Find cheap flights from San Francisco to Johannesburg

SFO - JNB

Find cheap flights from San Francisco to Johannesburg

Search hundreds of travel sites at once for deals on flights to Johannesburg

Return
Economy
San Francisco (SFO)
Johannesburg OR Tambo
Fri 5/7
Fri 5/14
Any month
Compare vs KAYAK |

Good to know

Low season

FebruaryBest time to beat the crowds (21% less expensive on average)

High season

DecemberMost popular time to fly (30% more expensive on average)

Average price (return flight)

R15 362(avg. price over the last 2 weeks)

Good deal (return flight)

R36 789or less

Good deal one-way

R7 998or less

When to book flights from San Francisco to Johannesburg

Estimated return price
Average price per month
Flight prices as travel date approaches

Top tips for finding a cheap flight

  • Looking for a cheap flight? 25% of our users found flights on this route for R7 998 or less one-way and R36 789 or less round-trip.
  • The cheapest flight from San Francisco to Johannesburg was found, on average, 77 days before departure.
  • Book at least 1 week 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 February.
  • Morning departure is around 4% more expensive than an evening flight, on average*.
*Average of the lowest prices shown in KAYAK’s search results for departures within the next 30 days

FAQs for booking flights from San Francisco to Johannesburg

How long does a flight from San Francisco to Johannesburg take?

Which airlines provide the cheapest flights from San Francisco to Johannesburg?

What’s the cheapest day of the week to fly from San Francisco to Johannesburg?

Which airports will I be using when flying from San Francisco to Johannesburg?

How does KAYAK find such low prices on flights from San Francisco to Johannesburg?

How does KAYAK's flight Price Forecast tool help me choose the right time to buy my flight ticket from San Francisco to Johannesburg?

What is the Hacker Fare option on flights from San Francisco to Johannesburg?

What is KAYAK's "flexible dates" feature and why should I care when looking for a flight from San Francisco to Johannesburg?

Top 5 airlines serving San Francisco to Johannesburg OR Tambo

Scores according to KAYAK customer reviews

8,3
Qatar Airways
Overall score based on 10 971 reviews
8,3
Boarding
8,2
Comfort
8,6
Crew
8,3
Entertainment
8,0
Food
Airline reviews

Pros: "Perfect"
Cons: "Perfect"

Pros: "Boarding its took along , food it's bad"

Cons: "They do not understand the word priority at Doha airport. Business class passengers boarded last."

Pros: "N/A"
Cons: "We were told to board, but then kept in another area close on 1 hour before we could get on the plane and this area had no bathroom facilities. The spread of seating on the plane made no sense with many open seats but also many squashed rows of people. The crew was visibly tired and irritated, they also ran out of a few catering items. It seemed as if last minute, a few different flights were combined into this one which lowered the quality."

Pros: "Food and leg room"
Cons: "All was fine"

Cons: "More refreshments"

Cons: "The vegetarian option for breakfast was a stale waffle with apple compote. Inedible."

Pros: "Food selection. However, the snacks need to be readily available on long flights."
Cons: "Entertainment is lacking behind other international carriers"

Pros: "The comfort of the plane"
Cons: "The staff at Atlanta International Airport were terrible; not customer friendly. The supervisor at the check-in counter needs to be replaced. I am not one of your frequent flyers but travel internationally. However, based on his attitude I will think twice to select Qatar as my choice of airlines."

Pros: "Convince, as this is good direct flight from Nagpur."
Cons: "Improve quality of crew and service from Doha to Nagpur sector."

Cons: "Seat comfort was not very good.. and food was bad"

Pros: "The crew were very friendly and helpful."
Cons: "It seems the major airlines use older aircraft when the destination of the flight is a third world country(or Africa). The seats aren't as comfortable and the entertainment system (screens) are not as good as a Qatar and Europe bound flights."

Pros: "Behavior of the crews"
Cons: "Not enough leg room"

Pros: "The flights attendants were very helpful and polite. What I enjoyed the most was the level of comfort I had. I was able to sleep for almost the entire flight. That's why it felt like it wasn't even a long flight."
Cons: "We did leave a little late but it was out of the control of the pilots and flights attendants."

Pros: "There was adequate seat room. The device was good."
Cons: "There was nothing I didn’t like."

Pros: "In time ,food"

Pros: "Staff was great"

Pros: "Thank you for a very good flight experience both from Philadelphia to Doha and Doha to Johannesburg."
Cons: "The breakfast options could have been better, but I was fed and happy, and the flight attendant was kind enough to bring me green tea when it wasn’t readily available on the cart."

Pros: "Flight crew was very helpful. I didn't have any special requests, but I noticed them being extremely helpful to other passengers. Much better than US based airlines, as most others are."
Cons: "Extra security going to USA is a nuisance. Food was ok, not as good as previous trips. Lamb was only selection left when they got to my seat. Not my favorite also very fatty."

Cons: "n/a"

Cons: "No"

Cons: "N/A"

Cons: "Seat to LA was broken"

Pros: "Food"
Cons: "Entertainment and food timings are odd."

Pros: "I was surprised with the quality of gluten free meals served for me, it was well organised and taken care of where I never had to wait. My flight schedules were changed few days before departure by Qatar Airways, but only thing I had to do was to confirm that I have noted, my seats and all the rest of details intact, excellent."
Cons: "When the flight is changed by airline for their convenience, they would have given preferential treatment to the passengers involved. We had to bare the cost of food and make us comfortable on our own due to the delay in transit."

Cons: "Great staffs and food service."

Pros: "The crew aboard the flight were kind and thoughtful and definitely oriented toward service."
Cons: "The security process at the gate was really disorderly. Perhaps it is because it is a new and extra step required by the US but it was definitely not efficiently handled."

Cons: "Same as above"

Pros: "The friendliness of the staff from check in to arrival!"

Cons: "I had a long trip and as a result I had lost my voice, and the crew had no patient at all. I feel like she just wanted to check the box instead of really making sure I got what I wish for food wise."

