Oneworld member Qatar Airways is offering cheap tickets to the South African city of Johannesburg. Prices start at only €415 from Oslo, but you can depart from many other European cities at similar prices, such as from Dublin for €441. One of the advantages of flying with Qatar Airways is that 25 kg of luggage is included.
Qatar Airways offers very generous Corona goodwill policies. If you can’t travel as planned, you can simply cancel the flights for free. You’ll then be refunded the full price. Alternatively, you can decide to get a voucher with 10% more value. Finally, you can also rebook the flights for free for up to 2 years after the ticket was issued (fare difference may apply).
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.
You can fly anytime until May, as long as you fly on flights that take place Monday through Friday. You can’t fly in November and December, though.
Departures for less than €500 are available from:
After flying roughly six hours to Doha, you’d get on an Airbus A350 and fly for eight hours to Johannesburg – not the most direct way, but at least you get to bring luggage and will enjoy quite a good service.
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.
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This deal will expire on August 16, 2021. You can fly from Monday through Friday, as long as you respect a minimum stay requirement of 7 days. You can fly during the following travel periods:
- August 2 – December 9
- December 29 – April 8
- April 16 – July 15
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 tickets are issued in booking class O, meaning that you’d roughly get (based on a roundtrip from Oslo):
- 6,958 Qmiles + 64 Qpoints on Qatar Privilege Club
- 5,600 Points on Finnair Plus
- 3,480 Miles on S7 Airlines Priority Club
- 3,480 Miles on GOL Aéreos Smiles
- 3,480 Miles on Bangkok Airways FlyerBonus
- 3,480 Miles on Royal Jordanian Royal Club
- 3,480 Miles on MEA Cedar Miles
- 3,480 Miles on SriLankan FlySmiles
- 3,480 Miles on Malaysia Airlines Enrich
- 3,480 Miles on LATAM Pass
- 3,480 Miles on Royal Air Maroc Safar Flyer
- 3,478 Avios + 80 TP on British Airways Executive Club
- 3,478 Avios + 360 TP on Iberia Plus
- 3,478 Award Miles + 6,958 EQMs on American AAdvantage
- 3,478 Miles on Alaska Mileage Plan
The Qatar Privilege Club is probably the best option to credit these flights.
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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