Star Alliance member Lufthansa has put a nice price tag on business class flights to South Africa in most of 2021. With departure from Dublin, you can reach Cape Town for as little as €1,330. This fare includes lounge access during your stopovers in Frankfurt, in addition to two checked bags and a comfy lie-flat-seat on two long overnight flights.
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 presents all flights at the lowest fare for trips up to 28 days. Please select an out- and inbound flight and you will be forwarded to lufthansa.com with your preselected dates.
Lufthansa has already updated its flight plans. The airline advertises an Airbus A340-300 between Frankfurt and Cape Town, with a 2-2-2 seating pattern in business class. For an impression of Lufthansa’s business class, check out Dennis’ review.
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The fare rules we found are not very restrictive, as neither a travel nor sales period is mentioned. You have to stay at least six days or one night from Saturday to Sunday in Cape Town to enjoy this fare. Availability is best in May and June 2021.
Google Flights will show you additional flight dates for longer trips. We strongly recommend buying your tickets directly with Lufthansa, even if online travel agencies may 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.
Lufthansa issues these tickets in booking class P. It is for discounted business class tickets, so you won’t get too much mileage out of it. But still much more than on economy or premium economy tickets:
- 20,960 on Air China PhoenixMiles
- 16,280 on Singapore KrisFlyer
- 13,170 on Miles & More
- 13,170 on SAS EuroBonus
- 13,020 on United MileagePlus
- 13,020 on Copa ConnectMiles
- 13,020 on LATAM Pass
- 13,020 on Thai Royal Orchid Plus
- 12,350 on Air Canada Aeroplan
- 9,110 on ANA Mileage Club
- 1,340 on Asia Miles
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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