Fantastic First and Business Class Deals… From Egypt (And Why You Should Consider Them)

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Part of being a flying champion is to know which countries and cities offer the lucrative premium cabin fares. On that list of places, Egypt almost always shines – and at the moment it stands out even more, thanks to the devaluation of its currency, the Egyptian Pound, by the central bank in an attempt to stabilise its economy.

It seems like this change is so sudden that airlines have not managed to adjust the ticket costs yet, which means for the value traveller, it is time to snag some of the best deals that we have ever seen!

The deals

Most of the deals are from Qatar Airways in Business and First Class. Economy deals are also great, though who would pay it if one can enjoy the lie-flat bed experience (plus an onboard bar on the A380) for a similar cost?

Can you imagine flying First Class to Bangkok on an A380 for just £830 return?

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What about flying the Airbus A350 and Boeing 777 in Business and First Class to New York for just £858 return?

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You can, of course, try the B787 to Hong Kong in Business Class for £643 return!

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£542 to Kuala Lumpur is not bad either!

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There are also deals to Australia,  MiamiTokyo… pretty much anywhere Qatar Airways serves! I suggest you play with the destination field as there may be something that suits you!

 

Availability

As you can see below most of the seats are at their lowest price in 2017, after the holiday rush in December and January.

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There are some cheap prices around Christmas, but they are rather limited!

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But Eygpt is far away…

Qatar Airways EGP devaluation deal -- get to Cairo
You can easily get to Cairo for under £240 from London Heathrow!

Good point. Even though Egypt is a fair way away from the UK, it makes a lot of sense to reposition your starting point there.

Would you rather pay £3000 to Los Angeles from the UK when you can alternatively i) get an extra break in Eygpt ii) enjoy the latest airline seats with the fantastic Al Safwa First Class Lounge and iii) save at least £1500?

You will also earn lots of Miles by starting your journey in Cairo. If you credit long-haul Business Class flights to British Airways Executive Club, you should  earn at least 20,000 Avios: which is enough to enjoy a one-way flight to Moscow on British Airways‘ B787 which I wrote about in my previous article.

Cathay Pacific the Pier Business Class Lounge
Being a British Airways Silver member (oneworld Sapphire) you will have access to lounges such as the newly opened Cathay Pacific The Pier Business Lounge!

Don’t forget you will earn BA Tier Points for the booking as well. Using the same example between Cairo and New York (JFK) you will earn a total of 440 Tier Points (60+160+160+60), which is almost 75% of the way towards the mid-tier Silver level with BA!

Final thoughts…

If you have been thinking about trying out the latest Business Class product from Qatar Airways, then now is your chance to do so. Note that the deals I covered above are valid for one-way flights as well. Regardless of which premium class deal you select, you will also still be entitled to use the Al Safwa Lounge as Qatar Airways markets its short-haul premium cabin as First Class. Remember you may need a visa to enter Eygpt, so I urge you to check this before booking (they are not expensive to get but will take some time…).

Again this is a great opportunity to grab some real deals while earning more airline miles and retaining status – it may not be the shortest routing, but trust me it’s worth it!

Comments

      • John says

        Thanks! Actually I have noticed that Google flights pulls out some flights that are then not really bookable in business whe you actually go on qatar website… but only in Economy… Tried few Dates for CAI – GRU for less than 1000£ but actually the website of Qatardoes not book it…

    • Samuel Yuen says

      Hello, Luke, I have just had a quick look. Looks like you have to do a return trip, starting and ending in Cairo.

      Either in the outbound or inbound can you have a stopover in Doha for a maximum of 96 hours. You can use the time to visit both Doha (done it twice and its quite nice!) and Dubai.

      You can do open-jaw in Europe i.e. CAI-DOH-LHR/MUC-DOH-CAI for even cheaper price (£550).

      If I were you I would use this QR fare drop to position myself for trips in the future. Here are the steps:

      1. Get a return flight to Cario with Avios (or buy a return cash ticket)

      2. Buy a QR business class fare for CAI-DOH-LHR-DOH-CAI

      3. Fly to London

      4. Now plan your next journey from Cario to somewhere, such as HKG (this ticket has a 6 months maximum staying requirement and 2 days for minimum stay)

      5. Book another trip from Cario, such as CAI-DOH-HKG-DOH-CAI, make sure you looks at the date and time you leave London!

      6. Do a short weekend break or overnight in Cario (in case a same-day turnaround to Doha goes wrong)

      7. Start flying CAI-DOH-HKG-DOH-CAI

      8. Fly your other ticket from CAI to LHR

      9. Loop!

      Do make sure the timings on the tickets work and make sure you get a multi-entry visa for Eygpt!

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