Category Archive for 'Israel Flights'

American/El Al: JFK To Tel Aviv From $638 Round-Trip

Sunday, April 23rd, 2017

Update, 4/25: DEAD!


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-American and El Al have flights from JFK to Tel Aviv that connect in various cities in Europe from just $638 round-trip.
-Connection cities include Barcelona, London, Madrid, Milan, Paris, Rome, and Zurich
-Connections in Europe range from 1.5 to 23 hours, so be sure to check the flight details.

Sample itinerary:

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-Flights are available on many dates from now through next year. Below are just a few sample dates.

-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 dates with short connections:
May 2-15
May 7-21
May 14-23
May 28-June 11
June 5-14
June 13-25
June 18-28
July 5-12
August 13-27
August 20-30
August 27-September 5
September 3-17
September 17-26
October 1-18
October 22-31
November 5-19
November 12-26
November 19-December 3
December 3-18
December 10-20
December 24-January 8
January 14-28
January 21-31
January 28-February 7
February 4-14
February 11-21
February 18-28

HT: hamburg, via DDF


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Delta Is The Latest Airline To Improve Seating From JFK To Tel Aviv

Sunday, March 26th, 2017

Continental’s former CEO Larry Kellner, who was sacked for refusing to merge with United, was quoted as saying that Newark-Tel Aviv was their most profitable route. USAirways’ president Scott Kirby called Philadephia-Tel Aviv among the most lucrative routes in their network, before American bought USAirways and axed the route citing alleged poor route performance. Mr Kirby jumped ship and is now President of United.

Competition on the route is heating up.

Last month I wrote about United moving one of their 2 daily flights from Newark to Tel Aviv from a Boeing 777-200 (772) to a 777-300ER (77W), a clear sign of the route’s competition and success.

The 77W will have significantly improved business class seating, though significantly worse coach seating. Savvy coach passengers should opt for the afternoon 772 with its wider coach seat. Business passengers should opt for the evening 77W with direct aisle access for all seats.

Last week I wrote that El Al will finally launch lie-flat direct aisle access reverse herringbone seating with the 787s that will come online in the 3rd quarter of this year.

Air Canada already offers lie-flat direct aisle access reverse herringbone seating on their 787s from Toronto.

Delta, which had been first to Tel Aviv with direct aisle access seating, realized that they were falling behind in the arms race for the Tel Aviv route with their regular herringbone style seating.

Regular herringbone seats are angled towards the aisle with the middle 2 seats facing away from each other.

Reverse herringbone seats are angled away from the aisle with the middle 2 seats facing towards each other. This is a significantly better layout than herringbone.

Effective 10/29/17 Delta will switch the JFK-Tel Aviv route from a 777-200LR (77L) to an A330-300 (333). That means business class will move from herringbone to reverse herringbone, a nice upgrade.

However the number of business class seats will drop from 37 to 34 on Delta’s once daily flight.

Compare that to United which currently operates the route with 100 daily business class seats. That will climb to 110 in May thanks to 60 business class seats on the 77W.

Delta coach will move from a 3-3-3 configuration on the 777 to a 2-4-2 configuration on the A330-300, which is surely better than the 3-4-3 configuration found on United’s 77W and arguably better tha the 3-3-3 coach configuration found on United’s 772.

For those keeping score at home:

United 772 EWR-TLV: Operates twice daily through 5/4 and once daily thereafter.
50 business class seats in a 2-2-2 configuration.
72 economy plus seats in a 3-3-3 configuration
145 economy minus seats in a 3-3-3 configuration

United 77W EWR-TLV: Operates once daily effective 5/5.
60 business class seats in a 1-2-1 Polaris configuration.
102 economy plus seats in a 3-4-3 configuration
204 economy minus seats in a 3-4-3 configuration

Delta 77L JFK-TLV: Operates once daily through 10/28.
37 business class seats in a 1-2-1 herringbone configuration.
36 economy comfort plus seats in a 3-3-3 configuration
218 economy uncomfort minus seats in a 3-3-3 configuration

Delta 333 JFK-TLV: Operates once daily effective 10/29.
34 business class seats in a 1-2-1 reverse herringbone configuration.
40 economy comfort plus seats in a 2-4-2 configuration
219 economy uncomfort minus seats in a 2-4-2 configuration

El Al 789, routes and dates TBD.
32 business class seats in a 1-2-1 reverse herringbone configuration.
28 premium economy seats in a 2-3-2 configuration
222 subpremium economy seats in a 3-3-3 configuration

 

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Getting To Israel Using Starwood Starpoints, 2017 Edition

Wednesday, March 22nd, 2017

American Express is a DansDeals.com advertiser.

