How to get cheap Christmas flights to Johannesburg 2018

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

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.

Top Christmas flight deals to Johannesburg

Skiddoo Skiddoo

International flights from $242 return

Valid for travel on select dates. Sample fare is Perth-Bali. Destinations include London, Dublin, Rome, Seoul, Los Angeles, Langkawi, Colombo, Singapore and more.

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Flight Centre Flight Centre

Free booking fees every Friday

Valid on all flights booked before midnight on Fridays.

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STA Travel STA Travel

International flights from $363 return with Air New Zealand

Valid for travel until December 2018, including over Christmas. Sample fare is Melbourne-Auckland. Destinations include Los Angeles, San Francisco and more.

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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 up to $370. 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.

Stephanie Yip

Stephanie is the travel editor at On top of being an avid traveller, she's an all-round bargain hunter. If there's a deal on hotels or a sale on flights, she'll know about it. And she'll let you know about it, too. Though probably not before she buys her own ticket.

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