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Fancy a trip to the pyramids this summer? The weather may not be for the faint of heart — temperatures will climb to the low hundreds —but as far as fares go, this one’s hard to beat. Our friends at Hitlist found flights from New York to Cairo for as little as $512 round-trip in early June.

This deal has you flying Star Alliance, with one connection in each direction. You might have noticed a slightly lower fare (sans connections) from New York to Cairo on EgyptAir last week, but this current deal presents more opportunities for earning, not to mention a more diverse selection of airlines (Lufthansa and Swiss, in the case of this particular booking). Booked through United, for example, this trip could earn you 8,000 PQMs (you’ll earn for the United flights, but not those on Lufthansa or Swiss as the “K” fare class is ineligible).

Booking the deal through United could earn you lots of PQMs.
Booking the deal through United could earn you lots of PQMs.

To search for availability, you can head over to Google Flights and enter your desired dates. A calendar view will display the various fares based on your search dates. This fare is also available via Orbitz.

Maximize Your Purchase

Don’t forget to use a credit card that earns additional points on airfare purchases, such as the American Express Premier Rewards Gold (3x on airfare) or the Chase Sapphire Preferred Card (2x on all travel purchases). Check out this post for more on maximizing airfare purchases.

Chase Sapphire Preferred® Card

Even after the introduction of the Chase Sapphire Reserve, the Chase Sapphire Preferred is still a fantastic choice if you want to avoid the Reserve’s $450 annual fee, earn 2x on all travel & dining and earn a 50,000 point sign up bonus.

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More Things to Know
  • Earn 50,000 bonus points after you spend $4,000 on purchases in the first 3 months from account opening. That's $625 toward travel when you redeem through Chase Ultimate Rewards®
  • Named Best Credit Card for Flexible Travel Redemption - Kiplinger's Personal Finance, July 2016
  • 2X points on travel and dining at restaurants worldwide & 1 point per dollar spent on all other purchases.
  • Earn 5,000 bonus points after you add the first authorized user and make a purchase in the first 3 months from account opening
  • No foreign transaction fees
  • 1:1 point transfer to leading airline and hotel loyalty programs
  • Get 25% more value when you redeem for airfare, hotels, car rentals and cruises through Chase Ultimate Rewards. For example, 50,000 points are worth $625 toward travel
  • No blackout dates or travel restrictions - as long as there's a seat on the flight, you can book it through Chase Ultimate Rewards
Intro APR
Regular APR
16.49% - 23.49% Variable
Annual Fee
Introductory Annual Fee of $0 the first year, then $95
Balance Transfer
Recommended Credit
Excellent Credit

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