The cheapest times to fly from MQP to SFO are

  • January 8th to May 20th (except the weeks of April 9th and May 7th)
  • November 5th 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 MQP to SFO is late January and early February. Prices can be as high as $3522 for Sunday flights during early January, or as low as $1244 for Tuesday flights around late January and early February.


When to Fly to San Francisco

Flying from Nelspruit (MQP) to San Francisco, CA (SFO) will usually cost between $1285 to $2933 per person if booking more than four weeks in advance. On average the very cheapest time to fly is late January and early February with an average ticket price of $1294. Due to high demand the most expensive time to fly is early January, with an average price of $2383. Planning your trip to low-cost times can easily save you $1089 on economy flights and even more on first-class flights. Generally, any price below $1426 can be considered a good price for a round-trip MQP to SFO flight.

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

MQP to SFO Flight Prices

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


Flight Prices by Day of the Week

Tuesday is usually the cheapest day to fly to SFO, and Monday the cheapest day to fly back into MQP. Sundays are the most expensive days to fly to San Francisco, and Fridays are the most expensive days to return to Nelspruit. Selecting flights on the least expensive days could save you up to $587 (25%) 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 $1410. Return trip prices are from the SFO to MQP 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 MQP to SFO can generally find a 2-layover flight. Because there is not usually a direct flight option the real-world direct flight time of 20 hour 11 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 MQP to SFO while comparing.

Destination alternative #1: Norman Y. Mineta San Jose International Airport (SJC) in San Jose, CA

  • 30 miles (48 km) away from SFO
  • Usually 3.09% less expensive than SFO
  • 2-layover flights available

See MQP to SJC flights


Flight Hacking MQP to SFO

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 MQP to SFO — but Champion Traveler does!

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

  • Price for both tickets: $1255
  • Average savings: $172 (12.03%)

See MQP to JFK flights

Hack #2: New York, NY (MQP > JFK > SFO)

  • Price for both tickets: $1259
  • Average savings: $168 (11.75%)

See MQP to JNB flights


Flight Questions Answered

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

Which airlines fly this route?

You can find 12 major airlines flying this route most often: Air France, Air New Zealand, Alaska, American, British Airways, Delta, JetBlue, KLM, Lufthansa, South African, United, Virgin Atlantic, and potentially more during busy seasons.

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

The distance between the two airports is roughly 10667 miles or 17167 kilometers.

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

The real-world flight time for a nonstop MQP to SFO flight is about 20 hour 11 minutes.

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

It depends on the day of the week and the date, but a typical day might have around 19 available flights from MQP to SFO.


Airport Location Info


Departing Airport

Origination code MQP
Origination airport name Kruger Mpumalanga International Airport
City Nelspruit
Country South Africa
Latitude -25.4
Longitude 31.1

Return Airport

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


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