Daily cleaning, installation of cabin HEPA filters on flights from Shanghai to Johannesburg
Flying to Johannesburg from Shanghai requires at least one stopover, as there are no direct flights for this route. The shortest flight duration is 27h 00m.
When flying from Shanghai to Johannesburg, you should consider leaving on a Wednesday and avoid Fridays if you are looking for the best rates. For your return to Shanghai, you’ll find the best rates on Fridays and the most expensive ones on Wednesdays.
When flying out of Shanghai you will be using one of these airports: Shanghai Pu Dong or Shanghai Hongqiao Intl. You will be landing at Johannesburg OR Tambo.
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Scores according to KAYAK customer reviews
Cons: "main bag (out of 3; 2 made it) left behind"
Pros: "Flight attendants were proficient and courteous."
Cons: "The seats are horrible and gave me backache. Hardly any cushion that could provide any form of comfort to an 11 hour flight and the recline was nonexistence"
Pros: "Had the whole of 3 seats to myself. Was a fast and pleasant and direct flight. Flight attendants gave me the option to take the row. Nice of her."
Cons: "Food selection and tastiness ... room for improvement."
Pros: "The inflight entertainment that’s all"
Cons: "Better crew and food"
Pros: "Quick time"
Cons: "Blanket and better gate management at landing."
Cons: "Delayed flight, seat didn’t recline"
Pros: "In flight entertainment was very good."
Cons: "Departure was 45-60 minutes late because the plane arrived late. We sat on the runway for ~ 20 mins after landing in Chicago because there was no available jetway. Passport “spot check (?!) at jetway for all deplaning passengers created a slow crush once we left the plane."
Pros: "the crew was amazing and pleasant."
Cons: "everything went well and what i was expecting."
Pros: "The food was great!"
Pros: "Good flight, nice staff."
Cons: "Food not the greatest and flight over-crowded."
Pros: "- Food was good, (3 cup chicken) - Ontime departure - Early arrival - Friendly attentive staff"
Pros: "The flight was very nice"
Cons: "Did not work"
Pros: "Everything was in schedule. Bonus was those smaller extra foam pillows in Polaris."
Pros: "Made great time despite being grounded for over 1.5 hours due to PVG ground control. Only arrived 10 mins late."
Cons: "Got bit six times by a rogue mosquito that made it onboard during boarding."
Pros: "It left on time and arrived early."
Cons: "One of the flight attendants was particularly snippy with everyone."
Pros: "The plane, crew and boarding was great, and the food and drinks were quite good. Legroom in standard economy class was passable for a 6'2" person."
Cons: "I booked through the United website as trip from US, have Silver status on United, and Lufthansa's policies of not allowing advance (1-2 mo before flight) seat selection (never on UA nor LH websites) are just horrible. Hard to get through on 800 number, and 1 day before trip answer was still to do it in Frankfurt. Economy plus was $1000 more/person, and even then no guarantee I could choose a seat far in advance. Then, at computer kiosk in Frankfurt, they had a wrong diagram of the plane,as we ended up on what turned out to be a no-recline row which I would never get. I'm 6'2", 230lbs, and wasn't able to sleep on that flight. Had I been able to reserve a seat behind a bulkhead or in exit row 2mos in advance, I would have been fine."
Pros: "Service and crew were much friendlier coming back from Rio."
Cons: "Food was terrible, seat as uncomfortable."
Pros: "Smooth. Arrived early."
Pros: "Entertainment, and leg space."
Cons: "Full plane, long wait to use lavatory. Crew was good, but should have upped their game under the circumstances, especially with regards to keeping the lavatory clean. The noodles for breakfast turned out to be porridge, and went straight to the waste basket."
Pros: "Flight, crew and reasonable comfort for economy class."
Cons: "Nothing significant."
Pros: "On time and flight crew were very courteous and professional."
Cons: "Everything! The customer service was terrible and cold. Non refundable tickets should state in huge red writing that they are non refundable!!!"
Cons: "4+ hour delay due to mechanical failures. My seat video monitor was broken. Missed connection rescheduled through a different airline. My luggage didn't make the change, and though I was told they would deliver it to my hotel late that night, it didn't arrive until mid-morning the next day."
Pros: "Flight was on time and on schedule,"
Cons: "The cost of a one way ticket was more than a return flight The entertainment system did not work, no movies were accessible on the entire plane for the 12 hour flight. Meals were OK but nothing fantastic to write home about Seat were crowded for eccomomy class, I flew on Emirates on my way to Zurich, for 60% of this flight cost, and would give them a solid 9 or 10 rating our of 10. This was an old plane, 747 Jumbo, Looked tired and was loud inside."
