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Low season

JulyBest time to beat the crowds (10% less expensive on average)

High season

DecemberMost popular time to fly (9% more expensive on average)

Average price (return flight)

R10 592(avg. price over the last 2 weeks)

Good deal (return flight)

R10 373or less

Good deal one-way

R6 175or less

When to book flights from Cape Town to Shanghai

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Top tips for finding a cheap flight

  • Looking for a cheap flight? 25% of our users found flights on this route for R6 175 or less one-way and R10 373 or less round-trip.
  • The cheapest flight from Cape Town to Shanghai was found, on average, 80 days before departure.
  • Book at least 3 weeks before departure in order to get a below-average price.
  • High season is considered to be November, December and January. The cheapest month to fly is July.

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Top airline flying Cape Town Intl to Shanghai

Scores according to KAYAK customer reviews

7,2
American Airlines
Overall score based on 46 324 reviews
7,5
Boarding
7,1
Comfort
7,8
Crew
6,9
Entertainment
6,7
Food
Airline reviews

Pros: "The crew was very helpful."
Cons: "Sears are pretty tiny for comfort"

Pros: "Food was good and crew was very nice"
Cons: "More leg room"

Pros: "Crew super attentive and pleasant, movie options good, liked plug/outlet,"
Cons: "Seating could’ve been a little better, just not super comfortable for such a long flight"

Cons: "I sat in a middle seat, sandwiched in between a passenger who had an aisle seat on my left and another passenger who had a window seat on my right. It would have been okay, but both were much larger than me and with the seat already a bit narrow, I felt like a sardine on this flight."

Pros: "Flights were on time."
Cons: "Seats are too small."

Cons: "This leg was terrible, the plane sat on the runway for over an hour! The captain did not initially say anything for 30 minutes."

Pros: "My overall experience was good, but the ticket said one gate, and I boarded through different one. But I guess that's the airports fault."
Cons: "Everything was good."

Pros: "Crew serving was efficient and quick--accommodating."
Cons: "Good grief, the seats have no padding. I don't think a more uncomfortable airline seat could possibly be invented. Torture!"

Cons: "Crew was cold and rude"

Cons: "We were not able to board on this plane because we were late. We were not able to board the BA because the plane was late; taking off we have to wait for at least 30-45 minutes"

Pros: "The most efficient boarding process I've ever experienced."
Cons: "The crew seemed to be under a lot of tension and the audio jack to my in-seat monitor didn't work. After mentioning the faulty system to the crew I had to find a new seat by myself and there was no follow up."

Pros: "Our plane was late getting to the gate. They kept us informed and turned it around pretty quickly. There were storms between Chicago and Rochester so we were rerouted. As a result the hour flight was an hour and a half. The pilot kept us informed and it was a very smooth flight. So even though I was over an hour late arriving I so appreciated the communications and the safer route. AA seems to be communicating more than other airlines and I appreciate that. Flying is absolutely no fun anymore so you take what you can get for the positives."
Cons: "WiFi wasn’t working so I couldn’t communicate my late arrival to family picking me up."

Cons: "1 hr delay and 40 minute wait for wheelchair."

Pros: "Reliability that your flight will not be cancelled. Punctuality."
Cons: "They charge you $125 for a dog in cabin (JetBlue and Southwest near $100, Frontier $75). There is NO benefit, even with this extra amount of money. I was assigned to enter the aircraft in Group 8... I suggest AA the benefit to enter (at least) in Group 5 for people with PAID in cabin dogs."

Pros: "The crew"
Cons: "The delay and the seat comfort for purchasing the main cabin seats was not as expected."

Cons: "Flight across the US had poor quality meal service, no charging port and no entertainment. Despite paying for an exit seat with more leg room the seat was very narrow and uncomfortable for the long flight."

Pros: "Wonderful and super friendly crew"
Cons: "Booked flight with my sister 6 months before departure, paid for both tickets at the same time to find out seat assignment not together.... that could be understable only if ticket is purchased at the last minute. We were applicable to switch with another couple who were in the same situation as us....."

Pros: "In flight entertainment and service was fabulous."
Cons: "No complaints"

Pros: "It’s a jet"
Cons: "Boarding terrible at DCA, seats cramped"

Pros: "Flight attendants very friendly. The gate attendant found us two seats together even though they couldn't do it initially in NYC."
Cons: "Sitting in the last row."

Pros: "The Boeing 787 from LAX to Auckland was noticeably more comfortable than the Airbus 321 I flew to LAX to start the trip. Food was actually good!"

Cons: "American has the smallest seat space out of any airline I have been on and it is heinous."

Pros: "On time"
Cons: "Rude flight attendant"

Cons: "I left an expensive Bose head set in my seat that could not be found....or did smobody decide it was better in their possession.?"

Cons: "Luggage did not make the transfer on time (Chicago-Charlotte after Tokyo), although they had about 45 minutes to load it. Do not buy an international ticket with less than 1.5 hours transfer time. (It took 45 minutes to get through customs/immigration and retrieve luggage for transfer."

Pros: "For an inflated price, I was able to get decent leg room. The flight was on time."
Cons: "Seat comfort was minimal. Gets worse year after year. Fewer comforts & perks for the same price."

Pros: "I was able to upgrade to the best seats for a small fee. Flight was great, staff was courteous and very caring."
Cons: "Inconsiderate passengers that get on the plane when they are sick and try to infect everyone else with their illness."

