Daily cleaning, installation of cabin HEPA filters on flights from Beijing to Johannesburg
There are no direct flights for this route listed on KAYAK, the shortest multi-flight duration is 37h 35m.
In the past 3 days, the cheapest one-way tickets were found on Shenzhen Airlines (R15 557) and Multiple Airlines (R16 291), and the lowest round-trip tickets have been found on Multiple Airlines (R24 662).
When flying out of Beijing you will be using one of these airports: Beijing Capital. You will be landing at Johannesburg OR Tambo, also known as Johannesburg Airport.
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Scores according to KAYAK customer reviews
Cons: "Better than I expected!"
Pros: "Food and drink service"
Cons: "All flights to and from China from this booking were cancelled. China Air customer service was non existent and has offered no compensation for additional travel expenses."
Cons: "Made a good effort."
Cons: "Everything. Boarding on time for starters"
Pros: "The crew was very nice and the seats are comfortable for a short flight"
Cons: "Entertainment options could have been better."
Cons: "We paid $37 to check in 1 Baggage and the flight from SFO to Beijing had delivered the baggage in baggage claim area. We had to take Chinese Visa to get to the baggage, even-though it is a transit. We missed the next connecting flight to Shenzhen as it ate up all our time. Now have to travel in the mercy of the airlines for next flight. PLEASE MAKE SURE YOU LIST THAT "VISA NEEDED IF CHECKING IN BAGGAGE" MISSED ALL FLIGHTS"
Cons: "We paid $37 to check in 1 Baggage and the flight from SFO to Beijing had delivered the baggage in baggage claim area. We had to take Chinese Visa to get to the baggage, even-though it is a transit. We missed the next connecting flight to Shenzhen as it ate up all our time. Now have to travel in the mercy of the airlines for next flight. PLEASE MAKE SURE YOU LIST THAT "VISA NEEDED IF CHECKING IN BAGGAGE""
Pros: "Only chose it for v price but it's a terrible airline."
Cons: "Flight was delayed. Seats are so cheap that are super uncomfortable. Food is terrible."
Pros: "Very friendly and helpful staff."
Cons: "Lost my bag."
Pros: "Flight crew helpful"
Pros: "I was stranded by not being aloud to board the plane there was a visa problem at my destination the air China staff required me to have a visa to enter the country of India. There is a tourist visa for under 180 days stay. That’s what I get when I enter on a land route just a 60 day visa upon arrival so the agents would not let me board. Air China sent me a note that I could cancel the flight and should be able to get a refund. I have called 6 times already and have yet to speak with anyone I stayed in the station all night and at 9 am today they will give be a number that will work"
Cons: "I would like to get a full refund"
Pros: "Crews were polite and helpful"
Pros: "The departure from Shenzhen instead a typical Hong Kong departure is good, also the cost was good"
Cons: "Airliner should offer something to cover the seat at busisnes class instead just the blanket as other airliner do. The policy of no eletronics during the flight is not ok"
Cons: "You can't even supply the flight yet constantly send e-mails asking how the flight was. You shouldn't offer flights if you can't book them. Then sending constant e-mails making it seem like they're booked."
Cons: "Firstly, the ticket I bought had a hidden stop that wasn't disclosed to me. I called and the representative said it is fine."
Cons: "Forty minute delay boarding with no announcement of reason why"
Pros: "Crew served perfectly."
Cons: "This flight was 13 hours delay. No any info and undated news from airport and Shenzhen airline. I was sitting in the airport for over 13 hours. NO food was supplied. All customers were desperate and annoyed."
Pros: "staff quite friendly and helpful"
Cons: "the seat can not be adjusted, worst one I've seen all these years."
Pros: "It got me there."
Cons: "Vintage plane."
