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There are no direct flights for this route listed on KAYAK, the shortest multi-flight duration is 35h 10m.
In the past 3 days, the cheapest one-way tickets were found on Multiple Airlines ($985) and Turkish Airlines ($1,972), and the lowest round-trip tickets have been found on United Airlines ($6,793).
When flying out of Zanzibar you will be using Zanzibar Kisauni, often referred to as Zanzibar Airport. You will be landing at Houston George Bush Intcntl, also known as Houston Airport.
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Scores according to KAYAK customer reviews
Pros: "The flight was quite good, with pretty tasty food, plenty of food and drinks, chairs reclined quite a bit, little extra and gifts for kids, slippers, socks, ear plugs."
Cons: "Boarding prices very disorganized. No announcements and a crowd sprig where everyone just pulled at the gate. Very few announcements in general."
Pros: "Great choice of recently released movies."
Pros: "Crew was nice. I was really thirsty and I kept asking for water. He should have just given me a small bottle. Also need more than 4 Bollywood movies. This was a returning flight after 2 weeks and it had the same 4 movies which I had already seen."
Cons: "I had a 14 hour layover in istanbul airport. Arrived at midnight and flight wasn’t until 2 pm the next day. I just assumed that they would give me a hotel. Come to find out thats wasnt the case when I landed. Given all kinds of reasons/excuses. The guy at the transfer desk told me”you should have known that your layover was this long since you booked it”. Will have second thoughts about flying Turkish again. Left a bad taste in my mouth. Might stick with Emirates or Qatar."
Cons: "I contacted Turkish Airlines 4x times before my flight to learn how to deal with excess medical baggage, mobility assistance, and meal assistance. The Customer Call Center claimed to have made all of my necessary reservation updates for all of my special meal, medical, and mobility assistance needs. They did not! When I arrived at Check-In, there were no notes about any of my requests, nor services prepared to facilitate them. I spent over 30-45 minutes escalating the situation to the Shift Manager who had to contact the central call center and her own manager, just to find out what to do about medical baggage, what's permitted, etc. I was embarrassed for their employees, who not only didn't know their own company policy on the matter, nor were they aware of the industry standard. After much arguing, yelling and threats, the Check-In desk agents finally allowed my excess medical baggage and equipment without extra charge. I still received no mobility assistance to begin my travel after Check-In to my departure gate, nor were they prepared to offer this to me in Istanbul. Again, after a long wait, much yelling, screaming, and arguing, I was finally provided mobility assistance just in time for my flight. I almost missed my flight due to Turkish Airlines not putting my request in the system, nor caring enough about the traveler to do so at Check-In. When I arrived in Belgrade, 3x pieces of my luggage were destroyed and unusable again, medical equipment was damaged, and I filed a claim with Turkish Airlines. They tried every way possible not to pay, but finally offered a meager claim, nothing close to what it cost for the damage caused or to repair or replacement the destroyed luggage or medical equipment. Turkish Airlines is the Grey Hound of travel, sure they might be large, offer many itineraries and frequent travel, but their quality, customer service and professionalism leave them amongst the bottom feeders, still 3rd world in mentality, form and function. No honor, no integrity, no class. No reason to ever fly with Turkish again, and I'm happy to tell everyone I know not to fly with them!"
Cons: "They are not considerate at all . It was a pain till they find Me another flight. The flight won’t take off till the next day And the lay over in Los Angeles is 7hrs . It’s a 2 days flight. They didn’t even try to take the time to find me a sooner flight because there were other upset customers waiting. So disappointed on how poor the help desk at Turkish airline."
Pros: "The movie options and quality of the screens was excellent. That's what got us through the flight."
Cons: "The food was horrible and served at odd times. The people around us smelled really bad so we had a rough time. I know it's pout of the airlines control but it really made the whole flight difficult."
Pros: "food was fine"
Cons: "seat comfort is a real problem in this configuration of the 777-300er. all the more frustrating over a 13 hour flight. foot rest either hampers foot room under seat (when down) or digs into shins (when up.) There is NO comfortable seat position with that footrest. Every Economy passenger would be much better served if the footrests were completely removed."
Pros: "Nothing important"
Cons: "Nothing extra ordinary"
Pros: "Crew was very attentive and respectful"
Cons: "I asked to be upgraded to the first class since I wasn't feeling well. There were many vacant seats and I was willing to pay the difference but I did not given any response other than they couldn't do it while boarding."