Pros: "Crew made the best of a bad situation: originally planned plane with sold-out seats replaced by a smaller one -- BAD! Extra kudos for crew for creative swapping to move me to an emergency row seat when I discovered that my **extra-charge** aisle seat was damaged and unusable. Food & beverage service -- adequate, timely (though some nutrition concerns.) Good, current entertainment selections."
Cons: "The obvious -- the switch to a smaller plane, causing some passengers great distress; not realizing that a sold seat was damaged; selling me that damaged seat, and at a premium. Food nutrition -- tasty, but carb-heavy, fatty and salty. Bathrooms -- became rather smelly and unkempt toward last 1/4th of 9+ hour flight."

Cons: "Typical Shanghai ground delays"

Pros: "The flight attendants were fantastic. They took great care of us the entire trip."
Cons: "Trying to figure out where to go in each airport for customs, integrations, and gate changes."

Pros: "Little"
Cons: "Mechanical issues, late late late, bad communication, no apologies or compensation for huge waste of time."

Pros: "excellent from ticketing to depaning"

Pros: "Boarding was I rushed and efficient, roominess of seats, pillow and blanket waiting for us on our seats, good dinner and breakfast, frequent passes by flight attendants to see if folks needed water - great movie selection, USB chargers at every seat- just great!"
Cons: "Jerk who smoked in the bathroom so the alarm went off in the middle of the flight and woke folks up, so it got brighter and noisier and harder to sleep!"

Pros: "Staff were friendly and seats were comfortable."
Cons: "My TV wasn't working and it was the same for a couple of others. They managed to get the others moved stright away but they kept telling me they would reboot it and sometimes it was slow starting up. They rebooted twice and after 2hours 30mins into the 8 hour flight they accepted that it wasn't going to work and they finally asked another passenger would they swap with us. They said that all TV were checked on the ground between flights but this was obviously not the case."

Pros: "They were accommodating to my boot on my foot in the boarding process."
Cons: "Comfort and room in the seats. The temperature was very hot as well."

Cons: "Seemed like most people had the same boarding group so the queue was a cluster"

Pros: "Small snack and drink included. Free checked bags."
Cons: "Very few drink choices. Flight was cancelled mid-air, so we were returned from the air above Cusco to the Lima airport where there were no other flights departing that evening and no compensation for the inconvencience (no hostel voucher, no upgraded tickets on our next flight, etc). Many people ended up missing their long-planned trip to Machu Picchu as the earliest Avianca could get anyone to Cusco was 11:00 the following morning. The staff was unhelpful, and the lines were incredibly long (about 3 hours). Funnily enough, we were supposed to be on an earlier flight, but due to the length of their check in line, we waited over a half hour in line and when we arrived at the desk 56 minutes before our flight, we were unable to check in (since check in stops an hour before the flight). Truly ridiculous. I will definitely think twice before ever booking an Avianca flight in the future."

Pros: "I was not able to seat with my son, I was not very happy about it."

Cons: "Paid a premium for extra leg room at bulkhead only to have a continuous stream of adults and small children passing through kicking or tripping over our feet."

Pros: "great service from flight attendance"
Cons: "n/a"

Pros: "The flight arrived on time with my luggage, and although I booked through BA, for the first time ever, they managaged to get my special meal request correct."
Cons: "I order a vegetarian meal in the hope I will get something edible. This was the worst airline food I have ever had. The plane was old so the economy class seats were larger than normal. There was, however, no in-seat entertainment. On the upside, I'm glad I didn't fly business class. Compared to the standard set by other airlines, the seats appeared to be from the 80's."

Pros: "Although we were in "Economy" class, it felt just like Business. Lots of space to stretch your legs, personal TV monitor on the back of each head rest (Including HBO!), and even though it was a short 1.5 hour flight we were served drinks and a meal."
Cons: "The meal was average to sub-par, but than again it was a short flight and a warm meal was actually a pleasant surprise."

Cons: "The pretzels"

Cons: "I had to leaves Denver early due to my granddaughter needing help. To sees switch returns my ticket it would cost me me $200.00 but it could get a retire ticket for that day for $40.00. Why couldn't that dollar amount come of my ticket . That was just crazy"

Pros: "Crew was excellent on both legs. Pleasant, accommodating. Good overhead storage space. Free tv was nice although I didn't watch it."
Cons: "Cramped! I'm 5'2" and could barely get my underseat bag in and out. Very late boarding and departure. Don't like the glass of soda and they don't hand you the can but that's just me. And, of course, we boarded very late."

Pros: "Nothing."
Cons: "Their check in was ridiculously slow-15-20 min per person at times. How is that possible? The flight was said to be 90 min delayed. I asked about getting on another airline. They said no. Finally this 1 hour flight was 3 hours late to Lima & I missed my international flight. Never again Avianca."

Pros: "Plane was not crowded, boarding was fast, take off was on time & arrival was on time."
Cons: "Had to pay $25 to check in 1 luggage, i should be able to check in 1 for free after paying $600 for a ticket. Selection of drinks & snacks was poor."

Pros: "I liked sitting next to my friends."
Cons: "Lack of leg room"

Pros: "on time..."

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Safety measures for airlines flying from Cape Town to Shanghai

Airlines flying from Cape Town to Shanghai have enacted additional safety measures and adjusted policies to better accommodate travellers. Policies vary by airline.

Heightened sanitation

Daily cleaning, installation of cabin HEPA filters on flights from Cape Town to Shanghai

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