-The Starwood Consumer AMEX and the Starwood Business AMEX offer 25K signup points each with no fee for the first year. You 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 October 1st. With a Starwood business card you’ll even get free lounge access and meals at the Sheraton Tel Aviv! 


Related post: The Ultimate Israel Mileage Award Chart (2015)


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 36 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.

A new feature that is awesome but makes the options are lot more complicated is the ability to transfer Starpoints into Marriott points at a 1:3 ratio.

Marriott has their own airline transfer option and an excellent miles+nights redemption option.

You can read more about the 5 ways of transferring Starpoints into airline miles here.

-With 90K Starpoints you can get 270K Marriott points.

-With 270K Marriott points you can get 7 nights in a Marriott category 1-5 hotel plus 132K United miles! Or you can get 7 nights plus 120K miles with Air Canada, Alaska, American, British Airways, or Delta.

That’s a better deal than transferring 100K Starpoints into 125K airline miles. However for the purpose of this post I’ll ignore the Marriott transfer options as they only work in specific transfer amounts and it will make this post even more complicated. However, I have added United as an option below using via Marriott as Starpoints don’t transfer at a 20K:25K ratio with United, but the transfer ratio to United is worthwhile via Marriott at 18,667 Starpoints to 25,000 United miles. You can do far better than that with a miles+nights redemption and you should read this post to learn more.

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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Starting May 5th There’s One United Flight From Newark To Tel Aviv You’ll Want To Avoid In Coach And Another You’ll Want To Avoid In Business

Saturday, February 25th, 2017

Effective May 5th United will start flying their new Boeing 777-300ER (77W) aircraft between Newark and Tel Aviv.

The 77W will be operated by subsidiary United crew members on the late night flight 90 from from Newark to Tel Aviv and the late night flight 91 from Tel Aviv to Newark.

United will continue to operate their pre-merger Continental 777-200 (772) aircraft with subsidiary Continental crew members for the afternoon flight 84 from Newark to Tel Aviv and the afternoon flight 85 from Tel Aviv to Newark.

The 77W offers United’s new Polaris business class with a 1-2-1 seating configuration that allows direct aisle access for all business class seats. It’s a big improvement over the 772 which has a 2-2-2 configuration that requires jumping over your seatmate or being jumped over by your seatmate if you select the window side seats.

The configuration is denser than business class on most airlines with a 1-2-1 business class, but reports are mostly quite positive so far and the middle seats in every other row offer a good option for couples traveling together. Plus with a whopping 60 business class seats, upgrades may be slightly easier than on other airlines with fewer seats:

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The good news ends in business class though. United has decided to cram 10 seats across throughout the 102 Economy Plus and 204 Economy Minus seats. By all accounts, it will be a tight squeeze for larger people in coach with seat width dropping from about 18 inches to just 17 inches.

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The old pre-merger Continental 772 aircraft will eventually be converted to have Polaris business class 1-2-1 seating, but for now is 2-2-2. It will also eventually be converted to have 3-4-3 seating in coach, but for now it still has 3-3-3 seating.

Bottom line: Starting from May 5th for the near future, United flight 84/85 will offer a better experience for coach passengers and United flight 90/91 will offer a better experience for business class passengers.

It’s worth noting that both flights already have the new Polaris branded bedding and pillows. Mattress pads and gel cooled pillows are even available upon request. However neither Newark-Tel Aviv flight will offer Pajamas in business class, though United’s Dreamliner operated nonstop flight from San Francisco to Tel Aviv is long enough to qualify for business class Pajamas, which are given out upon request.

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LOT Polish Adds 2nd Daily Warsaw-Tel Aviv Flight, Facilitating Excellent Connections From The US

Friday, February 24th, 2017

LOT Polish has responded to RyanAir’s plethora of new service between Poland and Israel with new service from Lublin, Gdańsk, Poznań, and Wrocław to Tel Aviv. More intriguing is that they’re increasing their Warsaw to Tel Aviv service from 7 weekly flights to 13 weekly flights.

LOT Polish often has great economy and business class sales from the US to Tel Aviv, but their connection times are awful. I’ve skipped posting some of their deals to Tel Aviv because of them.

