Home of the ancient pharaohs, Egypt is a fascinating country. However, Egypt is so much more than just ancient pyramids and tombs. There are historic treasures, dazzling deserts, amazing beaches and outstanding scuba diving in the Red Sea. A visit to Egypt offers a perfect mix of ancient history, archeology, adventure and relaxation. And let’s not forget about the delicious food!

There are many major airlines that serve Cairo International Airport and there are a few good options to get there from the U.S. Let’s look at five best ways to get to Egypt with points and miles.

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Air Canada Aeroplan

Air Canada doesn’t have direct flights to Egypt, but it’s a member of Star Alliance, so we can use Air Canada miles to book award flights with other carriers using its loyalty program Aeroplan.

These are one-way award rates on Aeroplan:

Economy Class 40,000 miles
Premium Economy 67,500 miles
Business Class 82,500 miles
First Class 115,000 miles

Aeroplan passes on surcharges from several Star Alliance partners. However, award tickets booked on airlines such as SWISS and United, will only come with the standard taxes and fees.

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Egypt Air

 

How to Book with Aeroplan

I love the very straightforward Aeroplan search engine. You will need to create an account first on Aeroplan’s site and after you’ve created your account, login and click on Book travel, then select Flights. From there, you can search for one-way or round-trip award availability.

Pro-tip: If a program allows to book one-way flights, I prefer to book 2 one-way tickets. If my plans change, I’ll have more flexibility. Keep in mind that if you have to cancel the whole trip or move both the outbound and return flight, you’ll be on the hook for two separate change fees.

How to Book with Aeroplan to Egypt

 

The results will be displayed on the next page. It’s very easy to toggle back and forth between economy and premium cabins – just click on the Economy/Premium drop-down menu.

 

How to Book with Aeroplan to Egypt

 

Click on DETAILS to see the flight schedule and click continue on the bottom to see the surcharges. Here’s an example of a partner that doesn’t have fuel surcharges.

 

How to Book with Aeroplan to Egypt

And here’s an example of a partner airline that has very high fuel surcharges.

How to Book with Aeroplan to Egypt

 

If you’d like to see a week’s worth of availability, just click on Availability Calendar on the upper right.

How to Book with Aeroplan to Egypt

 

How to Earn Aeroplan Miles

There are a few ways to earn Aeroplan miles. Aeroplan is a transfer partner of American Express and Membership Rewards points can be transferred to Aeroplan at a 1:1 rate. Occasionally, you might see a transfer bonus from American Express. Amex points can be earned with many personal and business cards.

Capital One is a recent addition to Aeroplan credit card transfer partners. Miles earned with the Capital One Venture Card and Capital One Spark Miles Card can be transferred at a rate of 2:1.5.

Marriott Bonvoy points also transfer to Aeroplan. For every 60,000 Marriott points, you will receive 5,000 Aeroplan bonus miles for a total of 25,000 miles.

Unfortunately, the TD Bank co-branded Aeroplan card only earns 1X miles on most purchases and isn’t very useful for most people.

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Statue Of Pharaoh At Karnak Temple in Luxor

 

Cards To Help You Earn More Aeroplan Miles

American Express offers several cards that can help you earn points quickly thanks to its useful bonus categories and generous welcome bonuses including the American Express Gold and the Blue Business Plus Card from American Express.

American Express Gold Card

10xT Thoughts: A great card for category spenders who want more rewards for their spend! Currently offering 35,000 points after you spend $2,000 in the first 3 months.

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The Blue Business Plus Credit Card from American Express

Earn 2x points on eligible purchases up to $50,000 annually, 1x on all else. Terms apply.

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Air France

 

Air France/KLM Flying Blue

The combined frequent flyer program of Air France and KLM,  Flying Blue has some great redemption rates. While Flying Blue no longer has an award chart, it’s possible to spot good deals when you search for flights. All you need to do is look for the blue Lowest fare button to spot the cheapest award space.

You can also check out Flying Blue Miles Estimator to find out how many miles are needed for a saver award.

Flying Blue Miles Estimator

 

How to Book with Air France/KLM Flying Blue

You can search either on Air France or KLM sites. I prefer KLM’s search engine because it’s easier to use, in my opinion. You can navigate to KLM or Air France, create an account and log in. We’ll use KLM as an example.

How to Book with Air France/KLM Flying Blue to Egypt

 

Click on Plan and Book on the top of the page, then Book a Ticket with Miles. Enter your flight details and, if your schedule is flexible, check the box that says You are looking for a flight around these dates. This will allow you to see a whole month and the dates with the lowest award rates.

How to Book with Air France/KLM Flying Blue to Egypt

 

You can select the desired class of service on the bottom of the page.

How to Book with Air France/KLM Flying Blue to Egypt

 

Next, you’ll see a 30 day calendar. Click on your desired date to see flight details.

How to Book with Air France/KLM Flying Blue to Egypt

 

On the next page you can sort by the shortest flight duration or just scroll down to the flights that require the lowest number of miles.

