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SkyTeam announced the new Go Africa Pass which will be available March 1st. The Go Africa Pass will allow you to get creative with travel throughout Africa and save up to 75% off publishes fares. It even works in conjunction with an award ticket.
This will allow people to expand the number of destinations, and may even help people travel fast and smart like RapidTravelChai, while taking advantage of Delta’s 120,000 business class Africa award.
SkyTeam Go Africa Pass
The Go Africa Pass will allow you to access 45 destinations throughout Africa using one ticket (min-3 and max-16 coupons). Kenya Airways is the primary SkyTeam carrier in Africa, so I’ve captured their Africa route network map below.
Cost & Restrictions
The cost is advertised as up to 75% off of a published fare and is based on distance flown. So maximizing routing will be key to avoiding unnecessary cost. The big challenge will be to route most if not all flights through NBO since it is really the only SkyTeam hub in Africa.
The great news is there is no stopover limit and you can return to cities you’ve already visited. For those of you traveling with children under the age of 11, there are discounts off the Go Africa pass fare of 75% off the fare.
- Carrier: Marketed and operated by Kenya Airways.
- Eligibility: Must be issued in connection with a SkyTeam round trip/open jaw/round-the-world ticket originating outside Africa with a destination in Africa, including frequent flyer reward tickets.
- Number of coupons: min 3, max 16 coupons.
- Reservation: Reservations for all flights must be completed before departure.
- Ticketing: Ticketing time limit applies.
- Fares: Fares per coupon are based on the distance flown.
- Infants and children’s fares: Infant 10% of the fare, Child 2-11, 75% of the fare.
- Maximum stay: Travel must be completed within the validity of the intercontinental /round-the-world ticket.
- Stopovers: No limit.
- Class of service: Economy class.
- Changes: 1st flight – Rebooking/revalidation not permitted. Subsequent flights: Rebooking/revalidation permitted free of charge, no show charge of USD50 applies. Voluntary rerouting permitted at USD50 plus any fare difference, no refund applies.
- Baggage allowance: Rules of operating carrier apply.
- Frequent Flyer: Terms and conditions of respective programs apply.
This sample routing assumes arrival into Johannesburg, South Africa and departure from Zanzibar, Tanzania. By maximizing Stopovers and Open Jaws, you can create a ticket with a different entry and exit point in Africa (Open Jaw) and a stopover on the way to or from Africa (i.e., Paris, France).
Once you arrive in Africa you can create your own routing using the Go Africa Pass. Here is a sample routing using the Go Africa pass:
- Arrive via ATL (Atlanta)>JNB (Johannesburg) route
- Using Go Africa pass you could fly – JNB>NBO (Nairobi, Kenya)>SEZ (Mahe, Seychelles)>NBO>ZNZ (Zanzibar, Tanzania)
- Beach it up
- Depart ZNZ>NBO>CDG (Paris, France)>ATL
Getting around Africa on SkyTeam just got a little less expensive. This opens up all kinds of creative routing options at discounted prices. For example, a trip to the Seychelles can now be easily mixed in with several stops in continental Africa.
What locations do you think would be great to use the Go Africa Pass? For example, are there any must see world heritage sites, adventures, exotic beaches, or other destinations to add into the mix. What would be your 4-5 stops within Africa if you only had two weeks?