Category Archive for 'Israel'

Getting To Israel Using Starwood Starpoints, 2016 Edition

Tuesday, March 22nd, 2016

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-Earn Starpoints on the Starwood Consumer AMEX and the Starwood Business AMEXYou can also use your Starpoints to stay free at the the highly rated Sheraton Tel Aviv and later this year at the W Tel Aviv – Jaffa which is scheduled to open on November 1st. With a Starwood business card you’ll even get free lounge access and meals at the Sheraton Tel Aviv! 
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The Starwood card is an excellent card for general spending. You can use just a couple thousand points for free hotel nights or transfer points into the mileage programs of 34 different airlines with a 25% transfer bonus. If you are transferring points you may also want to consider Starwood’s Nights & Flights option where you can save 8,000 points on a mileage transfer plus a 5 night stay in a category 3 or 4 hotel.

To make a mileage transfer just login to your Starwood account at SPG.com. If you have never made an account at SPG.com you may need to set one up. Locate your SPG number on the Starwood AMEX statement where it lists how many points you earned in the past month and for the year. Then you can setup an SPG.com account. Click here to transfer Starpoints into airline miles. Note that transfers can take a few days to complete.

The rates in this post are for flights from NYC to Tel Aviv unless otherwise noted.

Read more about using Starpoints to fly to Israel after the jump: (more…)

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NYC To Tel Aviv From $535 Round-Trip With 2 Free Checked Bags Or $594 With 3 Free Bags

Wednesday, January 6th, 2016

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Bookable on Priceline. Tickets purchased from Priceline today are refundable until 11:29pm tomorrow. Please see this post for directions on how to cancel these tickets.

-Also Bookable on Orbitz. Orbitz tickets are refundable until 11pm ET tomorrow.

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Ukraine Airlines has $535.79 round-trips from JFK to Tel Aviv with 2-3 hour connections in Kiev.

Turkish Airlines has $594.59 round-trips from JFK to Tel Aviv with 2-3 hour connections in Istanbul.

Both Kiev and Istanbul airports are perfectly safe to transit in and both airlines are safe to fly. Thousands of DansDeals readers have taken flights on both airlines without issues.

Both Ukraine and Turkish normally offer 2 free checked bags. Turkish is offering 3 free bags for flights through 03/31.

Turkish is a very highly rated airline with free WiFi and an awesome Star Alliance lounge in Istanbul. They have more daily flights into Tel Aviv than any foreign carrier.

The $594 Turkish fares are available on most dates departing from JFK between January 11 and April 27 with returns through July 26. Be sure to check the connection times and if you don’t see any short connections try searching the day before or after. A Saturday stay is required with Turkish. The longest you can stay in Israel is 3 months with Turkish.

The $535 Ukraine fares are more limited if you are looking for a short connection. These seem to work the best on Orbitz. A Saturday stay is not required for Ukraine.

Ukraine JFK-Tel Aviv outbound dates with short connections:
February 3, 7, 10, 14, 17, 21, 28
March 2, 6, 16

Ukraine Tel Aviv-JFK return dates with short connections:
February 11, 18, 25
March 8, 15, 17, 22, 28
April 5, 12, 18

If you’re willing to have a longer connection in Kiev then many more dates are available. DD commenter “Aryeh” notes that he stopped over for longer in Kiev and for $100 he had a private driver (contact info here) take him to the gravesites of the Baal Shem Tov Zt’l, Rebbe Nachman Zt’l, and R’ Levi Yitzchok Zt’l. DD commenter Yakov had the same positive experience as well.

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Ukraine Airlines: JFK To Tel Aviv For $578 Round-Trip

Monday, December 21st, 2015

Related: Air France: Tel Aviv To JFK For $530 Round-Trip
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Bookable on Priceline. Tickets purchased from Priceline today are refundable until 11:29pm tomorrow. Please see this post for directions on how to cancel these tickets.

-Also Bookable on Orbitz. Orbitz tickets are refundable until 11pm ET tomorrow.

-Yes, the airline and airport are safe to transit in. No, Kiev is not a war zone. Thousands of DansDeals readers have booked travel and arrived safely. There are kosher restaurants in Kiev as well.

DD commenter “Aryeh” notes that he stopped over for longer in Kiev and for $100 he had a private driver (contact info here) take him to the gravesites of the Baal Shem Tov Zt’l, Rebbe Nachman Zt’l, and R’ Levi Yitzchok Zt’l. DD commenter Yakov had the same positive experience as well.

Sample itinerary:

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JFK-Tel Aviv outbound travel dates with short connections:
January 10, 13
February 3, 7, 10, 14, 17, 21, 24, 28
March 2, 6, 16

Tel Aviv-JFK return travel dates with short connections:
January 19, 21
February 2, 4, 9, 11, 16, 18, 23, 25
March 1, 3, 8, 15, 17, 22, 27, 31
April 3, 4, 5, 7, 10, 11, 12, 14, 18, 19

JFK-Tel Aviv outbound travel dates with all connection lengths:
January 10, 13, 17, 24, 27, 31
February 3, 7, 10, 14, 17, 21, 24, 28
March 2, 6, 9, 16

Tel Aviv-JFK return travel dates with all connection lengths:
January 14, 18, 19, 20, 21, 27, 28
February 1, 2, 3, 4, 8, 9, 10, 11, 15, 16, 17, 18, 22, 23, 24, 25, 29
March 1, 2, 3, 7, 8, 9, 10, 14, 15, 16, 17, 21, 22, 23, 24, 27, 28, 30
April 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 17, 18, 19, 20

HT: Robert N.

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Flying Blue Promo Awards Now Bookable For Flights To/From Tel Aviv Or Europe And Atlanta, Boston, Houston, JFK, Or Washington DC For 12.5K Miles Each Way!

Thursday, December 10th, 2015

Update, 12/10: This promotion has been extended to allow bookings until 12/20!

Originally posted on 12/01:

Flying Blue Promo Awards (Click here to view worldwide promo awards)

Air France Flying Blue Award Search (Login required to search for award flights)

Flying Blue is the joint program of SkyTeam member Air France and KLM.
They consider Tel Aviv to be part of Europe which can make for some decent deals.

With the current offer that starts today you can fly in either direction between Atlanta, Boston, Houston, JFK, Or Washington DC and Israel, Europe, or Russia for just 12.5K miles each way!

Tax and fuel surcharges from the US adds about $101 one-way while tax and fuel surcharges from Israel adds about $137 one-way.

Availability is wide open. For example from JFK-TLV:

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And BOS-TLV:

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Sample itinerary from JFK-TLV-JFK for 25K miles plus $239 with 2 hour connections in Paris:
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Flying Blue charges fuel surcharges on their own flights but not on Delta flights. However availability is much better on their own flights than on Delta flights. When there is Delta availability though it’s significantly cheaper to book the Delta flights with Flying Blue miles than with Delta Skypesos.

-They normally charge 25K miles each way in coach to Israel but they run rotating promo awards throughout the year that are valid for select cities.

-Promo awards are only valid on Air France or KLM.

-Travel is valid in either direction and is valid for one-way or round-trip travel.

-You need to book the current promo awards by 12/10.

-Travel is valid between 01/15-03/15.

-Promo awards are nonrefundable and non-changeable.

-Promo awards require Air France/KLM Flying Blue miles. You can’t use Delta miles for these awards and you can’t transfer Delta miles to Flying Blue.

-You can transfer AMEX or Citi points to Flying Blue at a 1K:1K ratio or Starpoints to Flying Blue at a 20K:25K ratio.

Want to pickup some Flying Blue miles?
AMEX MR points transfer instantly to Flying Blue at a 1:1 ratio, Citi Thank You points from the Premier, Prestige, or Chairman cards transfer at a 1:1 ratio, and Starpoints transfer at a 20:25 ratio so 20K Starwood becomes enough for a round-trip ticket between JFK and Tel Aviv.

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-The Starwood Consumer AMEX and the Starwood Business AMEX awards 25K signup points with no fee for the first year. 20K Starpoints can transfer into 25K Flying Blue with the permanent 25% transfer bonus. Transfers can take a few days.

-American Express Membership Rewards points transfer instantly at a 1K:1K ratio to Flying Blue and can be earned from credit cards like The Amex EveryDay Preferred Card or The Amex EveryDay Card.

The Preferred card awards 1.5 miles per dollar everywhere, 3 miles per dollar on Uber and gas, and 4.5 miles per dollar on groceries if you make 30 transactions per month.

The EveryDay card awards 1.2 miles per dollar everywhere and 2.4 miles per dollar on Uber and groceries if you make 20 transactions per month.

You can also earn Membership Rewards points from consumer charge cards like the American Express Premier Rewards Gold Card and The Platinum Card® from American Express, and from business charge cards like the AMEX Business Gold Rewards Charge Card or The Business Platinum Card. 

The Blue for Business® Credit Card from American Express has no annual fee and a limited time increased signup bonus. It earns a generous 1.3 points per dollar everywhere, but you’ll need any of the membership rewards cards listed above to transfer points from that card into airline miles.

Citi Thank You Premier, Prestige, and Chairman cardholders can also transfer points into Flying Blue. You can find credit card offers by issuing bank in the “other credit cards” tab at the top of this site.

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Manufacture A JFK Or Newark To Tel Aviv Nonstop For $690 Round-Trip

Tuesday, December 8th, 2015

Currently there are tickets from Boston to Tel Aviv via JFK or Newark for $554. That’s $226 less than a nonstop from JFK or Newark.

If you book a multi-destination trip going from JFK or EWR to Tel Aviv and then returning from Tel Aviv to Boston you will split the different between the fares of both cities.  Which in this case means you’ll pay $690 instead of $820.  Just use the multi-city fare search on a site like Priceline.  Tickets purchased from Priceline today are refundable until 11:29pm tomorrow night. Please see this post for directions on how to cancel these tickets.

Although your bag will be tagged to Boston, all bags will be picked up in NYC. Federal law requires that you bring your bags past customs yourself and can recheck your bags to Boston, though nobody will force you to recheck them.

I searched for multi-city tickets from Newark to Tel Aviv and returning from Tel Aviv to Boston. That pulled up $690 tickets on many dates. Some sample dates on United include:

Newark to Tel Aviv departure dates:
December 29, 30, 31
January 10, 12, 13, 15, 16, 18, 19, 22, 23, 24, 26, 27, 29, 30, 31
February 1, 3, 7, 8, 9, 20, 21, 24

Tel Aviv to Boston (via Newark) return dates:
January 27
February 3, 4, 8, 9, 10, 15, 16, 17, 24, 29
March 1

Nobody will force you to take the final leg to Boston and all luggage must be claimed in JFK or Newark.

Sample United itinerary:

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Sample Delta itinerary:

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This is called hidden city ticketing, and of course the airlines don’t love that.  And airline reps will probably lie to you and say that your bags will go straight to Boston even though they will not.  They will be tagged to Boston, but everyone has to pick them up in Newark or JFK.

The airline can decide not to give miles for your trip. It’s probably a good idea to credit the miles to another airline. I don’t suggest anyone do this every month, but tons of people save money by buying tickets with hidden city ticketing every day without problems.

You can read this post for more on how to utilize hidden city ticketing.

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Air France: Tel Aviv To JFK For $530 Round-Trip

Tuesday, December 8th, 2015

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Bookable on Priceline. Tickets purchased from Priceline today are refundable until 11:29pm tomorrow. Please see this post for directions on how to cancel these tickets.

-Also Bookable on Orbitz. Orbitz tickets are refundable until 11pm ET tomorrow.

Air France has flights available departing from Tel Aviv to JFK via Paris for $530.83 round-trip. The fare is not valid departing from JFK.

Departures are valid on most dates from January 11 through the end of March.

A Saturday night stay in NYC is required.

Sample itinerary:

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Boston To Tel Aviv For $554 Round-Trip On Air Canada, Delta, Or United Via Toronto, JFK, Or Newark

Saturday, December 5th, 2015

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Bookable on Priceline. Tickets purchased from Priceline today are refundable until 11:29pm on Monday, 12/07. Please see this post for directions on how to cancel these tickets.

