SkyTeam airline KLM is selling cheap flights to Zanzibar from various airports in Germany and Italy, as well as from Vienna. While €365 is a great price, the fact that luggage is included makes it even better!
With Air France and KLM, all tickets for flights departing before March 31, 2022, can be canceled free of charge. You will then first receive a voucher, which can be paid out to your bank account or credit card without having to pay any fees. You can read the rules again here.
You can find available dates at these prices until May 2022. Availability is the highest on Wednesdays.
You can depart from the following cities:
- Hamburg: €365
- Berlin: €366
- Nuremberg: €372
- Düsseldorf: €374
- Stuttgart: €380
- Vienna: €381
- Munich: €381
- Bremen: €381
- Hanover: €382
- Bologna: €384
- Venice: €388
- Milan: €390
- Rome: €396
- Frankfurt: €400
You would first fly to Amsterdam, from where KLM would take you to Zanzibar City onboard a Boeing 787 Dreamliner.
Search & Book
According to the fare rules, tickets are on sale until October 14, 2021 for trips between before December 16, 2021 or between January 3 and June 30. The minimum stay requirement is 4 days (or a Sunday). Furthermore, your stay cannot exceed 3 months. The economy class tickets have to be booked at least 5 days before departure. Stopovers are not permitted.
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 short-haul flights to Amsterdam are issued in booking class L (sometimes X, especially from Italy), while the long-haul flights to Zanzibar are issued in booking class G. To give you an example, a round trip from Hamburg would get you:
- 3,310 Miles on Czech Airlines OK Plus
- 3,292 Miles on Aeromexico Club Premier
- 3,216 Miles on China Southern Sky Pearl Club
- 2,810 Miles on Saudia Alfursan
- 2,762 Miles on Alitalia MileMiglia
- 2,762 Miles on Aeroflot Bonus
- 2,498 Miles on MEA Cedar Miles
- 2,498 Miles on Air Europa Club
- 2,498 Award Miles + 10,046 MQM on Delta SkyMiles
- 2,454 Miles on Xiamen Airlines Egret Club
- 2,310 Miles on Aerolineas Argentinas Plus
- 2,310 Miles on China Airlines Dynasty Flyer
- 2,046 Miles on Korean Air Skypass
- 2,046 Miles on Malaysia Airlines Enrich
- 2,046 Miles on Garuda Indonesia GarudaMiles
- 2,046 Miles on GOL Aéreos Smiles
- 2,046 Miles on Vietnam Golden Lotus Plus
- 856 Award Miles + 30 XP on FlyingBlue
- 600 Miles on Virgin Atlantic Flying Club
- 380 Miles on China Eastern Eastern Miles
Information & Tips for Zanzibar
The Zanzibar archipelago with its main island Unguja lies in the Indian Ocean off the east coast of Africa and belongs to Tanzania. Zanzibar is especially known for its beautiful beaches and as an inexpensive alternative to the Maldives. The UNESCO World Heritage Site Stone Town with its buildings made of light coral limestone and mangrove wood in the 19th century is also worth a visit.
The Best Time to Visit
Zanzibar is relatively close to the equator and therefore the climate is tropical. Due to the south-west and north-east monsoon there are two rainy seasons per year between the end of March and the end of May and in November and December. Temperatures average 27 °C with maximums just above 30 °C and nightly temperatures not below 20 °C. During the two rainy seasons the humidity can be very unpleasant. Therefore, the ideal travel time is between the beginning of June and the end of September as well as in January and February. In general, however, you can visit Zanzibar all year round.
Immigration & Visa Requirements
With most EU passports (must be valid for at least 6 months on departure) a visa is required for Tanzania. You can apply for the visa either in advance at an embassy or as a Visa on Arrival for a fee of $50 when entering the country at the Zanzibar International Airport. The fee can only be paid by credit card.
In addition, depending on the airline, an exit fee or tax may be payable on departure from Zanzibar International Airport. For some airlines the departure tax is already included in the airfare.
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