Pros: "I freceuntly fly between the US and South Africa and only fly via Qatar Airways, and every experience thus far has been great. The food is good quality, friendly crew and I would recommend it to anyone."
Cons: "The sandwiches are a little dry and movie selection a little limited."

Pros: "Food OK"
Cons: "Massive delay over 15 hours! I was shocked. Once arrived, also luggage was delayed ADDITIONAL 7 hours"

Pros: "Hospitality, boarding process"
Cons: "Food was slightly undercooked (chicken). Should have better process to check for that"

Pros: "the flight was comfortable"

Pros: "Unfortunately..."
Cons: "...as mentioned, I don't have the pleasure of rating this flight because of the boarding delays and missing the flight. Very disappointing."

Pros: "On time. food were good in general."
Cons: "Complimentary hotel for 10 hours layover is needed whether or not if it's an economic passenger. Air stewardess can improve basic English pronounciation of English is her / his second language."

Pros: "Great selection of movies and tv shows"
Cons: "Entertainment screen is too dim even on highest brightness setting"

Pros: "Service of air stewards very friendly and polite"
Cons: "This goes for Qatarfigjta from harare to Doha and Doha to Washington DC and back. I am not going to give individual report on each one. Food - my daughter could barely eat anything and the vegetarian meals were stone cold most of time. It was hard to eat at Qatar airport because not only is the food terrible (Burger King and bad Asian food) but outrageously expensive. Our media system did not work for one leg. ** way to many ads on your media system. Every time you watch a new TV episode, you have to sit through 5-6 ads for stuff that is not interesting and the same each time. ** plane info on media system keeps reverting to Arabic even when English is indicated as preferred la gauge. We had to place our iPads in checked luggage for flights from harare to USA as we went through Qatar. *** I asked for quiet seats and was given seats near kitchen and toilet even though I booked in hours in advance. One leg had my ten year old daughter and I in different rows even though I checked in 4-5 hours in advance Of flight . ** staff moved my hand luggage without my permission and without informing me - it was stressful trying to find it."

Pros: "Excellent experience overall, the food was decent, the seats were comfortable and had enough space for me at 6ft tall, the staff were very friendly and helpful, entertainment selection was good with plenty of new movies out. I had no problems with my layover. The baggage allowance was great as I had extra luggage from my trip. I'm very happy with their customer service, the day before my first flight I received a phone call from Qatar's customer service saying that due to delays I wouldn't be able to make my connecting flight to Edinburgh so they would like to book me on another flight instead of me having to wait 24 hours in Doha. I was thoroughly impressed with this service."
Cons: "I did not have wifi available from Doha-Johannesburg"

Pros: "Great crews, excellent airplanes, wonderful in transit experince."
Cons: "In flight coach meals were average."

Pros: "On time departure, friendly crew. Comfortable seats for economy class, plenty of entertainment options. A pleasant experience"
Cons: "The food was okay. The hot wrap/calzone served first was not very tasteful. The breakfast/brunch was better. Not much to dislike overall."

Pros: "Again on time and effortless boarding made the overall experience a good one."
Cons: "Our suitcase was damaged...still in the process of trying to get it fixed. Hopefully it will be done soon. I will then update this report. Could maybe clean the toilets as it did become a bit messy."

Pros: "I like that the air stewards bring you water and drinks throughout and don't judge you for being too thirsty. I like that they respect that it is a night flight and serve the meal quickly so it can be dark for the whole flight and you can sleep as much as you can. I like how efficient the layover is in Doha - only 40mins!"
Cons: "I don't like when they don't ask the person in front to move their chair up for the meal and the passengers have to ask each other. I don't like that they can't tell you the gate of your connecting flight and how long it will take to get you there - including if you will need to take a bus and the train. I think this could reduce a lot of anxiety. If they could do this, it would also be helpful to let people who have a connecting flight that is boarding in the next 30 mins off the plane first. This would save pushing and shoving in the aisles... and would also reduce anxiety about booking a flight with such a short layover."

Pros: "Nothing."
Cons: "Attendant was rude and never really finished service, never remembered any requests and consistently skipped guests when providing food or drink service, cabin kept oscillating between either too hot or too cold."

Pros: "The service from the crew was amazing"
Cons: "The food was not bad compared to some air lines"

Pros: "Nothing"
Cons: "The first flight of my journey was delayed which made me late for my next two connecting flights. I arrived on vacation a day late. Paid for a hotel and activities that I never used. My bag arrived 5 days late. I had to buy clothes on a daily basis which ate up more time and fun money. The airline gave me nothing except empty promises and dismissive apologies."

Cons: "Arrival in Johannesburg was a nightmare due to queues at immigration - I nearly missed my connecting flight. This was not the fault of Quatar airlines but needs to be taken up with the authorities at OT Airport in Johannesburg"

Pros: "The staff were welcoming and friendly. Their customer care is second to none. The food is excellent and i ate throughout my flight."
Cons: "The comfort was a bit below my expectations. Sitting on the seats along the isle was uncomfortable as they are closely placed. There is no enough room to move and to lean sideways when one wants to sleep. My tv was not working. The touch screen was not responding. However the friendly flight attendants shifted me to a vacant seat where the tv was working. The movie selection was limited. There were no documentaries about wildlife. Sport was also missing. We also need some news channels like Aljazeera, CNN & BBC so that we keep updated on issues happening throughout the world. This is very important especially to people like me who traveled long distances from South Africa to Los Angeles USA."

Pros: "The entertainment choices were great."
Cons: "We sat in front of a row of children who kicked the back of my seat for 13 hrs straight. We spoke to a flight attendant about it early on in the flight, spoke to the kids and spoke to the parents. Then spoke to the kids and parents mid flight. And then spoke to them all, including a flight attendant towards the end of the flight. The issue was never resolved. We asked to change our seats but could not. We asked for the parents to trade seats with the kids and they would not. It was the worst, most uncomfortable flight I have ever taken. And I fly regularly for work and for pleasure. It was an absolutely horrible experience. I was actually in tears on the flight because I was so tired, uncomfortable and frustrated."

