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Sunday, September 24th 2017

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2017
1
May
Calgary to Dar Es Salaam, Tanzania (gateway to Zanzibar) - $974 to $1021 CAD roundtrip including taxes | add Europe for $15 more

Zanzibar

SWISS and Air Canada are having a battle with KLM over flight prices from from Calgary to Dar Es Salaam, Tanzania.

SWISS and Air Canada = $974 CAD roundtrip including taxes.
KLM = $981 to $1021 CAD roundtrip including taxes.

This is about 40% below the typical best roundtrip prices from Calgary to Dar Es Salaam.

Dar Es Salaam is the gateway to Zanzibar. It costs about $35 to $50 USD to take the ferry from Dar Es Salaam to gorgeous Zanzibar (shown in the photo above).

On KLM, you can turn this into a '2-continents-in-1' trip, for about $15 more. Fly from Calgary to Amsterdam (non-stop), spend time in Europe, then fly from Amsterdam to Tanzania, spend time there, and fly back home to Calgary - all for just $1028 CAD including taxes for all 3 flights. Instructions on how to do this are in the blog post below.

Availability for travel

October, November 2017
January, February, March 2018 (see update below)

How to find and book these flights

1. Go to Momondo

2. Search for a flight from Calgary to Dar Es Salaam, Tanzania (DAR)

Try one of these example date combinations:

Oct 16 to Nov 1
Oct 22 to Nov 6
Oct 23 to Nov 6
Oct 24, 25 to Nov 8
Oct 30 to Nov 13
Nov 6 to Nov 20
Nov 8 to Nov 22
Nov 13 to Nov 27
Nov 20 to Dec 4 or 11
Nov 22 to Dec 6
Nov 27 to Dec 11

You should be able to find quite a few other date combinations between Oct 23 and Dec 11 if you focus on Mon/Tue/Wed dates.

When you get to Momondo, if you click on 'Cheapest' it will probably show you the Air Canada / SWISS flights. If you click on 'Best' it will probably show you the KLM flights (which are quite a bit faster, for the extra $50).

screenshot from Momondo



Update 2/27 - KLM is now showing fares in January and February 2018 from Calgary to Dar Es Salaam, Tanzania for $1013 CAD roundtrip including taxes.

1. Go to the KLM website

2. Search for a flight from Calgary to Dar Es Salaam, Tanzania (DAR)

Try one of these date combinations:

DEPARTURE dates
Jan 14, 15, 16, 17, 18
Jan 21, 22, 23, 24, 25
Jan 28, 29, 30
Feb 1, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8
Feb 13 -- new!

RETURN dates
Jan 27, 28, 29, 30, 31
Feb 4, 5, 6, 7
Feb 11, 12, 13, 20
Feb 27 -- new!

NOTE: I've noticed that sometimes searching for these fares on the KLM website directly doesn't seem to work. It gives you an error message: 'Unfortunately no available flight(s) found.' and doesn't allow you to proceed.

But, oddly, if you put the same dates into the Kayak search engine and then click through to the KLM website, they show up. You still get the error message, but the fare shows up below it and you're able to click through and book it.

Here's an example Kayak search you can start with:

Kayak search: Feb 13 to Feb 27

screenshot from KLM.com



On KLM, you can turn these into a '2-continents-in-1' trip, for about $15 more.

Fly from Calgary to Amsterdam (non-stop), spend time in Europe, then fly from Amsterdam to Tanzania, spend time there, and fly back home to Calgary - all for just $1028 CAD including taxes for all 3 flights.

1. Go to the KLM website

2. Click on 'Multi-City'

Try searching for a flight like this:

Calgary (YYC) to Amsterdam (AMS)
Amsterdam (AMS) to Dar Es Salaam, Tanzania (DAR)
Dar Es Salaam, Tanzania (DAR) to Calgary (YYC)

As for dates to use, try using start and end dates from the list in the section above this one.

You can play around with the middle date to give you more or less time in Amsterdam or Tanzania.

screenshot from KLM.com



Update 5/10 - These are back again today. You can find flights from Calgary to Dar Es Salaam, Tanzania with KLM for $978 CAD roundtrip including taxes. There are now dates available as far away as March 2018.

1. Go to Momondo or the KLM website ($17 more)

2. Search for a flight from Calgary to Dar Es Salaam, Tanzania (DAR)

Try one of these example date combinations:

[2018]
Jan 14, 15, 16, 17 to Jan 27, 28, 29, 30, 31
Jan 21, 22, 23, 24 to Feb 3, 4, 5, 6, 7
Jan 28, 29, 30, 31 to Feb 11, 13
Feb 25, 26, 27, 28 to Mar 11
Mar 4, 5, 6, 7 to Mar 18, 20, 21

NOTE: After your search completes on Momondo, you may want to click on 'Best' - this should filter it down to the KLM flights. The travel times should look like the screenshot below.

screenshot from Momondo



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