Pros: "Staff courtsey"
Cons: "Some of the food"
Pros: "The included meal/drinks is always a bonus on these shorter flights and makes a difference."
Cons: "I had a pillow of my own and so it didn't matter too much, but I noticed the lack of a pillow on this early morning flight."
Cons: "poor customer service and lack of speaking english made the trip very challenging. I don't think i will travel with Turkish air again."
Pros: "price and food"
Cons: "Customer service need to get way better"
Pros: "Friendly attendants, newer plane with comforts seats even in economy. Great food and amenities."
Cons: "Smelly passengers with body odor. Screaming, crying children that poo every couple of hours. A/C WAS INCONSISTANT drspite several complaints to cabin attendants."
Pros: "Space inside the plane. There were empty seats that increased the comfort."
Cons: "Lack of courtesy inside the airport and in the plane. Countless passport checkups, poor communication during the flight."
Cons: "Just as bad as it was from Rome to Istanbul"
Pros: "Cost / value, part of Star alliance group, nice lounge at Istanbul. Decent food, drink and entertainment on board."
Cons: "Boarding a bit of a zoo. Long lines at passport control."
Pros: "The movies and the gift to the kids were good."
Cons: "The attendant should make more rounds in such a long flight."
Pros: "Onboard experience very good. Food, entertainment, facilities. Tight seats - per usual."
Cons: "Getting boarding passes and checking luggage took two hours. Literally was being dealt with for two hours personally while a couple employees typed and complained to reticket us after airline inexplicably cancelled our reservation on flight home. Until about 30 minutes before departure, no employee had assured us we would get on the plane we paid to be on. Just no concern for the anxiety we were dealing with - and Turkish caused."
Pros: "Boarding was tedious with like 6 checks of your passport but being safe is never a bad thing. No cost alcohol is always a plus and the food was good. Staff was super nice and accommodating."
Cons: "I intentionally chose an empty row but people kept shuffling. so many folks were standing blocking aisles. I think staff could do a better job to prevent that."
Pros: "Turkish delights on-board"
Cons: "Chaos at the Istanbul terminal. Connecting flight was literally a mile away. We had to run through the entire terminal only to miss our connection. No help/information from the airline. They made us walk even more to get us transferred to hotel for a night. Their crew repeatedly lied about how to get new boarding passes as they were busy and didn't want to do it for us. Sent us to another transfer desk. No veg. food option even after making a special request. They said sometimes those mistakes happen. You can't call the crew from your sit to get snacks. They make you get out of your middle sit and walk to the back of the plane to get a sandwich. The boarding process at the Istanbul airport is even more chaotic. They have their own security (after having done security at the o origin in Rome AND at the IST airport), which requires standing in an hour long line and getting profiled and judged by the airline staff."
Pros: "When we couldn't fly United (due to cost) we were not sure what to expect from Turkish Airlines since we didn't know anyone who had flown it before. It was very pleasant and we thoroughly enjoyed the flight. We felt like we received first class treatment in the economy section of the plane. From warm hand towels, beautiful menus for meals and beverages available, a toiletry bag and much more. The inflight entertainment was awesome. Love the large screen and the touch screen abilities. So many great choices."
Cons: "The temperature of the cabin changed drastically from being very hot to very cold in a short matter of time. The boarding process was also not organized well at all as we lined up in our groups, but people did not follow this so although we were group A, somehow people from lower groups were boarding before us. The seats were a bit hard."
Pros: "Really amazing except for..."
Cons: "Stewardesses did their jobs, but as far as checking on passengers at non-food and assigned drink times, they were sitting in the back drinking coffee and talking. On top of not making rounds, there was no call button to summon a stewardess. Twice, my husband who was ill had a "coughing attack" and needed a glass of water... there was nobody was available. A passenger had to go and get them from the back. Perhaps due to this being a 13 hour flight, this is not a normal situation for them, but to go three hours at a time without taking a stroll through the cabin seems unprofessional. Otherwise this airline really does amazing service! I did not realize that such airline service still existed. American ones should pay attention!"
Pros: "Food was good. Staff very friendly."
Pros: "Excellent service."
Cons: "Istanbul airport takes some getting used to."
Pros: "I like the comfort of the interior, the entertainment."
Cons: "I did not quite like the food. The macaroni dish, I did not like particularly. Didn't eat it at all. Chinyere"
Pros: "The entertainment and food was excellent!"