You must fly the Boston-JFK or Boston-Newark segment or else your whole ticket will be cancelled. You can fly NYC-Boston for just 4.5K BA Avios.

On the return you get get off the plane and claim your luggage in JFK or Newark without continuing onto Boston. Your bags will be tagged to Boston, but everyone must claim their luggage and bring it past customs before having to recheck it or leave the airport.

A Saturday stay is required.

Valid United Boston-Newark-Tel Aviv departure dates:
December 6, 7, 8, 9, 11, 29, 30, 31
January 8, 9, 10, 11, 15, 16, 18, 19, 22, 23, 24, 25, 26, 28, 29, 30, 31
February 6, 7, 8, 19, 20, 21

Valid United Tel Aviv-Newark-Boston return dates:
December 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24, 25, 26, 28
January 18, 19, 22, 23, 26, 27, 29
February 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 8, 9, 10, 11, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 26, 27, 28, 29
March 1, 2, 4, 5, 7, 8, 9

Valid Delta Boston-JFK-Tel Aviv departure dates:
December 6, 7, 8, 30, 31
January 22, 26, 28, 29, 30, 31
February 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 7, 8, 9, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 21, 23, 24, 25, 28

Valid Delta Tel Aviv-JFK-Boston return dates:
December 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24, 25, 26, 27,
January 14, 17, 18, 21, 22, 25, 26, 27, 28, 29
February 4, 5, 6, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 16, 17, 18, 19, 22, 24, 25, 26, 29
March 3, 7, 11

Flights are also available for this price via Canada and Europe.

HT: CRONY, via DDF

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KLM/El Al: Montreal/Toronto To Tel Aviv For US$460 Round-Trip!

Saturday, December 5th, 2015

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Bookable on Priceline. Tickets purchased from Priceline today are refundable until 11:29pm on Monday, 12/07. Please see this post for directions on how to cancel these tickets.

Flights are available on most dates if you depart between January 6-April 6.

These flights include a stopover in Amsterdam.

Flights to Toronto are just 9,000 British Airways Avios round-trip from Chicago and NYC on American.

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El Al/United: Fly Nonstop From North America To Tel Aviv From $666 Round-Trip

Sunday, November 29th, 2015

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Bookable on Priceline. Tickets purchased today from Priceline arerefundable until 11:29pm the day after purchase. Please see this post for directions on how to cancel these tickets.

-Also Bookable on Orbitz. Orbitz tickets are refundable until 11pm ET the day after purchase.

-Limited seats are available on each date. Always search for 1 seat and then work your way up to the number of seats you need in order to book as many seats on sale as you can.

-A Saturday stay is required.

-Search NYC to include JFK and Newark in the search to find maximum valid dates.

-Not valid for flights originating in Tel Aviv.

-Valid dates below are for nonstop flights.

-All fares are in USD.

El Al Toronto-Tel Aviv Outbound $666 Dates:
January 10, 12, 14, 17, 19, 21, 24, 26, 28, 31
February 2, 4, 7, 9, 16, 18, 21, 23, 25, 28
March 1,

El Al Tel Aviv-Toronto Return $666 Dates:
January 18, 20, 24, 26, 28, 31
February 2, 4, 7, 9, 11, 14, 16, 18, 21, 23, 28
March 1, 3, 6, 8, 10, 13

El Al Boston-Tel Aviv Outbound $698 Dates:
January 10, 12, 17, 19, 21, 24, 26, 28, 31
February 2, 4, 7, 9, 14, 16, 18, 21, 23, 25
March 1, 6, 8, 13, 15, 20, 22, 24

El Al Tel Aviv-Boston Return $698 Dates:
January 19, 21, 24, 26, 28
February 2, 4, 7, 9, 11, 14, 16, 18, 23, 25, 28
March 3, 6, 8, 15, 17, 22, 31

El Al JFK/Newark-Tel Aviv Outbound $748 Dates:
January 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 17, 18, 21, 24, 25, 26, 27, 28, 30, 31
February 1, 2, 3, 4, 6, 7, 8, 9, 11, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24, 25, 27, 28, 29
March 1, 2, 3, 5, 7, 8, 9, 10, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24, 26, 27, 28, 29, 30, 31

El Al Tel Aviv-JFK/Newark Return $748 Dates:
January 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 24, 25, 26, 27, 28, 31
February 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 21, 22, 23, 24, 25, 28, 29
March 1, 2, 3, 4, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 13, 14, 15, 16, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24, 25, 27, 28, 29, 30, 31
April 1, 3, 4

United Newark-Tel Aviv Outbound $756 Dates:
January 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 21, 22, 23, 24, 25, 26, 27, 28, 29, 30, 31
February 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 15, 16, 18, 19, 20, 21, 24, 29

United Tel Aviv-Newark Return $756 Dates:
January 18, 19, 20, 22, 23, 25, 26, 27, 28, 29, 30
February 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 22, 23, 24, 26, 27, 29
March 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 7, 8, 26

El Al Los Angeles-Tel Aviv Outbound $898 Dates:
January 4, 7, 12, 14, 17, 19, 21, 24, 26, 28, 31
February 2, 4, 7, 9, 11, 14, 16, 18, 21, 23, 25, 28
March 1, 8, 10, 13, 15, 17, 20, 22, 24

El Al Tel Aviv-Los Angeles Return $898 Dates:
January 14, 19, 21, 24, 26, 28
February 2, 4, 7, 9, 11, 14, 16, 18, 21, 23, 25, 28
March 1, 6, 8, 13, 15, 17, 20, 22, 24, 27, 28, 30, 31

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Tel Aviv-JFK-London From $310, Tel Aviv-JFK Round-Trip From $500

Sunday, November 15th, 2015

This fare is valid on Expedia and CheapOAir. Be sure to use both sites to view all options.

When using CheapoAir be sure to use the following promo codes after selecting your flight:
For 1 passenger use promo code: NY15
For 2+ passengers use promo code: GROUP40

A flight on either British Airways, El Al, or Virgin Atlantic from Tel Aviv to NYC and then NYC to London starts at $310 while a regular Tel Aviv to NYC round-trip starts a $500.

Sample Tel Aviv-NYC-London multi-city itinerary on Expedia:

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Sample Tel Aviv-NYC-Tel Aviv itinerary on Expedia:

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Sample Tel Aviv-NYC-Tel Aviv itinerary on CheapOAir for 2 passengers with promo code:

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There are lots of valid dates between the 2 sites. Here are just a small sample of dates that worked on at least one of the sites above:
11/17-11/24
11/24-12/01
12/01-12/08
12/22-12/29
01/12-01/19
01/19-01/26
01/26-02/02
02/02-02/09
02/09-02/16
02/16-02/23
02/23-03/01
03/01-03/08
03/08-03/15
03/15-03/22
03/16-04/04

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El Al: Toronto To Tel Aviv Nonstop For US$694 Round-Trip

Tuesday, October 13th, 2015

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Bookable on Priceline. Tickets purchased today from Priceline arerefundable until 11:29pm the day after purchase. Please see this post for directions on how to cancel these tickets.

-Also Bookable on Orbitz. Orbitz tickets are refundable until 11pm ET the day after purchase.

-Limited seats are available on each date. Always search for 1 seat and then work your way up to the number of seats you need in order to book as many seats on sale as you can.

-A Saturday stay is required.

-You must originate in Toronto, fares originating in Tel Aviv are higher.

Valid Toronto-Tel Aviv dates:
November 29
December 1, 3, 6, 10, 13, 29, 31
January 5, 7, 10, 12, 14, 17, 19, 21, 24, 26, 28, 31
February 2, 4, 7, 9, 16, 23, 25, 28
March 1, 6, 8, 24, 27, 29, 31

Valid Tel Aviv-Toronto dates:
December 6, 10, 13, 15, 17, 20, 22, 24, 27, 31
January 12, 14, 17, 19, 21, 24, 26, 28, 31
February 2, 4, 7, 9, 11, 14, 16, 18, 21, 23, 28
March 1, 3, 6, 8

HT: yankmk, via DDF

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Delta: JFK To Tel Aviv Nonstop For $814 Round-Trip For Winter Travel, $814-$874 Round-Trip For Summer Travel!

Monday, October 12th, 2015

Related post: El Al: Fly Between Boston, Los Angeles, NYC, Or Toronto And Tel Aviv From $761 Round-Trip
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Bookable on Priceline. Tickets purchased today from Priceline are refundable until 11:29pm the day after purchase. Please see this post for directions on how to cancel these tickets.

-Also Bookable on Orbitz. Orbitz tickets are refundable until 11pm ET the day after purchase.

-Limited seats are available on each date. Always search for 1 seat and then work your way up to the number of seats you need in order to book as many seats on sale as you can.

-A Saturday stay is required and the maximum stay is 30 days.

-Departure is only valid from JFK.

-Travel from now through April is $814.
-Travel from July-September is $849-$874, though limited dates (such as July 11-31) are pricing as low as $814 as well.

-Delta JFK-Tel Aviv valid dates:
October 25, 26
November 1, 5, 9, 12, 15, 16, 17, 19, 22, 23, 24, 25, 26, 27, 28, 29, 30
December 1, 3, 6, 7, 8, 10, 29, 30, 31
January 1, 2, 6, 7, 8, 10, 14, 21, 22, 24, 25, 26, 28, 29, 30, 31
February 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 8, 10, 18, 19, 22, 23, 24, 27, 28
March 2, 3, 5, 8, 14, 15, 17, 19, 20, 21, 24
July 11, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24, 25, 26, 27, 28, 29, 30
August 1, 2, 4, 5, 6, 19, 22, 23, 25, 26, 27, 28, 29, 30, 31
September 1, 2

-Delta Tel Aviv-JFK valid dates:
November 4, 6, 11, 13, 16, 17, 18, 23, 24, 25, 26, 27
December 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24, 25, 26, 27, 28, 29
January 7, 8, 11, 12, 14, 15, 16, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 24, 25, 26, 27, 28, 29
February 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 22, 23, 24, 25, 26, 27, 28, 29
March 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 22, 23, 25, 30
April 1, 2, 23, 24
July 19, 20, 22, 23, 26, 27, 29, 30, 31
August 2, 3, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24, 25, 26, 27, 29, 30, 31
September 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6

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United Will Add Nonstop San Francisco-Tel Aviv Service!

Thursday, October 8th, 2015

Update: United confirms the new SFO-TLV route and also announced nonstop service between San Francisco and Auckland, New Zealand.

SFO-TLV tickets will go on sale 10/10 for travel starting 03/30/16 and SFO-AKL tickets go on sale 10/17 for travel starting 07/01/16. The Auckland flights will start off 3x weekly and move to daily service on 10/28/16.

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American announced in August that they would completely pull out of the Tel Aviv market on 01/05/16. Allegedly the flight had never been profitable, despite statements from USAirways’s president Scott Kirby calling the route among the most lucrative in their network.

Even more bizarrely, they announced they would not try the route from their JFK and Miami hubs which seem like more natural fits for Tel Aviv service, especially considering that Miami has no nonstop service to the holy land despite its huge Jewish population. After all, Delta successfully launched JFK-Tel Aviv service despite the Atlanta-Tel Aviv route not working out for them. However American said that they saw “no route to profitability for Tel Aviv service.” So much for the benefits of the being the world’s largest airline…

But American’s loss is their competition’s gain.

Delta announced last month that they would pick up much of the slack by bumping JFK-Tel Aviv nonstop service from 7 flights/week to 11 flights/week as of next May.

And now YNet (Hebrew) is reporting that United will be adding nonstop service from San Francisco-Tel Aviv with 3 flights/week effective 03/30/16 on their 787-900 Dreamliner.

YNet says that the SFO-TLV flight will depart at 8pm on Wednesdays, Fridays, and Sundays and arrive at 8:10 pm the next day (14:10 flight duration). The TLV-SFO flight will depart at 12:55am on Tuesdays, Fridays and Sundays and arrive at 6am the same day (15:05 flight duration).