Cons: "The yogurt that was served in business class was out of date by 10 days"
Pros: "Did not get into flight"
Cons: "Did not get into flight"
Pros: "Quiet and calm smooth flight"
Cons: "It was cold in cabin at first."
Pros: "Food and service not bad. Flight on time."
Cons: "No individual entertainment. One snarky light attendant. Little leg room. Terrible selection of films for all passengers. Have to get United app on ground--need this to be communicated better, on website, before boarding, and onboard."
Cons: "No WiFi. It wasn't working."
Cons: "United is no longer customer friendly. Personnel on ground are like robots. They no longer recognize loyal customers as the core. Stewardess and stewards are not courteous. The steward was chewing while serving food. No more what high standards are about. Just to get through with the job. Sad."
Pros: "The purser was amazing. He set a high bar for personal service and caring."
Cons: "Lots of problems with seats around us (and ours) in business class. For a new airplane (787) that was surprising!"
Pros: "Was very bad weather conditions and the crew really did well"
Cons: "We bought very cheap tickets, not understanding that we were put at the back and had NO flexibility with the tickets. Treated like ppl with "cheap tickets"."
Cons: "too much technical problems too long of delays,horrible"
Cons: "Los Angeles"
Pros: "The pilot did a good job. However the cabin crew needs more training. Very rude and unattentive"
Cons: "Rude and incompetent staff on this flight. Plus the overweight/hot/sweaty/snorlax gentleman squeezing me into my window seat for 12hrs was pleasant."
Pros: "they switched our flight in boston to another flight which was totally inconvenient. then the connecting flight was delayed so we had a three hour layover. then they switched the terminal and flight time to an hour earlier than posted w/o our knowledge. that flight left and we were stranded in new jersey airport until 6 am the next day and had to rebook. now we will have to make another stop in san Francisco's before getting to portland oregon a day late. total joke."
Cons: "When I attempted to check in for flights using the United app both outgoing and return, I found boarding passes were not available for all flights and had to call United to have reservation adjusted so boarding passes could be issued. Don't know why? but inconvenient."
Pros: "Crew service,food was excellent, entertain was ok except the audio no music selection to cannot choose individual music cannot forward or playback songs but overall it was an excellent flight especially Shanghai to Sfo trip"
Pros: "The variety of movies and music to listen to. Very comfortable"
Cons: "The quality of food could be better. I always order a Hindu meal not because that's my background but because it has more flavor than a standard meal"
Pros: "The plane was big and they made sure to keep you hydrated."
Cons: "Most of the airline staff were unbelievably rude. They wouldn't let me 91 year old grandfather get up to stretch at ask during the flight. They also told me to stay out of the way and sit down during a medical emergency when I got up because they needed a doctor."
Pros: "Free new release movies available for free. Pretty good for a domestic flight. Lots of choices to choose from. Staffs were friendly, helpful, and attentive."
Cons: "No spaces left for carry-on luggage, even if I was able to put mine away. I felt bad for those after me."
Pros: "Flight attendants were nice, the plane had wifi"
Cons: "We were sat against the bathroom in the very back and there is no leg room or any chance to lean back, mine and my wife's backs were very sore after the flight. The plane was outdated, I was really hoping for TV but it didn't have it."
Pros: "Fight was 45 delay but still 10 minutes earlier arrived.that was very good."
Pros: "Comfortable seats on the long flight. The crew did their best to put together a vegetarian breakfast for me."
Cons: "It would be helpful to make meal choice an easy option as you are purchasing your flight, or checking in. More vegetarian options ready for guests on flight."
Pros: "Crew members are nice and attentive."
Cons: "Entertainment: they took away personal screen but then the "new" personal device entertainment option never worked on our roundtrip flight SFO-PVG. The movie froze every 10-15min even on their own big screen. Food was very disappointing even by airline food standard. I was not expecting it to be great food but hey at least provide some options with decent taste please? Comfort: Seats are tight and you will have very minimal space and an awkward position if the person in front of you recline the seat but you don't. Flight is old and seats are uncomfortable. Very little leg room"
Pros: "The one little flight attendant was sweet and kind."
Cons: "always delay！！"
Cons: "Please read above--I was standing at the gate waiting to board when the gate rep told me and another passenger there was only one seat left--on a flight I was confirmed on! The other passenger said he had a family obligation and the rep handed him the last ticket before I could get a word out. I felt so disrespected and like my business and money meant nothing to United. Then began my saga to get to Portland. Unbelievable."
Airlines flying from Shanghai 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 Shanghai to Johannesburg
Masks required on board, masks provided on flights from Shanghai to Johannesburg
Social distancing seating
Middle seats unavailable to book on flights from Shanghai to Johannesburg
Testing for antibodies, testing for symptoms for flights from Shanghai to Johannesburg
Waiving of change fees. Search flexible flights from Shanghai to Johannesburg