Ethiopian – $993: Los Angeles / San Francisco / Seattle – Kilimanjaro, Tanzania. Roundtrip, including all Taxes

Ethiopian and United recently launch codeshares between the United States and Africa. With these new codeshares, there are some good deals to Africa from the West Coast. Kilimanjaro is not a destination often on sale — even from the East Coast, it is normally in the $1,300 – $1,500.

Two things you should do: summit the mountain and go on a safari. This fare will only show up if you follow the search and book instructions explicitly.

Update 12:49PM Eastern – looks like ITA and booking engines are not perfectly sync’ed. If your first set of dates fail to price, try another set. We know that can be frustrating, sorry.

Kilimanjaro, Tanzania - Photo: ninara via Flickr, used under Creative Commons License (By 2.0)

Kilimanjaro, Tanzania – Photo: ninara via Flickr, used under Creative Commons License (By 2.0)

Sample Travel Date:

  • Sample from Los Angeles
  • October 27th – November 4th

Fare Availability:

  • Valid for travel on the outbound from October – December 5th or December 21st – May 8th, 2015. Availability is scattered — so please use the calendar of lowest fares function on ITA and use a date range on the length of stay fields to find availability. Must purchase at least 3 days in advance of departure
  • Please note that while this fare is valid at time of posting, if this post is more than two days old, the fare is likely gone.

How to Search for Availability:

  • Use ITA Software Matrix Airfare Search and use the following search criteria:
    • Departing from: LAX
    • Outbound Advanced Routing Code: iad add
    • Destination: JRO
    • Return Advanced Routing Code: add iad
    • (Click on Advanced Routing Codes link to enable advanced routing code input)
    • (For San Francisco availability, replace LAX with SFO on the Departing from: field)
    • (For Seattle availability, replace LAX with SEA on the Departing from: field)
    • Select “See calendar of lowest fares”
    • Length of stay “0-7” (This is just a sample, you can use any 7 day date range like 3-10, 7-14 etc)
    • You cannot buy tickets using ITA. To buy, follow our instructions below.
  • Beginner’s Guide on How to Use Matrix by ITA Software
  • How to Read Airfare Rules and Use It to Your Advantage

Fare Class:

  • O


  • LAX – IAD (Washington D.C.) – ADD (Addis Ababa) – JRO (Kilimanjaro) – ADD – FCO (Rome) – IAD – LAX. Some segments will be operated by United under Ethiopian flight numbers



  • 20,676 miles or 4.8 cents per mile. Ethiopian is a member of the Star Alliance and United partner. This fare will earn 100% mileage with United.

How to Book:

  • Support us by using our Orbitz link to book with dates found on ITA Software Matrix Airfare Search. Make sure you select “Additional Search Options” and then “Narrow the search to my preferred airlines” and select Ethiopian on Airline 1 and United on airline 2



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Background Information:

  • Visa: US Citizens – Visa on Arrival for $100. Other nationals, check the TIMATIC Visa Database
  • Currency: Tanzanian Shilling – $1USD = 1,660 TZS
  • Proof of yellow fever vaccination also required.

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Comments (10)

  • Angie W 8 years ago Reply

    I was able to price the itinerary on ITA for 4/1 to 4/13 depart from SEA. However, when I tried to book it on Orbitz, the search rendered “No flights are available from the airline partners† we search.” Did I miss out something? Please help.

  • Angie W 8 years ago Reply

    BTW, I did put “Etihad” and “UA” as my first and second option of airlines as you instructed.

    Jon 8 years ago Reply

    oh you need to put Ethiopian, not Etihad. hope that works!

    Angie W 8 years ago

    Thanks Jon!

    Now I got the itinerary but price was up to $1267. How do I input the routing airport code in Orbitz search?

    Jon 8 years ago

    i’ve found that sometimes orbitz doesn’t like to show the exact routing that ITA gives — in those cases i usually try kayak and priceline and hipmunk 🙁

    maybe TFD has tips?

    (hopefully the fare hasn’t sold out on the days you’re looking for?)

    The Flight Deal 8 years ago

    @Angie W – looks like 4/1 – 13 is sold out. We tried a different date (e.g., 4/7 – 19th) and it priced out. As for routing via airport code, the easiest way to do it is via Hipmunk, but based on a few samples we did, it couldn’t price this.

    The Flight Deal 8 years ago

    @Angie W – just tried 4/1 – 14 and it priced at 993 on Orbitz. If you can return a day later, the fare is there.

    Angie W 8 years ago

    changed to 4/14, success! Thanks TFD and Jon!

    The Flight Deal 8 years ago

    @Angie W – awesome.

  • Jon 8 years ago Reply

    argh of course the only times i’m available to go it’s the rainy season 🙁

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