The 787-900 has 48 lie-flat business class seats, 88 economy plus seats with 35 inches of pitch, and 116 economy seats with 32 inches of pitch. (The 777-200 that operates from Newark has 50 lie-flat business class seats, 72 economy plus seats with 35 inches of pitch, and 145 economy seats with 31 inches of pitch.)

This effectively fulfills what Brian Znotins, United’s head of network, told me at the United DO in Chicago 3 years ago would happen when United picked up their 787-900 aircraft:

-The Newark-Tel Aviv route is an anomaly. While most international routes survive or die by their premium class passengers the TLV route is extremely successful in coach but less so in Business, where it is full of upgraders. While the route was once Continental’s most profitable the introduction of Delta service to Tel Aviv eroded the profits on the route. When Continental ordered 787s many years ago it was widely though that they would operated a 3rd daily Tel Aviv flight but now that route has been pushed down the list as there are bigger fish to fry. While it seems unlikely for the 787-800 to do a Tel Aviv run it’s possible we’ll see Tel Aviv flights with the coming of the 787-900 in 2014.

-While on most flights 1 business seat is more profitable than having 3 more economy seats Tel Aviv seems to be an exception and if they had a plane heavier in coach seats it could make more sense for Tel Aviv.

On DDF we’ve had some lively discussions about a 3rd United TLV flight from Chicago or S. Francisco. There’s actually a lot of internal debate on that very topic as the revenue guys think there’s going to be a lot of business class travel between San Francisco and Tel Aviv while the network planning guys think Chicago would make more logical sense as more traffic from across the country can feed into it. Of course a 3rd daily flight out of Newark can also make sense as that grabs traffic from NYC as well as the entire country.

 

I do find it interesting that San Francisco won the internal debate over Chicago, but premium traffic is king I suppose and Silicon Valley and tech traffic will supply it. The only question is will their be enough traffic from west coast connections to fill up the back of the bus.

I’m not surprised Newark didn’t get a 3rd flight due to the increased NYCcompetition from Delta.

I won’t be surprised to see Chicago pickup nonstop service from El Al or United in the future though.

In North America El Al flies nonstop from Boston, JFK, Los Angeles, Newark, and Toronto to Tel Aviv. Air Canada flies from Toronto, Delta flies from JFK, and United will fly from Newark and San Francisco to Tel Aviv.

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Delta Increasing Nonstop Service Between JFK And Tel Aviv

Thursday, September 24th, 2015

Update: The correct days of the week that the new flight will operate have been added below:

I wrote on DDF several hours ago that Delta would be adding 4 weekly nonstop flights between JFK and Tel Aviv effective 05/26/16.

It’s the first major US-Tel Aviv route announcement since American announced they would pull out of Tel Aviv in January.

Currently Delta operates 1 daily flight that leaves JFK at 11:51pm and arrives in Tel Aviv at 5:35pm the next day. The flight returns from Tel Aviv at 12:10am and arrives in JFK at 5:14am the same day.

On Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays, Delta will operate an additional flight that leaves JFK at 4pm and arrives in Tel Aviv at 9:50am the next day.
On Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Fridays, and Saturdays, Delta will operate an additional flight that leaves Tel Aviv at 11:50am and arrives in JFK at 4:50pm the same day.

Both flights will be operated by a 777-200ER aircraft.

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Azerbaijan Airlines: JFK-Tel Aviv Or Tel Aviv To JFK For $1,883 Round Trip In Business Class

Thursday, September 24th, 2015

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Flights connect in Baku, Azerbaijan for about 2 hours:

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-Both the airline and airport are safe to transit in. Plenty of DansDeals readers have booked travel and arrived safely and have had very positive things to say about the airline with friendly staff and a smooth connecting experience in Baku airport.  The modern A340 they fly from JFK to Baku has received rave reviews.   You can find links to some of those reports here.

-Azerbaijan Airlines is a Skytrax 4-Star airline. For comparison’s sake, Singapore is a 5 star airline, JetBlue and Virgin America have 4 stars, American, Delta, Southwest, and United have 3 stars, Spirit and Ukraine Air have 2 stars, and Air Koryo has 1 star (sorry, no trip reports forthcoming about them 😉 )

-The long-haul JFK-Baku leg on an A340 features lie-flat business class seating in a 2-2-2 configuration and an onboard business class lounge. The short-haul Baku-Tel Aviv leg on an A319 features a reclining business class seat in a 2-2 configuration.

-Limited seats are available on each date. Always search for 1 seat and then work your way up to the number of seats you need in order to book as many seats on sale as you can.

-2 free 70 pound bags are included.

-You can originate in JFK or Tel Aviv.

Valid travel dates from JFK to Tel Aviv (These dates are good for outbound or for return flights):
September 28
October 19, 29
November 5, 12, 19, 26
December 3, 10, 17
January 14, 21, 28
February 4, 11, 18, 25
March 3

Valid travel dates from Tel Aviv to JFK (These dates are good for outbound or for return flights):
October 4, 6, 13, 20, 25, 28
November 1, 4, 8, 11, 15, 18, 22, 25, 29
December 2, 9, 20, 23
January 3, 6, 10, 13, 20, 27
February 3, 17, 24
March 2, 9, 16, 20, 23

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Getting To Israel Using Starwood Starpoints

Thursday, September 10th, 2015

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-Earn Starpoints on the Starwood Consumer AMEX and the Starwood Business AMEXYou can also use your Starpoints to stay free at the the highly rated Sheraton Tel Aviv and next year at the W Tel Aviv – Jaffa. With a Starwood business card you’ll even get free lounge access and meals at the Sheraton Tel Aviv! 
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Related post: The Ultimate Israel Mileage Award Chart
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The Starwood card is one of the best cards out there for general spending. You can use just a couple thousand points for free hotel nights or transfer points into the mileage programs of 33 different airlines with a 25% transfer bonus. If you are transferring points you may also want to consider Starwood’s Nights & Flights option where you can save 8,000 points on a mileage transfer plus a 5 night stay in a category 3 or 4 hotel.

To make a mileage transfer just login to your Starwood account at SPG.com. If you have never made an account at SPG.com you may need to set one up. Locate your SPG number on the Starwood AMEX statement where it lists how many points you earned in the past month and for the year. Then you can setup an SPG.com account. Click here to transfer Starpoints into airline miles. Note that transfers can take a few days to complete.

The rates in this post are for flights from NYC to Tel Aviv unless otherwise noted.
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Tips for finding saver award availability:

Award tickets to Israel are always tough, though that’s a function of it being an expensive route to fly compared to the distance of the flight.

1. Check availability at least daily (if not more often) as award seats can come and go quickly.

2. Be willing to connect in Europe for much better availability. Flights on low cost carriers from Europe to Israel can also be dirt cheap and it can make sense to use miles to get to Europe and then buy a flight to Israel from there.

3. If you are ready to fly on a whim airlines often open up saver awards the day of or the day before a flight. Otherwise a month in advance is a typical sweet spot.

4. Realize that not all partners will be displayed online and you need to do your own research on partner sites and/or call to find partner availability. For example AA.com won’t show Iberia flights, BA.com won’t show Aer Lingus flights, United.com won’t show Singapore flights, etc.

5. Airline search engines are only so powerful. Use free stopovers and open-jaws to your advantage. If you are flying from somewhere besides NYC just search from NYC-Tel Aviv instead of from Los Angeles to Tel Aviv. You can always piece together an award by searching for Los Angeles-NYC separately then NYC-Tel Aviv, especially if you are willing to have a long connection, change airports in NYC, or are willing to stay overnight in NYC.

Air Berlin is one of the least expensive ways to get to Tel Aviv using British Airways Avios due to lack of fuel surcharges. If you are willing to stopover for a night in Berlin, Dusseldorf, or Munich then you will greatly increase the available award space. Search for nonstops from NYC to Berlin or Dusseldorf on AA.com as described here and then for nonstops from Berlin, Dusseldorf, or Munich to Tel Aviv. Then call BA to piece them together onto one itinerary. Even with a stopover the one-way cost will still be ust 30K Avios.

6. The same goes for tickets from NYC. Search from other gateways like Toronto and Philadelphia and piece together the flights to get there afterward. For example be willing to use Avios to get to Toronto and then use United miles to fly from Toronto-Tel Aviv, etc. Consider searching from NYC to European cities and piece together an award from Europe to Israel. You may find availability from NYC to London and then from Paris to Tel Aviv but a computer would never put that open jaw ticket together. Instead you can check out London and Paris on the way to Tel Aviv. Maybe you’ll also get to check out Venice and Rome on the way home. Sometimes you can even save miles by doing that!

7. Don’t forget to book a free domestic trailing flight anytime in the year after you arrive back to your destination. United still has free stopovers. You can fly NYC-Tel Aviv-NYC and then stopover in NYC for up to a year before continuing on to say, Anchorage, Los Angeles, or Miami for no extra miles.

8. Find award availability before transferring miles. Once they’re transferred they can’t be reversed!

9. Need help? You can post your travel dates and which miles you have in this DDF thread and ask for help. Consider offering a monetary or mileage reward to the forum member that can come up with the best award ticket to meet your needs and you may find that suggestions will come flooding in!

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Airlines that fly nonstop from North America to Israel that can be booked via Starpoints:
-Air Canada from Toronto (bookable via Star Alliance airlines)
-United from Newark (bookable via Star Alliance airlines)
-Delta from JFK (bookable via Skyteam airlines)
-American from Philadelphia (bookable via OneWorld airlines). This route ends 01/04/16.
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Star Alliance:

Nonstop flights from North America include Air Canada from Toronto and United from Newark. These flights all have lie-flat business class seating and have no first class. Air Canada flies the 787 dreamliner to Israel with one of the best business classes between North America and Israel.

Star Alliance offers the best availability for flights to Israel by leaps and bounds. Besides for the nonstop flights from North America there are many options via Europe in coach, business, and first class worth looking into including Swiss via Zurich, Lufthansa via Dusseldorf, Frankfurt, and Munich, Brussels via Brussels, Austrian via Vienna, Turkish via Istanbul, SAS via Copenhagen, Singapore via Frankfurt, Aegean via Athens, LOT via Warsaw, or a mix of carriers like United from Newark to one of dozens of European cities and a European carrier to Tel Aviv.
By utilizing free stopovers and open jaws the possibilities are endless if you take the time to research your options leg by leg.

You can search for Star Alliance award availability on sites like United.comAeroplan.com, and ANA.co.jp. You’ll need create an account and login to use Aeroplan or ANA’s award search.

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Note that Starpoint rates listed below are assuming that you maximize the 25% point bonus for transferring Starpoints in blocks of 20,000 points (which you may or may not be able to do depending on the number of passengers, so you may have leftover miles).

Rates listed below are for round-trip travel!

 

Using ANA miles, from 52,000 Starpoints.
-Miles required: 65K coach, 104K business, 195K first.
-Transfer Ratio: 20,000 Starpoints=25,000 ANA miles. At a 1:1.25 ratio this means 52,000 Starpoints in coach, 83,200 Starpoints in business, or 156,000 Starpoints in first.
-Other transfer partners: AMEX Membership Rewards partner at a 1:1 ratio.
-Fuel surcharges: None on United awards.
-Mileage expiration: 3 years after they are earned regardless of activity.
-One-way awards: Not allowed.
-Online partner airline award booking: Yes.
-Stopovers: 1 allowed.
-Changes/Cancellation: ANA allows free date changes. Cancellation results in a 3,000 mile penalty.
-Expedite/Close-in fee: None.
-Infant fees: 10% of full fare.

