Star Alliance members Swiss, Lufthansa, and SAS have joined forces to offer cheap business class flights from Oslo to Johannesburg. An especially nice deal as South Africa is letting all tourists enter the country. Prices start as low as NOK 15,471 (~€1,539) and there’s availability from January through October 2021.
While Swiss uses an Airbus A340 for its flights from Zurich to Johannesburg, Lufthansa uses a Boeing 747 for its flights between Frankfurt and the South African metropolis. Either way, you can expect to be able to reserve the seat of your choice, get free eJournals, as well as a meal and beverages. You can also bring 2 x 32 kg of checked luggage and 2 x 8 kg of hand luggage. You may also enjoy lounge access, the priority lane at the security checkpoint, and priority boarding, although those benefits may not be granted due to Corona.
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.
By the way, we also have some other deals for business class flights from Oslo:
Search & Book
The only restriction mentioned in the fare rules is a minimum stay requirement of 6 days (or a Sunday). You can simply select your preferred dates in our calendar above, which will redirect you to Lufthansa’s booking site. Alternatively, you could also check for 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.
If you, later on, wish to change the flight dates (after you’ve already booked the flight), Lufthansa will allow you to rebook the flight, but sadly only when paying the fare difference. As these tickets are rather cheap, the fare difference could be quite substantial, so be careful!
The tickets are issued in booking class P. To give you an example, a roundtrip with Swiss via Zurich would get you:
- 19,690 Kilometers on Air China PhoenixMiles
- 15,290 Miles on Singapore KrisFlyer
- 12,230 Points on SAS EuroBonus
- 12,230 Miles on Thai Royal Orchid Plus
- 12,230 Miles on EgyptAir Plus
- 12,230 Miles on United MileagePlus
- 12,230 Miles on EVA Infinity MileageLands
- 12,230 Miles on Aegean Miles+Bonus
- 12,230 Miles on Air India Flying Returns
- 12,230 Miles on Turkish Airlines Miles&Smiles
- 12,230 Miles on Asiana Club
- 12,230 Miles on Copa ConnectMiles
- 12,230 Miles on Avianca LifeMiles
- 12,230 Miles on LATAM Pass
- 12,230 Miles on Ethiopian ShebaMiles
- 12,230 Miles on South African Voyager
- 12,230 Miles on TAP Miles & Go
- 11,960 Miles on Miles&More
- 8,560 Miles on ANA Mileage Club
- 6,110 Miles on Air Canada Aeroplan
- 1,770 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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