Oneworld member Qatar Airways is offering cheap tickets to the South African city of Johannesburg. Prices start at only €434 from Oslo, but you can depart from many other European cities at similar prices. One of the advantages of flying with Qatar Airways is that 25 kg of luggage is included.
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 except during the summer vacation, as long as you fly on flights that take place Sunday through Thursday.
You can fly from the following cities:
- Brussels: €452
- Oslo: NOK 4,595 (~€460)
- Rome: €467
- Dublin: €482
- Copenhagen: DKK 3,624 (~€487)
- Paris: €488
- Madrid: €507
- and more…
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.
Search & Book
This deal expires on May 17, 2021. You can fly from Sunday through Thursday, as long as you respect a minimum stay requirement of 3 days. There’s high availability before July 29 and from August 3 until December 13. You can search for the exact availability on Google Flights, or simply use our search form above, which will redirect you to Qatar’s website.
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 Dublin):
- 7,400 Qmiles + 60 Qpoints on Qatar Privilege Club
- 5,950 Points on Finnair Plus
- 3,700 Miles on MEA Cedar Miles
- 3,700 Miles on GOL Aéreos Smiles
- 3,700 Miles on SriLankan FlySmiles
- 3,700 Miles on Royal Air Maroc Safar Flyer
- 3,700 Miles on LATAM Pass
- 3,700 Miles on Royal Jordanian Royal Club
- 3,700 Miles on S7 Airlines Priority Club
- 3,700 Miles on Bangkok Airways FlyerBonus
- 3,700 Miles on Malaysia Airlines Enrich
- 3,700 Award Miles + 7,400 EQMs on American AAdvantage
- 3,700 Miles on Alaska Mileage Plan
- 3,700 Avios + 80 TP on British Airways Executive Club
- 3,700 Avios + 360 TP on Iberia Plus
- 0 Miles on Asia Miles
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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Cover Picture: © Qatar Airways