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How to get cheap Christmas flights to Johannesburg

Spend Christmas in the African heat with wildlife, wine and a cheap airfare.

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With global coronavirus (COVID-19) travel restrictions in place, 2020 may not be the best time to travel. We're here to help you plan your trip when you're able to travel again, so keep these tips in mind for potential 2021 Christmas travel. Follow all government regulations and check with your supplier for up-to-date information.

Whether you’re flying to Africa to spend time with family or friends or just want to visit the native wildlife, we have the best tips to keep money in your pocket.

Christmas is a popular time for tourists to visit Africa, making it peak season, but with our simple tricks you can catch a flight without the worry of spending too much and instead focus on planning an epic safari.


Search for Christmas flights to Johannesburg

Compare flight prices from hundreds of booking sites and airlines with one search to get the best fare over the Chrsitmas holidays.

When’s the best time to book Christmas flights to Johannesburg?

Plan to book your flights to Johannesburg three to six months in advance to score the best airfare deals. You’ll be ahead of the game and can snatch up those bargain prices before airlines push their fares up.

You can snag the hottest price of the month when departing on 4 December, with the rest of the first week of December showing budget-friendly departure prices also.

Catch a return flight home for Christmas on 30 December and your wallet will be happy or choose to spend New Year's in Africa and still find a great price to return on 2 January.


Tips and tricks to getting cheap Christmas flights to Johannesburg

Luckily Johannesburg is the cheapest city in South Africa to fly into but these tips will save you some extra dollars.

  • Fly from the cheapest airport: Sydney is the cheapest city in the country to fly out of for long-haul trips such as to Johannesburg, so if you’re not from Sydney, fly budget to this airport to save that little bit more.
  • Choose longer layovers: If time is on your side,opt for the less desirable flights with longer layovers to save yourself $300+. For example, fly with Qatar for a layover in Doha over a flight with Qantas that is direct.
  • Fly on the holidays: Returning on New Year's Eve or New Year's Day can save you over $100 compared to the last week of December and the first week of January.

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