SkyTeam member Kenya Airways has uncorked some great business class fares to South African prime destinations Cape Town and Johannesburg. With departure from Amsterdam, you can reach the continent’s Southern most country for as little at €1,332. While spending most of the time in a lie-flat business class seat. A change of planes in Nairobi is necessary both ways.
These tickets are not refundable. While the rebooking fee is waived, you’d still have to pay the fare difference is you want to change flight dates.
Worldwide travel restrictions are in place to slow the spread of Covid-19. We strongly recommend gathering detailed information about the travel and quarantine restrictions that apply to your desired origin and destination.
A good start is the International Air Transport Association (IATA) website. It provides current updates on a country’s immigration policies. Even better, the Covid-19 Travel Regulations Map is one of the most useful tools you can find.
Our availability calendar shows you all possible flight dates at the lowest fare for trips up to 28 days. It will forward you to Skyscanner with your preselected flight dates, where you can buy tickets from several OTAs and Kenya Airways. We recommend doing the latter – it’s the cheapest option, anyway.
All flights between Nairobi and Amsterdam are Boeing 787 services, with lie-flat seats in a 2-2-2 seating pattern up front. An aircraft of the same series will take you onwards to Johannesburg. If you continue to Cape Town, you will board a Boeing 737 or ERJ-190. Both plane types feature a dedicated business class section with recliner seats and wider seats (2-2 in the 737 and 2-1 in the Embraer Jet).
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This fare is valid until November 21, 2021 for flights up to May 2022. A minimum stay of three days applies, as well as a maximum stay of six months. Availability is fairly good for 2022 flight dates.
Google Flights will show you additional flights dates. We strongly recommend booking with Kenya Airways, even if OTAs might offer cheaper tickets.
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.
Kenya Airways issues tickets for all flight segments in booking class Z. SkyTeam frequent flyers can earn the following mileage on an Amsterdam to Johannesburg ticket:
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