Cons: "A HORRIBLE EXPERIENCE WITH FLIGHT NETWORK. I WILL NEVER EVER AGAIN BOOK MY TICKETS ON KAYAK.COM DESPITE MAKING AN ONLINE BOOKING THE PREVIOUS DAY AND RECEIVING BY EMAIL A FLIGHT CONFIRMATION BOOKING REFERENCE NUMBER, 6 HOURS INTO THE DEPARTURE, FLIGHT NETWORK TELLS ME THAT THE BOOKING IS CANCELLED AS THE AIRLINE COULD NOT CONFIRM THE BOOKING ! BEWARE, AS OUTSOURCING TRAVEL AGENTS ARE PLAYING GAMES !! VERY UNRELIABLE !"
Pros: "Was an ok flight experience. Boarding was smooth and the cabin staff were pleasant."
Cons: "Not one of my 4 flight legs were on time. The flight I was on was advertised as non stop flight but what is not made clear is the flight has to make a stop for passengers to clear immigration and customs - which is ok but they should make it clear. They also have a wierd policy of not allowing use of phones or tablets even on flight safe mode which if you aren't prepared for makes a boring flight."
Pros: "The service has improved and nice to travel with them especially when I'm star alliance gold member."
Cons: "Nothing for this trip"
Cons: "I saw a price on Kayak app on my Iphone. I chose the Kayak price, no other 3rd party. Kayak re-directed me to Flight Network. Purchase the tickets, filled out credit card and all. Got a ticket purchase confirmation. Went to bed to wake up early in the morning to get early flight. Get to the airport, I learned from the airline the tickets were never issued. Called flight network and they tell me the tickets have been canceled because they were not able to secure the advertised price. This is misrepresentation and screwed up my whole trip. If a booking is done, the 3rd party should honor what they sale, even if they mess up. Moreover so that I choose the purchase on kayak option. Will never do it again, lesson learned. Will purchase elsewhere."
Pros: "Good service, decent food, fair sized planes"
Cons: "All is good"
Pros: "We asked at the China air lounge if we could change seats to sit together, which they did."
Cons: "Food quality (we did not eat a bite), space"
Pros: "Great service both on the ground and in the air. The staff was very nice and made sure everything for me was perfect."
Pros: "There was plenty of leg room"
Cons: "The policy about cell phone use on the aircraft"
Cons: "Really old aircraft...please upgrade the video systems and make sure everyone has the same good optons"
Cons: "got crushed here at airport. There was a lot of people here at 5am. No one was at the ticket counter and all check-ins were automated. So no staff available at ticket counter. The auto system didn’t recognize my passport with the ticket. Then I had to go to duty manager who was not helpful."
Cons: "One of my luggage did not make it"
Cons: "Everything is ok"
Pros: "Boarding was not on time and passengers were bused to a remote location for boarding airplane"
Cons: "Provide WIFI and new released movies"
Pros: "On time"
Pros: "The seating was very comfortable"
Cons: "The food wasn’t that great, normally in premium economy you get the same food business class. But even compared to economy the foods was not good enough."
Pros: "Plane didn't crash! :)"
Cons: "My issues were with the other passengers, not with anything the airline could've prevented. It's a budget airline, you get a budget experience, but I didn't have any huge problems with anything."
Cons: "Sat on the runway for over an hour."
Pros: "Boarding was quick."
Cons: "1 hour delay, no ability to pre book special meal, 787s are horrible for long haul which is counter intuitive as to why they were built."
Cons: "No aisle seats cos I couldn't check in online."
Pros: "Good connection time. Not too long, not too short. Just fine."
Cons: "See above..."
Cons: "Meals need to be improved"
Cons: "No entertainment"
Cons: "NO SPACE FOR HAND CARRY ON LUGGAGE"
Cons: "Luggage did not get on the same plane as me from Beijin to Seoul so I was without my luggage for a day. Received no apology from the airline."
Pros: "Friendly staff on flight. Low cost business class ticket."
Cons: "Lost luggage needed for meetings, takes three days to recover. Coffee is gross, 3in1 powder. Only one water bottle on flight so I got dehydrated. Food is gross."
