Roundtrip airfare to Botswana---OUCH!!

Apr 3rd, 2007, 05:45 AM
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Roundtrip airfare to Botswana---OUCH!!

While my trip is over a year away, I decided to sniff around at the airfares--what a shocker! My route is San Francisco to Victoria Falls, then Maun back to SF....the fares are between $2700-2900 (using Orbitz)..Does this seem high?
In the past I've always had the booking agent make the flight arrangements, this is the first time I'm making them on my own. I don't have frequent flyer miles, so I can pretty much go with any airline. Is there a benefit to using a consolidator or travel agent? Any suggestions or recommendations?

Thanks in advance...
phernska is offline  
Apr 3rd, 2007, 08:20 AM
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I used Kayak and got just under $2600, for leaving in May and returning early June. I just used San Francisco and Vic Falls as the airports and did not include Maun. So it's pretty close to what you got.

Then I put in my route, which I had been paying in the low 2000s for in July and Aug. I used the same May June dates and got close to $2500.

I'd check consolidators or travel agents since you have a benchmark for comparison.

Ouch is right.

atravelynn is offline  
Apr 3rd, 2007, 08:48 AM
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you might consider flying into Livingstone and doing a road transfer to VFA. Flights are sometimes cheaper into Livingstone.
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Apr 3rd, 2007, 06:47 PM
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Thanks to you both...I'll see if a consolidator can do any better. I got so wrapped up in planning the safari, it didn't even occur to me that the airfare would be so high...So much for trying to stay within a budge!
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Apr 4th, 2007, 08:24 AM
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Check South African Airways directly through - I booked our trip for this fall there and got $1500 per person, much lower than Orbitz or the other online places.

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Apr 4th, 2007, 12:56 PM
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I booked Air France London to Johannesburg Business class $2400 for December return January 2008. I'll take coach to London.
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