I fly out of Phoenix AZ for my flights and this last May I flew to J'berg from Phoenix and used a travel agent. The flight was from Phoenix to Dulles in D.C. by United, and South Africa Airways to J'burg with the layover in Daktar for over an hour where the self loading cargo get sprayed down for some terrible unnamed danger and on to J'burg, coach all the way. The return was the same stop in Daktar (sprayed again) into Dulles, to Cleveland to Phoenix. Connection were tight and had to run through a few airports. I am planning a trip next September flying from Phoenix to Windhoek, Namiba or Maun Botswanna. I checked with a couple of African specility travel agents and got one response that had me going to Newark airport, tranferring by grond to JFK NY and non stop to J'berg, and on to either Maun or Windoek this required an overnight in either J'berg or NY. The other was a repeat of the May flight with a South Africa Airways. I was doing some research on line with Kayak, and all the other site getting ton of results to wade through. Today with another attempt I found a site, Hipmonk.com that sorts flights by price, duration, and something no one else does: by the Agony factor. This is based on a combination of price duration and number of stops. here are my results: Hipmunk: Better Flight Search and Hotel Booking this IMHO is a far more important chart than just price, and it's easy to figure out. Question I have is: looks like the best deal is British Airways all the way from Phoenix to Windhoek with only a stop in London and J'burg. anyone know of any drawbacks to that flight ovr PHX to NY, to J'berg to Windehoek?