Pros: "I had to pay two tickets for same flight from Islamabad to San Francisco and going from San Francisco to Islamabad it’s been cancel and I am fighting for my money back they don’t want to refund it"

Pros: "Great flight."

Pros: "Friendly crew"
Cons: "It was okay"

Cons: "Flight lest 2 hours late. Didn’t have my choice of meal. Cabin crew very inattentive. Worst flight ever with Emirates in business class"

Cons: "They delayed the flight over entertainment system and that caused me to miss my connection"

Pros: "Smooth flight"
Cons: "I wished I was in business class..."

Pros: "Great service and attitudes by staff."

Cons: "Because my husband and I couldn't complete the online check in, we ended up sitting on different ends of the plane."

Pros: "I love everything about Emirates."
Cons: "N/A"

Pros: "The a380 business class was the greatest flying experience I ever had. Second to NONE! Must try and book if possible. I fly a LOT and this was just absolutely amazing."
Cons: "Nothing really! Although they do run out of food options so sit as far in the front as possible."

Pros: "Nice flight sttendents"
Cons: "Seats too small"

Pros: "Efficient and good actually good for airline food"
Cons: "Electronic equipment a bit out dated and below standard"

Cons: "Food, quality of the food"

Pros: "I find the A380 in the Emirates configuration to be more comfortable than other planes/configs."
Cons: "Wish we had a few more choices like carnatic music and an expanded list of movies."

Pros: "The seats in economy at least had TVs"
Cons: "After 4+ hours sitting on the plane we never even left San Francisco. The Emirates plane was less than standard in economy class and we weren’t even offered water for the entire time we waited. The customer service was terrible and we weren’t even able to retrieve our carry on bags that we were forced to check (not due to the size). This was by far the worst first time experience I’ve had and will not be flying Emirates again."

Pros: "Horrible experience!!!!"
Cons: "1. Emirates has only one piece option. With Laptop bag weighing about almost 5kgs, you are left with just 2kgs which the carry bag itself would weigh. Not sure, how Emirates is getting away with this discriminatory attitude, while rest of airlines do allow -Carry on + a personal item. 2. There is no check on the carry-on weight at SFO airport. While in DXB, they entice customer to buy all duty free and then when it comes to boarding, you will be 'shocked'. No more than 10kg allowed. 3. You will be directed to read instructions before boarding. Then the corruption deal starts...read point 4 4. The man will say, remove anything in excess of 10kg or pay extra luggage, knowing very well, that people buy duty free at DXB. 5. Once you start negotiating, then the deal-making starts... 6. I managed it. More on Facebook review..."

Cons: "Seat bookings in just fly are messed up. Kayak took me to just fly for the bookings. The seats for the the 16hr+ flight on just fly we're window seats however at time of check-in I got middle seats in the center 4 seats. It was the worst flight booking experience on kayak so far."

Pros: "Good leg room"
Cons: "For an 8 hour flight - we were given a sandwich and breakfast. Expected to be served dinner and breakfast given the time."

Pros: "Good serevice"
Cons: "food provided is not good. All western style most passengers are from Asia"

Pros: "The flight from Johannesburg to Dubai on an Airbus A380 was the best , the return was on the 777ER it's a bit older avoid it if you can, I prefer the a380 it's roomy, more comfortable and modern, the food was good, the cabin crew very helpful and friendly and both flights were on time. I'll be flying only Emirates from now on"
Cons: "Just the coffee was terrible lol,"

Pros: "Boarding went smoothly, flight was very comfortable with great entertainment options. Attentive staff!"

Cons: "Seat wouldn’t recline Checked with Air hostess She said it cannot be fixed So travel 15 hrs in pain"

Pros: "Non"
Cons: "They treat you what kind a color your Skin color"

Pros: "Not much."
Cons: "- Seats in bad shape - Dirty bathrooms. Ran out of soap and other supplies and did not refill - Horrible food - Cabin crew was not friendly"

Pros: "E v e r y t h i n g ..... I understand now why they are the number ONE airlines in service. We travel enough to see the BIG difference. Thumbs up. Please don't change !!!!"
Cons: "Nothing"

Cons: "The wifi wasn't working throughout the journey."

Cons: "I didn't get hotel and the staff in the airport were too strict and mean"

Cons: "restroom water not available, not so well maintained air hostess didnt come on after pressing help button seat overall bad experience and surprising from emirates"

Cons: "I requested the waiter(Asian) to serve me a non-egg breakfast if there were any remaining. He curtly told me that if I had not pre-booked the non-egg breakfast he could not provide me. Few minutes later I made the same request to another waitress and she quickly provided me the non-egg breakfast."

Pros: "Smoothness of the flight."
Cons: "Nothing."

Pros: "i liked everything on the trip. it was great. gulalai"

Cons: "During flight from San Fransico to Delhi,flight was to changed at Dubai for Delhi.There was no information on board as new the "gate no" at Dubai for Delhi."

Pros: "Crew is friendly and good service"
Cons: "Emirates did not honer the cost of the Hotel night in Dubai. Neither Kayak, nor Emirates advised us to book the hotel within 24 hours of flight time. We called Kayak, they have Zero customer service. We called Emirates, they blamed it on Kayak. They said that they should have advise us to book the Hotel at least 24 hours before departure. We ended up paying for our Hotel and meals and it should have been coveted by the Airline. Randa"

Pros: "Excellent service in flight and nice food"
Cons: "NA"

Pros: "Good"

Cons: "Nothing"

Pros: "Flight was light and was comfortable"
Cons: "The flight was light. Even with that the crew seemed checked out. Did not come by to offer additional drinks or snacks. I noticed some unprofessional physical contact between few Crew members."

