Ethiopian Airlines is a Star Alliance member and offers a unique route from Los Angeles LAX to Dublin DUB, Ireland. There is a two stops low winter fare flying from Los Angeles to coastal Durban, South Africa for $868 round trip. Fly Ethiopian Airlines LAX to Dublin to ADD Addis Ababa, Ethiopia to DUR Durban, South Africa. This ticket price is available into March 2016 for Monday and Thursday flight departures from LAX.
Ethiopian Airlines Los Angeles LAX – Dublin DUB – Addis Ababa ADD – Durban, South Africa DUR
$867.92 Monday January 18 – Sunday January 31, 2016
Any ticket priced under $900 from California to South Africa is a good deal. A ticket to Durban is even a better deal since Johannesburg JNB is generally the only airport with sub-$900 fares with an occasional sale to Cape Town CPT.
One aspect of the flight itinerary that concerned me, bsides 30 hours flying economy class and DVT concerns, is the ADD-LAX is a single flight number with a stop in Dublin. I figured the flight distance earning miles is reduced from ADD-DUB-LAX to only ADD-LAX.
Checking the flight miles difference between these routes revealed an interesting data point.
Los Angeles LAX – Dublin DUB – Addis Ababa, ADD – Durban DUR South Africa = 11,835 flight miles.
Los Angeles LAX – Addis Ababa, ADD – Durban DUR = 11,826 flight miles.
There is only a small difference of 9 miles lost for the direct flight distance of 11,826 LAX-ADD-DUR compared to 11,835 miles adding Dublin into the itinerary. United Mileage Plus members earn 11,826 redeemable miles with these Ethiopian Economy E fares.
Qatar Airways for OneWorld and American Airlines AAdvantage Miles
OneWorld Alliance airline member Qatar Airways is the fare that caught my eye initially for LAX to Durban DUR. Fares from $952 are available for departures on Tuesday and Sunday from January to March 2016.
Qatar Airways Los Angeles – Doha, Qatar DOH – Johannesburg JNB – Durban DUR
$952.18 Tuesday January 12 – Monday January 25, 2016
LAX-DOH-DUR = 12,317 miles one way. This flight earns 6,158 redeemable AAdvantage miles and 12,317 EQM for round trip flight.
These are good deal low economy class fares from the USA to a popular beach destination in Durban, South Africa in the southern hemisphere summer months with average daily temperatures at a low 70F to average daily high 80 to 83F from January to March.