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Using Air Canada Aeroplan miles, from 64,000 Starpoints.
-Miles required: 80K coach, 165K business, 230K first.
Transfer Ratio: 20,000 Starpoints=25,000 Aeroplan miles. At a 1:1.25 ratio this means the equivalent of 64,000 Starpoints in coach, 132,000 Starpoints in business, or 184,000 Starpoints in first.
-Other transfer partners: AMEX Membership Rewards partner at a 1:1 ratio.
-Fuel surcharges: If you fly on these carriers you will pay a fuel surcharge: Adria, Air Canada, ANA, Asiana, Austrian, LOT Polish, Lufthansa, TAP Portugal, and THAI.
If you fly on these carriers you will not pay a fuel surcharge: Aegean, Air China, Air India, Air New Zealand, Avianca, Brussels, COPA, Croatia, EVA, EgyptAir, Ethiopian, SAS, Singapore, South African, Swiss, Turkish, and United. Minimal fuel surcharges for LOT.
-Mileage expiration: Air Canada miles require activity every 12 months to keep them active.
-One-way awards: Allowed for half the amount of a round-trip.
-Online partner airline award booking: Yes.
-Stopovers: Air Canada generously allows for 2 free stopovers, so you can check out 2 American or European cities in addition to Tel Aviv for the same amount of miles!
-Changes/Cancellation: There is a $90 charge to change or cancel an award ticket and an effective $180 charge to cancel within 21 days of departure.
-Expedite/Close-in fee: None.
-Infant fees: Flat fee of just $50 in coach, $100 in business, and $125 in first.

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Using Singapore miles, from 60,000 Starpoints.

-Miles required: 75K coach, 115K business, 150K first.
Transfer Ratio: 20,000 Starpoints=25,000 Singapore miles. At a 1:1.25 ratio this means the equivalent of 60,000 Starpoints in coach, 92,000 Starpoints in business, or 120,000 Starpoints in first.
-Other transfer partners: AMEX Membership Rewards, Chase Ultimate Rewards, and Citi ThankYou partner at a 1:1 ratio.
-Fuel surcharges: None on United.
-Mileage expiration: 3 years after they are earned regardless of activity.
-One-way awards: Allowed for half the amount of a round-trip.
-Online partner airline award booking: No, phone only.
-Stopovers: 1 free stopover
-Changes/Cancellation: $20 change fee, $30 cancellation fee.
-Expedite/Close-in fee: None.
-Infant fees: 10% of full fare.
With Singapore miles you can fly on Singapore from JFK to Frankfurt in business or first(suites) class and then to Tel Aviv on Lufthansa, which you can’t do with other miles.

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Miles & More Group (Adria, Austrian, Brussels, Croatia, LOT Polish, Lufthansa, and Swiss): For departures from the USA nonstop to Tel Aviv: 80K coach, 135K business. For departures from the USA to Tel Aviv via Europe: 100K coach, 185K business, 290K first. For departures from Israel to the USA nonstop or via Europe for Miles & More accounts with an Israeli address on file: 60K coach, 105K business, 170K first.
Transfer Ratio: 20,000 Starpoints=25,000 Lufthansa miles. At a 1:1.25 ratio this means rates starting at 48K Starpoints in coach, 84K Starpoints in business, or 136K Starpoints in first.
-Fuel surcharges: Apply on all airlines except LOT.
-Mileage expiration: Miles expire 36 months after they are earned regardless of activity unless you have a Lufthansa credit card.
-One-way awards: Allowed for half the amount of a round-trip.
-Online partner airline award booking: No, phone only.
-Stopovers: 2 free stopovers and 2 open jaws allowed on a round-trip.
-Changes/Cancellation: There is a $60 charge to change or cancel an award ticket.
-Expedite/Close-in fee: None.
-Infant fees: None except for airport departure taxes.
-Children ages 2-11: Receive a 25% discount on the mileage requirement on Miles & More flights.
-Expanded award availability on Lufthansa and Swiss business and first class.

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OneWorld:

Until 01/04/16, Oneworld has a nonstop option between North America and Israel on American from Philadelphia to Tel Aviv. Other flights to Israel include Air Berlin via Berlin, Dusseldorf, or Munich, BA via London, Finnair via Helsinki, Iberia via Madrid, Air Niki via Vienna, and Royal Jordanian via Amman. BA availability is good, but has high fuel surcharges.

You can check OneWorld availability on incomplete sites such as AA.comBA.com, and Qantas.com. You’ll need create an account and login to use BA’s or Qantas’ award search.

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Using American miles, from 64,000 Starpoints.
-Miles required: 80K coach off-peak (10/15-05/15 annually) via Europe, 90K coach on the direct flight from North America or peak via Europe, 135K business, 180K first via Europe.
Transfer Ratio: 20,000 Starpoints=25,000 AA miles. At a 1:1.25 ratio this means 64,000 or 72,000 Starpoints in coach, 108,000 Starpoints in business, or 144,000 Starpoints in first.
-Fuel surcharges: Apply for flights on partners British Airways (very high) and Iberia (nominal).
-Mileage expiration: AA miles require activity every 18 months.
-One-way awards: Allowed for half the amount of a round-trip.
-Online partner airline award booking: Some partner airline awards must be booked over the phone.
-Stopovers: 2 allowed on a round-trip via Europe off peak at the same 80K rate. Stopovers via Europe during peak season add 5K miles each. See the footnotes in this post for more.
-Changes/Cancellation: AA allows free date and routing changes, but changes to the origin or destination city or cancellation costs $150 for non-elites.  If you cancel more than 1 ticket at a time the fee is just $25 after the $150 fee for the first ticket.
-Expedite/Close-in fee: $75 within 21 days for non-elites.
-Infant fees: 10% of full fare.

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Using BA Avios, from 44.8K Starpoints
-Avios required: 56K coach on British Airways off-peak, 60K coach on Air Berlin and on American, 65K coach on other carriers, 140K business on Air Berlin, 162.5K business on British Airways off-peak, 180K business on American, 221K first on British Airways off-peak, 260K first on British Airways peak
-Other transfer partners: AMEX Membership Rewards partner at a 1:1 ratio, Chase Ultimate Rewards partner at a 1:1 ratio.
Transfer Ratio: 20,000 Starpoints=25,000 BA miles. At a 1:1.25 ratio this means rates starting at 44,800 Starpoints in coach, 112,000 Starpoints in business, or 176,800 Starpoints in first.
-Fuel surcharges: Apply for all Trans-Atlantic flights except on Air Berlin and Aer Lingus.
You can drastically reduce fuel surcharges for travel on Iberia via Madrid by transferring your BA Avios into Iberia Avios. You must have your Iberia account open for 3 months before you can do such a transfer.
-Mileage expiration: BA miles require activity every 36 months.
-One-way awards: Allowed for half the amount of a round-trip.
-Online partner airline award booking: Some partners, like Aer Lingus and Alaska, are bookable via the phone only.
-Stopovers: Each leg costs additional mileage, but you can stopover at any connection city for as long as you want.
-Changes/Cancellation: $55.
-Expedite/Close-in fee: None
-Infant fees: Instead of cash, BA charges just 10% of the adult mileage required on international segments.
-More info in this post.

 

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Using JAL miles, from 40,000 Starpoints
-Miles required: 50K coach, 80K business, 115K first.
Transfer Ratio: 20,000 Starpoints=25,000 JAL miles. At a 1:1.25 ratio this means 40,000 Starpoints in coach, 64,000 Starpoints in business, or 92,000 Starpoints in first.
-Fuel surcharges: Apply on most airlines, but not on American.
-Mileage expiration: 3 years after they are earned regardless of activity.
-One-way awards: Allowed for half the amount of a round-trip.
-Online partner airline award booking: Some partners can be booked online, others are phone-only.
-Stopovers: 2 stopovers allowed.
-Changes/Cancellation: JAL allows free date changes. Other changes or cancellation results in a $25 penalty.
-Expedite/Close-in fee: None
-Infant fees: 10% of full fare.

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Using LAN kilometers, from 53.3K Starpoints
-Miles required: PHL-TLV: 100K coach/200K business, JFK-AMM-TLV: 112K coach/224K business, JFK-LHR-TLV: 154K coach/308K business/385K first.
Transfer Ratio: 20,000 Starpoints=37,500 LAN kilometers. At a 1:1.875 ratio this means rates starting at 53.3K Starpoints in coach, 106.6K Starpoints in business, or 205.3K Starpoints in first.
-Fuel surcharges: None. LAN is the only airline with no fuel surcharges on BA awards.
-Mileage expiration: 3 years after they are earned unless you fly on a paid LAN flight.
-One-way awards: Not allowed
-Online partner airline award booking: Some partners can be booked online, others are phone-only.
-Stopovers: Each leg costs additional mileage, but you can stopover at any connection city for as long as you want.
-Changes/Cancellation: Changes are $75 or $150 within 21 days. Cancellation is $125 or $300 within 21 days.
-Expedite/Close-in fee: None
-Infant fees: 10% of full fare.
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Skyteam:

Skyteam generally has the worst award availability. You can try searching some Skyteam availability on Delta.com and AirFrance.com. Options to Israel besides Delta’s nonstop JFK flight are on Czech via Prague, KLM via Amsterdam, Air France via Paris, Aeroflot via Moscow, and Alitalia via Rome.

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Using Alitalia miles, from 40,000 Starpoints.
-Miles Required: 50K coach, 80K business.
Transfer Ratio: 20,000 Starpoints=25,000 Alitalia miles. At a 1:1.25 ratio this means 40K Starpoints in coach or 64K Starpoints in business.
-Other transfer partners: AMEX Membership Rewards partner at a 1:1 ratio
-Fuel surcharges: Apply on most airlines.
-Mileage expiration: All miles earned through 12/31/15 will expire on 06/30/16.
-One-way awards: Not allowed.
-Online partner airline award booking: Partner awards must be booked over the phone, book awards during business hours in Italy to reach competent reps.
-Stopovers: 1 allowed.
-Changes/Cancellation: Date changes are free, other changes incur a 5,000 mile or 55 Euro penalty. Cancellation is not allowed.
-Expedite/Close-in fee: None.
-Infant fees: 10% of full fare.

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Using Delta miles, from 64,000 Starpoints.
-Miles Required: 80K-170K coach, 140K-350K business.
Transfer Ratio: 20,000 Starpoints=25,000 Delta miles. At a 1:1.25 ratio this means 64,000-136,000 Starpoints in coach or 112,000-280,000 Starpoints in business.
-Other transfer partners: AMEX Membership Rewards partner at a 1:1 ratio
-Fuel surcharges: Apply on select partners but generally won’t apply to/from Israel.
-Mileage expiration: None.
-One-way awards: Allowed for half the amount of a round-trip.
-Online partner airline award booking: Some partners can be booked online, others are phone-only.
-Stopovers: Not allowed.
-Changes/Cancellation: There is a $150 charge to change or cancel an award ticket. No changes or cancellations are allowed within 3 days of the flight.
-Expedite/Close-in fee: None.
-Infant fees: 10% of full fare.

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Using Flying Blue (Air France/KLM) miles, from 20,000 Starpoints
-Miles Required: 25K-37.5K coach during a promo period, 50K coach otherwise, 62.5K-93,750 business during a promo period, 125K business otherwise.
Transfer Ratio: 20,000 Starpoints=25,000 Flying Blue miles. At a 1:1.25 ratio this means rates starting at 20,000 Starpoints in coach or 50,000 Starpoints in business for a promo award. For regular tickets and partner ticket 40,000 Starpoints per ticket in coach or 100,000 Starpoints per ticket in business.
-Other transfer partners: AMEX Membership Rewards and Citi ThankYou partner at a 1:1 ratio
-Fuel surcharges: Apply on all airlines except Delta.
-Mileage expiration: Flying Blue miles expire 20 months unless you credit a Skyteam flight to Flying Blue.
-One-way awards: Allowed for half the amount of a round-trip.
-Online partner airline award booking: Yes
-Stopovers: Flying Blue allows for 1 free stopover.
-Expedite/Close-in fee: None.
-Infant fees: 10% of full fare.
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Summary:

Rates listed in this post are in Starpoints and are for round-trip travel and are assuming that you maximize the 25% point bonus for transferring Starpoints in blocks of 20,000 points (which you may or may not be able to do depending on the number of passengers, so you may have leftover miles)

Before you transfer, be sure to search for availability to see which transfer you should do!