Pros: "They still catch my attention, and while traveling with them I continue to enjoy this airline."
Cons: "As per my Oslo - Dubai review (read there for more details), they cancelled my flight, put me on a flight a day later, and then left me with the bill and the inconvenience. This was the connector out of Dubai and back to Johannesburg. I've flown with them many times and I've picked up one or two small cut backs they've made like no hot towel when you get onboard, only before your arrival, and the meal seems a little more slimmed down (but still pretty tasty), They used have one or two extras which they've now taken away. Not sure why?"

Pros: "Very Classy all around!"

Pros: "Roomy and very comfortable A380 flight is great"

Pros: "The crew member was excellent,she went all out to make my journey easy and comfortable.I have sent an email to her superior,please use her as an example.if all attendants can serve and see to passengers like her will be beneficial for emirates"

Pros: "It was a smooth flight"
Cons: "It was ok"

Pros: "The food was delicious, and I received the special meal I had requested with no problem. Again, great selection of TV shows and movies."
Cons: "The crew seemed a bit put off, just not very friendly. Maybe something had happened that put them all in a bad mood I'm not sure. Despite this they did help people without complaint, but you could tell they didn't want to be there. Again on this flight the TVs were an old model that was difficult to use, you had to push really hard and finagle your finger to get it to read what you were pressing."

Pros: "Granted I was tired after being in transit for 24 hours, but this final of 4 long-haul flights was a real bummer compared to the other flights. Boeing 777 packed to 100% capacity."
Cons: "Really cramped and squished compared to other flights. Toilets at DXB were filthy (I searched around for the cleanest, which was still disgusting), with the cleaning attendant standing around in the restroom doing nothing. Duty Free shops really expensive compared to European airports. Meal on board (breakfast) was really terrible (and that taking into account that airline breakfast is always bad), really the worst I've ever had on a plane, even the Croissant was chewy and very dry. Emirates has become a massive sausage machine people-mover. It has loss its finesse and exceptional service."

Cons: "this experience with emirates was super duper bad. I was travelling to India as my dad had passed away that morning on 9/11. Bad service, no attention paid to the flight attendant button, water provided after 45 min....after 2 fligh attendants came by and said they would bring water. i provided verbal feedback and they were extra nice to me then...brought me crackers , chiocolates...etc etc...but it was just to calm me down. I went and got my own food from the kitchen area as I had a splitting headache, I was traveling to india as my dad had passed away on sep 11th morning. They gave me the same dinner mushroom and peas for vegetarian snack. Then they exchanged it after I had waited for so long. IT was just ridiculous servide and"

Pros: "Seats were comfortable and food was good."

Pros: "The staff were wonderful and efficient. The toilets were clean and the food was much better than my first flight with emirates although the portions were small on the main meal with only four spinach ravioli offered in a tomato sauce."
Cons: "Passengers do not fit on to their seats and overflow into the space you are occupying which is so tiny as it is. There is not enough room to even reach down to pick something up if you drop it. Overhead lockers are full. I think planes either need to be redesigned with sleeping compartments (such as the second class compartments the trains have) for overnight flights or seats need to be slightly larger to make up for the fact most people are larger today."

Cons: "THe Hostess was not attentive and had to ask for things a few times. No goody basket was given although some pax did get it."

Pros: "On time Large LCD in each seat back They kept the public announcements to a minimum"
Cons: "It took asking 5 crew members and 2 hours to fix one of our screens that wasn't working. Apparently there were other displays that did not work either so they reset everybody's LCDs. The food was bland"

Pros: "I could not get the barding pass to chennai at seatle itself"

Cons: "No social distancing‼️Service on plane just horrible"

Cons: "They were making luggage issues with all passengers"

Pros: "Love love love this airlines! I wish the US carriers were like this!"

Cons: "Free wifi"

Cons: "We were delayed for quite some time with no explanation."

Cons: "they allowed either carryon or a personal pack"

Pros: "Requested for a aisle seat. Done without any issue. Very good food."
Cons: "Airport in Istanbul"

Pros: "Nothing."
Cons: "I bought Turkish because I want to take 3 piece checked luggage. They charge 300 for 3rd piece luggage."

Cons: "Turkish airlines broke my luggage. Made inquiry online, have not hurt from them."

Cons: "The aircraft arrived late in Istanbul for the connecting flight to Egypt causing us to miss out flight which made us wait 5+ hours in the airport which was a huge inconvenience."

Cons: "the boarding was delayed and i missed my connection flight and have to stay 8 hours for another flight."

Pros: "Timing. Food and service"
Cons: "Unanounced delay of about one hour due to long unexplained route"

Cons: "Had to wait an hour in line at SFO to check in for Flight . Online check in was hard because there was a need for redress code ?"

Pros: "The recline and comfort of the seat is good, and the map and entertainment system is OK."
Cons: "The flight was delayed, then we sat in the airplane for an hour before we took off, with kids screaming and the cabin at seemingly sauna temperatures. Once we took off, drinks weren't even served until 2 hours after take-off (for a scheduled 6:15pm departure - actual was more like 7:45pm). Maybe it was due to some light turbulence along the way or something, but they should tell people that is the problem and the reason they are not serving food and drinks, if that is the case."

Cons: "Cabin temperature was very cold"

Cons: "The booking experience was exceptionally bad. Never again through you."

Pros: "Everything was fine"

Pros: "Overall experience was good."
Cons: "In comfort leg space can improve. Entrainment: in TV Series are random, they should be season wise placed so you cannot see the series in a link."

Cons: "Deplaning and boarding at Istanbul. There were no gangways. We were made to get into a bus in heavy rainfall. We were drenched by the time we got into the next plane."

Cons: "Istanbul Airport: Overcrowding at Arrival / Transit Terminal Way finding-poor signage for transit passengers"

Pros: "They offer 3 meals"

Pros: "Stewards and stewardesses were friendly and very helpful."

Pros: "Had ti spend while night in the Istambul airport. ...."
Cons: "No connection till following evning"

Cons: "No no WiFi. Boarding time was late. Took over two hours. Management staff in the office was inconsiderate and rude."

Pros: "Great service in the airplane plus they offer some amenities like slippers, tooth paste and toothbrush, they offer you wet towels to clean and refresh yourself during he flight. Really good."

