Star Alliance carrier Swiss is offering great fares from various Spanish cities to Johannesburg in their economy class right now. Prices start at €376 from Palma de Mallorca. Other departure cities include Madrid, Barcelona, and a few more. Adding luggage, however, would increase the price by at least €110, so this deal is best if you travel without checked luggage.
Currently, you will have to present a negative COVID-19 PCR test issued at most 72 hours before departure when you land in South Africa and fill out a “Traveller Health Questionnaire” at most 2 days before departure. This could, however, change until your flight dates, so make sure to book for as late in the year as possible.
There’s high availability until December 16, except during the summer vacation. Availability is generally also somewhat lower on weekends.
These are the cheapest departure airports that we were able to find:
After first flying to Zurich, you would then fly to Johannesburg for roughly 11 hours on an Airbus A340. Be sure to charge your bigger devices (such as a laptop) before the flight, as Swiss’ economy class only offers USB-sockets for power.
By the way, this isn’t our only economy class deal for our Spanish readers:
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This deal will expire on April 25, 2021. You can fly until December 16, as long as your stay is at least 4 days (or a Sunday) long.
Looking at Google Flights (instructions), it seems that there’s high availability in June, September, and October, as well as on the weekends of November and early December. You can book these flights directly on Swiss’ official website.
The tickets are issued in booking class K. This booking class will accrue 25% of the mileage flown in most frequent flyer programs. See a full overview for Palma de Mallorca to Johannesburg (and back) below:
- 11,698 Miles on Air Malta Flypass
- 3,510 Miles on ANA Mileage Club
- 3,016 Miles on Turkish Airlines Miles&Smiles
- 2,926 Award Miles + 586 PQP on United MileagePlus
- 2,926 Miles on EgyptAir Plus
- 2,926 Miles on Ethiopian ShebaMiles
- 2,926 Points on SAS EuroBonus
- 1,252 Award Miles + 2,866 Tier Miles on Miles&More
Depending on if you want to stay in Johannesburg or travel the country, prices can get pretty high for hotels, especially if you are looking at staying at game reserves. Of course, it makes sense to get a good overview of location, price and reviews. We would recommend using booking.com for that:
These hotel vouchers and coupons may be of use as well. So make sure to check them out:
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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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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