Star Alliance:
-For Star Alliance travel, transfer points (from 52K) to ANA (fuel surcharges apply except on United)
-For Star Alliance travel with lap children or on select carriers, transfer points (from 64K) to Air Canada (fuel surcharges on select carriers)
-For travel on Singapore business or first class via Frankfurt, transfer points (from 60K) to Singapore (fuel surcharges apply)
-For travel on Lufthansa or Swiss business or first class via Frankfurt, transfer points (from 48K) to Lufthansa (fuel surcharges apply)
-For other business class travel transfer points (From 83.2K) to ANA (fuel surcharges apply except on United)
-For first class travel transfer points (From 120K) to Singapore (fuel surcharges apply except on United)

OneWorld:
-For OneWorld travel, transfer points (from 40K) to JAL (fuel surcharges apply except on American)
-For Air Berlin travel, transfer points (from 48K) to BA (no fuel surcharges)
-For OneWorld travel, transfer points (from 64K) to American (no fuel surcharges except on BA)
-For BA travel transfer points to LAN (from 53.3K) (no fuel surcharges)
-For business class travel transfer points (From 64K) to JAL (fuel surcharges apply except on American)

Skyteam:
-For Skyteam travel transfer points (from 40K) to Flying Blue (fuel surcharges apply except on Delta)
-For Skyteam travel on airlines besides Delta, transfer points (From 68K) to Delta (no fuel surcharges)
-For Air France/KLM travel during a promo period, transfer points (From 20K) to Flying Blue (fuel surcharges apply)
-For business class travel transfer points (From 64K) to Alitalia (fuel surcharges apply)

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El Al: Fly Between Boston, Los Angeles, NYC, Or Toronto And Tel Aviv From $750 Round-Trip

Wednesday, September 9th, 2015

Update, 09/09: This sale ends tonight! 

Related:
El Al: Toronto To Tel Aviv Nonstop For $1,943 Round-Trip In Business Class
Ukraine Air: JFK-Tel Aviv For $499 Round-Trip

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Originally posted on 09/06:

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Bookable on Priceline. Tickets purchased today from Priceline are refundable until 11:29pm the day after purchase. Please see this post for directions on how to cancel these tickets.

-Also Bookable on Orbitz. Orbitz tickets are refundable until 11pm ET the day after purchase.

-Limited seats are available on each date. Always search for 1 seat and then work your way up to the number of seats you need in order to book as many seats on sale as you can.

-Search NYC to include JFK and Newark in the search to find maximum valid dates.

-A Saturday stay is required.

This sale is now valid for travel from:
-Boston to Tel Aviv
-Los Angeles to Tel Aviv
-NYC to Tel Aviv
-Toronto to Tel Aviv
-Tel Aviv to Boston
-Tel Aviv to Los Angeles
-Tel Aviv to NYC
-Fares from Tel Aviv to Toronto are $807 (vs $750 for Toronto-Tel Aviv)
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NYC (JFK or Newark)-Tel Aviv $807 valid dates:
October 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 26, 27, 28, 29, 31
November 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24, 25, 26, 27, 29, 30
December 1, 2, 3, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 12, 13, 14, 15
Return dates also available from 01/01-03/14.

Tel Aviv-NYC (JFK or Newark) $807 valid dates:
October 13, 14, 15, 16, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 25, 26, 27, 28, 29, 30
November 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 8, 9, 10, 12, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 22, 23, 24, 25, 26, 27, 29, 30
December 1, 2, 3, 4, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24, 25, 26, 27, 28, 29, 31
Return dates also available from 01/01-03/31.
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Los Angeles-Tel Aviv $988 valid dates:
October 19, 20, 22, 29
November 3, 8, 10, 12, 15, 17, 19, 22, 24, 26
December 1, 3, 6, 8, 10, 13, 15
Return dates also available from 01/03-03/30.

Tel Aviv-Los Angeles $988 valid dates:
October 13, 14, 18, 19, 20, 25, 27, 29
November 1, 3, 5, 8, 10, 12, 15, 17, 19, 22, 24, 26
December 1, 3, 6, 8, 10, 13, 15, 17, 20, 22, 29, 31
Return dates also available from 01/03-03/15.
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Boston-Tel Aviv or Tel Aviv-Boston $798 valid dates:
October 20, 27
November 3, 5, 8, 10, 12, 15, 17, 22, 24, 26, 29
December 1, 6, 8, 31
January 3, 5, 7, 10, 12, 14, 17, 19, 21, 24, 26, 28, 31
February 2, 4, 7, 9, 11, 14, 16, 18, 21, 23, 25, 28
March 1, 6, 8, 10, 13, 15, 17, 20, 22, 24, 27, 29, 31

Tel Aviv-Boston or Boston-Tel Aviv $798 valid dates:
October 15, 20, 22, 27, 29
November 3, 5, 8, 10, 15, 17, 19, 22, 24
December 1, 3, 8, 10, 13, 15, 17, 20, 22, 24, 27
January 5, 10, 12, 14, 17, 19, 21, 24, 26, 28, 31
February 2, 4, 7, 9, 11, 14, 16, 18, 23, 25, 28
March 1, 3, 6, 8, 10, 13, 15, 17, 20, 22, 24, 27, 29, 31
April 5, 7, 10, 12, 14, 17, 19, 21, 24, 26
May 1, 3, 5, 8, 10, 12, 15, 17, 19, 24, 29
June 2

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Toronto-Tel Aviv $751 valid dates:
October 22
November 5, 10, 12, 17, 19, 24, 26
December 1, 3, 8, 10, 17, 29
January 7, 12, 14, 19, 21, 26, 28
February 2, 4, 9, 11, 16, 18, 23, 25
March 1, 3, 8, 17, 22, 29, 31

Tel Aviv-Toronto $751 valid dates:
October 27
November 3, 5, 10, 12, 15, 17, 22, 24, 26, 29
December 1, 3, 6, 8, 10, 13, 15, 17, 20, 22, 24, 27, 31
January 3, 12, 14, 17, 19, 21, 24, 26, 28, 31
February 2, 4, 7, 9, 11, 14, 16, 18, 21, 23, 25, 28
March 1, 3, 6, 8, 10, 13, 15, 22, 27
April 3, 12, 17, 19, 21, 24, 26
May 1, 3, 8, 10, 12, 15, 17, 19, 22, 24, 29
June 2, 5, 7, 14

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Ukraine Air: JFK-Tel Aviv For $499 Round-Trip

Sunday, September 6th, 2015

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Bookable on Priceline. Tickets purchased today from Priceline are refundable until 11:29pm ET tomorrow. Please see this post for directions on how to cancel these tickets.

-Limited seats are available on each date. Always search for 1 seat and then work your way up to the number of seats you need in order to book as many seats on sale as you can.

Sample itinerary for Purim for $499 with connections under 3 hours:

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-Flights originating from Tel Aviv are also available from $538 round-trip.

-Yes, the airline and airport are safe to transit in. No, Kiev is not a war zone. Thousands of DansDeals readers have booked travel and arrived safely. There are kosher restaurants in Kiev as well.

-The valid dates below have been cherry-picked to show flights with connections shorter than 4 hours. More dates will be available if you’re willing to stopover in Kiev for a longer period of time.

DD commenter “Aryeh” notes that he stopped over for longer in Kiev and for $100 he had a private driver (contact info here) take him to the gravesites of the Baal Shem Tov Zt’l, Rebbe Nachman Zt’l, and R’ Levi Yitzchok Zt’l. DD commenter Yakov had the same positive experience as well.

Valid $499 (Dates in red are $70-$100 higher) JFK-Tel Aviv outbound travel dates with connections under 4 hours:
November 1, 8, 11, 15, 18, 22, 25, 29
December 2
January 20, 24, 27, 31
February 3, 7, 10, 14, 17, 21, 24, 28
March 2, 6, 9, 13, 16, 20, 23, 27, 29, 30

Valid $499 (Dates in red are $70-$100 higher) Tel Aviv-JFK return travel dates with connections under 4 hours:
November 5, 6, 13, 17, 20, 26, 27
December 1, 3, 4, 8
January 29
February 4, 5, 9, 11, 12, 16, 18, 19, 25, 26
March 1, 3, 4, 8, 10, 11, 15, 17, 18, 22, 24, 25, 28, 29, 30, 31
April 1, 4, 5, 7, 8, 10, 11, 12, 14, 15, 18, 19, 21, 22, 25, 26, 28, 29
May 2, 3, 5, 6, 9, 10, 12, 13, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 23, 24, 25, 26, 27

 

To help find dates with longer connections you can use Google’s ITA Matrix. See this post for a demonstration and then use advanced routing code:
PS+ / minconnect 240
Where PS+ limits the search to Ukraine Air flights only and the number 240 refers to the minimum amount of minutes that you wish to remain in Kiev. You can make that number any amount that you want.

For the dates below I used routing code
PS+ / maxconnect 240
to find flights that have connection with a maximum of 240 minutes.

matrix

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

After finding valid dates just plug them into Priceline to make the book tickets.

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HOT! Delta: JFK To Tel Aviv Nonstop For $590 Round-Trip!

Monday, August 31st, 2015

Update: DEAD!

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Bookable on Priceline. Tickets purchased today from Priceline are refundable until 11:29pm ET tomorrow. Please see this post for directions on how to cancel these tickets.

-Also Bookable on Orbitz. Orbitz tickets are refundable until 11pm ET the day after purchase.

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-Limited seats are available on each date. Always search for 1 seat and then work your way up to the number of seats you need in order to book as many seats on sale as you can.

-1 free checked bag per person is included, an additional checked bag is $100 each way.

-A Saturday stay in Israel is required.

Prices for the following sample dates will vary between $590-$655:
Outbound JFK-TLV sample dates:
October 22, 23, 25, 26, 28, 29, 30
November 2, 3, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 12, 13, 14, 15, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24, 25, 26, 27, 28, 29, 30
December 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11
January 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 21, 22, 23, 24, 25, 26, 27, 28, 29, 30, 31
February 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24, 25, 26, 27, 28
March 1, 3, 4, 5, 6, 8, 14, 15
July 10, 11, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22

Return TLV-JFK sample dates:
October 28, 29, 30, 31
November 3, 4, 6, 7, 9, 10, 11, 13, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 23, 24, 25, 26, 27
December 2, 3, 4, 5, 8, 9, 10, 11, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24, 25, 26, 27, 28
January 14, 15, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 24, 25, 26, 27, 28, 29
February 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 22, 23, 24, 25, 26, 27, 28, 29
March 6, 11, 14, 21
July 19, 20, 23, 25, 26, 27

Not valid for traveling originating in TLV.

HT: Moishebatchy, via DDF

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Transaero: Tel Aviv To JFK For $277-$374 Round-Trip, JFK To Tel Aviv For $331-$482 Round-Trip!

Saturday, August 29th, 2015

Update: DEAD!

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Bookable on Transaero.us or on Transaero.ru/en

2 free checked bags per person are included.

Most flights connect for 3-4 hours in Moscow/VKO:

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Sample JFK-TLV $482 adult/$331 kids dates include:
-November 22-December 1
-November 25-December 2
-January 24-February 2
-January 31-February 7
-February 7-14
-February 14-21
-February 21-28
-February 28-March 6
-March 13-20
-March 16-27 (Purim)

Sample JFK-TLV $549 adult/$364 kids dates include:
-October 18-28
-November 4-11
-November 22-29
-November 29-December 6
-December 2-15 (Chanukah)
-December 16-23
-December 20-28
-December 27-January 6
-January 4-11
-January 10-17
-January 17-24
-March 27-April 3
-April 3-12
-April 17-May 3 (Pesach)

Sample TLV-JFK $374 adult/$277 kids dates include:
-November 18-25
-January 24-31
-February 7-14
-February 14-21
-February 21-28
-March 6-13

Sample TLV-JFK $404 adult/$292 kids dates include:
-October 18-28
-October 25-November 4
-November 10-18
-November 15-22
-November 22-29
-November 29-December 16 (Chanukah)
-December 13-21
-December 20-27
-December 28-January 4
-January 5-13
-March 13-20
-March 20-27 (Purim)
-March 27-April 3
-April 3-10
-April 19-May 15 (Pesach)

Sample TLV-JFK $419 adult/$299 kids dates include:
-May 8-15
-May 15-22
-May 22-29 (Lag B’omer)
-May 29-June 5
-June 5-June 15 (Shavuos)
-June 19-June 26
-June 26-July 3
-July 3-July 10
-July 10-July 17

HT: YB

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Ukraine Air: JFK-Tel Aviv For $499 Round-Trip

Thursday, August 27th, 2015

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Earn 3 points per dollar on airfare with the AMEX Premier Rewards Gold Card or the AMEX Business Gold Rewards Card.

