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Cheap Christmas flights to South Africa 2018

Everything you need to know to book an affordable Christmas flight to South Africa.

The long holiday during Christmas gives you a great opportunity to embark on a vacation to explore the coasts and wildlife of South Africa. Or maybe to connect with friends and family.

You may think that a flight around Christmas will burn a large hole in your pocket. This is only half true, so read on to find out how to book a Christmas flight to South Africa that’s right on budget.

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Top Christmas flight deals to South Africa

Skyscanner Skyscanner

South Africa flights from $1,614 return

Valid for travel from December 2018 - January 2019, including over Christmas and New Year. Sample fare is Darwin-Johannesburg.

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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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When’s the best time to book Christmas flights to South Africa?

Airlines usually offer the most affordable deals a few months before a scheduled flight. For South Africa, you are most likely to find a cheap Christmas flight between May and September. Start following offers early to catch the early-bird offers!

If you don’t have concrete plans and can’t book early, you may still get a discounted fare on last-minute deals – but this depends on various factors and usually involves a lot of luck.

A flight before 10 December may cost you 40% less than one scheduled later. Prices are at their peak from mid- to late-December. Fares for a return journey drop after 24 December.


Tips and tricks for getting cheap Christmas flights to South Africa

Fares to Cape Town are expensive regardless of the time you book your tickets. Here are some strategies to reduce your fare:

  • Choose budget airlines: In this case, a combination of Qatar Airways and Etihad Airlines stopping over in Doha and Dubai offers the most favourable deal. Some other affordable airlines operating between Australia and South Africa are Qantas, Cathay Pacific and Emirates.
  • Enable a price alert function when using online flight search engines: Price alert features monitor changes and notify you as the price of a flight increases or decreases. Some sites that offer this include Skyscanner and I Want That Flight. Also, you can schedule a flight to South Africa on Christmas Day or after to get lower rates.
  • Choose multiple stopovers: If you want to trade time with money, you can break down your journey into two or three parts to obtain the best fare. Stopping over in Doha, Dubai, Abu Dhabi or Hong Kong usually turns out to be the most economical.
  • Sign up for airline e-newsletters: Sign up to finder.com.au’s travel email below to stay on top of all the best airline fares over Christmas and more.

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Stephanie Yip

Stef is the Travel Editor at finder.com.au and has been writing about travel for over a decade. She's visited over 50 countries and has had some incredible experiences, including hot air ballooning over Cappadocia, hitchhiking across Romania and seeing the Northern Lights (twice!). And while she’d never say no to a luxury escape, she's far more likely to stretch her travel dollars as far as they can go by keeping her ear to the ground for unbeatable travel bargains. And she'll tell you all about them, too! Stef has had articles featured on Travel Weekly, Escape and Hostelworld.

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