Cons: "Waiting on the Tarmac for 1+hrs"
Cons: "The flight TK 119 (Khi - Istanbul) reached Istanbul late by half an hour. The layover at Istanbul was 1 hr 25 m. The distance to reach Gate 504 was terribly long. I had to run all that long distance to reach gate. After passing thru security checks, etc. I was completely exhausted. All that trouble to be dropped from plane on the runway and then using bus to reach terminal building and vice versa for the onward flight TK 33, was a terrible experience. The layover time and the lengthy and tiring procedure need immediate revision and rectification. Instead of comfort, passengers get high blood pressure and exhaustion. Very troublesome experience."
Pros: "Love the "welcome aboard" Turkish delight. Enjoyed the pide sandwich snack."
Cons: "Offer water or any drinks instead of us having go to the kitchen area. Would be better to offer drinks in bottles instead of a glass. Also, bring snack offerings throughout cabin. I was traveling with 3 children. Could you think about offering food to the passengers with children first? This would help in getting them settled into the plane instead of waiting for their food -- which for them seems like an eternity."
Pros: "The price, wonderful service, plenty of good food. Great entertainment selection"
Cons: "I wish there was a little more leg room, specially for such a long flight."
Pros: "Food and entertainment."
Cons: "Disorganized boarding and lower than average leg room"
Pros: "The food was great, had chance to sample some Turkish cuisine. Way better food than any meal you would get from an American-based airline. Entertainment was excellent, great variety of TV shows and movies. The flight attendants were attentive and helpful. The Batman v. Superman theme was a nice touch. Decent leg room in economy class."
Cons: "Because we fly an older model 777-300ER, there wasn't a personal a/c nozzle, so it was a tad warm on the plane. They should fix that whenever the plane goes in for maintenance."
Pros: "In flight entertainment and Wifi is amazing"
Cons: "Cabin crew service and ground staff service is below par. Next time, I will stick to Air France."
Pros: "The service provided by the airline crew was magnificent. I enjoyed the entire flight from my departure point to the arrival point. Turkish Airline is my to go airline herein henceforth. I will implore prospective travelers to give the airline a shot (try). I can unequivocally attest that the decision to do so will not be regretted."
Pros: "Great customer satisfaction reach on time"
Cons: "Great customer satisfaction reach on time"
Pros: "Crew was nice, cordial and helpful Food was good, I wasn't asked for an optional meal in the second serving. Also there shouldn't be an 8 hour gap in between meals for pasengers in a 13 hour flight Entertainment was amazing! so many options to watch so many things."
Cons: "Flight was at 80% and I wasn't allowed to change seats. The seats were bigger, but still not enough room space for someone that's 1.85 mts.(13 hour flight was tiring) Boarding was a nightmare, it took HOURS, starting by the very unorganized control which asked more questions than the American control."
Pros: "ditto from above"
Cons: "On all the flights the food was slow but on the way back it was much worse... I selected vegetarian but on the way back there wasn't a vegetarian meal for me so they said they would put something together... when they came around with drinks I asked for water and they were 'out' then they forgot I still didn't have anything to eat or drink so after an hour I went to ask if I could have something. 20 minutes later she finally came with food and I, again, asked for water and she pointed to the tiny cup on the tray (which contains like 3oz)."
Cons: "Good flight with excellent customer service"
Pros: "Everything aboard the flight was great - roominess, comfort, punctuality, etc. Getting to the plane was another story."
Cons: "Boarding process in ISt was a zoo. Crazy check-in process, leading to a 3-flight set of stairs down to tarmac - crowded coach was hot - long (10-minute) coach ride from one end of ISt to the other - then climb a tall stair case into a 777, one of the largest aircraft around. Did it not qualify for normal direct boarding via a jetway?"
Cons: "4 HR ground hold only partially made up for with faster flight time"
Pros: "Everything other than what we wrote was fine. Seats were good, it was comfortable etc."
Cons: "When flying any flight, it's nice to have entertainment. When the entertainment doesn't work on long hall flights it's a problem and it was not working on this 13+ hour flight. Also, we dont like complaining about not having wife 36,000 feet up in the sky, but if it's offered, we would have expected the crew to be familiar with it. When we asked for help with the wifi set-up, the crew seemed to be unable to help with that and we were left with no wifi the entire flight."
Pros: "Entertainment screen was new and user friendly with many options. The food was surprisingly tasty. Accessory packet had niceties. Flight attendants were very helpful. I would consider Turkish Airlines at the top of my list on my next trip."
