OK, there is a medium-sized catch to this headline. You need to start your trip in Cairo. And obviously there are safer places in the world than Cairo at the moment. But read on before dismissing this ….
Qatar Airways is running a ‘2 for 1’ sale for the next couple of days for flights departing from Cairo and various other Middle East / African cities.
(For a UK resident, Cairo is the obvious starting point. Your other options are Algeria, Egypt, Ethiopia, Kenya, Morocco, Mozambique, Nigeria, Rwanda, South Africa, Sudan, Tanzania, Tunisia and Uganda!
Whilst you may think that Morocco is also an option, the fares ex-Casablanca are a lot higher than the Cairo fares).
The rules are straightforward:
Two people must travel together as these are technically ‘2 for 1’ prices
Buy your tickets by 13th December
Take your outbound and return flight by 31st March (edited, I originally wrote ‘outbound by’)
18-23 December and 2-12 January are black-out dates
You cannot have Doha as your final destination
Tickets are changeable for a $250 fee
Interestingly, flights from Cairo to Doha are booking into First Class for that segment.
Let’s look at some prices!
Qatar Airways flies to most places, and annoyingly they haven’t listed many sample prices on their website. Here are a couple of examples that I priced up:
Cairo to Bangkok – E£10,608 = £940 = £470 per person!
Cairo to Perth – E£27,184 = £2,408 = £1,204 per person!
Cairo to Hong Kong – E£15,078 = £1,335 = £668 per person! (harder to find dates)
Plenty of other destinations as well. Cape Town, for example, works out at £1,070 each, and this is for peak season travel.
Remember that you earn Avios points and British Airways Executive Club tier points when you fly with Qatar, making these flights even better value!
Getting to your starting point is not expensive. Economy flights to Cairo cost 25,000 Avios and £163 per person.
Clearly this is not an option for everyone. However, these are exceptional deals if you are in a position to take advantage.