Egypt is Another Country to Buy Air Tickets Locally

In response to Here’s How to Save Big on Royal Air Maroc Tickets, reader Farnorthtrader chimed in that Egypt is another such country.

Here’s a quick example of nonstop Cairo-Luxor on March 30.

Global sites such as Orbitz show cheapest fare at USD 109 for the late flight and 138 for the others.

Orbitz CAI-LXR

EgyptAir’s US site gives USD 111.49 and 140.39 at Fully Flex and Platinum Fares.

EgyptAir US CAI-LXR

EgyptAir’s Egypt sites gives 4 types of fare, adding Best Offer and Good Deal, the fares are EGP 386, 628, 884 and 1063, which are USD 43, 70, 98 and 118.

EgyptAir Egypt Fare Types

EgyptAir Egypt CAI-LXRI flew this flight last January and had a fine experience for the short flight.

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  • TrAAveller

    I found the same luck with Chilean domestic flights. . Lan.cl offered a much better rate in local currency for their domestic flights over the USA Lan.com site. Same website (sorta) but different value!

  • The last time I checked this, Egypt air’s local fares are for Egyptians only.

  • Rapid Travel Chai

    @asar – I can see how that may be the letter of the rule, though in my case last January I had no problem purchasing the ticket and flying so maybe it is not enforced? I did not need to certify that I was Egyptian.

  • Erik

    Does anyone know of a blog or other resource maintaining a list of such countries? Maybe you could start one if it doesn’t exist? I think China may be one of those countries. One time I had to take a flight from Beijing to Chengdu on short notice. There are several flights per day between the two cities. I called my corporate travel agency in the US to book the flight and was quoted something like $600-700. My Chinese colleagues said, “that’s way too much”. So I passed and they took me to a generic travel agency on the ground floor and I was able to buy a roundtrip ticket for like $200 on Air China. And there was no “must be Chinese” (I’m visibly not) requirement.

  • Rapid Travel Chai

    @Erik – I talked a little about the China situation the Morocco post, the government sets full-fare and local agents discount from that while the global sites pick up only full-fare. Ctrip and eLong are two English options to try. Vietnam has a similar thing going on.

    India has all kinds of fares going on, most reliable I have found is expedia.in for good prices and taking foreign credit cards without issue or fee.

    Lots of Latin America issues like this. I have thought of starting a resource page, on my long to-do list.

  • Farnorthtrader

    @asar, when I booked using the Egyptair Egypt site, I was here in the US, used a US address and a US credit card and they had no issue with it. I put nothing on the reservation to indicate that I was Egyptian. If I had to lie to get the deal, I would not have done it.

  • This is awesome actually. I wanted to go SSH and Cairo but the domestic legs were so expensive, as much getting to Europe.

  • Coffee84

    I flew the CAI-LXR route in Feb 2016. it was hysterical. The plane was rumbling down over to the dance floor while people were still up putting bags away. At first I was a bit shocked, then i actually had an appreciation for it – we were off on our way!