How to Book with Air France/KLM Flying Blue to Egypt

 

Flying Blue passes on fuel surcharges, but the number of miles required for a flight is quite low.

If you want to fly in business class, the cheapest award will cost you 85,000 Flying Blue miles.

How to Book with Air France/KLM Flying Blue to Egypt

 

Air France has a very nice business class, so it’s not a bad way to get across the Atlantic if you are okay with higher fuel surcharges.

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Air France Business Class | Photo Courtesy of Air France

 

How to Earn Flying Blue Miles

Flying Blue is a transfer partner of all transferable currencies. Chase Ultimate Rewards, Citi ThankYou points and American Express Membership Rewards points transfer at a 1:1 rate to Flying Blue and the transfer is instant. From time to time, you will see a transfer bonus from one of the credit card issuers.

Marriott Bonvoy points transfer to Flying Blue at 3:1 rate. When you transfer 60,000 Marriott points you will receive 5,000 bonus miles. So effectively, you can transfer 60,000 Marriott points for 25,000 Flying Blue miles.

Capital One miles transfer at 2:1.5 ratio.

 

Cards to Help You Earn More Flying Blue Miles

Because Flying Blue is a transfer partner of all major credit cards, it’s fairly easy to earn Flying Blue miles. Chase has many excellent Ultimate Rewards earning cards, including the perennial favorite Chase Sapphire Preferred.

Capital One Venture card earns valuable miles that can be transferred to Flying Blue and comes with a solid signup bonus.

Citi Premier is a great card for everyday use with a generous welcome bonus and great bonus spending categories.

Chase Sapphire Preferred

60,000 Chase Ultimate Rewards Points after you spend $4,000 spend in 3 months

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Capital One Venture Rewards Credit Card

50,000 bonus miles after spending $3,000 in the first 3 months

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American Airlines

American Airlines doesn’t fly to Egypt but it’s a part of Oneworld. American has a zone-based chart for Oneworld partners. These are one-way award rates on American Airlines:

Economy Class 40,00 miles
Business Class 70,000 miles
First Class 115,500 miles

The taxes and fees will depend on the partner airline. For example, your fees will be minimal if you fly Royal Jordanian but very high if you fly British Airways.

 

How To Book With American Airlines

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It’s very easy to search for award space with American Airlines. You don’t need to log in to search for award space, but you will need to log in later if you want to see the taxes and fees. Just plug in your trip details, check the box next to Redeem miles and click search.

How To Book With American Airlines to Egypt

 

On the next screen, you’ll see one week’s availability. If your dates are flexible, click on Show Full Calendar. It’s also very easy to switch between economy, business and first-class on this screen.

How To Book With American Airlines to Egypt

American is showing a few good options for our dates on British Airways, Etihad and Royal Jordanian. To find out what the surcharges are, we need to click through to the next screen.

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As you can see, the surcharges on Royal Jordanian are minimal.

How To Book With American Airlines to Egypt

Now let’s look at the surcharges on British Airways operated flights. What a difference! I know which option I would choose.

How To Book With American Airlines to Egypt

 

How to Earn American Airlines Miles

American Airlines miles can be earned in a number of ways. American has a very robust shopping portal, so if you need to do some shopping for the holidays, birthdays or for everyday essentials, definitely check out the portal. They also offer great spending bonuses from time to time, especially around major holidays.

American Airlines is also a transfer partner of Marriott Bonvoy, and 60,000 Marriott Bonvoy points will transfer for 25,000 American miles. That’s not my preferred way to spend Marriott points, since there are other ways to earn American miles, such as credit cards with significant welcome bonuses.

 

Cards To Help You Earn More American Airlines Miles

Citi bank offers Citi AAdvantage Platinum Select World Elite Mastercard. The welcome bonus often fluctuates between 40,000 to 75,000 AAdvantage miles. The card earns 2X on American Airlines purchases, gas stations and restaurants and 1X on everything else. The AAdvantage Aviator Red World Elite Mastercard from Barclays regularly offers a welcome bonus between 50,000 and 60,00 American miles. The card earns 2X on American Airlines purchases and 1X on everything else.

You can get both of these cards after you’ve opened more than five cards in the 24 month period (Chase’s 5/24 rule).

CitiBusiness / AAdvantage Platinum Select World Elite MasterCard

60,000 miles after $3,000 spend in 3 months

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AAdvantage Aviator Red World Elite MasterCard

60,000 AAdvantage miles after first purchase

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credit cards page.

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Etihad Airways

 

Etihad Guest

Etihad doesn’t have nonstop flights from the U.S. to Egypt but Etihad Guest miles can be redeemed on a variety of its partners. One of Etihad partners, Royal Air Maroc flies from several U.S. gateway cities to Morocco where you can connect to Cairo:

  • Boston (starting June 22, 2019)
  • Miami
  • New York, JFK
  • Washington, D.C. IAD

Etihad Guest has very favorable award rates on Royal Air Maroc in both business and economy. These are one-way award rates on Etihad:

Economy Class 22,000 miles
Business Class 44,000 miles
Royal Air Maroc
Royal Air Maroc

 

How to Book With Etihad

To book partner award space with Etihad Guest, you’ll have to find partner award flights online, and then call Etihad.

