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Flights to USA in 2021

Flight route prices based on searches on Cheapflights within the last 3 days, monthly prices based on aggregated historical data.
Popular inDecemberHigh demand for flights, 4% potential price rise
Cheapest inMarchBest time to find cheap flights, 2% potential price drop
Average priceR10 696Average for round-trip flights in April 2021
Round-trip fromR8 146From Johannesburg to United States
One-way fromR142One-way flight from Johannesburg to United States

Cheapest prices for USA flights by month

The cheapest ticket to USA found for each month in 2021 based on historical flight searches by Cheapflights users.
January
R11 048
February
R10 911
March
R11 112
April
R11 172
May
R11 374
June
R11 622
July
R11 702
August
R12 200
September
R10 842
October
R10 678
November
R10 749
December
R12 677
Currently, the cheapest month for flights to USA is October. The most expensive month for flights is December. The cheapest prices are shown above but prices will vary according to departure times, airlines, class and how early you book.

When is the best time to fly to USA?

Average New York flight ticket prices and weather conditions for 2021 and 2022 by month.
JNB - NYC
Price
R10 678 - R16 372
NYC
Temperature
6 - 30 °C
NYC
Rainfall
65 - 130 mm

The best time to book your flights to USA varies depending on where you are going so doing a bit of homework in advance will only work in your favour. 

Peak season

Due to the size of the United States the peak season for each city vary. New York experiences its peak season from September to December, Miami from January to April, whereas somewhere like Las Vegas doesn’t ever really have a low season so is busy all year-round. Due to this you should always aim to look for cheap flights to USA as early as you can to avoid overpaying on flight tickets that you could potentially find deals on. 

Off Season 

The off season sees similar fluctuations depending on where exactly you are visiting. New York, Los Angeles and San Francisco typically have the cheapest flight tickets around January thanks to a rainy season and cold temperatures.

When is the best time to book a flight to USA?

The best time to book flights to USA is 24 days before your desired departure date. The cost of your flight will likely increase significantly if you book two weeks in advance of your flight.

Which day is cheapest to fly to USA?

Tuesday is currently, on average, the cheapest day to fly to USA. Flying on Saturday will result in higher flight prices.

What time of day is cheapest to fly to USA?

USA flights can be made cheaper if you choose a flight in the morning. Booking a flight in the afternoon will likely mean higher prices.

How to get cheap flights to USA?

The best way to find cheap flights from South Africa to USA is to book at least three months in advance and fly via Doha, Dubai, London, Madrid, Amsterdam or Istanbul. 

  • Indirect flights can be much cheaper than the direct route from Johannesburg to New York with South African Airways. If you can be flexible with your dates and location then you’ll find cheap flights to USA are much easier to come by.
  • Do not insist on flying directly to your desired destination but look for the cheapest flights to land on the US and then take a domestic flight to your destination which most of the times is going to be quite cheap.
     
  • Make sure to allow plenty of time for your Visa applications for all the countries you will fly to even if you are only staying for a few hours (stopover – connecting flights). 
  • If you want to visit Miami for example, a cheap way of getting there is from Cape Town or Joburg to Doha and from there to Miami or the nearby Fort Lauderdale airport. You can also check flights from Joburg to London via Doha, then to Orlando FL and from there take a domestic flight to Miami (Orlando to Miami is just an hour’s flight and usually goes for less than R1000 return).
  • If you are planning to visit New York, first fly to London via Barcelona, Amsterdam, Doha or Dubai and then get a direct flight from London to New York with Norwegian. 
  • When searching for flights to USA, always check for alternative stopovers and don’t forget to use our Smart Value feature to sort flights by balancing journey time and price.

How long is the flight to USA?

Direct Flights from Johannesburg to New York: 15 hours 45 minutes 

Indirect Flights from Johannesburg to New York: 22 hours

Which airlines operate flights to USA?

South African Airways, Emirates, Qatar, Etihad, Jet Blue, United, British Airways, KLM, Turkish Airlines, Norwegian and Virgin are the most popular airlines that fly to New York. Which airline depends a lot on where your stop over is, for example you’ll more than likely fly with Emirates if you stop in Dubai along the way.

There’s a large number of airports across the country which means finding flights to the US is easy, no matter where you plan to land. Some of the largest are: 

New York: JFK; LaGuardia (LGA) and Newark (EWR)

Los Angeles (LAX)

San Francisco (SFO)

Orlando International Airport (MCO)

Las Vegas (LAS)

Miami (MIA)

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Cheap flights to United States in April, May 2021

The best prices found for JFK flights for April, May
23 Apr - 30 Apr
R8 104pp
JNB
Johannesburg OR Tambo
Turkish Airlines
 
1 STOP
JFK
New York John F Kennedy Intl
JFK
New York John F Kennedy Intl
Turkish Airlines
 
1 STOP
JNB
Johannesburg OR Tambo
1 May - 5 May
R8 146pp
JNB
Johannesburg OR Tambo
Turkish Airlines
 
1 STOP
JFK
New York John F Kennedy Intl
JFK
New York John F Kennedy Intl
Turkish Airlines
 
1 STOP
JNB
Johannesburg OR Tambo
14 May - 11 Jun
R8 574pp
JNB
Johannesburg OR Tambo
Turkish Airlines
 
1 STOP
JFK
New York John F Kennedy Intl
JFK
New York John F Kennedy Intl
Turkish Airlines
 
1 STOP
JNB
Johannesburg OR Tambo

United States 2021 flight deals

Cheap flights to United States found for this year
23 Apr - 30 Apr
R8 104pp
JNB
Johannesburg OR Tambo
Turkish Airlines
 
1 STOP
JFK
New York John F Kennedy Intl
JFK
New York John F Kennedy Intl
Turkish Airlines
 
1 STOP
JNB
Johannesburg OR Tambo
1 May - 5 May
R8 146pp
JNB
Johannesburg OR Tambo
Turkish Airlines
 
1 STOP
JFK
New York John F Kennedy Intl
JFK
New York John F Kennedy Intl
Turkish Airlines
 
1 STOP
JNB
Johannesburg OR Tambo
28 Dec - 12 Jan
R8 474pp
JNB
Johannesburg OR Tambo
Kenya Airways
 
1 STOP
JFK
New York John F Kennedy Intl
JFK
New York John F Kennedy Intl
Kenya Airways
 
1 STOP
JNB
Johannesburg OR Tambo

Last minute flights to United States

Late deals on return flights to United States, departing today and this week
25 Apr - 5 May
R8 816pp
JNB
Johannesburg OR Tambo
Turkish Airlines
 
1 STOP
JFK
New York John F Kennedy Intl
JFK
New York John F Kennedy Intl
Turkish Airlines
 
1 STOP
JNB
Johannesburg OR Tambo
30 Apr - 3 May
R10 169pp
JNB
Johannesburg OR Tambo
Turkish Airlines
 
1 STOP
JFK
New York John F Kennedy Intl
JFK
New York John F Kennedy Intl
Turkish Airlines
 
1 STOP
JNB
Johannesburg OR Tambo
30 Apr - 3 May
R11 052pp
JNB
Johannesburg OR Tambo
Turkish Airlines
 
1 STOP
JFK
New York John F Kennedy Intl
JFK
New York John F Kennedy Intl
Turkish Airlines
 
1 STOP
JNB
Johannesburg OR Tambo

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