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I agree, book as soon as possible because they do sell out. I booked mine a couple of months ahead and when I looked closer to the date, there were only very late night flights left or business class.
I looked up their website and the price was $160.52 US. From what I had read I thought that they were much cheaper than that.
Planning for October, and wanting to start finding out the costs and budgeting the trip
Price will most likely depend on month (high season or low season) and day of the week. We are planning for May 2011. Flight from Cairo to Aswan, May 22, 2011-Sunday-one way for 2 adults-price was $271.04 for the 2 of us-all taxes, etc. included. That day there are 3 flights-all same price. I think May is considered low season whereas October might be high season???
I can't remember where I read this-either somewhere here or on the Fodors website. The person said to check your country on the Egypt Air page as Egypt to get lowest price flights. I did that just for the heck of it and for the same flight Cairo to Aswan May 22, 2011 for 2 adults was 634 EGP or total of $110.05 US. When I put US in the box the price I got was $271.04. Don't fully understand what he/she means. Is the lower fare only for Egyptian citizens??
Yes I would be interested to know this also. It is like hotels in Africa if you are a tourist you must pay double the price of someone living in Africa and you must pay in US dollars, not any other currency.
I would be interested if someone can tell me if this is the case.
I wonder if you pay by overseas credit card do they automatically charge you US dollars.
This recently happened in a duty free store in Kuala Lumpur, the price was quoted in MYR but billed in Australian dollars because it was an Australian Credit card and at a very bad rate of exchange. I querried it but was told that is the way their system works.
I booked my flights last year on the Egyptair website, using Egypt as my home country - therefore the rate quoted is in Egyptian pounds. I am not Egyptian but the rates are lower for Egyptian citizens. Although some members have said to try both your home country and Egypt as your home country (select it on home page on the top right) as they got cheaper fares using their home country. I'm afraid the website does have some gremlins, no rhyme or reason at times and the fares fluctuate daily.
The rate appears on my credit card statement as Egyptian pounds and was converted to AUD by my bank. For four flights Cairo- Luxor / Aswan - Cairo / Cairo - Sharm and Sharm - Cairo I paid $267 AUD total or at that time 1205LE. I got an e-ticket and had no problems on any of the flights. Some members have had problems with the Egyptair site not accepting certain credit cards (mostly from the US) but I did not experience any problems with my Visa. Try different computers or cards if you experience any problems, good luck.Edited: 09 November 2010, 08:51
Thanks for the update. Does anyone know the approx. rate of exchange at the moment for Egptian Pound to the Australian Dollar as none of the online currency exchanges I use seem to have it listed as a currency
Janderra-I googled currency converter and when that page appeared on google I put in the inquiry. As of 11/08/10 it stated that 1 Australian dollar= 5.8379 Egyptian pounds. HTH.
So Nefertari-what you did was put in Egypt as country of residence on Egypt Air home page and got great deals. When you paid for them with your credit card the amount was converted from Egyptian pounds to AUD. That's a great deal/price for all those flights. My concern would be that you would not be allowed to board with the ticket if it somehow is designed different for Egyptian citizens as opposed to foreigners. Did you have to show your passport along with your ticket?? Did you have any problems boarding with your tickets since you're not an Egyptian citizen??
Maybe some Egyptian citizens will answer our questions???
As I said, I had NO problems boarding with the e-ticket on any of the flights.
The e-ticket does not say anything that I can see about being Egyptian, just flight numbers/ times /ref no/payment method etc . This method has been used by hundreds of TA members with no problems, that is how I found out about it. I just showed my passport and e-ticket, no questions asked & no problems.
Janderra try http://www.xe.com/ucc/full/