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Deal Alert: New York to Cairo on Star Alliance from $512 R/T

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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.

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