For example a flight from JFK to Tel Aviv on 5/14 requires a 10.5 hour connection in Warsaw. A return flight from Tel Aviv to JFK on 5/23 requires a 9 hour connection in Warsaw.

Chicago to Tel Aviv on 5/14 requires a 9.5 hour connection in Warsaw. A return flight from Tel Aviv to Chicago on 5/23 requires a 9 hour connection in Warsaw.

Starting in mid-June the additional Warsaw-Tel Aviv flights will make connections far more palatable.

For example a flight on 6/18 from JFK to Tel Aviv only requires a 3 hour connection in Warsaw. A return flight from Tel Aviv to JFK on 6/28 requires a 1.5 hour connection in Warsaw.

A flight on 6/18 from Chicago to Tel Aviv only requires a 2 hour connection in Warsaw. A return flight from Tel Aviv to Chicago on 6/28 requires a 1 hour connection in Warsaw.

LOT Polish is also launching Newark and Los Angeles service to Warsaw this year and the new flights will enable great connections from there as well.

LOT flies the Dreamliner from the US to Warsaw with lie-flat seating in business, but Warsaw to Tel Aviv is served by a 737 with European style business class. It will be operated by 737-800s which are being added to LOT’s fleet this year as opposed to the current 737-400s operating the route.

LOT is a Star Alliance member, so you can use miles from airlines like United for award flights as well:

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HT: travel agent, via DDF

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A 6th Airline Announces Nonstop Service From London To Tel Aviv

Thursday, February 16th, 2017

Competition continues to heat up in the London-Tel Aviv market.

Today, Wizz Air announced that they would start flying from London/LTN to Tel Aviv starting on June 24th. Flights operate on Sundays, Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Saturdays. Round-trip flights start at just $200!

Airlines serving the London-Tel Aviv market nonstop include:
Arkia: Monday, Wednesday, and Friday 737 service between London/STN and Tel Aviv.
-British Airways: 3x daily A321/777/787 service (2x on Monday/Friday) between London/LHR and Tel Aviv.
easyJet: 2x daily A320 service (once daily on Friday/Saturday) between London/LTN and Tel Aviv.
easyJet: Sunday, Tuesday, and Thursday A320 service between London/LGW and Tel Aviv.
-El Al: 2x daily 747/777 service (once daily on Saturday, no service on Friday) between London/LHR and Tel Aviv.
-El Al: 3x daily 737/767 service (once daily on Friday/Saturday) between London/LTN and Tel Aviv.
-Wizz Air: Sunday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday A321 service between London/LTN and Tel Aviv.
-Monarch: Sunday, Monday, and Thursday A321 service between London/LTN and Tel Aviv.

HT: travel agent, via DDF

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HURRY! Excellent Coach And Business Award Availability On Air Canada’s New Montreal-Tel Aviv Route!

Thursday, February 16th, 2017

Related: 55K Miles For Signing Up For A United Explorer Card; On Expanded Awards, Excursionist Perks, And Why The United Card Is My Favorite Airline Mileage Card


Award tickets to Israel are notoriously hard to find. “Hybrid points” are often the best bet for Israel.

But Air Canada has just loaded their new Montreal to Tel Aviv route. Award availability from Montreal to Tel Aviv is incredible. The return from Tel Aviv to Montreal is not as good, but is very decent for direct flights between North America and Israel.

Business class on the A330 is a 1-1-1 configuration with direct aisle access for all seats.

Coach has a 2-4-2 configuration.

Flights from Montreal to Tel Aviv operate on Sundays and Thursdays and flights from Tel Aviv to Montreal operate on Mondays and Fridays from June 22nd until October 16th.

The Montreal-Tel Aviv flight departs at 6:35pm and arrives 12:15pm the next day. The Tel Aviv-Montreal flight departs at 1:55pm and arrives 6:20pm the same day.

Orthodox Jews will want to be sure to check Shabbos times before booking the Thursday/Friday flights.

The following dates have at least 8 saver award seats in both coach and business class from Montreal to Tel Aviv:
June 22, 25, 29
July 2, 6, 9, 13, 16, 20, 27, 30
August 3, 6, 10, 13, 17, 20, 27, 31
September 7, 14, 17, 21, 28
October 1, 5, 12, 15
Other Sundays and Thursdays do have saver coach award seats from Montreal to Tel Aviv and 8/24 has 2 saver business seats.

