God Save The Points found a crazy business class deal today if you'll be in the Middle East in July (or very early August). For $600, you can book a round-trip business class ticket from Cairo (CAI) to New York City (JFK) on Meridiana/Air Italy—the airline is currently being rebranded as Air Italy. You can even book a one-way flight from Cairo (CAI) for $393.
What makes this deal even better is that Qatar Airways, which owns a 49% stake in Meridiana/Air Italy, has lent the airline Airbus A330s to use on the Milan (MXP) to New York City (JFK) segment. This means your business class journey on the long-haul segment will have slightly angled seats—Google Flights indicates lie-flat seats but many of Qatar Airways' A330s are angle-flat—so you can kick back and relax or take a nap.
You can quickly find available dates via Google Flights and select your preferred booking method between Orbitz, CheapOair, and Air Italy. Fair warning, I was not able to get the routing to show on Air Italy's site but Orbitz worked just fine.
If you'd prefer to book with points, you have a couple options. The Chase travel portal shows these flights at the same price so you can use Chase Ultimate Rewards points to book. If you have the Chase Sapphire Reserve Card, your points are worth 1.5 cents per point int he travel portal which means you can book this for 39,994 Ultimate Rewards points round-trip. The one-way points cost would be 26,180 Ultimate Rewards points.
If you have the Chase Sapphire Preferred Card, you would need 47,993 Ultimate Rewards points for the round-trip booking and 31,417 points for a one-way ticket.
If you're curious about where you can credit these flights to earn the best return, your pretty much stuck with British Airways. These flights will earn Avios at a rate of 125% which means a round-trip booking would earn about 14,056 Avios while a one-way would earn about 7,028 Avios.
The Avios you earn on a round-trip could easily be worth $140 toward a future award ticket. Not a bad return on a $600 business class ticket! However, those chasing status with British Airways will be disappointed to know these flights won't earn any Tier Points toward elite status.
For most of us in the states, a round-trip won't make much sense as you have to return to Cairo in July or August. However, You can easily combine this with a one-way award booking to Cairo with a one-way ticket on Air Italy back to the states.
You could use 69,000 Singapore KrisFlyer miles to book a business class award on one of their Star Alliance partners. This might be the easiest option as Singapore Airlines is a transfer partner of all four transferable points programs including American Express Membership Rewards, Chase Ultimate Rewards, Citi ThankYou Points, and SPG Starpoints.
If you want to get a little more creative, you could use 70,000 American AAdvantage miles to book a one-way business class award on Etihad Airways. If you want to try The Apartments on Eithad out of New York City (JFK), you could use 115,000 American AAdvantage miles.
Let's get straight to the point. The miles you earn won't be insane like the All Nippon Airways (ANA) business class deal I booked last year and you won't be making any progress toward British Airways elite status—though, that shouldn't matter to most of us. However, this could be a great companion to a one-way award so you can save some miles for a time when flight prices are more expensive.
If you ask me, this could be a great way to put together a trip to the Middle East this summer.