Cons: "The sandwich snack available at all times could have been 100% whole grain to be more healthful."
Pros: "Everything. For being Economy the flight was very comfortable. The staff was perfect. I enjoyed everything"
Pros: "Loved the inflight camera. Last time I saw something like that, it was on an Emirates flight. Loved it."
Cons: "I was late to this flight, because my previous flight got in late. I boarded the plane and asked a flight attendant (male) to help me with a different seat. I needed to swich, as I need to have my legs lifted up otherwise the flight is really painful. I even told him I pay for any upgrades, but he said he can not do anything at the moment and he will get back to me later. He was quite rude as well. No smiling or showing much care. Well, he never got back to me. I tried to ask an other attendant ( female). She said they are out of space. She wasn't even trying to look around or try asking people at the exit to maybe switch. She just right away responded with a no, and left. Didn't even ask if she can help with anything. Later, when I got up for the bathroom, I looked at the economy plus section. There were only 10 people sitting in the approximately 50 chairs. Plenty of rooms. The food was great but I didn't have a choice as they ran out of chicken by the time they got to serve me. Some items were not available at the flight, as shown on the menu. There wasn't much English tv shows to choose from or maybe I am wrong for comparing Turkish to United or Delta. Overall I didn't have a good impression, but hey, you get what you pay for...right?"
Pros: "food was very good here, the vanity set had useful staff and the gave my three-year-old a special bag with toys etc."
Cons: "no problems"
Pros: "Service was friendly and attentive. Pilots handled the plan well and made up the time we lost due to weather delays!!!"
Cons: "The entertainment and bathroom facilities were very dated. The chicken served was less than desirable."
Pros: "Entertainment variety and selection. Food and Drink. Had the curry chicken, surprisingly good."
Cons: "Not enough food & drink service. On an 11 hour flight went 4 hours without a visit from food/drink cart. On the flight from Houston to Munich the food was lousy but we got several more visits/opportunities for drinks."
Pros: "Thankful for infight entertainment and wifi"
Cons: "United flight attendants (not former continental) really need attitude overhauls. Customer Service is your job, stop acting as though assisting passengers is an inconvenience to you."
Pros: "Efficient and professional staff"
Pros: "On time departures and landings"
Pros: "Pre-selected seats and in flight WiFi/entertainment"
Pros: "Good food seats lay flat to sleep on business clas"
Pros: "The crew were attentive and helpful."
Cons: "Small and cramped seats."
Pros: "This flight was good better than I thought it would be crew very nice."
Cons: "Seat didn't recline."
Pros: "Great service loved how the kayak app updates gate changes. Awesome feature"
Cons: "Airline delayed a bit. Nothing wrong from kayak."
Cons: "I could not check in online. Although I only have carry on I still have to go to the United Airlines counter to get my check in card. The food was awful. The crew was extremely rude ( I would present a proper complain through United Airlines website). The small tv were completely old. I bought a ticket for ANA but operated by United Airlines. but I was not expecting this awful experience."
Pros: "United nunca da comida que merezca la pena y por suerte esta vez no sobre vendieron el vuelo."
Cons: "La comida, es escasa y ridícula"
Cons: "Boarding and unboarding"
Pros: "The flight attendants were nice, unlike the people at the ticket and gate counters."
Cons: "My flight was delayed by nearly two hours, causing me to have to miss my connection. Though they knew for hours that the flight would be delayed, they did not have enough people working at the check in counters. There were not that many people in line, but I had to wait more than 20 minutes before being able to speak to someone. The representative informed me that I would have to be rebooked onto a later connection because the delay would cause my to miss my original connecting flight, and when I told her that I needed an earlier time to avoid missing a meeting, she just said "I have nothing earlier." She was barely even apologetic. Then she was unable to print my boarding pass for my connection. I had a 2 hour and 45 minute layover in Houston whereas in my original flight it was 1 hour."
Cons: "Both flights were delayed, and was charged a $200 oversized baggage fee for a bag that actually isn't oversized according to the measurements on the United website"
Pros: "The flight attendants were polite and welcoming and the flight was on schedule."
Cons: "It was complicated to get the movies. You had to download the United app."
Pros: "free entertainment system with movies, spacious seats and overhead space, drinks served, arrived early"
Pros: "Direct flight to Houston"
Cons: "Staff boarding did not care travelled with my diabetic mom going home to Houston they could not be bothered to seat us together response was " ash your fellow passengers to swap with you" how aweful"
Pros: "priority boarding; seat;"
Cons: "snacks selection was limited"
Cons: "No drinks on the flight, even in first class. They should tell customers before they purchase the update!"
