How Much Does it Cost to Fly Around the World? 2 of 7: South America to Africa

How Much Does it Cost to Fly Around the World?

  1. North America>South America
  2. South America>Africa
  3. Africa>Europe
  4. Europe>Central Asia
  5. Central Asia>South East Asia
  6. South East Asia>North America
  7. Wrap Up

We will be staying in Cuzco for the month of March and our target destination in Africa is Capetown, South Africa. 

However, as you can see, flights between Cuzco and Capetown are very expensive. 

However, Jess and I have two specific advantages over traditional travelers:

  1. Almost no time constraints.
  2. Flexible geographic requirements.

We can wait a few days or even weeks if flights will be cheaper and we don't need to go straight from our starting destination to our final. We can search regionally and see if we can save enough money to make a short bus, train or flight worthwhile before we start or end our trans-continental leg. So let's check a few options. 

I can already see from above that a flight from Cuzco to Capetown is going to route thru Lima, so let's see if the price drops by starting from Lima instead of Cuzco.

LIM>CPT

Great! So we've already dropped almost $1000 dollars just by flying from Lima. 

So let's see how much a flight from Cuzco to Lima is:

If you are wondering why there's a $1000 difference between two flights that have essentially nothing more than a $100 flight between them the answer is most likely the number and location of stops. 

Our $2400 flight has three stops including Lima, Peru, Sao Paulo, Brazil and Johannesburg, South Africa.

Our $1400 flight has only two stops Madrid, Spain and Dubai, UAE.

Bizarrely, despite the second flight traveling a significantly less direct route, it has fewer stops, is significantly cheaper and about the exact same flight time (33 1/2 hours).

Two things are happening here:

  1. The quantity of flights going into Madrid and Dubai is significantly higher as they are modern, high volume hubs.
  2. The airlines that fly these routes have lower overall costs. 

Moreover, the routing and expense of the $2400 flight give me an idea. If dropping the short leg from our Peru flights saved $1000, what can we save if we drop the short leg from our South Africa flights?

So let's check Lima, Peru>Johannesburg, South Africa.

LIM>JNB

This flight has yet another routing.

With this flight we've dropped just under $300 more off our Lima>Madrid>Dubai>Capetown routing.

However, we now have to see what the cost is going to be to go from Johannesburg to Capetown, our target destination.

Fantastic! So this must be a common and frequent traveled route in South Africa for it to be so cheap.

So let's recap.

Though our intercontinental leg will still be Lima>Johannesburg, by booking our in-country legs as separate flights we can save $1141!

Price and time wise our options are:

Cuzco>Lima>Sao Paolo>Johannesburg>Capetown- $2356 (33 1/2 hours)

Cuzco>Lima>Madrid>Dubai>Capetown- $101+$1364= $1465 (35 hours)

Cuzco>Lima>Sao Paolo>Addis Ababa>Johannesburg>Capetown- $101+$1096+$58= $1255 (48 hours)

What you are not seeing here is the potential extra flight time based on the fact that the cheapest short-leg in-country flights may not time out well with the inter-continental flights. For example, you can see above, the Cuzco>Lima flight we have arrives at 12:10p but the Lima>Johannesburg flight doesn't leave until 8:20a the following day. 

So though the total flight time above may be accurate, the actual travel time could increase significantly. So, let's throw in an extra $100 for a potential overnight stay in Lima, food etc.

  1. US>South America- $187/Person
  2. South America>Africa- $1355/Person
  3. Africa>Europe
  4. Europe>Central Asia
  5. Central Asia>South East Asia
  6. South East Asia>US

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