The following dates have at least 8 saver award seats in both coach and business class from Tel Aviv to Montreal:
June 23
July 7, 14, 21, 28
August 4, 11, 18, 21
September 11
October 16
Other Mondays and Fridays do have saver coach award seats from Montreal to Tel Aviv.

These dates will sell out quickly, please post a comment if a date is no longer available.

For example there is award space to fly your whole family from NYC to Tel Aviv for Sukkos in business class. With United miles it would cost 85K miles in coach or 160K miles in business class, round trip per person:

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-You can transfer miles from Chase Ultimate Rewards to United (1:1 ratio) instantly. Awards can be cancelled for free within 24 hours. United never collectes fuel surcharges. After 24 hours non-elites will pay $75 to cancel awards more than 60 before a flight or $125 within 60 days of a flight. Awards can be booked online.

-Air Canada charges 80K in coach or 165K in business class round-trip and they’ll also tack on some $750 in taxes and fuel surcharges for Air Canada flights. Points transfer instantly (1:1 ratio) from AMEX. Transfers from Starwood (20K:25K ratio) can take 2-10 days. Awards can be booked online.

Singapore charges 75K in coach or 115K in business class round-trip. But they’ll tack on $735 in taxes and fuel surcharges for Air Canada awards. You can transfer points from AMEX, Chase, or Citi at a 1:1 ratio, but it will take a day or 2 for points to show up. Transfers from Starwood (20K:25K ratio) can take 2-10 days. You can call Singapore to book at 1-312-843-5333.

-ANA charges just 65K miles in coach or 104K miles in business class round-trip. Best of all they don’t charge fuel surcharges for Air Canada flights, taxes will be $66 from Montreal, or less from the USA. Unfortunately it can take 1-3 days to transfer points from AMEX to ANA (1:1 ratio) and transfers from Starwood to ANA (20K:25K ratio) can take 2-10 days. Awards can be booked online, though flights with connections may need to be booked over the phone.

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-Aegean charges a mere 60K miles in coach or 90K miles in business class round-trip and you’ll need even fewer Starpoints than that thanks to the Starwood 20K:25K transfer ratio. Factoring in a 25% discount that’s effectively 48K Starpoints in coach or 72K Starpoints in business class round-trip. They also don’t charge fuel surcharges for Air Canada flights, taxes will be $88 from Montreal, or less from the USA. Transfers from Starwood can take 2-10 days. You can call Aegean to book at +30-21-0626-1000.


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Air Canada Responds To Air Transat With More Nonstop Service From Montreal-Tel Aviv!

Monday, February 13th, 2017

Montreal based Air Transat started selling twice weekly nonstop service from Montreal to Tel Aviv earlier this year. It will fly an A330 from Montreal to Tel Aviv on Sundays and Wednesdays from June 18th until October 29th and from Tel Aviv to Montreal on Mondays and Thursdays from June 19th until October 30th.

Today Air Canada has announced that they too will fly an A330 nonstop from Montreal to Tel Aviv on Sundays and Thursdays and from Tel Aviv to Montreal on Mondays and Fridays from June 22nd until October 16th.

Tickets will go on sale this Wednesday.

The Montreal-Tel Aviv flight departs at 6:35pm and arrives 12:15pm the next day. The Tel Aviv-Montreal flight departs at 1:55pm and arrives 6:20pm the same day.

That’s great news for Canadians and Star Alliance fans. It’s just unfortunate that they chose to operate one of the 2 weekly frequencies on Thursday/Friday, which are not very useful for Orthodox Jews. The Thursday outbound flight allows arrivals into Tel Aviv with enough time for Shabbos, but many people would prefer a larger margin for error in case of delays. The Friday return flight arrives too close to Shabbos in Montreal.

Hopefully we’ll see some nice price wars between Air Canada and Air Transat.

Air Canada also announced that their 787 operated Toronto-Tel Aviv route will move to year-round daily service starting this summer.

For those keeping score at home that means that flights between North America and Tel Aviv in the summer/fall of 2017 should look like:
Boston: 3 weekly flights on El Al.
JFK: 7 weekly flights on Delta, 16 weekly flights on El Al.
Los Angeles: 5 weekly flights on El Al.
Miami: Unknown number (Likely between 3-6) of weekly flights on El Al starting Q3.
Montreal: 2 weekly flights on Air Canada, 2 weekly flights on Air Transat.
Newark: 14 weekly flights on United, 6 weekly flights on El Al.
San Francisco: 7 weekly flights on United.
Toronto: 7 weekly flights on Air Canada, 5 weekly flights on El Al.