Bookable on Priceline. Tickets purchased today from Priceline are refundable until 11:29pm ET tomorrow.  Please see this post for directions on how to cancel these tickets.

-Limited seats are available on each date. Always search for 1 seat and then work your way up to the number of seats you need in order to book as many seats on sale as you can.

Sample itinerary for Purim for $499 with connections under 3 hours:

uia

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

-Flights originating from Tel Aviv are also available for $538-$578 round-trip.

-Yes, the airline and airport are safe to transit in. No, Kiev is not a war zone. Thousands of DansDeals readers have booked travel and arrived safely.

-The valid dates below have been cherry-picked to show flights with connections shorter than 4 hours. More dates will be available if you’re willing to stopover in Kiev for a longer period of time.

DD commenter “Aryeh” notes that he stopped over for longer in Kiev and for $100 he had a private driver (contact info here) take him to the gravesites of the Baal Shem Tov Zt’l, Rebbe Nachman Zt’l, and R’ Levi Yitzchok Zt’l. DD commenter Yakov had the same positive experience as well.

To help find dates with longer connections you can use Google’s ITA MatrixSee this post for a demonstration and then use advanced routing code:
PS+ / minconnect 240
Where PS+ limits the search to Ukraine Air flights only and the number 240 refers to the minimum amount of minutes that you wish to remain in Kiev. You can make that number any amount that you want.

For the dates below I used routing code
PS+ / maxconnect 240
to find flights that have connection with a maximum of 240 minutes.

matrix

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

After finding valid dates just plug them into Priceline to make the book tickets.

Valid $499 JFK-Tel Aviv outbound travel dates with short connections:
November 11, 18, 22, 25, 29
December 2
January 20, 24, 27, 31
February 3, 7, 10, 14, 17, 21, 24, 28
March 2, 6, 9, 13, 16, 20, 23, 27, 29, 30

Valid $499 Tel Aviv-JFK return travel dates with short connections:
November 19, 26
December 1, 3
January 26, 28
February 2, 4, 9, 11, 16, 18, 23, 25
March 1, 3, 8, 10, 15, 17, 22, 24, 28, 31
April 4, 5, 11, 12, 14, 18, 19, 21, 25, 26, 28
May 3, 5

HT: SearchGuy, via DDF

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Delta: JFK To Tel Aviv Nonstop For $696 Round-Trip On Limited Dates

Tuesday, August 25th, 2015

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-This fare appears to only be bookable from Expedia.

-You must search NYC-TLV, searching JFK-TLV will result in a higher price.

-Below are some sample valid dates. If you find more dates please post a comment!

-Maximum stay is 30 days and you must stay over a Saturday in Israel.

Sample JFK-TLV outbound travel dates:
September 16
October 20, 31

Sample TLV-JFK return travel dates:
October 2, 14, 15, 16, 27, 28, 29
November 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19

HT: dvol, via DDF

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HOT! Transaero: Tel Aviv To JFK For $302-$414 Round-Trip, JFK To Tel Aviv For $374-$559 Round-Trip!

Wednesday, August 19th, 2015

Update, 08/19: The price from Tel Aviv-JFK has gone down for adults from $561 to $468 and for kids from $449 to $356. The price from JFK-Tel Aviv has gone down for adults from $706 to $613 and for kids from $521 to $428.

Update, 08/18: The price from Tel Aviv-JFK has gone up for adults from $414 to $561 and for kids from $302 to $449. The price from JFK-Tel Aviv has gone up for adults from $559 to $706 and for kids from $422 to $521.

Update, 08/15: The price from Tel Aviv-JFK has dropped for adults from $462 to $414 and for kids from $350 to $302. The price from JFK-Tel Aviv has dropped for adults from $607 to $559 and for kids from $422 to $374.

Infants remain $58.50, though for just $302 or $374 it can definitely make sense to make them 2 years old, purchase a kids rate seat, and bring a carseat onboard for them…

Originally posted on 08/12:

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Earn 3 points per dollar on airfare with the AMEX Premier Rewards Gold Card or the AMEX Business Gold Rewards Card.

Bookable on Transaero.us or on Transaero.ru/en

Most flights connect for 3-4 hours in Moscow/VKO:

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Many dates from October and on are available for $462 round-trip when departing from Tel Aviv and for $607 when departing from JFK.   Children 2-12 are $350 from Tel Aviv and $422 from JFK. Infants under 2 are $58.50.

2 free checked bags per person are included.

Sample dates include:
-October 14-21
-November 8-15
-December 2-16 (Chanukah)
-January 17-24
-January 24-31
-January 31-February 7
-February 21-28
-March 20-27 (Purim)
-April 20-May 1 (Pesach)

Tickets are refundable within 24 hours from the time of purchase as long as the flight is more than 1 week away. You will need to call to cancel.

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Ukraine Air: Tel Aviv To JFK For $540 Round-Trip, JFK-Tel Aviv For $625 Round-Trip

Thursday, July 23rd, 2015

Please read the entire post before asking questions that have already been covered in the post.

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Earn 3 points per dollar on airfare with the AMEX Premier Rewards Gold Card or the AMEX Business Gold Rewards Card.

Bookable on Priceline. Priceline tickets from the USA are refundable until 11:29pm ET the day after purchase.

Just to make sure that policy applied to these tickets I tested it out:

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-Limited seats are available on each date. Always search for 1 seat and then work your way up to the number of seats you need in order to book as many seats on sale as you can.
-The prices listed for the dates below are only valid for departure from Israel. US departures range from at $625-$845 and will be valid with most of the dates below.

-Yes, the airline and airport are safe to transit in. No, Kiev is not a war zone. Thousands of DansDeals readers have booked travel and arrived safely.

-The valid dates below have been cherry-picked to show flights with connections shorter than 4 hours.

For example from 11/05-11/15 the TLV-JFK flight has an 80 minute connection in Kiev and the JFK-TLV flight has a 170 minute connection in Kiev:

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More dates will be available if you’re willing to stopover in Kiev for a longer period of time.

DD commenter “Aryeh” notes that he stopped over for longer in Kiev and for $100 he had a private driver (contact info here) take him to the gravesites of the Baal Shem Tov Zt’l, Rebbe Nachman Zt’l, and R’ Levi Yitzchok Zt’l. DD commenter Yakov had the same positive experience as well.

To help find dates with longer connections you can use Google’s ITA MatrixSee this post for a demonstration and then use advanced routing code:
PS+ / minconnect 240
Where PS+ limits the search to Ukraine Air flights only and the number 240 refers to the minimum amount of minutes that you wish to remain in Kiev. You can make that number any amount that you want.

For the dates below I used routing code
PS+ / maxconnect 240
to find flights that have connection with a maximum of 240 minutes.

You can perform that same search to find tickets departing JFK from $625

matrix

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

After finding valid dates just plug them into Priceline to make the book tickets.

Valid $540 Tel Aviv-JFK outbound travel dates with short connections:
November: 5, 10, 12, 17, 19, 24, 26
January: 26, 28
February: 2, 4, 9, 11, 16, 18, 23, 25
March: 1, 3, 8, 10, 15, 17, 22, 24

Valid $540 JFK-Tel Aviv return travel dates with short connections:
November: 8, 11, 15, 18, 22, 25, 29
December: 2
January: 27, 31
February: 3, 7, 10, 14, 17, 21, 24, 28
March: 2, 6, 9, 13, 16, 21, 23, 27, 29, 30

Valid $560 Tel Aviv-JFK outbound travel dates with short connections:
March 28, 29, 31
April 4, 5, 7, 11 12, 14, 18, 19
May 3, 5, 9, 10, 12, 16, 17, 19, 23, 24, 26, 30, 31
June 2, 6, 7

Valid $560 JFK-Tel Aviv return travel dates with short connections:
April 3, 5, 6, 10, 12, 13, 17, 19, 26,
May 8, 15, 17, 18, 22, 24, 25, 29, 31
June 1, 5, 7, 8, 12

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Tel Aviv-Miami For $602, Miami-Tel Aviv For $690 Round-Trip

Thursday, July 23rd, 2015

Related:
-American: Philadelphia To Tel Aviv Nonstop For $662 Round-Trip; Rosh Hashana, Sukkos, Or Pesach Flights For $692!
-Air France/KLM: Tel Aviv To Boston For $531 Round-Trip
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Earn 3 points per dollar on airfare with the AMEX Premier Rewards Gold Card or the AMEX Business Gold Rewards Card.

Bookable on Priceline. Priceline tickets from the USA are refundable until 11:29pm ET the day after purchase.
And Bookable on Orbitz. Orbitz tickets from the USA are refundable until 11pm ET the day after purchase.

-Limited seats are available on each date. Always search for 1 seat and then work your way up to the number of seats you need in order to book as many seats on sale as you can.
-A Saturday stay is required.

Below are sample dates. Find more dates by using the flexible calendar search options on ITA Software or Google Flights. See this post for a demonstration on using ITA

Tel Aviv-Miami for $602 on Alitalia.
Sample dates found on Priceline:
09/02-09/16 (Rosh Hashana)
10/12-10/21
11/15-11/23
12/02-12/14 (Chanukah)

Tel Aviv-Miami for $634 on Alitalia/KLM
Sample dates found on Orbitz:
01/31-02/08
03/02-03/15

Tel Aviv-Miami for $824 on BA/Iberia
Sample dates found on Priceline:
04/20-05/02 (Pesach)

Miami-Tel Aviv for $690 on American
Sample dates found on Priceline:
11/22-12/07 (Chanukah)
12/06-12/16 (Chanukah)
01/31-02/08
02/14-02/29
03/22-04/04 (Purim)

Miami-Tel Aviv for $690 on Delta
Sample dates found on Orbitz:
02/01-02/08
02/07-02/15
02/14-02/29

Miami-Tel Aviv for $696 on Alitalia
Sample dates found on Priceline:
04/19-05/02 (Pesach)
04/20-05/01 (Pesach)

HT: Elchonon H, via DDFB

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American: Philadelphia To Tel Aviv Nonstop For $662 Round-Trip; Rosh Hashana, Sukkos, Or Pesach Flights For $692!

Wednesday, July 22nd, 2015

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Earn 3 points per dollar on airfare with the AMEX Premier Rewards Gold Card or the AMEX Business Gold Rewards Card.

Bookable on Priceline. Priceline tickets from the USA are refundable until 11:29pm ET the day after purchase.
And Bookable on Orbitz. Orbitz tickets from the USA are refundable until 11pm ET the day after purchase.

-Limited seats are available on each date. Always search for 1 seat and then work your way up to the number of seats you need in order to book as many seats on sale as you can.
-A Saturday stay is required.
-The dates below are valid for departure from the US.
-You will earn 11,524 AA miles for this flight.

Valid $662 Philadelphia-Tel Aviv outbound travel dates
November: 14, 15, 19, 26, 28
December: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13
January: 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24, 25, 27, 28, 29, 30, 31
February: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 10, 11, 12, 14, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 23, 24, 26, 27, 28, 29
March: 2, 3, 5, 8, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24, 25, 26, 27

Valid $662 Tel Aviv-Philadelphia return travel dates
November: 15, 24, 26, 30
December: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24, 25, 26, 27, 28, 29, 30
January: 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24, 26, 27, 28, 29, 30, 31
February: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24, 25, 26, 27, 28
March: 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 12, 13, 14, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24, 25, 26, 27, 28, 29, 30, 31
April: 1, 2, 3, 5, 7, 8, 9.

