While there is no doubt excellent value to be found in Egypt, a lot of people do get frustrated with some of the prices of holiday packages from the various UK airports. There is excellent value to be found in the shops, bars and restaurants in the various resorts coupled with the superb year round weather, are just some of the reasons why Egypt is such a popular destination.
The main problem is that there are simply not enough flights to Egypt and this allows prices to be kept higher than other popular European destinations. Granted that Egypt does fall into a more expensive APD (Air Passenger Duty) zone than European destinations but the flight prices dictate where you will get your holiday to Egypt for a good price or not.
When talking about flights to Egypt, we are talking about the main tourist destinations of Sharm and Hurghada. These two airports serve a number of resorts and although there are flights from the UK into Cairo, Taba and Marsa Alam, the busiest airports are Sharm and Hurghada.
As with any flights, when looking to save money, flexibility is the key factor. Egypt is an incredibly popular destination for families so school holidays, prices and availability can be an issue. Where possible, try to travel during term times. Historically, a number of the cheapest flight prices are in mid January with flight prices from 150GBP per person. Combined with low hotel rates, it is possible to tailor make a holiday for just about 220GBP (based on 2 sharing) but this clearly depends on the level of hotel and board basis.
The most expensive times of year are Xmas / New Year, Easter and August so if you are looking for a cheap Red Sea holiday and are flexible with your travelling dates, aim to stay clear of these busy times.