Return flights to Europe until April 2021 now going for R6000 – but your trip isn’t guaranteed

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Germany’s largest airline, Lufthansa, will soon be operating 18 weekly trips into South Africa, with return flights departing from Johannesburg and Cape Town discounted to incredibly low rates.

By the end of December 2020, Lufthansa will offer a new promotion with return flights to select European destinations starting at R5,990 in economy class. Destinations include Frankfurt, Zurich, Geneva, Venice, Rome, and other European cities. Travellers will be required to purchase their tickets before 20 December 2020, with discounted flights operating until 30 April 2021.

However, lockdown restrictions and travel bans, which are particularly stringent in Europe right now, complicate Lufthansa’s promotion. While South Africans, who are regarded as “high risk” travellers in Germany, will struggle to take advantage of European travel before the end of 2020, Lufthansa hopes that restrictions will be lifted within the next five months.

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So it’s a gamble. If EU nations relax travel restrictions before or during April 2021, travellers who have taken advantage of Lufthansa’s promotion can enjoy an international holiday with incredibly cheap return flights. Alternatively, if Europe’s borders remain closed, ticket holders will need to extend their booking date at an exorbitant rate or write it off as a loss.

While European travellers looking to come to South Africa won’t enjoy the same discounts on flights, the country’s decision to open borders has been welcomed by Lufthansa, allowing German-Swiss and Austrian passport holders to receive their 90-day visas on arrival in SA.

By the end of December, Lufthansa will be offering five weekly flights between Johannesburg and Frankfurt along with three weekly services between Cape Town and Munich. Find out more, right here.

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