Valid $692 Philadelphia-Tel Aviv outbound travel dates
September: 5, 6, 7, 12, 13, 14, 15, 17, 18, 27, 28
October: 11, 12, 21, 22
April: 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 17, 18, 21, 22, 23, 24, 25, 26, 27, 28, 29
May: 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15

Valid $692 Tel Aviv-Philadelphia return travel dates
September: 6, 7, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 19, 20, 24, 25, 26, 27, 28, 29
October: 1, 3, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 15, 25, 26, 28, 29
April: 10, 11, 12, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24, 25, 26, 27, 28
May: 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 25, 26, 27, 28, 29, 30
June: 5, 10

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Air France/KLM: Tel Aviv To Boston For $531 Round-Trip

Sunday, July 19th, 2015

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Bookable on Priceline. Priceline tickets from the USA are refundable until 11:29pm ET the day after purchase.

-Limited seats are available on each date. Always search for 1 seat and then work your way up to the number of seats you need in order to book as many seats on sale as you can.
-A Saturday stay is required.
-The dates below are valid for departure from Israel only.

A flight from Boston to Buffalo, NYC, Philadelphia, Pittsburgh, or Washington DC is just 4,500 BA Avios.

Sample itinerary with a 4:25 connection in Paris on the outbound and a 2:10 connection on the return:

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Tel Aviv-Boston $531-$542 valid outbound dates:
November 2, 3, 4, 7, 9, 10, 13, 14, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24, 25, 26, 27
December 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 23, 24, 25, 26, 30
January 7, 9, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 19, 20, 21, 23, 24, 25, 26, 27, 28, 29, 30, 31
February 12, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 23, 24, 25, 27, 29
March 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 15, 22, 23

Boston-Tel Aviv $531-$542 valid return dates:
November 8, 10, 11, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 22, 23, 24, 25, 26, 27, 28, 29
December 3, 4, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 29, 30, 31
January 1, 4, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 25, 27, 31
February 1, 2, 4, 8, 9, 15, 16, 21, 23, 28, 29
March 1, 2, 8, 14, 15, 16, 17, 19, 21, 22

HT: myccrabbi, via DDF

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USAirways: Chicago To Tel Aviv In Business Class For $2,074

Sunday, July 12th, 2015

Update: DEAD!

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-Bookable on Orbitz. Orbitz tickets from the USA are refundable until 11pm ET the day after purchase.
Bookable on Priceline. Priceline tickets from the USA are refundable until 11:29pm ET the day after purchase.

USAirways/American has great business class fares from Chicago to Tel Aviv via Philadelphia.  These book into full J/F refundable fare classes that will earn 19,347 miles with the 50% class of a service bonus.

USAirways has what’s arguably the best business class seat between North American and Tel Aviv with 4 across reverse herringbone lie-flat seating that affords every seat with direct aisle access.

Kids 11 and under get a $280 discount.

There are lots of valid dates are available from now through the end of scheduling.

Sample dates (There are many other valid dates):
08/02-08/19
09/09-10/07 (Rosh Hashana/Yom Kippur/Sukkos)
09/16-10/07 (Yom Kippur/Sukkos)
09/17-10/08 (Yom Kippur/Sukkos)
10/11-10/18
11/11-11/18
12/01-12/15 (Chanuka)
01/24-01/31
02/21-02/28 (Purim Katan)
03/20-03/27 (Purim)
04/19-05/01 (Pesach)
05/23-05/30 (Lag B’Omer)

To find valid dates you can use ITA Software.

Search from Chicago to Tel Aviv. Then click on “Advanced routing codes” to be able to specify your connection city as PHL.

Use the calendar search to find valid dates and be sure to select business class:

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You can also use Orbitz’ 3 day search to help find valid dates.

You must start travel in Chicago, though you don’t need to take the final Philadelphia-Chicago segment.

HT: Afight4ever, via DDF

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The Ultimate Israel Mileage Award Chart

Thursday, June 25th, 2015

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This updated chart below attempts to break down some of the best options for getting to Israel with miles.

See all of the possibilities along with the mileage booking policies of mileage program from around the world after the jump:

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El Al Matmid: NYC To Tel Aviv For 20K AMEX Points Plus $160

Tuesday, May 5th, 2015

Update, 05/06: The rates have gone back up to 800 Matmid points each way.
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El Al is back with yet another discounted award promotion for flights from NYC to Tel Aviv.

The normal summer rate from NYC to Tel Aviv is 1,000 Matmid points (50K AMEX points) each way plus fuel surcharges.
The summer rate for Executives from NYC to Tel Aviv is 800 Matmid points (40K AMEX points) each way plus fuel surcharges.

With this currently unadvertised promotion for “Executives,” a one-way flight from NYC to Tel Aviv is 400 Matmid points (20K AMEX points) plus $160 in taxes and fuel surcharges.
A round-trip from NYC to Tel Aviv is 800 Matmid points (40K AMEX points) plus $355 in taxes and fuel surcharges.

This promo appears to only be valid for one-way or round-trip coach awards that originate from NYC.  It did not work for awards originating from Boston, Los Angeles, Toronto, or Tel Aviv and it doesn’t work for business or first class awards.

It’s easy to obtain Matmid executive status.  A transfer of just 5,000 points from the US AMEX Membership Rewards program to El Al’s Matmid program will earn you executive status for a year. Your account should reflect executive member status within about 24 hours from the transfer. You can transfer points from AMEX to El Al instantly via this link.

Note that transferred points expire after 36 months and can’t be extended with activity.

-Departures valid between May 5 and July 18, 2015.
-Returns valid any time.
-The booking deadline for this promotion is currently unknown and can end at any time.

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American Express Membership Rewards points transfer instantly to El Al and can be earned from credit cards like The Amex EveryDay Preferred Card or The Amex EveryDay Card.

The Preferred card awards 1.5 miles per dollar everywhere, 3 miles per dollar on Uber and gas, and 4.5 miles per dollar on groceries if you make 30 transactions per month. You can easily track how many transactions you have on the AMEX site and at the end of the month you can easily add credit to your Amazon account in as many transactions as you need to get up to 30 for that month.

The EveryDay card awards 1.2 miles per dollar everywhere and 2.4 miles per dollar on Uber and groceries if you make 20 transactions per month.

You can also earn Membership Rewards points from consumer charge cards like the American Express® Premier Rewards Gold Card and The Platinum Card® from American Express, and from business charge cards like the AMEX Business Gold Rewards Charge Card or The Business Platinum Card.

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Delta/United: NYC To Tel Aviv Nonstop For $866.36 Round-Trip On Limited Dates

Tuesday, April 21st, 2015

Bookable on Priceline. Priceline tickets are refundable until 11:29pm ET the day after purchase. Just click on “view full itinerary” in your email confirmation and then click on cancel flights.

This is a very weak match of the current El Al sale.  The El Al sale has many more dates available, but Delta and United’s miles are more valuable in case these limited dates work out for you.

-Limited seats are available on each date. Always search for 1 seat and then work your way up to the number of seats you need in order to book as many seats on sale as you can.
-A Saturday night stay is required.
-Valid for departure from NYC only.

Delta: Valid outbound travel dates from JFK to Tel Aviv:
April 23, 28, 30

Delta: Valid return travel dates from Tel Aviv to JFK:
April 28, 29
May 5, 6, 19

United: Valid outbound travel dates from Newark to Tel Aviv:
April 23, 28, 29

United: Valid return travel dates from Tel Aviv to Newark:
April 29
May 2, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 12, 13, 14, 15, 18, 19, 29
June 2, 3, 5, 9, 12, 16, 19,

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USAirways: Philadelphia-Tel Aviv Nonstop For $828 Round-Trip On Limited Dates This Summer

Monday, March 23rd, 2015

Update, 4:45pm: DEAD!

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Bookable on Priceline. Priceline tickets from the USA are refundable until 11:29pm ET the day after purchase.
And Bookable on Orbitz. Orbitz tickets from the USA are refundable until 11pm ET the day after purchase.

-An excellent summertime fare, though dates are limited.
-Fares are valid from Philadelphia to Tel Aviv only.

-Limited seats are available and valid dates below will sell out. Always search for 1 seat and then work your way up to the number of seats you need in order to book as many seats on sale as you can.

If you’re coming from NYC but don’t want to to the 2 hour drive you can use 9,000 BA Avios for a round-trip between LGA and PHL.

Roundup of valid Philadelphia to Tel Aviv outbound travel dates:
July 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 23, 24, 25, 26, 27, 28, 30, 31
August 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10

Roundup of valid Tel Aviv to Philadelphia return travel dates:
July 22
August 16, 17, 18

HT: avrumy, via DDF

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Flying Blue Promo Awards Now Bookable For Flights Between Boston, Chicago, Dallas, Washington DC, Edmonton, Or Vancouver And Tel Aviv From 12.5K Miles Each Way

Sunday, February 1st, 2015

Flying Blue Promo Awards (Click here to view worldwide promo awards)

Air France Flying Blue Award Search (Login required to search for award flights)

Flying Blue is the joint program of SkyTeam member Air France and KLM.
They consider Tel Aviv to be part of Europe which can make for some decent deals.

Flying Blue does charge fuel surcharges on their own flights but not on Delta flights. However availability is much better on their own flights than on Delta flights. When there is Delta availability though it’s significantly cheaper to book the Delta flights with Flying Blue miles than with Delta Skypesos.

-They normally charge 25,000 miles each way in coach and 62,500 miles each way in business to Israel but they run rotating promo awards valid for select cities.

-Promo awards are only valid on Air France or KLM.

-Travel is valid in either direction and is valid for one-way or round-trip travel.

-You need to book the current promo awards by 02/28.

-Promo awards are nonrefundable and non-changeable.

-Promo awards require Air France/KLM Flying Blue miles. You can’t use Delta miles for these awards and you can’t transfer Delta miles to Flying Blue.

Current deals:
-You can travel between Dallas and Tel Aviv between May 8th-May 31st for 12.5K miles each way in coach.
-You can travel between Boston, Chicago, Washington DC, or Vancouver and Tel Aviv in April or May for 18,750 miles each way in coach
-You can travel between Vancouver and Tel Aviv in April or May for 37,500 miles each way in premium economy.
-You can travel between Edmonton and Tel Aviv between May 5th-May 31st for 31,250 miles each way in business class.

-You can transfer AMEX or Citi points to Flying Blue at a 1K:1K ratio or Starpoints to Flying Blue at a 20K:25K ratio.

Want to pickup some Flying Blue miles?
AMEX MR points transfer to Flying Blue at a 1:1 ratio, Citi Thank You points from the Premier, Prestige, or Chairman cards transfer at a 1:1 ratio, and Starpoints transfer at a 20:25 ratio so 20K Starwood becomes enough for a round-trip ticket.

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-The Starwood Preferred Guest® Credit Card from American Express awards 25K signup points with no fee for the first year. 20K Starpoints can transfer into 25K Flying Blue with the permanent 25% transfer bonus. Transfers can take a few days.

-American Express Membership Rewards points transfer instantly at a 1K:1K ratio to Flying Blue and can be earned from new cards like The Amex EveryDay Preferred Credit Card from American Express and The Amex EveryDay Credit Card from American Express.

The Preferred card awards 1.5 miles per dollar everywhere, 3 miles per dollar on Uber and gas, and 4.5 miles per dollar on groceries if you make 30 transactions per month.

The EveryDay card awards 1.2 miles per dollar everywhere and 2.4 miles per dollar on Uber and groceries if you make 20 transactions per month.

You can also earn Membership Rewards points from cards like the American Express® Premier Rewards Gold Card and The Platinum Card® from American Express.

-You can see the miles and fees for one-way tickets in the images below:

 

Dallas-Tel Aviv in economy:

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USAirways Business Saver Award Space Between Philadelphia And Tel Aviv Is Back For Summer And Fall Travel!

Sunday, February 1st, 2015

Update: DEAD!

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AA.com and USAirways.com are showing tons of saver business class avaialbility between Philadelphia and Tel Aviv from July through December 2015.

USAirways business class features a 1-2-1 configuration with direct aisle access for all passengers.

Typically there its rare to find more than 1 business class seat on this route, but right now many dates have multiple seats open.

Award space isn’t as wide open as it was a couple of weeks ago, but it’s far more than normal.

