Last week I wrote about one of Qatar Airways’ excellent fare sales out of Cairo, where we were seeing ~$1,300-1,600 roundtrip business class tickets from Cairo to the US. Well, Egypt has just devalued their currency against the dollar, and airfare continues to be pegged to the Egyptian pound. That means airfare has just gotten even cheaper for those of us paying in foreign currencies.
So, how good are the fares? You can fly roundtrip business class from Cairo to New York for ~$1,150:
You can fly roundtrip business class from Cairo to Los Angeles for ~$1,070:
You can fly roundtrip business class from Cairo to Miami for ~$1,020:
You can fly roundtrip first class from Cairo to Bangkok for ~$1,150, which is probably the most exciting fare of all:
Or you can fly roundtrip first class from Cairo to Sydney for ~$2,660:
Those are just a few examples.
Keep in mind that Qatar Airways belongs to oneworld, so you can credit the miles for the flights to many airlines. If crediting these flights to American you’d earn:
- 150% elite qualifying miles for segments in first or business class
- 100% redeemable miles for segments in the “R” fare class, and 150% redeemable miles for segments in the “A” fare class
- A 120% mileage bonus if you’re an Executive Platinum member
- 20% elite qualifying dollars (for travel in 2017 — elite qualifying dollars for this fare are calculated as 20% of the distance flown)
I write about great fares out of Cairo all the time, but they’ve just gotten significantly better for those paying in foreign currencies. I suspect most fares will be adjusted soon to reflect the devalued Egyptian currency, though it doesn’t seem to have happened yet. So regardless of which airline you’re trying to book, there are lots of great opportunities to pick up cheap airfare out of Cairo.
Anyone able to take advantage of these great fares out of Cairo?
(Tip of the hat to Jordan)