Pros: "Service, Media"
Cons: "Seat room, very tight."

Pros: "Food"

Pros: "Everything"
Cons: "nothing"

Pros: "I upgraded to business class at a somewhat reasonable fare ($999.00) additional. Experience was much better than in Economy."

Pros: "Everything."
Cons: "Too small legrom."

Pros: "Staff are EXCELLENT"
Cons: "Internet was spotty."

Pros: "Great food, great service and a wonderful experience in business class compared with most of the big European airlines. Will definitely fly again Turkish Airlines!"
Cons: "The business lounge in Istanbul was a great facility, but a little bit of upkeep will be a plus."

Pros: "Worst airline ever"
Cons: "Worst airline ever."

Cons: "Everything was pretty good."

Pros: "It was not expensive"
Cons: "It is difficult to say anything positive about a 13 hour flight in cattle class. It is just not comfortable."

Pros: "I liked your services but I have 2 things The airplane Wi-Fi like nothing I didn't use it because just for Turkish news what the different !!! N 2 : this plane is not comfortable because the space between the chairs is too tiny of the other airline company But in general it's okay but we are not happy too much Thank you"

Pros: "It is just superb"

Cons: "Wheelchair assistance is the worst when we fly with Turkish Airlines"

Pros: "Everything was great"
Cons: "My suitcase is dirty and full of grease on the side"

Pros: "Checkin agent was very friendly and helpful."
Cons: "The food options were exhausted by the time service reached my seat; so had to eat whatever is available, which is still good."

Cons: "I had two checked baggage a and o my 1 was delivered. I have reported this at the airport and have been following up with their customer service many times but no information is yet provided after days."

Cons: "Several TVs were not working. While some were repaired the TV for my viewing did not work. Though it was set right it failed raw weal times."

Pros: "Every thing"
Cons: "None"

Cons: "No leg space for tall people, alas"

Pros: "We purchased coach tickets and were surprised at how nicely we were treated!! A very classy operation!"

Pros: "Boarding"
Cons: "Staff not fluent & clear in English"

Cons: "Wedged into a middle seat in economy between two guys who were each 6'2+...very uncomfortable!"

Pros: "Sitting in a metal tube flying at 40,000 feet with 300 other personalities has its challenges. Turkish Airlines' staff managed this with excellent care. The smallest things begin to matter; the comfort of the aircraft, quality of food and drinks, the frequency and availability of service, and above all conveying the sense of safety. Every member of this company, from the staff at the counter to the flight attendants, to the pilot seem to really embrace customer service."

Pros: "Kind. Generous. Competent. Thank you."

Cons: "There was nothing I didn't like"

Pros: "Comfortable"

Cons: "Lost one of my luggages"

Cons: "Everything"

Pros: "Crew was a top notch, very focused and carrying. I am loyal lufthansa fan and been flying with them with more than 20 years."
Cons: "Guys, we need to do something with these outdated business class seats, infotainment system. Omg, last century, movie selection bottom poor :( We are always playing catch up game in terms of interior. How long it took you to offer padding & decent blankets in business."

Pros: "The crew was amazing."
Cons: "There seemed to be no leg room. The seat was very uncomfortable."

Cons: "Seat comfort"

Pros: "Everyone on this flight from the crew to all were awesome, exactly what you hope for when traveling internationally"
Cons: "My bags did not make it to Copenhagen...again! So disppointed and completely put out by this inconvenience"

Pros: "To not have 3 hours delay or at least be notified ahead of time"

Cons: "Entertainment system on LH flight was slow to react and frustrating."

Cons: "Good was average to bad"

Cons: "It was weird that for dinner the meal was vegan as requested, but the breakfast was not and so couldn't eeat it. It was weird that one meal was correct and the other was so lacking."

Cons: "Our flight was cancelled by the airlines due to mechanical failure. Told us to go home and wait for email on what to do. No compensation"

Pros: "I brought my wedding dress with me and on both flights, the flight attendents were so attentive to that and hung in it the cabin crew closet. It was that extra step of care that I am grateful for!"

Cons: "N/A"

Pros: "Ivht"

Pros: "I liked the comfort of the seats and the spaciousness of the area allowing for standing out of the way. The service was exceptional and the food on this flight was very good. Entertainment was also very good."
Cons: "My only suggestion would be if the crew would inquire if you've ever flown either with Lufthansa or specifically business Class and just give tips if needed. Other than that, on this leg of our journey we had no complaints."

Pros: "Great crew, great flight, food and drinks was awesome"
Cons: "I don't like the fact that I can't choose my seat from earlier because I a big girl and I like to set in the emergency exist seats so I'm not crush up in the middle seat not comfortable and long flight like that lots of pain at the end of the flight"

Pros: "Overall great and on time !"

Pros: "The flight was very smooth, take off off & landing. The crew was polite. Although they kept calling me sir when I am a woman."
Cons: "There were minimal new movie choices. A lot of old movie movie options. The food was terrible! Definitely need to step their game up here. I also didn’t like that the customer behind me kept bumping my seat every time he moved or made a movie selection."

Pros: "The hospitality crew that was at SFO gave us the location of a lounge to go to which closed at 8 pm. The time they gave the location was at 8.25 pm. She was uninformed and not very highly trained. Lounge was disgusting. Messy, crowded - seemed like a 2nd class waiting room in an Indian railway station. The boarding was very poorly managed by the same lady!"
Cons: "Lounge, crew, boarding area"

Cons: "Delayed in Munich an hour late"

Pros: "Boarding was great. Easy. Fast"
Cons: "Seat was cramped. Blanket was inferior."

Cons: "Was assigned worst seat on plane. Engine vibration on seat back"

Cons: "I haven’t received my luggage and I have been in Mumbai for almost 3 days!!! I have to buy new clothes and plenty of toiletries, I have only had 1 phone call from the airline to tell me my bags never left SFO!!! Wtf!"

