Star Alliance member Lufthansa and partners have put a nice price tag on business class flights to South Africa in most of 2022. With departure from Amsterdam or Dublin, you can reach Cape Town for as little as €1,430. This fare includes lounge access during your stopovers in Frankfurt, Munich or Vienna, in addition to two checked bags and a comfy lie-flat-seat on two long overnight flights.
Sadly, neither Austrian nor Lufthansa offers a refund in case you have to cancel these tickets. While you may change your flight dates without paying a fee, you’d still have to pay the fare difference. That can easily double the cost of your journey.
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 advertises an Airbus A340-300 between Frankfurt and Cape Town, with a 2-2-2 seating pattern in business class. It is also possible to fly via Munich (in a Lufthansa Airbus A350), Vienna (Austrian 777) or Zurich (Edelweiss A330).
If you don’t like surprises, you’ll be on the safe side with Lufthansa in one aspect: all planes have the exact same seats. That, however, will no longer be the case when Lufthansa receives its first Boeing 777 planes with the new business class. Many of our readers may have already experienced the current business class. Generally, Travel-Dealz writers and readers are not big fans of the Lufthansa business class, even though it is definitely not bad. One reason for that is that the service is too inconsistent: From extremely friendly and quick to unfriendly and slow – everything is possible with Lufthansa, even in business class.
The Austrian business class may not be known by many, but all seats are at a consistently high standard. The Boeing 767, as well as the Boeing 777, are both equipped with the same seats, which are not only comfortable but also offer a good sleeping experience. The catering is also said to be especially good.
For an impression of Lufthansa’s business class, check out Dennis’ review.
Search & Book
According to the fare rules, tickets are on sale until December 5, 2021 for flights up to August 31, 2022. You have to stay at least four days or one night from Saturday to Sunday in Cape Town to enjoy this fare. Availability is dwindling down rapidly, as lone a handful of 2022 are left.
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 Kilometers on Air China PhoenixMiles
- 16,280 Miles on Singapore KrisFlyer
- 13,176 Points on SAS EuroBonus
- 13,172 Miles on Miles&More
- 13,024 Miles on Copa ConnectMiles
- 13,024 Miles on LATAM Pass
- 13,024 Miles on Thai Royal Orchid Plus
- 13,022 Award Miles + 2,604 PQP on United MileagePlus
- 12,350 Miles on Air Canada Aeroplan
- 9,116 Miles on ANA Mileage Club
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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