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LAX to South Africa multiple airlines $786 to $820 Sep to Feb 2017

There is wide availability across several airlines for under $800 flights to Johannesburg JNB South Africa and several other airports around $900 round trip. Oneworld Alliance member Qatar and SkyTeam Alliance Saudia are the low fares around $787 for LAX departures from September all the way to next March 2017. Saudia increases its LAX flights on June 1, 2016 from 3 flights to 5 flights per week.

Etihad and Emirates are also in the low fare mix around $800.

Other US and European major alliance airlines have jumped in with Delta, Air France, KLM, Swiss, Lufthansa, British Airways, and Virgin Atlantic offering fares around $900 round trip.

A year ago I stated a low airfare from California to South Africa was anytime it dropped under $1,000. That bar became a common fare in 2016 as long haul international travel dropped in price for regions of the world like Africa and Australia/New Zealand that rarely were under $1,000 in the past.

Etihad will fly you to Cape Town CPT for $885 round trip via LAX – Dublin, Ireland – Addis Ababa, Ethiopia where you have a long layover and time for a hotel bed before completing the last leg to Capetown. That 16 hours of flight time with a short one hour transit in Dublin, Ireland will be a rough. Preferable I think is planning for a stopover on one of the mideast carriers  or a long layover in Europe to get horizontal in bed for a night before continuing on to South Africa.

Google Flights Los Angeles LAX to Johannesburg, South Africa JNB

November 9-24, 2016

Google Flights LAX-JNB fares

Qatar Airways  Los Angeles LAX – Doha, Qatar DOH – Johannesburg, South Africa JNB

$786.03  Wed October 5 – Wed October 19

LAX-JNB Qatar-1 $803 Oct 5-19

LAX-JNB Qatar-2 $787 Oct 5-19

A stopover in Doha is allowed in one direction for $100.

LAX-DOH-JNB-DOH-LAX = 24,338 flight miles in economy O class.

Qatar Economy O earns 25% miles with several Oneworld Alliance airlines including AAdvantage.

Loyalty Traveler curated Airfare Deals and Google Flights and Kayak Explore tutorials.

About Ric Garrido

Ric Garrido of Monterey, California started Loyalty Traveler in 2006 for traveler education on hotel and air travel, primarily using frequent flyer and frequent guest loyalty programs for bargain travel. Loyalty Traveler joined BoardingArea.com in 2008.

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