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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, 1% potential price drop
Average priceR14 260Average for return flights in December 2021
Return fromR1 080From Johannesburg to New York
One-way fromR6 749One-way flight from Johannesburg to United States

Cheap flights to USA in December, January 2021

The best prices found for NYC flights for December, January
Jan 31 - Feb 14
JNB

Johannesburg OR Tambo

JFK

New York John F Kennedy Intl

1 stop

41h 20m
JFK

New York John F Kennedy Intl

JNB

Johannesburg OR Tambo

1 stop

29h 10m
R9 146

Qatar Airways

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Deal found 12/1/21

Jan 31 - Feb 5
JNB

Johannesburg OR Tambo

JFK

New York John F Kennedy Intl

1 stop

41h 20m
JFK

New York John F Kennedy Intl

JNB

Johannesburg OR Tambo

1 stop

23h 30m
R9 432

Qatar Airways

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Deal found 11/29/21

Jan 18 - Feb 2
JNB

Johannesburg OR Tambo

JFK

New York John F Kennedy Intl

1 stop

29h 05m
JFK

New York John F Kennedy Intl

JNB

Johannesburg OR Tambo

1 stop

19h 50m
R9 464

Virgin Atlantic

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Deal found 11/30/21

USA 2021 flight deals

Cheap flights to USA found for this year
Dec 12 - Jan 12
JNB

Johannesburg OR Tambo

JFK

New York John F Kennedy Intl

1 stop

23h 15m
JFK

New York John F Kennedy Intl

JNB

Johannesburg OR Tambo

1 stop

39h 00m
R9 829

Turkish Airlines

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Deal found 11/30/21

Dec 12 - Jan 11
JNB

Johannesburg OR Tambo

EWR

Newark

1 stop

34h 25m
EWR

Newark

JNB

Johannesburg OR Tambo

1 stop

27h 50m
R9 829

Turkish Airlines

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Deal found 11/30/21

Dec 19 - Jan 17
JNB

Johannesburg OR Tambo

JFK

New York John F Kennedy Intl

1 stop

30h 10m
JFK

New York John F Kennedy Intl

JNB

Johannesburg OR Tambo

1 stop

39h 00m
R9 909

Turkish Airlines

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Deal found 11/30/21

Last minute flights to USA

Late deals on return flights to USA, departing today and this week
Dec 12 - Jan 11
JNB

Johannesburg OR Tambo

EWR

Newark

1 stop

34h 25m
EWR

Newark

JNB

Johannesburg OR Tambo

1 stop

27h 50m
R9 829

Turkish Airlines

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Deal found 11/30/21

Dec 12 - Jan 12
JNB

Johannesburg OR Tambo

JFK

New York John F Kennedy Intl

1 stop

23h 15m
JFK

New York John F Kennedy Intl

JNB

Johannesburg OR Tambo

1 stop

39h 00m
R9 829

Turkish Airlines

View Deal

Deal found 11/30/21

Dec 11 - Jan 5
JNB

Johannesburg OR Tambo

EWR

Newark

1 stop

34h 25m
EWR

Newark

JNB

Johannesburg OR Tambo

1 stop

27h 50m
R10 322

Turkish Airlines

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Deal found 12/1/21

Can I fly to USA from South Africa right now?

Information is based on travel restrictions from South Africa to USA

Most visitors from South Africa will not be allowed to enter USA.

COVID-19 testing requirements
Visitors from South Africa must present a negative RT-PCR (NAAT) or Antigen (quick-test) test taken 72 hours before departing to USA.

Quarantine requirements
Visitors from South Africa are not required to quarantine after entering USA.

Can I fly back to South Africa from USA?

Returning to South Africa from USA

COVID-19 testing requirements
Visitors from USA must present a negative RT-PCR (NAAT) test taken 72 hours before departing to South Africa.

Quarantine requirements
Visitors from USA are not required to quarantine after entering South Africa.

What is the cheapest month to fly to USA?

The cheapest ticket to USA found for each month in 2021 based on historical flight searches by Cheapflights users.

January

R14 720

February

R14 164

March

R15 276

April

R15 419

May

R15 482

June

R17 023

July

R17 562

August

R17 197

September

R16 292

October

R15 641

November

R14 958

December

R17 848

Currently, the cheapest month for flights to USA is February. 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 USA flight ticket prices and weather conditions for 2021 and 2022 by month

ZA1 - NYC

Price

R11 906 - R18 254

NYC

Temperature

1 - 25 °C

NYC

Precipitation

71 - 114 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.

Where are the most popular flight destinations in USA?

The most popular flight destinations in USA are New York, Los Angeles, Washington, Orlando and Miami.

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)

What is good to know if travelling to United States?

USA insider information:

  • First things first, you’ll need to decide where in the USA you are hoping to visit. Then just simply book your flights to the USA and take a look at this airport guide to prepare yourself for your getaway.
  • Before you secure your flight tickets, take a look at this post about 25 unmissable experiences and see if there are any USA related ones you could tick off.
  • Take a look at number three on this list if your flights to the USA take you to Miami. The Wynwood Walls is a must-see incredible art trail that shouldn’t be missed.
  • So you’re going to Las Vegas…maybe you’re even going for a wedding. Well if that’s the case you’ll definitely want to take a look these 13 Las Vegas chapels to suit every couple.

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