The cheapest times to fly from CPT to JFK are

  • January 15th to February 18th
  • April 23rd to June 10th
  • September 3rd to December 2nd

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 CPT to JFK is mid to late November. Prices can be as high as $1761 for Saturday flights during early January, or as low as $794 for Tuesday flights around mid to late November.


When to Fly to New York

Flying from Cape Town (CPT) to New York, NY (JFK) will usually cost between $817 to $1179 per person if booking more than four weeks in advance. On average the very cheapest time to fly is mid to late November with an average ticket price of $811. Due to high demand the most expensive time to fly is early January, with an average price of $1478. Planning your trip to low-cost times can easily save you $667 on economy flights and even more on first-class flights. Generally, any price below $910 can be considered a good price for a round-trip CPT to JFK flight.

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

CPT to JFK Flight Prices

Compared to other flights, the CPT to JFK flight is priced close to the average and costs less than the average flight leaving from Cape Town. The average price per mile (for a direct flight) is $0.07, which is far below average.


Flight Prices by Day of the Week

Tuesday is usually the cheapest day to fly to JFK, and Wednesday the cheapest day to fly back into CPT. Saturdays are the most expensive days to fly to New York, and Thursdays are the most expensive days to return to Cape Town. Selecting flights on the least expensive days could save you up to $75 (8%) on this flight.

Departing prices are for round-trip flights returning on the day of departure. For example, a flight departing on Tuesday and returning a week later will cost an average of $911. Return trip prices are from the JFK to CPT 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 CPT to JFK can generally find a 1-layover flight. Because there is not usually a direct flight option the real-world direct flight time of 15 hour 2 minutes may not be realistic.


Flight Hacking CPT to JFK

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 CPT to JFK — but Champion Traveler does!

Hack #1: Johannesburg (CPT > JNB > JFK)

  • Price for both tickets: $883
  • Average savings: $27 (2.97%)

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Flight Questions Answered

Still have questions about flying from CPT to JFK? We’ve got answers.

Which airlines fly this route?

You can find 26 major airlines flying this route most often: Air France, American, Austrian, British Airways, Brussels Airlines, Cathay Pacific, Delta, EgyptAir, Emirates, Ethiopian, Etihad, Finnair, Iberia, JetBlue, Kenya Airways, KLM, LATAM, Lufthansa, Qatar Airways, Singapore Airlines, South African, SriLankan, SWISS, Turkish Airlines, United, Virgin Atlantic, and potentially more during busy seasons.

How far away is it from John F. Kennedy International Airport to Cape Town International Airport?

The distance between the two airports is roughly 7803 miles or 12558 kilometers.

How long does it take to fly from CPT to JFK?

The real-world flight time for a nonstop CPT to JFK flight is about 15 hour 2 minutes.

How many flights go between Cape Town and New York, NY?

It depends on the day of the week and the date, but a typical day might have around 74 available flights from CPT to JFK.


Airport Location Info


Departing Airport

Origination codeCPT
Origination airport nameCape Town International Airport
CityCape Town
CountrySouth Africa

Return Airport

Destination codeJFK
Destination airport nameJohn F. Kennedy International Airport
CityNew York, NY
Countrythe United States


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