Memo to El Al or United: We’re all waiting for you to announced Chicago-Tel Aviv service already…

HT: Davidthebest, via DDF

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Ultra Low-Cost Carrier RyanAir Will Add 15 New Routes To Israel This Year

Wednesday, February 1st, 2017

Ticket prices from Europe to Israel are sure to plummet as RyanAir announced they will launch a massive expansion in Israel.

RyanAir currently flies from Eilat, Israel to
Krakow, Poland
Kaunas, Lithuania
Bratislava, Slovakia
Budapest, Hungary

They will start flying from Tel Aviv to Paphos, Cyprus on March 28.

-They will also add service later this year from Tel Aviv to:
Baden-Baden, Germany
Milan, Italy
Gdansk, Poland
Poznan, Poland
Wroclaw, Poland
Krakowm Poland

-From Eilat they will add service later this year to:
Brussels, Belgium
Baden-Baden, Germany
Berlin, Germany
Frankfurt, Germany
Milan, Italy
Gdansk, Poland
Warsaw, Poland
Poznan, Poland

HT: mend89, via DDF and Elisheva B.

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WOW Air Plans To Launch Service To Tel Aviv In June, Will You Fly A ULCC To Israel?

Friday, January 27th, 2017

WOW Air plans to fly from Iceland to Israel starting in June.

WOW serves 9 North American cities: Baltimore, Boston, Los Angeles, Miami, Montreal, Newark, Pittsburgh, San Francisco, and Toronto. You’ll be able to connect from those cities to Tel Aviv via Reykjavik.

They’re fashioned as a ULCC (Ultra low-cost carrier) like Spirit, but WOW.

They advertise cheap fares, but the extras add up quickly.

For a round-trip from the east coast to Europe you’ll pay:
-$102/$140 for a carry-on bag paid for in advance/at checkin. You’ll pay an additional $60 if it doesn’t fit in their bag sizer.
-$142/$160 for a 44 pound checked bag paid for in advance/at checkin. You’ll pay an additional $18.18 per pound over 44 pounds.
-Reserving a seat will set you back an additional $40-$200 depending on the seat.
-Water, soda, and snacks cost extra.
-There’s no Wi-Fi or entertainment onboard.

They haven’t yet announced if the fees for Israel flights will be higher than Europe.

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HT: yochai, via DDF

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Fly Round-Trip From Tel Aviv To North America From Just $419 Or From North America To Tel Aviv From $605!

Wednesday, January 11th, 2017

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-Earn 3 points per dollar and get $300 in airfare automatically refunded every calendar year with Chase Sapphire Reserve.


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-Research valid dates on Google Flights and then use Priceline or Orbitz to book.

Here is a roundup of some of the great fares that can be purchased now between North America and Tel Aviv. There are many other valid cities as well, so post what you find!

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At Least 8 North American Airports Will Have Nonstop Service To Tel Aviv This Year!

Saturday, January 7th, 2017

After American suddenly ended their nonstop service from Philadelphia to Tel Aviv after merging with USAirways there were only 5 North American airports with nonstop service to Tel Aviv. American said the reason for the cancellation is that the route has always been a money-loser. The timing was curious and that statement was even more curious as former USAirways’ president Scott Kirby (now president of United) had called the route among the most lucrative in the USAirways system. It’s worth noting that American still owes Israeli ex-TWA employees over $15 million…

That was a low point, but after that things have been looking up for the North America-Tel Aviv market.

United added 3 weekly San Francisco-Tel Aviv flights and they performed so well that United quickly changed it to daily service.

Then El Al announced that they will resume service from Miami nonstop to Tel Aviv in the 3rd quarter of this year. They last operated that route in 2008. El Al will be receiving their new 787s starting in the 3rd quarter of 2017 and it seems likely that they would operate on the route.

Montreal based Air Transat has just started selling twice weekly nonstop service from Montreal to Tel Aviv on an A330. It will fly from Montreal to Tel Aviv on Sundays and Wednesdays from June 18th until October 29th and from Tel Aviv to Montreal on Mondays and Thursdays from June 19th until October 30th.

The Montreal-Tel Aviv route has been operated in the past by Air Canada and El Al, but there hasn’t been regularly scheduled service on the route since 2000.

