The cheapest times to fly from SFO to PTG are

  • January 8th to May 27th (except the weeks of April 2nd and April 9th)
  • September 3rd to September 16th
  • October 22nd to December 9th (except the week of November 19th)

based on data collected exclusively by Champion Traveler across tens of millions of flights. Among all the dates above, the very cheapest time to fly from SFO to PTG is early to mid May. Prices can be as high as $3481 for Friday flights during mid December, or as low as $1097 for Monday flights around early to mid May.


When to Fly to Polokwane

Flying from San Francisco, CA (SFO) to Polokwane (PTG) will usually cost between $1104 to $2258 per person if booking more than four weeks in advance. On average the very cheapest time to fly is early to mid May with an average ticket price of $1126. Due to high demand the most expensive time to fly is mid December, with an average price of $2568. Planning your trip to low-cost times can easily save you $1441 on economy flights and even more on first-class flights. Generally, any price below $1368 can be considered a good price for a round-trip SFO to PTG flight.

See below for a graph of average weekly prices for the SFO to PTG route. All prices are for round-trip tickets in USD.

SFO to PTG Flight Prices

Compared to other flights, the SFO to PTG flight is slightly more expensive than the average and costs about as much as the average flight leaving from San Francisco. The average price per mile (for a direct flight) is $0.08, which is far below average.


Flight Prices by Day of the Week

Monday is usually the cheapest day to fly to PTG, and Tuesday the cheapest day to fly back into SFO. Fridays are the most expensive days to fly out or take a return trip. Selecting flights on the least expensive days could save you up to $276 (16%) on this flight.

Departing prices are for round-trip flights returning on the day of departure. For example, a flight departing on Monday and returning a week later will cost an average of $1346. Return trip prices are from the PTG to SFO flight, and often highlight the quality of our data in showing the same trend.

Departing Prices by Day

Departure Day Prices

Return Trip Prices by Day

Return Day Prices


Nonstop Flights and Layovers

Travelers looking to fly from SFO to PTG can generally find a 2-layover flight. Because there is not usually a direct flight option the real-world direct flight time of 19 hour 55 minutes may not be realistic.


Alternative Nearby Airports

Champion Traveler tells you which airports are nearby and whether tickets might be cheaper alternative airports nearby. Sometimes it’s worth it to fly into a closer airport and then commute to your destination. Remember that there is not usually a nonstop flight from SFO to PTG while comparing.

Destination alternative #1: Kruger Park Gateway Airport (PHW) in Phalaborwa

  • 107 miles (172 km) away from PTG
  • Usually 0.33% less expensive than PTG
  • 2-layover flights available

See SFO to PHW flights


Flight Hacking SFO to PTG

Flight hacking is when you book two tickets instead of a layover, sometimes with different airlines. You will need to either bring only a carry-on bag (highly recommended) or leave yourself plenty of time to go through security again. Flight hacking is completely allowed, but airlines don’t always tell you the cheapest way to get from SFO to PTG — but Champion Traveler does!

Hack #1: Johannesburg (SFO > JNB > PTG)

  • Price for both tickets: $1086
  • Average savings: $282 (20.59%)

See SFO to JNB flights


Flight Questions Answered

Still have questions about flying from SFO to PTG? We’ve got answers.

Which airlines fly this route?

You can find 16 major airlines flying this route most often: Air France, Air New Zealand, Alaska, American, British Airways, Delta, Finnair, Iberia, JetBlue, KLM, Lufthansa, Singapore Airlines, South African, SWISS, United, Virgin Atlantic, and potentially more during busy seasons.

How far away is it from Polokwane International Airport to San Francisco International Airport?

The distance between the two airports is roughly 10521 miles or 16932 kilometers.

How long does it take to fly from SFO to PTG?

The real-world flight time for a nonstop SFO to PTG flight is about 19 hour 55 minutes.

How many flights go between San Francisco, CA and Polokwane?

It depends on the day of the week and the date, but a typical day might have around 16 available flights from SFO to PTG.


Airport Location Info


Departing Airport

Origination code SFO
Origination airport name San Francisco International Airport
City San Francisco, CA
Country the United States
Latitude 37.6
Longitude -122.4

Return Airport

Destination code PTG
Destination airport name Polokwane International Airport
City Polokwane
Country South Africa
Latitude -23.8
Longitude 29.5


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