Pros: "Staff was nice. We had a very informative pilot. Liked that we had the option of watching TV for free."
Cons: "my screen and some others were not working. Snacks were not good."
Pros: "United did manage to reroute us so that we cought up with the flight to Europe we were booked on."
Pros: "No wifi, so no entertainment. But we did get 2 packets of snacks!"
Pros: "Good flight and good crew."
Cons: "I took forever to have my suitcase coming from the carrousel, almost missed my flight Denver."
Cons: "The arrogance and attitude from air crew, ground service staff to lounge receptionist was unreal."
Pros: "The actual flight was great, employees on the plane were very friendly"
Cons: "We missed flight by 5 minutes and employees were not helpful at all. We had to stay the night in Houston due to this fact and caught a flight out the next morning. The employees were all ready to get off work and left w/o helping us."
Pros: "Had to wait 2 hours on the plane because a port was not available."
Pros: "easy flight"
Pros: "Everything went by smoothly, no problems"
Pros: "The plane was super crammed and I could barely even enjoy the ride or move freely."
Cons: "I didn't like the size of the plane and the size of the Seats"
Pros: "Crew friendliness"
Cons: "Boarding was a mess with an adjacent gate exiting at the time of boarding creating a melee of people crossing queues. You have a carry-on baggage policy - stick to it. I wasn't carrying any roll-ons or large items but many of my fellow passengers were carrying multiple items in the hope of either getting them on or having them checked for free. Complete shambles with later boarders running up and down the aisle trying to fit their carry-ons into overhead lockers. Solution: Enforce one item only; Apply free checked items at the gate early. Apply a fee for items that don't fit and were not offered up for checking."
Cons: "The crew was pretty rude on this flight for some reason."
Pros: "On time"
Cons: "The older female attendant was extremely rude . Noted her inability to communicate with an obvious mentally challenge teenager. This attenders needs to retire she appears to be very tired of her job giving United a very poor image."
Pros: "The Airbus 380 was nice"
Cons: "Lost our luggage took 4 days to finally get it"
Pros: "Personal informed me on all the necessary steps for transfer and security control. Making change planes smooth and easy"
Pros: "Plenty of personal space. this first leg was actually quite pleasant I would give this leg a 4.5"
Cons: "The spicy snack was awful, I needed water, it took a while to get to me."
Cons: "Ride bumpy. Nothing crew did all mother natures fault Food and sandwich choices awful very little legroom No entertainment"
Pros: "On time clean and friendly staff"
Pros: "Very friendly service"
Pros: "Flight crew was good"
Pros: "United got my passengers from origin to destination on time."
Cons: "UA staff tried to intimidate my daughter into redesign sting her registered service dog as a "comfort aninal", and demanded that she describe the nature of the dog's service, IN DIRECT VIOLATION OF THE AMERICANS WITH DISABILITIES ACT. UA staff also, at the outset of the flight, attempted to confiscate all food and drink items from passengers, so that UA could immediately sell food and drink items to passengers."
Cons: "The seat cushions were in terrible condition!!!"
Pros: "Seats were comfortable, the video entertainment was top notch, bathrooms were very roomy compared to other planes and flight attendants were nice to us. I only want to ride on these style planes from now on. They also were quick to connect the gate bridge which is important to me. I couldnt believe that I actually wanted the flight to be longer to watch more movies."
Pros: "On schedule"
Cons: "No entertainment uncomfortable seats."
Pros: "Nice smooth flight"
Pros: "The crew was super nice."
Cons: "I had to check my carry on because there wasn't room inside the plane."
Pros: "It was on time"
Cons: "They feed us when we first sat down and then they didn't offer anything else until 13 hours later."
Cons: "As an international traveler I find it annoying to have to pay for my bags on an internal domestic flight. There should be some reciprocation with partner airlines to cover baggage if coming from international to domestic flights"
Pros: "It was comfortable and inexpensive. I have used my United lounge card during my lay over for another Qatar flight."
Airlines flying from Zanzibar to Houston have enacted additional safety measures and adjusted policies to better accommodate travelers. Policies vary by airline.
Daily cleaning, installation of cabin HEPA filters
Masks required on board, masks provided
Social distancing seating
Middle seats unavailable to book
Testing for antibodies, testing for symptoms
Waiving of change fees. Search flexible flights