For those keeping score at home that means that flights between North America and Tel Aviv in the summer/fall of 2017 should look like:
Boston: 3 weekly flights on El Al.
JFK: 7 weekly flights on Delta, 16 weekly flights on El Al.
Los Angeles: 5 weekly flights on El Al.
Miami: Unknown number (Likely between 3-6) of weekly flights on El Al starting Q3.
Montreal: 2 weekly flights on Air Transat.
Newark: 14 weekly flights on United, 6 weekly flights on El Al.
San Francisco: 7 weekly flights on United.
Toronto: 7 weekly flights on Air Canada, 5 weekly flights on El Al.

Looking forward, it’s likely that El Al or United will start service on the Chicago-Tel Aviv route. Both Delta and El Al have tried Atlanta-Tel Aviv route in the past, neither airline was successful with that route, but the Atlanta airport has lobbied for a return of one of those flights.

HT: travel agent, via DDF

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RyanAir: Intro Fares From Tel Aviv To Cyprus For $60 Round-Trip

Friday, December 23rd, 2016

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RyanAir announced that they are now selling seats from Tel Aviv to Paphos, Cyprus with daily service starting March 28th.

This is their first Tel Aviv service.

Limited seats are available on select dates in April and May for just $60 round-trip.

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HT: Yaalili, via DDF

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Air France: Tel Aviv To JFK For $497 (Or 33K CSR Points) Round-Trip

Wednesday, December 7th, 2016

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-Earn 5 points per dollar on the AMEX Platinum Card or 3 points per dollar on airfare with the AMEX Premier Rewards Gold Card or the AMEX Business Gold Rewards Card.
-Earn 3 points per dollar and get $300 in airfare automatically refunded every calendar year with Chase Sapphire Reserve.


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-Limited seats are available on each date. 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.

-This fare is only valid departing from Tel Aviv, not from JFK.

-Outbound travel is valid on most dates from 1/10/17-3/28/17.

-A Saturday night stay in NYC is required.

Sample itinerary:

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Using Chase points:

You can view credit card offers by clicking on the “Credit Card Offers” tab on top of the DansDeals banner to view links for card offers or view offers via the CreditCards.com banners on the side of this site.

If you have a Chase Sapphire Reserve card you can redeem points for 1.5 cents each towards travel. The card comes with 100,000 signup points and $600 in travel spending in your first cardmembership year! A $497.38 flight will be 33,158 points. That includes all taxes and you still earn miles for flying!

You’ll also have Priority Pass lounge access in Tel Aviv, Paris, and JFK.

You can login to your account and redeem Chase points for travel here.

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HT: Chaikel


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Alitalia: Tel Aviv To JFK Or Miami Round-Trip From $448 Coach, $779 Premium Economy, Or $1,121 Business, Plus Check For A Targeted AMEX Offer!

Sunday, December 4th, 2016

Update: DDF member “David Smith” was able to use this offer by calling Alitalia’s US call center at 800-223-5730 and giving them the promo code below. He bought 2 coach tickets for just $440 per ticket and he got email confirmation from AMEX that he would receive $160 back from AMEX Offers, dropping the effective price per ticket to just $360 round-trip!

Many of my cards have the Alitalia AMEX offer, check your cards and register for it before booking. Read more about AMEX Offers here.

This promotion expires tomorrow at 5pm EST.

Originally posted on 12/1:

Related post: Alitalia: Tel Aviv To JFK For $549 (Or 36.6K CSR Points) Round-Trip From January-June


Alitalia Israel Linky

-Alitalia’s Israel site is offering 20% off select flights departing Tel Aviv with code: FRENZYTIME

-You can enter the discount code on the page after selecting an outbound and a return flight.

-Flights must depart from Tel Aviv.

-The code is valid for travel to Beijing, Boston, Havana, JFK, Mexico City, Miami, Santiago, Seoul, or Tokyo.

-The code is only valid for itineraries that have just 1 adult passenger. You need to book multiple itineraries for multiple passengers or you can book over the phone at +972-3-7960766

-Valid for Economy, Premium Economy and Business class.

-Alitalia is currently allowing 2 free 50 pound checked bags between Israel and North America in coach or 70 pound bags in business:

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-Book by 12/5
-Travel 12/1/16-3/28/17
-A 3 night stay is required for the cheapest fares.