Cons: "Flight to Fresno was delayed three times. Flight time was 6:21 and now delayed until 10:21"

Pros: "All of it"
Cons: "Nothing"

Cons: "The crew didn't seem particularly interested in helping anyone and worked hard to avoid eye contact. This was an unpleasant flight at best and given the option I will not likely fly Lufthansa again if given the option. I wish that I had better news to report from this flight. :("

Pros: "They kept feeding us! We were not expecting 2 meals 2 snacks and unlimited drinks in economy. We were very impressed and will decently book international with them again."

Cons: "Was delayed in a connection and missed flight. No offer or help provided to get me and children on another flight without charging me ~$9000 for another flight. Paid out of pocket for another airline. Cannot believe the extortion and lack of service provided!"

Cons: "No special dish for kids food or atleast wasn't offered on the flight to us"

Cons: "The cabin got a little hot during the night and made it hard to be comfortable. Also, the seats lean pretty far back so I had little room in front of me when the person sitting in front of me leaned their seat all the way back."

Pros: "Everything"
Cons: "Not a thing"

Cons: "To be waitlisted till gate openes"

Pros: "Got me to Nuremberg"
Cons: "Delay"

Cons: "It was delayed by 9.5 hours!!!!!"

Pros: "Courteous and professional."

Pros: "clean cabin"
Cons: "AC was broken, set on plane for an hour sweating terribly, had to stress to make connecting flight, barely made it. Movie selection did not appeal to me. Seat was super narrow and my seat did not recline fully, pure torture."

Cons: "The flight never took off. We had to wait 6 hours in line, and they still couldn't rebook many of us. When I was finally rebooked on a Swiss Air flight, the flight was invalid, Swiss didn't accept it. I was send to various different lines, and they didn't even understand what my problem was. Finally after spending 2 whole days at the San Francisco airport, I could take off with a 30 hour delay. The Swiss Air flight was wonderful."

Cons: "1 After long stand the line when i want to check in my Luggage i got shocking news According to checkin counter lady said Flight delay more than 2hours and can be 3hours no body knows how long will be delay, she recommended me to go from San Francisco to san jose airport to get another flight. it's time Enough she said , that time about 1pm, i am lucky that i arrived SF airport 3hours in advance so that i could manage to catch up another flight at the san jose airport, i had to go san jose airport from San Francisco by Taxi and the cost was 170usd because driver says over 50mils far a way i need to pay 50% more, i have a alot import meeting in germany, meeting schedule could be mess i was really shocking, how can i get back Taxi fee usd170??? 2. regards to Crew., one Passenger was collecting his handy carry luggage at Cabinet and he forgot to close Cabinet cover after he collected and it was opened that time one flight crew passing by to final check up before landing but don't see that cabinet door open, so one of passenger talk to her to close the Cabinet door, also handy carry luggage after used the passenger should Keep Under the chair for safety but even passenger keept (put) in her beside empty seat, the Crew don't say anything, it was many people keept in next empty seat area. According to rull must keep it under seat, but crew don't say anything I was very very surprised. it's very Dangerous to everybody people may hurt , i was very Scared and nervous. 3. in the dark room passenger can't see or feels that behind them whether crew come or not (passing by or not) Crew passing by and hit passenger but without saying sorry and just go a way. it's impossible... 4. i was standing at Exit door and look at the outside but same time crew came and said to me not friendly and without smile "Excuse me" and i go a way, i saw she crew want to put something inside at dress room. what i want to say the crew could be more nice and smiley face to passenger or could be nice can be wait 5 seconds but was really the way of tone is Racist, this is what i felt, really bad."

Pros: "At a time when airlines are treating a plane like a flying bus, it's heartening to see Lufthansa's attention to detail for its customers both in terms of ontime departure, arrival and inflight hospitality is second to none."

Pros: "Plane was clean and the economy-class seats were relatively comfortable. Entertainment was good. Bathroom facilities on lower deck was a good layout, avoided the usual waiting in the aisles to use the restroom. The staff was friendly and the food was pretty good."
Cons: "Was not familiar with many of the drink brands, and the drinks differed from what I typically saw on flights, so would be nice to have some explanation of what they are (maybe it was in the in-flight magazine, but I missed it)."

Cons: "the monitor at my seat did not work and I could not watch any movie. Everything else was fine."

Pros: "My wife and I loved the courtesy onboard, the flight crew's attention was great."

Cons: "Filght cancelled"

Pros: "Efficiency, courtesy, professionalism."
Cons: "none"

Pros: "They put us in a hotel."
Cons: "I lost my trip to Venice and almost didn't make my cruise ship. Lost $300 non refundable room deposit. Nothing more than an "I'm sorry." from Lufthansa. I'll never fly them again."

Pros: "My original flight was cancelled and then my flights after kept being changed without notice to me."
Cons: "There was no space for my knees. The crew was terribly rude and pissy with all the people. There was one younger stewardess that was kind and smiled a lot, but the older woman and the men were incredibly mean to everyone."

Pros: "Crew was helpful."
Cons: "I paid for a specific seat next to my friend but we did not get seats together. There was a change in aircraft."

Pros: "no complaints, everything went well."

Pros: "Seating, Staff,"

Pros: "Crew was friendly and everything was perfectly on time!"

Cons: "4 hs delay"

Pros: "The flight was on time and landed early"
Cons: "The bags could have come out earlier and the food could be better"

Cons: "I made a mistake in my daughter's surname while booking online, BA refused ro change it at check-in and forced me to buy a new ticket for her."

Pros: "Seat was very comfortable, plenty of leg room."
Cons: "Food trays left for 45 mins. This was premium economy Check in took forever even though I checked in 3 hours before departure. Didn't seem to be any staff near self serve check in screens to advise passengers."

Pros: "The crew were very attentive and there was a large variety of in-flight entertainment."
Cons: "I am not a heavy set guy but the seats were unreasonably close to each other, this meant that when you eat a meal your elbows push into your sides making it hard to bring food to your mouth."

