KLM: Chicago – Durban, South Africa. $1,090. Roundtrip, including all Taxes

Durban is the third largest city in South Africa.

Durban Sea Front. Photo: norrebrogade, used under Creative Commons License (By 2.0)

Sample Date:

  • October 8th – 16th. Valid for travel until October 29th or March 22nd, 2013 – May 15th, 2013. Use ITA Software Matrix Airfare Search and flexible month search to see availability — enable advance routing codes and enter “kl+” on both inbound and outbound advanced routing codes field to search only KLM availability. Must purchase by by March 31st, 2013 (This does not mean the fare will last that long; KLM can pull this at anytime).


  • ORD – AMS (Amsterdam) – JNB (Johannesburg) – DUR (Durban) – JNB – AMS – ORD. The Johannesburg – Durban segments is operated by Comair, a British Airways affiliate.


  • 20,006 miles or 5.4 cents per mile. KLM is a member of the SkyTeam Alliance and a partner of Delta’s SkyMiles program. Credit this itinerary with Delta as it is full mileage earning with the exception of the Johannesburg – Durban segment. So you will receive 19,412 miles versus 20,006 miles if you are crediting to Delta. If you credit to KLM, it will only earn 25% with KLM’s Flying Blue. 19,412 miles is almost enough for a free domestic ticket. Remember to provide them your Delta SkyMiles number at check-in to receive your miles — DO NOT CREDIT THIS TO KLM’s program.



  • Use dates found on ITA Software Matrix Search and book on KLM.com.

Background Information:

  • Visa: US Citizens – not required. Other nationals, check the TIMATIC Visa Database
  • Currency: Rand – $1USD = 8 South African Rand (ZAR)

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2 Responses to "KLM: Chicago – Durban, South Africa. $1,090. Roundtrip, including all Taxes"

  1. AM says:

    Thanks for the great blog, it is very useful!

    I wonder if it would be possible to give some indication of how much of a discount each sale represents compared to typical prices on that route. For example, this ORD-DUR seems like a good price, but should I jump if I’m simply looking for a new place to visit? If usually it goes for only a couple hundred higher, then the enticement is modest, there will probably be a next time, but if normally I would have to shell out closer to 2 grand then I might grab it quickly.

    Thank you!

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