This is a glitch in the fare booking class as U class just recently switched from being a coach booking class to a business booking class. When you book your business award the confirmation page will show U class/economy. However it will charge you the business class rate and you will be seated in business class and U class is now in business class.

Space to many European cities is excellent as well.

AA.com charges 67.5K miles one-way/135K round-trip to Tel Aviv.
USAirways.com charges 120K miles round-trip (115K for cardholders) and doesn’t sell one-way awards.

AA allows 5 days holds and USAir allows 3 days holds.

You can transfer Starpoints to either airline, 20K Starpoints becomes 25K miles. That transfer can take a few days but AA.com allows for a 5 day award hold. Those points can be earned on a card like the Starwood Preferred Guest® Credit Card from American Express.

American requires that the name on the Starwood account (or at least the last name) match in order to do a transfer. However USAirways allows transfers from anyone’s Starwood account. You can transfer points between Starwood accounts if the home address on both members Starwood accounts are the same, but that transfer can take a few days as well.

Post what you book!

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JFK To Tel Aviv For $459 Or Tel Aviv To JFK For $538 Round-Trip With A Short Connection In Kiev

Thursday, January 15th, 2015

-Earn 2-2.14 points per dollar and get free insurance for trip cancellation, trip interruption, trip delay, lost luggage, delayed luggage, and travel accident with Chase Sapphire Preferred.

-Bookable on Orbitz. Orbitz tickets are refundable until 10pm CT the day after purchase.

-Fare is valid on Ukraine Interational Airlines with a short connection in Kiev.  The dates below all have connections between 1-3 hours available as of the time of this posting.

-The list below are sample dates, other dates may be available, especially with long connection times.

-Limited seats are available. Always search for 1 seat and then work your way up to the number of seats you need in order to book as many seats on sale as you can.

Originating in NYC:
$459 JFK-Tel Aviv outbound sample dates:
02/11
02/15
02/18
03/01
03/03
03/04
03/08
03/10
03/11

$459 Tel Aviv-JFK return sample dates:
03/03
03/09
03/10
03/16
03/17
03/23
03/24
04/13
04/14

Originating in Tel Aviv:
$538 Tel Aviv-JFK outbound sample dates:
03/03
03/09
03/10
03/16
03/23

$538 JFK-Tel Aviv return sample dates:
03/10
03/11
03/17
03/24
03/25
04/21
04/22
04/29

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The Ultimate Israel Mileage Award Chart

Thursday, January 15th, 2015

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Roundup Of Additional Valid Dates For $350 Adults/$282 Kids Round-Trip Tickets To Israel On Transaero

Tuesday, January 13th, 2015

-Earn 2-2.14 points per dollar and get free insurance for trip cancellation, trip interruption, trip delay, lost luggage, delayed luggage, and travel accident with Chase Sapphire Preferred.

-Flights are bookable on Airfare.com

Below are winter/spring dates that I found with airfares under $400 round-trip.

The list is not exhaustive.

There are also travel dates in the summer from $554 round-trip and there are fall travel dates, including Sukkos, from $365.  Feel free to post what you find!

Airfare.com only allows free cancellation until 11:59pm on the day of purchase.

Adults tickets are $350, kids tickets are $282. Be sure to buy your infant a seat, for $280 you’ll be able to bring a carseat and not have to hold them for the trip.

Flights with a short connection have connections between 3 and 5 hours.  Long connections involve 12+ connections. Without a Russian visa you’ll be confined to the airport for your connection.

JFK-Tel Aviv outbound dates with short connections.

From $350 round-trip
March 2, 4, 9

From $365 round-trip
February 18, 23
March 15
April 5, 6, 8
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JFK-Tel Aviv outbound dates with long connections.

From $350 round-trip
January 19, 26, 28
February 2, 11, 16, 22, 25
March 1, 8

From $365 round-trip
January 25
February 15
March 16, 29
April 12, 13, 20
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Tel Aviv-JFK return dates with short connections.

From $350 round-trip
January 30
February 6, 13, 20, 27
March 6, 8, 13, 15, 20, 27
April 3, 5, 6, 8

From $365 round-trip
January 23, 28
February 11, 15
March 4, 29
April 10
May 15, 17, 18, 20, 22

From $380 round-trip
April 24
May 1, 3, 13

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Tel Aviv-JFK return dates with long connections.

From $365 round-trip
January 22, 25, 27, 29
February 5, 10, 12, 17, 19, 26
March 3, 5, 12, 19, 22, 26, 31
April 2, 7, 9

From $380 round-trip
April 21, 23, 26, 30
May 10, 12, 14, 19, 21

 

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$350 Adults/$282 Kids Round-Trip Tickets To Israel Still Available On Very Limited Dates…If You’re Willing To Have An All Day Connection

Monday, January 12th, 2015

-Earn 2-2.14 points per dollar and get free insurance for trip cancellation, trip interruption, trip delay, lost luggage, delayed luggage, and travel accident with Chase Sapphire Preferred.

-Flights are bookable on Airfare.com

I wrote about these crazy cheap Transaero fares 3 weeks ago back when they were still selling flights with short connections to Israel. Since then Russia has bailed out the airline to ensure they can keep flying.

Those flights sold out quickly, but there are still flights with long connection times if you’re a glutton for punishment.

Airfare.com only allows free cancellation until 11:59pm on the day of purchase.

Adults tickets are $350, kids tickets are $282. Be sure to buy your infant a seat, for $280 you’ll be able to bring a carseat and not have to hold them for the trip.

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That’s a 13 hour and 35 minute connection on the outbound and 4 hour and 25 minute connection on the return. Without a Russian visa you’ll be confined to the airport for your connection.

Dates are very limited. Sample valid dates below:

$350 dates:
01/19-03/04
01/26-03/04
01/28-03/04
02/02-03/04
02/09-03/04
02/11-03/04
02/16-03/04
02/18-03/04
02/23-03/04
02/25-03/04
03/02-03/04
03/02-03/13 (Short connections available!)
03/02-03/20 (Short connections available!)

Note that March 4th is Ta’anis Esther!

$365 dates:
02/08-02/17
02/11-02/19
03/02-03/09 (Short connections available!)
03/16-03/20 (Short connections available!)
03/02-04/22
03/04-04/22
03/09-04/22

$380 dates:
03/16-04/22
04/08-04/22
04/15-04/22

04/19-04/28
04/19-04/30
04/20-04/28
04/20-04/30

If you find other valid dates please post a comment!  If you don’t try one of the dates above there’s no need to comment that the deal doesn’t work, it very well may only work for the above dates.

Limited seats are available. Always search for 1 seat and then work your way up to the number of seats you need in order to book as many seats on sale as you can.

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United: Fly From Atlanta, Cincinnati, Detroit, Minneapolis, Or Salt Lake City To Tel Aviv From $710 Round-Trip

Monday, January 5th, 2015

Related: Fly Delta From Cleveland, Denver, San Francisco, And Other Cities To Tel Aviv From $696 Round-Trip

-Earn 2-2.14 points per dollar and get free insurance for trip cancellation, trip interruption, trip delay, lost luggage, delayed luggage, and travel accident with Chase Sapphire Preferred.

Bookable on Priceline. Priceline tickets from the USA are refundable until 11:30pm ET the day after purchase.

-Limited seats are available. Always search for 1 seat and then work your way up to the number of seats you need in order to book as many seats on sale as you can.

As predicted earlier tonight, United has $710 round-trip fares from Delta’s hubs and focus cities to Israel.  Gotta love hub retaliation fares!

Note that flights through 02/28 will earn full flown miles, while flights on 03/01 or later will only earn a fraction of that as United is moving to a revenue based mileage earning program in March.

For example:

Atlanta-Tel Aviv for $710.96
01/12-01/20
01/19-01/27
01/25-02/02
02/01-02/09
02/08-02/16
02/15-02/23
02/22-03/02
03/01-03/09 (Purim)
03/09-03/17
04/26-05/10 (Lag B’Omer, $742)

Cincinnati-Tel Aviv for $710.96
Sample dates:
01/19-01/27
01/26-02/03
02/09-02/17
02/15-02/23
02/22-03/02
02/24-03/09 (Purim)
03/02-03/10 (Purim)
04/26-05/04
04/26-05/10 (Lag B’Omer, $742)

Detroit-Tel Aviv for $710.96
01/12-01/20
01/19-01/27
01/27-02/04
02/03-02/11
02/10-02/18
02/15-02/23
02/23-03/02
03/02-03/09 (Purim)
04/22-04/29

Minneapolis-Tel Aviv for $710.96
01/12-01/20
02/01-02/09
02/08-02/16
04/22-04/29

There are also $710 fares on United from Salt Lake City to Tel Aviv.

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Flying Blue Promo Awards Now Bookable For Flights Between Atlanta, Houston, Montreal, Or Toronto And Tel Aviv From 18,750 Miles Each Way

Sunday, January 4th, 2015

Flying Blue Promo Awards (Click here to view worldwide promo awards)

Air France Flying Blue Award Search (Login required to search for award flights)

Flying Blue is the joint program of SkyTeam member Air France and KLM.
They consider Tel Aviv to be part of Europe which can make for some decent deals.

Flying Blue does charge fuel surcharges on their own flights but not on Delta flights. However availability is much better on their own flights than on Delta flights. When there is Delta availability though it’s significantly cheaper to book the Delta flights with Flying Blue miles than with Delta Skypesos.

-They normally charge 25,000 miles each way in coach and 62,500 miles each way in business to Israel but they run rotating promo awards valid for select cities.

-Promo awards are only valid on Air France or KLM.

-Travel is valid in either direction and is valid for one-way or round-trip travel.

-You need to book the current promo awards by 01/31.

-You need to travel with the current promo awards between 03/01-04/30.

-Promo awards are nonrefundable and non-changeable.

-Promo awards require Air France/KLM Flying Blue miles. You can’t use Delta miles for these awards and you can’t transfer Delta miles to Flying Blue.

Current deals:
-You can travel between Houston and Tel Aviv in March or April for 18,750 miles each way in coach.
-You can travel between Atlanta and Tel Aviv in March or April for 25,000 miles each way in premium economy.
-You can travel between Montreal or Toronto and Tel Aviv in March or April for 31,250 miles each way in business class.

-Air France premium economy gives a more comfortable seat with a leg rest, 20% more legroom, a 20% wider seat thanks to a 2-3-2 configuration rather than 2-4-2, gives 2 free checked bags, an amenity kit, and more.  It’s a whole lot better than the sad “premium economy” offerings from the US carriers.

-You can transfer AMEX or Citi points to Flying Blue at a 1K:1K ratio or Starpoints to Flying Blue at a 20K:25K ratio.

Want to pickup some Flying Blue miles?
AMEX MR points transfer to Flying Blue at a 1:1 ratio, Citi Thank You points from the Premier, Prestige, or Chairman cards transfer at a 1:1 ratio, and Starpoints transfer at a 20:25 ratio so 20K Starwood becomes enough for a round-trip ticket.

American Express is a DansDeals.com advertiser.

-The Starwood Preferred Guest® Credit Card from American Express awards 25K signup points with no fee for the first year. 20K Starpoints can transfer into 25K Flying Blue with the permanent 25% transfer bonus. Transfers can take a few days.

-American Express Membership Rewards points transfer instantly at a 1K:1K ratio to Flying Blue and can be earned from new cards like The Amex EveryDay Preferred Credit Card from American Express and The Amex EveryDay Credit Card from American Express.

The Preferred card awards 1.5 miles per dollar everywhere, 3 miles per dollar on Uber and gas, and 4.5 miles per dollar on groceries if you make 30 transactions per month.

The EveryDay card awards 1.2 miles per dollar everywhere and 2.4 miles per dollar on Uber and groceries if you make 20 transactions per month.

Both of those cards also give a free year of Amazon Prime for a limited time only.

You can also earn Membership Rewards points from cards like the American Express® Premier Rewards Gold Card and The Platinum Card® from American Express.

-You can see the miles and fees for one-way tickets in the images below:

 

Houston in economy:

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Atlanta in premium economy:

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Montreal in business class:

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Toronto in business class:

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