Star Alliance member Lufthansa is selling cheap premium economy flights from London to Johannesburg. Prices start at merely £652 (~€771). These trips include 2 checked bags of up to 23 kg and you’ll fly quite comfortably on these 11-hour flights.
Our availability calendar shows all available dates for trips of up to 14 days. Once you’ve selected your preferred dates, you’ll be redirected to Lufthansa’s booking site.
You would fly to Frankfurt, from where Lufthansa would fly you to Johannesburg on a Boeing 747. You can either fly from/to London Heathrow or London City.
We expect further shakeups in the airline industry over the following months. Some services might be cancelled, aircraft changed or downgraded. The schedule we describe may very well change.
Search & Book
This fare can be booked until October 17, 2021 for departures before July 6, 2022. The minimum stay requirement is of 6 days (or a Sunday). Furthermore, your stay cannot exceed 3 months. Stopovers are not permitted. These flights can’t be canceled, but can be rebooked without having to pay a rebooking fee.
If you’re looking to travel for less than 2 weeks, simply use our calendar above to be redirected to Lufthansa’s booking site. If you intend to travel for a longer period of time, you can find all available dates on Google Flights.
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 economy class flights between London and Frankfurt are issued in booking class Y, while the premium economy long-haul flights to Johannesburg are issued in booking class N. The entire roundtrip should get you:
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- 1,822 Award Miles + 13,300 Tier Miles on Miles&More
- 1,218 Miles on Air Malta Flypass
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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