Because we want to travel on Royal Air Maroc, we’ll need to find award space on its website. First, create an account for Royal Air Maroc’s frequent flyer program Safar Flyer.

Pro-tip: You’ll need to select your country of residence when creating a new account. Royal Air Maroc uses French in the country of residence field, so look for les États-Unis d’Amérique in the drop down menu.

After you’ve created an account, navigate to the home page, enter the flight details and click on Book your ticket with miles.

How to Book With Etihad to Egypt

 

You’ll see a calendar on the next page with available award space. Take a note of the available dates and call Etihad to book your award. How to Book With Etihad to Egypt

 

How to Earn Etihad Miles

Etihad has three transfer partners. Citi ThankYou points and American Express Membership Rewards transfer to Etihad Guest at a 1:1 rate. Capital One points transfer at a 2:1.5 rate.

As of now, there are no credit cards that earn Etihad Guest miles directly.

 

Cards to Help You Earn Etihad Miles

The Capital One Venture card earns 2X on all purchases and comes with 50,000 bonus miles once you spend $3,000 in the first three months. American Express has a myriad of cards that earn valuable Membership Rewards points. Citi ThankYou Premier is another great card to have in your arsenal.

Capital One Venture Rewards Credit Card

50,000 bonus miles after spending $3,000 in the first 3 months

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United MileagePlus

United doesn’t fly to Egypt but United miles can be used to book flights on its Star Alliance partners.

These are one-way award rates on United Airlines:

Economy Class 42,500 miles
Partner Business Class 85,000 miles

United doesn’t pass on fuel surcharges, so you’ll just have to pay taxes, which are minimal.

United’s award rates aren’t the lowest, however, United miles are fairly easy to earn and United has access to a good amount of partner award space.

 

How to Book with United Airlines

It’s very easy to search for award space on United. You don’t need to login to search, however, United shows more award space on its own flights for those with United elite status and those with its co-branded cards from Chase which is useful if you need a connection on United.

After you log in, enter your destination and dates and click on Find flights:

How to Book with United Airlines to Egypt

 

If you have a flexible schedule, you can check calendar shop to see the whole month. But even without checking this box, you’ll see one week’s worth of availability on the next screen.

How to Book with United Airlines to Egypt

 

Click on a date to see available award space.

How to Book with United Airlines to Egypt

 

The Mixed cabin award indicated in red means that one of the flights is in economy. Move the cursor over the red question mark and you’ll be able to see the details.

I’ve done a few sample searches and I’ve seen a good amount of award availability in business class with Turkish Airlines. Turkish Airlines is famous for its award-winning onboard food and service. This could be a very nice option to get to Egypt in comfort.

How to Book with Turkish Airlines to go to Egypt
Photo courtesy of Riik@mctr via Flickr

 

How to Earn United Airlines Miles

United is a transfer partner of Chase, so you can transfer Ultimate Rewards points to your United MileagePlus account at a 1:1 ratio. The transfer is usually instant.  United miles can also be earned by opening and using the United Explorer Card. There’s a personal and a business version.

United Explorer Card

40,000 bonus miles after $2,000 spend in 3 months

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You can use United’s shopping portal to earn extra miles. It often offers generous spending bonuses, especially around major holidays. If you time your shopping just right, it’s possible to earn thousands of United miles without spending a lot of money.

 

Cards to Help You Earn More United Airlines Miles

Chase Ultimate Rewards points are our go-to when we need United miles. The Chase Ink Business Preferred is a great card for business owners. The welcome bonus is 80,000 Ultimate Rewards after your business spends $5,000 in the first three months. The card earns 3X on travel, shipping, advertising purchases with social media sites and search engines, and internet cable and phone services. All other purchases earn 1X.

The United Explorer Card can be a great card to keep long term if you book domestic flights on United a few times a year. The card earns 2X on United purchases, restaurants and hotels and 1X on everything else.

Chase Ink Business Preferred

80,000 Chase Ultimate Rewards Points after you spend $5,000 in 3 months

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United Explorer Card

40,000 bonus miles after $2,000 spend in 3 months

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Final Thoughts

As you can see, there are lots of ways to get to Egypt and experience ancient culture, great food, a trove of antiquities and all the other great things Egypt has to offer. Book your award flight to Egypt and don’t forget to book that camel ride across the desert!

Travel well,

Anna

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New to the world of points and miles? The Chase Sapphire Preferred is the best card to start with. With a bonus of 60,000 points after $4,000 spend in the first 3 months and 2x points on dining and travel, this card truly cannot be beat! 

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Anna is a freelance writer from Cleveland, OH who loves to travel and is a big miles and points geek. Anna’s favorite pastime (besides traveling) is planning trips and figuring out what kinds of points and miles she needs to make it happen. Thankfully, Anna’s husband is completely on board with all the free travel Anna earns and happily joins her on her adventures.

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