It’s been a while since we’ve seen some business class fare sales on SkyTeam carriers, but there are a few notable deals going on now that are worth jumping on quickly, particularly if you’re eyeing a trip to East Africa — perhaps to try out the new Park Hyatt Zanzibar?
Per this FlyerTalk thread, airfares between Los Angeles and Nairobi are available for as low as $2,146 roundtrip in business class on Delta, KLM and Kenya Airways. What’s notable about this flash sale is that the fares are good through the end of schedule, so this is worth jumping on if you’ve been itching to plan a safari but have been unable to find an award routing that works for you.
However, it’s imperative to act quickly: these fares are going fast and limited dates are available at the ~$2,100 price. It’s been reported, however, that you may have better availability on online travel agencies.
I haven’t personally found better fares, but I have found different routings through Kayak or Priceline searches, for instance, on Alitalia for around $2,200, which includes legs on Etihad (so won’t be quite the MQM haul that an all-SkyTeam routing would be).
If you plan on using an LAX-NBO itinerary to qualify for Medallion status or to build up your Medallion Qualifying Miles on Delta, it’s worth noting that some itineraries are better than others. Business class legs on Kenya Airways earn only 75% of miles flown for MQM purposes, while on Delta and KLM metal you’ll earn 150%. This matters a lot, especially because with good routing you can earn nearly 30,000 MQMs for this journey.
Africa is a bucket list destination for many folks, and is typically associated with long journeys and high airfares. It’s rare to see business class airfares this affordable, especially from Los Angeles.
This is a great opportunity to earn up to 30,000 MQMs and qualify for a higher Medallion status if you’re a Delta loyalist, and if you’d been thinking about a trip to Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania or Rwanda, the time to act is now.
While these fares aren’t quite the ~$1,500 roundtrip business class fares that get my credit card out of my wallet quicker than a cowboy’s gun in a Western film, they’re still, in the scheme of things, amazing bargains. Act fast, and good luck!