Pros: "Comfort of the plane"
Pros: "Empty plane less than 100 passengers"
Pros: "Hostesses are well trained ans hospitable . Landing was very smooth"
Cons: "Taxing upon leaving Beijing took long time ! Delayed the departure !"
Cons: "Same as above. Need wifi. I'll look for a plane with wifi next time"
Pros: "It was cheap and prettt fast"
Pros: "Quick boarding"
Cons: "But slow to take off"
Cons: "There was no entertainment system."
Pros: "Seats are wider. Pilot is very good."
Cons: "No movies. Slow boarding process."
Pros: "Airline staff"
Cons: "Delayed flights (2 legs, 4 hours) and mishandled luggage"
Cons: "Late take off and need vegetarian dishes"
Pros: "Airports r nice"
Cons: "Took 5 flgts in China every one was delayed from one to 5 hrs."
Pros: "Very nice and attentive staff"
Cons: "Delays without any information"
Pros: "I didn't know technology existed to put rows that close together."
Cons: "Delay with fake reasons"
Pros: "Look forward to my return trip"
Pros: "One of the four flights gave us water bottles and hot towels"
Cons: "Delays outbound and inbound and airport staff did not do anything to help with rearranging connecting flights even though it was known that we would miss the scheduled connection, and it was a disorganized inefficient process in Beijing that took over 2 hours of standing in line and the hotel they arranged for required sharing rooms and a 20min shuttle ride and by that point there was only 3hrs left before check-in time."
Pros: "Hard to find anything that was worth mentioning as outstanding - boarding happened without any hickup and food was average/good."
Cons: "TV screen did not work - 15 hour plus flight, it is a big no-no! Crew not very helpful - language barrier very huge and almost impossible to understand "English" used by crew and on intercom. example: Ladies and gentlemen - sounds like "fishermen" We are taxying towards the runway - came out as ... "we are taxying the wong way" - thankfully we ended on the right runway."
Cons: "The lack of follow up and follow through support on lost baggage. 2 lost baggages."
Cons: "We sat on the tarmac for several hours before we took off - "because it was a busy day"."
Cons: "Can't reserve a seat on line even"
Pros: "Beijing (PEK) Terminal 3"
Cons: "Beijing (PEK) Terminal 3"
Pros: "Just a basic airline, don't expect too much."
Cons: "For US passengers, know that Air China most likely won't have your passport number on file to get your boarding pass. This is also known as the VIP number and they will refuse to issue your boarding pass. Not speaking the language can cause more of a headache trying to negotiate the issue. Note that all they need to do is input the passport number into their system. Experienced Air China boarding agents know this but others do not. I was also unable to use their online check in system and instead had to check in at the airport. Make sure to plan ahead. If you have connecting flights through AIr China note that your luggage will only be transferred if you checked them in from a major city. In my case I checked in from LA and my bags were transferred through Beijing to Hailar, but when I went back I checked them in at Hailar and had to physically check them in again at Beijing on to LA."
Pros: "Very nice staff!!"
Cons: "No seat back entertainment."
Cons: "I didn't get my luggages when I boarding in Xiamen. My luggages were stopped in Beijing. So I have to stay in hotel a night. And the airports make me to back to pickup my luggages at the second day."
Pros: "Same as above"
Cons: "Crews were oddly rude. It felt as if it was normal, not personal"
Cons: "They lost my luggage and did not provide a way for me to be compensated to buy clean clothes while they were locating it. I received my bags two days after I arrived in Shanghai."
Airlines flying from Beijing to Johannesburg have enacted additional safety measures and adjusted policies to better accommodate travellers. Policies vary by airline.
Daily cleaning, installation of cabin HEPA filters on flights from Beijing to Johannesburg
Masks required on board, masks provided on flights from Beijing to Johannesburg
Social distancing seating
Middle seats unavailable to book on flights from Beijing to Johannesburg
Testing for antibodies, testing for symptoms for flights from Beijing to Johannesburg
Waiving of change fees. Search flexible flights from Beijing to Johannesburg