The Hilton chain has a large presence in Egypt. There are a number of beautiful Hiltons in interesting places, many of which are classified as Category 1, 2, or 3.

Why is that significant? Right now it’s easy to earn a lot of Hilton points quickly.

  • The Citi® Hilton HHonors™ Visa Signature® Card offers 75,000 bonus HHonors points after spending $2,000 on the card in the first three months.
  • The Hilton HHonors Surpass Credit Card from American Express offers 100,000 bonus points after spending $3,000 in the first three months.

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Both have limited time increased sign up bonuses. Sign up for both now and you’ll earn at least 188,000 Hilton points after spending $5,000 total in the next three months, enough for…

…because you get the fifth night free on award bookings as a cardholder of either the Citi® Hilton HHonors™ Visa Signature® or the Hilton HHonors Surpass card from Amex.

But before I get ahead of myself, let’s start with how to get to Egypt–you should always book airline awards first since they are capacity controlled and hotel loyalty programs are not.

How to Get to Egypt With Miles

All Nipon Airways (ANA) and Singapore have some of the cheapest awards to the Northern Africa region. It costs:

  • 75k/115k/150k Singapore miles in economy/Business/First Class
  • 65k/104k ANA miles in economy/Business Class

ANA awards must be booked as a roundtrip, no one ways allowed. I didn’t mention their First Class price because it’s not the best deal to Northern Africa– check out this Comprehensive Spread Sheet of 8 Star Alliance Award Charts: Cheapest Awards to Africa and Middle East for better options.

The caveat to those cheap mileage prices above is that you will pay fuel surcharges. However, you can dramatically lower fuel surcharges by flying United to Europe and connecting there via a Star Alliance partner to Cairo since ANA nor Singagpore collect fuel surcharges on United flights.

For example, on I found Saver award space from Newark to Paris on a United flight (ignore the mileage price, you will pay what Singapore or ANA charges):

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And then from Paris to Cairo, flying Egyptair:
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The Newark to Paris leg will have no fuel surcharges as United doesn’t charge them and Singapore/ANA only collect them when the normal cash ticket has fuel surcharges.

To see how much your fuel surcharges will cost for the Paris to Cairo leg, you can check ITA Matrix:

Screen Shot 2016-07-28 at 9.47.45 PMAnything labeled YQ or YR is a fuel surcharge (the amounts outlined in red). In this case, you would only pay a little over $50 in fuel surcharges, along with the necessary amount Singapore or ANA miles, and the required taxes.

How to Get Singapore or ANA Miles

ANA is a 1:1 transfer partner of American Express Membership Rewards as well as Starwood Preferred Guest.

  • One of the easiest way to earn a lot of Membership Rewards at once is by signing up for the Enhanced Business Platinum Card from American Express OPEN which (for a limited time) is offering 50,000 bonus Membership Rewards after spending $5,000 in the first three months, and an additional 50,000 Membership Rewards after spending another $10,000 in that same three month period. Read more about how to get the most of out of your Amex Platinum card..

Singapore Krisflyer is a 1:1 transfer partner of all of the transferrable points.

  • One of the easiest ways to earn a lot of Ultimate Rewards is by signing up for the Sapphire Reserve, which offers 100,000 bonus Ultimate Rewards after spending $4,000 in the first three months.

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The bottom line is there are tons of ways to earn Ultimate Rewards, Membership Rewards, Starpoints, and ThankYou Points. Read more about them in our Top 10 Travel Credit Cards list that is updated bi-monthly– it was just updated this morning.

Now to the fun part– let’s look at where you can stay. Below are our top picks for Hiltons in Egypt.

Category 1 Hiltons in Egypt

Category 1 Hiltons cost 5,000 miles per night, and don’t forget you’ll get your fifth night free as a Citi® Hilton HHonors™ Visa Signature® or Hilton HHonors Surpass cardholder.

Hilton Alexandria Corniche

You can enjoy a central and seaside location in Alexandria, Egypt for an average of 4,000 points per night instead of the roughly $135 per night cash price.

screen-shot-2016-11-16-at-3-02-14-pmThe glowing reviews describe the fantastic views of the Mediterranean Sea…

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…and the dedicated staff that provide meticulous service.

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The Hilton Sharm Waterfalls Resort is another Category 1 Hilton. It has a cheaper retail value, so you’re not squeezing quite as much value out of those Hilton points, but it’s gorgeous either way. It’s located in Sharm El-Sheikh, on the shore of the Red Sea.

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Hilton Sharm Waterfalls Resort

Here are some other Category 1 Hiltons spread around Egypt:

  • Hilton Hurghada Resort
  • Hilton Hurghada Plaza
  • Hilton Sharm Dreams Resort

Category 2 Hiltons in Egypt

Category 2 Hiltons cost 10,000 miles per night.

Hilton Pyramids Golf Resort

You can stay less than 10 miles from the Pyramids of Giza at a beautiful, modern golf resort.

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With cash, five nights in the high season go for $1,036. That’s over 2.5 cents per point.

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Here are some other Category 2 Hiltons in Egypt:

Category 3 Hiltons in Egypt

Category 3 Hiltons cost 20,000 miles per night.

Somehow the Hilton Cairo World Trade Center Residences, where the base room is a two-bedroom suite, is only a Category 3. Use it as a base and by day you can explore the Pyramids, Sphinx, and Egyptian Museum.Screen Shot 2016-07-07 at 6.14.59 PMThe pool area looks fantastic as well.

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The two-bedroom, 1,900 square ft suite would cost 80,000 Hilton Points for a five night stay.


Category 4 Hiltons in Egypt

Category 4 Hiltons are pricier at 30,000 Hilton points a night, but the Hilton Luxor located on the banks of the Nile River looks like it could be worth it.

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I would consider booking this property with cash though, as it only costs around $130 a night.

Bottom Line

By signing up for the Citi® Hilton HHonors™ Visa Signature® Card and the Hilton HHonors Surpass Credit Card from American Express, you’ll earn a ton of Hilton points you could use for an extended vacation around Egypt. To get there, use Singapore or ANA miles–just make sure the transoceanic leg of your airline award is on United to avoid expensive fuel surcharges.

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