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner is advertised.
Search & Book
Fare rules don’t give an expiration date or travel period, but limit travel times to a minimum of three days and a maximum of six months. Stopovers are free and unlimited. Availability is pretty good from until February 2021.
You can find out on which dates prices are lowest by using Google Flights (instructions). Entering these dates in Skyscanner shall see the price drop by roughly €30. We recommend booking through etihad.com nonetheless.
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.
Eithad issues tickets for all flight segments in booking class T. This is a discounted economy fare, therefore frequent flyer programs associated with Etihad will credit a maximum of 25% of your travel distance:
- 3,672 Award Miles + 3,670 EQMs on American AAdvantage
- 3,670 Miles on Garuda Indonesia GarudaMiles
- 3,670 Miles on South African Voyager
- 3,670 Miles on Virgin Australia Velocity
- 3,670 Miles on GOL Aéreos Smiles
- 3,670 Miles on Bangkok Airways FlyerBonus
- 3,670 Miles on Alitalia MileMiglia
- 3,670 Miles on SriLankan FlySmiles
- 3,670 Miles on Etihad Guest
- 3,670 Miles on Malaysia Airlines Enrich
- 3,670 Miles on Oman Air Sindbad
- 3,670 Miles on Korean Air Skypass
- 1,714 Points on SAS EuroBonus
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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Information & Tips for Abu Dhabi
Although overshadowed by much more famous Dubai, Abu Dhabi is the capital of the United Arab Emirates. Like its northern neighbour (the cities are roughly 70 minutes apart by car), the Emirati government didn’t hesitate toi invest billions in petrol dollars to make Abu Dhabi an attractive city, for tourists in citizens alike. Among it sights is the huge and splendid Sheikh Zayed mosque and the luxurious Emirates Palace hotel. The Ferrari World theme park is famous for its breath taking high speed roller coasters.
Best time to visit
Abu Dhabu reaches temperatures of up to 45° in summer, and even in winter, the weather is hot. The best time to travel is from November to March when temperatures are comparatively low.
From the airport to the city
Abu Dhabi Int’l airport is home to Etihad Airlines and offers numerous international nonstop services as a result. Five bus lines connect the airport to different parts of the city center, costing 4 AED (roughly €1) while taking up to 45 minutes. Since a lot of flights depart late in the evening, these buses run 24 hours, seven days a week. Further, Etihad Airways offers shuttle bus services to Dubai and Al Ain. A Taxi downtown is much more expensive, as you can expect to pay up to AED 80 (approx. €20) for a trip to the city center.
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