Jawed From United States of America, joined Sep 2006, 482 posts, RR: 0 Posted (4 years 9 months 1 week 2 days 17 hours ago) and read 3653 times:
Searching for roundtrip flights from SFO to WDH online I can only come up with outrageously expensive flights in the $3200 - $5000 range. What is the best way to purchase tickets for such an uncommon route? Would a travel agency specializing in Africa be able to get a much better price?
Edit: I'm looking at the time frame of late June 2010.
Signol From United Kingdom, joined Oct 2007, 2996 posts, RR: 8
Reply 1, posted (4 years 9 months 1 week 2 days 17 hours ago) and read 3638 times:
It may be easier to book tickets separately, SFO - JNB then JNB - WDH. Or even SFO - NYC, then separately NYC - JNB. This may lower the price somewhat, or better yet wait until the sales in January before booking.
Mickster From Austria, joined Feb 2009, 174 posts, RR: 0
Reply 2, posted (4 years 9 months 1 week 2 days 16 hours ago) and read 3638 times:
I would suggest you to route yourself via Europe, then it should be much cheaper. As you did not say when exactly you would like to travel, I did some research for 1H February 2010 and here are a few options:
- you can get from SFO to MUC for around $850 and then AB would take you to WDH for roughly €600
- another more expensive option is to get to FRA for around $760 and then use SW to WDH for around €1,000
- if you fly BA via LHR and JNB it will be a total of roughly $2,200
An alternative would be to get yourself to JFK or IAD for around $250 and then fly SA via JBN for less than $1,400.
SW733 From United States of America, joined Feb 2004, 6303 posts, RR: 9
Reply 4, posted (4 years 9 months 1 week 2 days 8 hours ago) and read 3603 times:
Quoting Mickster (Reply 2): I would suggest you to route yourself via Europe, then it should be much cheaper
I fly from the USA to Windhoek about every 4-6 months, and my route changes based on fares, but here are some ideas:
-You live are traveling out of a Star Alliance hub. Fly to another S.A. hub, FRA, and connect on to SW as mentioned. This is what I do the majority of the time (albeit it AA to FRA because I don't like UA or LH very much)
-The thing I do second most is to via Washington DC and on to SAA to JNB. From there, I'll connect on to whomever is cheaper, be it SAA or Air Namibia or someone else, to WDH
-Once, I was amazed to find the cheapest was to do an LAX-HKG-JNB flight on CX and then connect on to SW in JNB. That was once, and I've never seen it again, but it was...different...and probably the most enjoyable/comfortable despite the longer distance