Here are some ways to find the best prices on flights to Africa:
For Cheap Tickets To Africa Look at Alternatives To Direct Flights
This is a big way to save on flights to Africa, especially if you are flying from the US or Canada. Direct flights from the US to Africa are usually more expensive than those that fly to Africa via Europe. This is because there are only a few airlines that fly from the US to Africa. And less competition means higher prices. Fewer flights also mean that these flights fill up more quickly. A few examples of airlines from the US that have direct flights to Africa: Delta Airlines and South African Airways (United flies to South Africa via a code share flight with South African Airways)
Delta flies to Cape Town and Johannesburg, South Africa from Atlanta and SAA flies to both Cape Town and Johannesburg from New York and Washington, DC.
For Discount Airfares To Africa Look At Flying Through Countries With Historic Links To Africa
If you are flying from or via Europe, remember that most European countries that once had colonies in Africa still have fairly close ties to those former colonies. So for historic and economic reasons, they often still have good airline connections from their capitals or leading business cities to these former colonies.
Here are some examples:
UK: London – Ghana, Nigeria, South Africa, Kenya
France: Paris – Senegal, Cote D’Ivoire
In brief, if you are looking for a flight to a French speaking West African country, don’t forget to look at Paris as your hub, or as a city to fly through. This leads me to the next tip.
Search Online For Airline Consolidators That Have Contracts With Airlines That Fly To Africa
Finding cheap flights to Africa is a lot easier if you can search online for your flights and also use a search engine that incorporates airline consolidator airfares as well as airfares published by the airlines. What this tool will also do is let you see all the alternative routes to get from your home country to Africa. This is an effective way to find bargains that go through cities you might not have thought about traveling through to reach your final destination in Africa.
Follow these tips and you should be able to find cheap flights to anywhere in Africa you choose, from Egypt to Cape Town to Ghana to Kenya!