Sample coach fares:
-Tel Aviv-JFK from 1/16-1/23: $448.31
-Tel Aviv-JFK from 3/15-3/22: $448.31
-Tel Aviv-Miami from 2/7-2/14: $471.51

Sample premium economy fares:
-Tel Aviv-JFK from 1/16-1/23: $779.51

Sample business fares:
-Tel Aviv-JFK from 1/16-1/23: $1,121.11
-Tel Aviv-Miami from 2/7-2/14: $1,193.11

Additionally there is a targeted AMEX offer for $160 off $800 at Alitalia, though it officially only works on the US site or via the US call center, so it may not work for this offer. If it doesn’t work automatically you can also try calling AMEX to get it credited. You can make multiple purchases on a card to reach the $800 threshold. Don’t count on the offer working, but consider it a bonus if it does.

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Ends Today: Fly Nonstop From North America To Tel Aviv On Delta, El Al, Or United From $664 Or 37.4K Points Round-Trip

Tuesday, November 29th, 2016

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

Bookable on Orbitz. Orbitz tickets are refundable until 11pm EST tomorrow.

-Search for rates on multiple sites for the best results.

-Limited seats are available on each date. Always search one-way 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.

-All fares below are for nonstop flights.

-Search NYC to include JFK and Newark for best results

-Purchase tickets by 11/29

-A Saturday night stay in Israel is required.

-Maximum stay of 3 months.

Delta:

JFK to Tel Aviv $748 outbound dates:
January 12, 19, 20, 22, 23, 26, 27, 28, 29, 30, 31
February 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 12, 19, 20, 21, 22, 24, 25, 26, 27
March 1, 2, 5, 6, 22, 23, 24, 25, 26, 27, 28, 29, 30, 31

 

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Delta Matching El Al’s $749 JFK-Tel Aviv Round-Trip Cyber Monday Sale! Or Fly From Just 37.4K Points Round-Trip!

Monday, November 28th, 2016

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Yesterday El Al announced their Cyber Monday specials.

Delta has now matched the nonstop JFK-Tel Aviv fare.

-A Saturday night stay in Israel is required.

-Limited seats are available on each date. Please post a comment with specific dates if they no longer work and I will update the valid dates below.

NYC to Tel Aviv $748 outbound dates:
January 12, 13, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24, 25, 26, 27, 28, 29, 30, 31
February 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 12, 13, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 24, 25, 26, 27
March 1, 2, 5, 6, 23, 24, 25, 26, 27, 28, 29, 30, 31

Tel Aviv to NYC $748 return dates:
January 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 23, 24, 25, 27, 31
February 2, 3, 4, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 20, 22, 25, 28
March 1, 3, 4, 7, 8, 9, 11, 12, 15, 16, 17, 18, 20
April 4, 9, 10, 11, 12, 26, 29
May 2, 3, 6, 7, 8, 13, 19, 20, 22, 24, 27
June 17, 24, 26
July 1, 5, 7, 8, 11, 15, 22, 29

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Using Chase points:

If you have a Chase Sapphire Reserve card you can redeem points here at 1.5 cents each towards travel. The card comes with 100,000 signup points and $600 in travel spending in your first cardmembership year! A $748 flight will be just 49.9K points round-trip. That includes all taxes and you still earn miles for flying!

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Using AMEX points:

If you have The Enhanced Business Platinum® Card from American Express OPEN you can get a 50% rebate on the airline of your choiceA $748 flight will be 74,879 points and you would get a 50% rebate making the effective cost just 37,439 points, a value of 2 cents per point:

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Israel Hotel News: Goodbye To A Points Hotel, Welcome To Another, And A Points Anomaly

Tuesday, November 1st, 2016

-Effective 12/31/16 the category 6 Hilton Eilat Queen of Sheba will leave Hilton.

You can use 40K points per night or 32K points per night on a 5 night stay until the end of the year.

That leaves the category 8 Hilton Tel Aviv and the category 10 Waldorf Astoria Jerusalem as the remaining Israeli hotels in the portfolio. The David Citadel opened as a Hilton in 1998 but left in 2001.

Speaking about the Waldorf, it’s worth noting that despite going up to a category 10, their pricing is unchanged at 80K points per night or 64K points per night on a 5 night stay for Hilton cardholders or elites. That still falls within the range of pricing for Hilton category 10, but I’d expect it to still go up to 95K per night at any time.

Not long ago Starwood had 13 properties that were all bargains with Starpoints. I stayed in many of them on a month-long trek across the holy land in August of 2007 spending just a couple thousand Starpoints per night to stay in Jerusalem, Haifa, Eilat, Tiberias, and the Dead Sea.

