Least Expensive Airfare to Four Continents

Least expensive air travel from Omaha to four continents - Europe, Asia, South America and Africa.


  1. Ground rules
  2. Method
  3. Influence of travel dates
  4. Least expensive round-trip to Europe
  5. Least expensive round-trip to Asia
  6. Least expensive round-trip to South America
  7. Least expensive round-trip to Africa
  8. Sum total of all three airfares

Ground rules

This is somewhat of a competition. I give extra points for the person with the least total airfare to all of these continents. All airfares must be roundtrip from Omaha, and must for be a three-week period from now until Sept. 1. It can be two different airlines, in which case you would present two different graphic files. The timing must be such that you can make the connection. Provide at least 3 hours. If the connection has you spending the night at the airport, you must include the cost of a hotel.

Generally, the least expensive fares to these destinations are from coastal cities in the US, like LA and New York. In order to get the lowest fare, you need to find the least expensive coastal city and the least expensive flight from Omaha to that city. Sites like Kayak and Expedia won't do this automatically. There may be some ground transportation involved in transferring to a nearby airport. Include the ground transportation cost and associated graphics. Bigger cities have multiple airports so don't get confused. New York, for example, has five airports: JFK, LaGuardia, Newark, White Plains, and Newburgh. Only three offer international flights. The cheapest flights are often from the smaller airports that charge a lesser fee for landing.

You don't need to check luggage but you do need to include a carry-on bag.

Prices vary widely during this period. They also vary by day of the week. You must present screenshots of the airfare with sufficient detail to verify the dates, connections, and price - including taxes. Use only commercial airlines - you can't use military aircraft or family connections with commercial companies. The flight leaves from Omaha – you can't drive to another city.


For this assignment I used the websites, Google flights, kayak.com, orbitz.com, united.com, Delta.com, and Expedia.com.

Influence of travel dates and cities

For the round-trip to Europe I checked different cities such as Dublin Ireland, Madrid Spain, Paris France, London UK, and Amsterdam Netherlands. I kept checking different sites and Amsterdam came out to have the cheaper flights. Some of the flights to Amsterdam were less than $1,000. The different dates I looked at were in June and July and they cost more than in March, April, or May. The sooner you plan and book a flight, the cheaper it is for some reason rather if you book it months later. This was the same for flights in Asia, South America, and Africa.

For Asia, I tried the cities of Singapore, Beijing, Shanghai, Tokyo, and Hong Kong. All of these were more than or a bit under $1,000, but Shanghai had the cheapest flights.

For South America I looked at Rio De Janeiro, Lima, Santiago, and Aruba. Aruba had the cheapest flights compared to all the other ones I looked at.

For Africa I looked at Cape Town, Johannesburg, Casablanca, Nairobi, and Cairo. I choose Casablanca because it was the cheapest at the time.

Least expensive round-trip from Omaha to Europe



Least expensive round-trip from Omaha to Asia


Omaha to LAX



LAX to Shanghai

LAX Back to Omaha

Least expensive round-trip from Omaha to South America


Omaha to Aruba


Least expensive round-trip from Omaha to Africa


Omaha to Madrid

Madrid to Casablanca




Sum total of all four airfares

Europe: $468

Asia:  $665

South America: $505.13

Africa:  $672.43

Total price: $2,310.56

Submitted by Julisa Prieto-Garcia on February 12, 2019.