The cheapest times to fly from MSY to JNB are

  • January 8th to March 25th (except the week of February 12th)
  • August 20th to December 9th

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 MSY to JNB is early to mid September. Prices can be as high as $2335 for Sunday flights during early to mid July, or as low as $944 for Wednesday flights around early to mid September.


When to Fly to Johannesburg

Flying from New Orleans, LA (MSY) to Johannesburg (JNB) will usually cost between $1051 to $2193 per person if booking more than four weeks in advance. On average the very cheapest time to fly is early to mid September with an average ticket price of $1046. Due to high demand the most expensive time to fly is early to mid July, with an average price of $2087. Planning your trip to low-cost times can easily save you $1041 on economy flights and even more on first-class flights. Generally, any price below $1313 can be considered a good price for a round-trip MSY to JNB flight.

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

MSY to JNB Flight Prices

Compared to other flights, the MSY to JNB flight is slightly more expensive than the average and costs slightly more than the average flight leaving from New Orleans. The average price per mile (for a direct flight) is $0.09, which is far below average.


Flight Prices by Day of the Week

Wednesday is usually the cheapest day to fly to JNB, and Tuesday the cheapest day to fly back into MSY. Sundays are the most expensive days to fly to Johannesburg, and Saturdays are the most expensive days to return to New Orleans. Selecting flights on the least expensive days could save you up to $73 (5%) on this flight.

Departing prices are for round-trip flights returning on the day of departure. For example, a flight departing on Wednesday and returning a week later will cost an average of $1335. Return trip prices are from the JNB to MSY 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 MSY to JNB can generally find a 1-layover flight. Because there is not usually a direct flight option the real-world direct flight time of 16 hour 41 minutes may not be realistic.


Flight Hacking MSY to JNB

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 MSY to JNB — but Champion Traveler does!

Hack #1: New York, NY (MSY > JFK > JNB)

  • Price for both tickets: $1027
  • Average savings: $287 (21.82%)

See MSY to JFK flights

Hack #2: Houston, TX (MSY > IAH > JNB)

  • Price for both tickets: $1035
  • Average savings: $278 (21.17%)

See MSY to IAH flights

Hack #3: Newark, NJ (MSY > EWR > JNB)

  • Price for both tickets: $1039
  • Average savings: $275 (20.91%)

See MSY to EWR flights


Flight Questions Answered

Still have questions about flying from MSY to JNB? We’ve got answers.

Which airlines fly this route?

You can find 25 major airlines flying this route most often: Air Canada, Air France, Alitalia, American, Austrian, British Airways, Brussels Airlines, Delta, EgyptAir, Emirates, Ethiopian, Etihad, Finnair, Iberia, JetBlue, Kenya Airways, KLM, LATAM, Lufthansa, Qatar Airways, South African, SWISS, Turkish Airlines, United, Virgin Atlantic, and potentially more during busy seasons.

How far away is it from Oliver Reginald Tambo International Airport to Louis Armstrong New Orleans International Airport?

The distance between the two airports is roughly 8721 miles or 14035 kilometers.

How long does it take to fly from MSY to JNB?

The real-world flight time for a nonstop MSY to JNB flight is about 16 hour 41 minutes.

How many flights go between New Orleans, LA and Johannesburg?

It depends on the day of the week and the date, but a typical day might have around 86 available flights from MSY to JNB.


Airport Location Info


Departing Airport

Origination code MSY
Origination airport name Louis Armstrong New Orleans International Airport
City New Orleans, LA
Country the United States
Latitude 30
Longitude -90.3

Return Airport

Destination code JNB
Destination airport name Oliver Reginald Tambo International Airport
City Johannesburg
Country South Africa
Latitude -26.1
Longitude 28.2


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