Cons: "Very narrow seats"

Cons: "Simply everything"

Cons: "Seating is a big problem. I am only 192 cm tall and cannot really fit my legs into the space. Have them out in the corridor"

Pros: "Love the A380 it’s smoothness quietness and spaciousness. The experienced mature crew were excellent."
Cons: "Food quality and selection. I"

Cons: "Missing one suitcase and it will be delivered a day late supposedly"

Pros: "That the flight was on time."
Cons: "not applicable."

Cons: "Seat was broken. Reclines without requesting. Tray also needs attention. Seat 15C"

Pros: "Quick boarding."
Cons: "Nothing. Pretty good for a short trip."

Pros: "The crew was so incredible, the safety video was funny, the food was DELICIOUS, the accommodations were above and beyond. Comfortable, great movies, relaxing. First international flight and now I’ll always use British Air"
Cons: "Nothing. This has been the best flight experience I’ve ever had."

Cons: "Delayed, twice!"

Pros: "New Years flight... very special. Great staff and grear entertainment on board"
Cons: "The flight data was not showing... could have been interesting especially on a New Years flight"

Pros: "This was a charter by BA. Airbus A320 with amazing legroom. Was slightly annoyed by them not having coffee ( to wake me up for the drive home) but I suppose I get why they weren’t serving hot beverages."
Cons: "The beverages thing above."

Cons: "Don’t like the business class seating configuration. The entertainment system played up and only worked in half the cabin. They tried to fix it without success"

Pros: "No complaints at all"

Cons: "They did not give the gat no till the very end and the s cueing check was horrible when carrying a baby"

Pros: "I liked that we landed 30 minutes in advance for both flights to and back, compared to the other parallel flight via SAA which was delayed 2 hours when we arrived back."
Cons: "I didn't like the cheese roll I asked for as the whole roll and cheese was literally stuck to the bottom and parts of the bottom of the roll were mushy. The staff were professional but lacked personality and seemed a little hollow."

Pros: "This was the right size airplane for the long trip very comfortable."

Cons: "They lost our bags. Many of us on board. And they didn’t give us tracking numbers to follow-up. Argh"

Pros: "Food was tasty"
Cons: "Was delayed"

Cons: "Cold coffee."

Pros: "Only one layover in London"
Cons: "Emirates, Etihad flights I thought were a bit newer and better in terms of comfort and entertainment with more charging ports etc"

Pros: "Crew were good , food was ok."
Cons: "Flight delayed again so both flights to USA and return were delayed... not a great experience . Entertainment took a cou0le of hours to sort, they had to keep resetting it"

Pros: "Crew were excellent. Very friendly and helpful."
Cons: "Boxes under the seat in front took up legroom (but it did ensure good entertainment options). Could have offered some more drinks."

Pros: "Courteous, helpful and on time. Good price as well."
Cons: "No complaints"

Pros: "All the normal stuff of flying domestic."
Cons: "The way that my brand new suitcase was damaged on the flight and BA just said that handles are excluded from bag damage. Thus, they can do what ever they want with your bag's handles, manhandle it and not take any responsibility. My suitcase was clearly damaged by the way it was handled since i booked it in till i received it again and they just said sorry...there is nothing we can do for you!!! Now that is is poor customer service."

Pros: "Everything"

Cons: "The screen was pretty big but quality pretty bad. Looked like 80s CRT. Also bad selection. Luckily it was a red eye flight."

Pros: "Crew and staff friendly and helpful"
Cons: "My sear was broken and couldn't recline on a 10 hour trip. They tried to fix it but couldn't.."

Pros: "I did not use the entertainment. The crew was refreshingly professonial, helpful, and cheerful [in a British way]."
Cons: "I'm tall and the budget seat was 'tight'. But it was to be expecdted."

Pros: "Went by quickly and efficiently."
Cons: "More music choices would have been nice."

Pros: "Made up for time due to a big tail wind"
Cons: "Took off late and had to wait 45 minutes for luggage"

Pros: "We nisssed it due to British airways ineptitudeeverythubg"

Pros: "Storage bins next to seat in world traveller plus"
Cons: "Lack of seinking water and no toilet in the world traveller plus cabin - curtains divided off the area blocking access to any toilets!"

Cons: "More legroom would have been nice"

Pros: "The space on the A380 is nice, comfortable seats, and the crew was very considerate"
Cons: "No between meals drinks (like water, etc.) or snacks left out on this 11 hour flight. The seats are still a bit close together... for the comfort of a long legged man behind me, I was not really able to recline my chair at all."

Pros: "All great"
Cons: "I liked everything"

Cons: "Seat too small. No free wifi in the XXI century? !!!"

Pros: "Pleasant check in process. Long layover tags put on our checked bags On time"

Cons: "Wish water had been available For free London to Framkfurt"

Pros: "Across to entertainment helped pass the time"
Cons: "On an 11 + hour flight it's extremely difficult if not impossible to get any sleep when you can barely move your seat back. Try removing some seats ...yes, I know impossible"

Pros: "This flight was for my mother. The wheelchair service was very helpful. The crew were very nice. The food was great. Will fly with BA again."

Cons: "On time and good staff"

Pros: "The seates were nice and plush. The journey wasn't bumpy at all, and the pilot was funny. He made a fun comment saying 'he had someplace to be in New York so he will get us there as quickly as possible.' :P The crew was friendly and sweet."
Cons: "There was no food ! I assumed a flight from the west coast to the east coast would atleast provide with some food ! But nada. It bugged me more because I had to catch a another flight from new York to London. Other than that, guess it was pretty okay."

