Africa is truly massive, with so much to see, do, and explore. The problem? Flight prices are typically just as massive.
Round-trip fares of $1,200 or more were once the benchmark for a great deal to Africa … until now. For the last several months, we’ve been tracking an enormous trend of dropping fares to almost all of Africa. In all, we’ve sent Thrifty Traveler Premium members more than 25 flight deals to Africa in the last two months from all over the U.S. – and almost all were under $700 round-trip.
Those prices were unthinkable just last year, yet it seems every day brings a new opportunity to get to Africa for cheap. Whether you want to see the Pyramids in Egypt, go on a safari in Kenya, check out the busy markets of Morocco, hike and sip wine in Cape Town, or relax on far-flung islands, it’s never been cheaper!
If Africa is on your list, now is the time to book. Even if it’s not, now may be the time to book anyway – you may not find a better deal to check out this continent. Take it from Ernest Hemingway, who said: “I never knew of a morning in Africa when I woke up that I was not happy.”
Deal After Deal
Want to go to Egypt? Or Morocco? Or Tanzania, Cape Town, Kenya, or Nairobi? How about even Madagascar or Mauritius?
You’re in luck. The scope of recent cheap flights to Africa is staggering.
Staring up at the pyramids in Egypt is a popular item on travelers’ bucket lists, but it’s been hard to reach. This recent trend of cheap flights has changed that, as flights into Cairo (CAI) have regularly hovered around $600 round-trip. If it keeps up, you’ll have a great opportunity to make it happen this year.
Casablanca (CMN) just has a nice ring to it. Maybe that’s because it’s one of the best movies in American history, or maybe it’s the allure of the West African desert, with a blend of French and African influence. Add in Marrakech and other smaller cities scattered in between, Morocco has plenty to offer. Thanks to several flash sales from Delta and their European partner airlines, we’ve seen lots of competition between airlines – leading to lower fares into Morocco.
But these aren’t just one-off sales from the nation’s largest airports – even smaller cities can fly to Africa for cheaper than ever. Consider Nairobi (NBO) in Kenya, a perfect starting point for a safari in the Masai Mara National Park or to hop elsewhere in Eastern Africa. We’ve tracked record-low pricing into Kenya since the fall of 2019. Airlines have dug in with cheap fares regularly in the $500s and $600s from almost 40 U.S. cities, big and small. It’s redefined what it should cost to fly from smaller airports – let alone to Africa.
Go Deeper into Africa
It’s not just the hotspots across Africa where prices have dropped. We’re also seeing abnormally low fares to lesser-traveled African nations like Nigeria, Côte d’Ivoire, Rwanda, and Uganda.
Not long ago, cheap flights to these farther-flung destinations were nonexistent. But in the last few months, we’ve seen half-off fares to these countries and others. Let the price inspire you to venture off the beaten path.
If you’re like me and looking for a beach in paradise, don’t count out Africa for an exotic island getaway. There are truly gems of countries off the coast of Africa now reachable for once unthinkably low rates. We’re talking $600 round-trip flights to the likes of Mauritius and Seychelles. As a bonus, booking these flights should earn you enough miles for at least one domestic getaway in the U.S.
With all these cheap fares to Africa, it’s hard to isolate just one factor behind these dropping factors.
There are just a handful of direct flights from the U.S. to Africa. Middle Eastern airlines like Etihad, Emirates, and Qatar Airways have long been the best way to reach Africa after a quick stop in Abu Dhabi (AUH), Dubai (DXB), or Doha (DOH), respectively. Yet we’re seeing U.S. carriers and their European partners step up their game into Africa with more competitive fares. More competition is always a win for travelers.
Meanwhile, oil prices remain fairly low and stable – the days of $4-a-gallon gas feel far away. Newer, fuel-efficient aircraft make for even more savings on these long-haul routes. And a booming U.S. economy is always good for more travel.
But there’s no telling how long it can last. These ultra-cheap fares could evaporate overnight, so don’t wait.
All signs point to “yes” for making your trip to Africa in 2020. Each week seems to bring lower and lower fares. While the deals to Africa are widespread, using positioning flights could accelerate your savings even farther.
Just book while you can. The best sales never last long, and these fares to Africa are as low as we’ve ever seen. Sign up for Thrifty Traveler Premium>, and stop paying too much for flights to Africa.