Pros: "First time I enjoy flying , everything was very good"
Cons: "Nothing"

Read more about Qatar Airways
COVID-19 information

Safety measures for airlines flying from San Francisco to Johannesburg

Airlines flying from San Francisco to Johannesburg 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 San Francisco to Johannesburg

Mandatory masks

Masks required on board, masks provided on flights from San Francisco to Johannesburg

Social distancing seating

Middle seats unavailable to book on flights from San Francisco to Johannesburg

Pre-flight testing

Testing for antibodies, testing for symptoms for flights from San Francisco to Johannesburg

Book cheap flights from San Francisco to Johannesburg

Recent return flight deals

27/9
Mon
1 stop
Turkish Airlines
31h 10m
SFO - JNB
6/10
Wed
1 stop
Turkish Airlines
31h 05m
JNB - SFO
14/9
Tue
2 stops
Kenya Airways
34h 20m
SFO - JNB
21/9
Tue
2 stops
Kenya Airways
34h 26m
JNB - SFO
20/8
Fri
2 stops
British Airways
34h 25m
SFO - JNB
6/9
Mon
2 stops
British Airways
29h 20m
JNB - SFO
14/9
Tue
2 stops
Multiple Airlines
34h 25m
SFO - JNB
21/9
Tue
3 stops
Multiple Airlines
39h 00m
JNB - SFO
29/8
Sun
1 stop
Emirates
32h 10m
SFO - JNB
17/9
Fri
2 stops
Emirates
35h 05m
JNB - SFO
15/9
Wed
2 stops
Ethiopian Air
29h 25m
SFO - JNB
24/9
Fri
3 stops
Ethiopian Air
39h 00m
JNB - SFO
13/5
Thu
1 stop
Qatar Airways
27h 00m
SFO - JNB
26/5
Wed
1 stop
Qatar Airways
32h 45m
JNB - SFO
7/9
Tue
1 stop
Turkish Airlines
31h 10m
SFO - JNB
21/9
Tue
1 stop
Turkish Airlines
28h 00m
JNB - SFO
15/9
Wed
1 stop
Turkish Airlines
31h 10m
SFO - JNB
22/9
Wed
1 stop
Turkish Airlines
31h 05m
JNB - SFO
7/9
Tue
2 stops
Kenya Airways
34h 20m
SFO - JNB
21/9
Tue
2 stops
Kenya Airways
29h 11m
JNB - SFO
20/8
Fri
2 stops
British Airways
34h 25m
SFO - JNB
6/9
Mon
2 stops
British Airways
29h 20m
JNB - SFO
25/10
Mon
1 stop
Turkish Airlines
31h 10m
SFO - JNB
11/11
Thu
1 stop
Turkish Airlines
31h 15m
JNB - SFO
13/5
Thu
2 stops
Multiple Airlines
37h 10m
SFO - JNB
26/5
Wed
2 stops
Multiple Airlines
38h 35m
JNB - SFO
11/9
Sat
1 stop
Emirates
32h 10m
SFO - JNB
25/9
Sat
2 stops
Emirates
35h 05m
JNB - SFO
22/8
Sun
2 stops
British Airways
34h 25m
SFO - JNB
5/9
Sun
2 stops
British Airways
29h 20m
JNB - SFO
16/9
Thu
1 stop
Turkish Airlines
31h 10m
SFO - JNB
23/9
Thu
1 stop
Turkish Airlines
31h 15m
JNB - SFO
20/7
Tue
2 stops
Kenya Airways
34h 20m
SFO - JNB
17/8
Tue
2 stops
Kenya Airways
29h 11m
JNB - SFO
2/9
Thu
1 stop
Emirates
32h 10m
SFO - JNB
18/9
Sat
2 stops
Emirates
35h 05m
JNB - SFO
12/8
Thu
2 stops
British Airways
34h 25m
SFO - JNB
1/9
Wed
2 stops
British Airways
29h 20m
JNB - SFO
15/9
Wed
1 stop
Turkish Airlines
34h 35m
SFO - JNB
24/9
Fri
1 stop
Turkish Airlines
31h 05m
JNB - SFO
Show more results

Recent one-way flight deals

3/7
Sat
2 stops
British Airways
34h 25m
SFO - JNB
10/6
Thu
3 stops
Multiple Airlines
57h 10m
SFO - JNB
11/5
Tue
2 stops
Ethiopian Air
28h 06m
SFO - JNB
3/6
Thu
1 stop
Turkish Airlines
31h 00m
SFO - JNB
13/6
Sun
1 stop
United Airlines
22h 05m
SFO - JNB
10/5
Mon
1 stop
Lufthansa
32h 35m
SFO - JNB
11/5
Tue
1 stop
Qatar Airways
27h 00m
SFO - JNB
30/9
Thu
1 stop
British Airways
29h 00m
SFO - JNB
15/6
Tue
3 stops
Multiple Airlines
58h 05m
SFO - JNB
30/9
Thu
2 stops
British Airways
30h 35m
SFO - JNB
10/5
Mon
3 stops
Multiple Airlines
40h 50m
SFO - JNB
10/5
Mon
2 stops
Ethiopian Air
28h 06m
SFO - JNB
3/7
Sat
1 stop
British Airways
29h 35m
SFO - JNB
29/9
Wed
1 stop
United Airlines
32h 15m
SFO - JNB
14/6
Mon
3 stops
Multiple Airlines
50h 30m
SFO - JNB
10/6
Thu
2 stops
Lufthansa
34h 45m
SFO - JNB
8/7
Thu
2 stops
British Airways
28h 25m
SFO - JNB
13/6
Sun
3 stops
Multiple Airlines
53h 35m
SFO - JNB
29/9
Wed
2 stops
United Airlines
47h 00m
SFO - JNB
3/7
Sat
3 stops
Multiple Airlines
32h 05m
SFO - JNB
Show more results
-
1
  • Return
  • One-way
  • Multi-city
  • Trip Builder
  • Economy
  • Premium Economy
  • Business
  • First
  • Multiple
Economy
  • Economy
  • Premium Economy
  • Business
  • First
Economy
  • Economy
  • Premium Economy
  • Business
  • First
Economy
  • Economy
  • Premium Economy
  • Business
  • First
Economy
  • Economy
  • Premium Economy
  • Business
  • First
Economy
  • Economy
  • Premium Economy
  • Business
  • First
Economy
  • Economy
  • Premium Economy
  • Business
  • First