SPG was down to just the category 5 Sheraton Tel Aviv, but they have now added the category 5 Elma Arts Complex Luxury Hotel located in Zichron Yaakov between Caesarea and Haifa. SPG category 5 hotels cost 12-16K points per night or 9.6K-12.8K per night on a 5 night stay.

Starwood will also open the W Tel Aviv-Jaffa on 5/1/17. The category for that hotel has yet to be determined, but hopefully it will be a 6 (20K-25K points per night) and not a 7 (30-35K points per night)

You can also transfer Starpoints to Marriott to book the category 7 Renaissance Tel Aviv Hotel for 11.6K points per night or 9.3K points per night on a 5 night stay. Or 110K Starpoints can get you 152K United miles and 7 nights there.

Or you can transfer Starpoints to Marriott to book the tier 3 Ritz-Carlton Herzliya for 16.6K points per night or 13.3K points per night on a 5 night stay. Or 140K Starpoints can get you 152K United miles and 7 nights there.

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Cathay Pacific Launching Hong Kong-Tel Aviv Flights In March

Wednesday, October 26th, 2016

Cathay Pacific will finally launch nonstop service between Tel Aviv and Hong Kong in March.

This comes on the heels of Singapore Airlines announcing they are looking to start service between Tel Aviv and Singapore in 2017 as well.

Cathay Pacific is famous for their wonderful first class where they offer the best bed comfort, seat comfort, and pajamas in the industry. It doesn’t offer walled-in suites or the hands-on service of Singapore and it doesn’t have onboard showers like Emirates or Etihad, but I don’t think any first class can compete with Cathay’s ultra-comfy seat and bed arrangement.

Unfortunately the Tel Aviv flights will be operated by an A350-900 which only offers economy, premium economy, and business class. Still their reverse herringbone lie-flat business class is a massive step up from El Al’s.

-American is OneWorld alliance partners with Cathay Pacific and they charge 25K American miles in coach and 40K miles in business class each way between Tel Aviv and Asia with no fuel surcharges.

American won’t allow you to fly from the US to Tel Aviv via Hong Kong, but Alaska will.

-You can use 50K Alaska miles for coach, 55K for premium economy, 62.5K for business, or 70K for first class to fly one way to or from North America and Tel Aviv via Hong Kong on Cathay Pacific and you can stopover in Hong Kong for as long as you want. There are no fuel surcharges.

The 70K first class rate is a true bargain, though you’ll only be in first class between the US and Hong Kong. The Hong Kong to Tel Aviv flight will be in business class. But it’s well worth the 7.5K premium to sit in Cathay First for the flight over the Pacific. Both seats are lie-flat, but the first class seat and bed are far more spacious and comfortable. First class passengers can also reserve Hermolis kosher meals in the Hong Kong lounges.

Cathay 777 First Class:

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In North America, Cathay Pacific flies to Boston, Chicago, JFK, Los Angeles, Newark, San Francisco, Toronto, and Vancouver. Rumors also have them adding service to Honolulu and Miami in the future.

-You can use 22.5K Alaska miles for coach, 25K for premium economy, or 30K for business to fly one way to or from Tel Aviv and Hong Kong. There are no fuel surcharges.

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You can also transfer 60K Marriott points into 20K Starpoints into 25K Alaska miles.

Or you can use 90K Starpoints or 270K Marriott points for 120K Alaska miles and 7 nights in a Marriott hotel.

HT: damaxer91 and ExGingi, via DDF

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LOT: JFK To Tel Aviv For $593 (Or 39,559 CSR Points) Round-Trip, Tel Aviv To JFK For $543 (Or 36,226 CSR Points)

Wednesday, October 19th, 2016

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LOT has $593 round-trip airfare from JFK-Tel Aviv-JFK or $543 originating from Tel Aviv-JFK-Tel Aviv if you can deal with long daytime layovers in Warsaw. There are kosher restaurants in Warsaw, a Jewish History Museum, the Jewish Ghetto, and nearby Nazi extermination camps that can be visited.

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A Saturday night stay in Tel Aviv or NYC is required.

If you have a Chase Sapphire Reserve card you can redeem points here at 1.5 cents each towards travel, making the round-trip from NYC to Tel Aviv just 39,559 points or from Tel Aviv to NYC just 36,225 points including all taxes. The card comes with 100,000 signup points and $600 in travel spending in your first cardmembership year!

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-Limited seats are available on each date.

Below are sample dates from JFK to Tel Aviv. Most of these dates (as well as others not listed) will work when originating in Tel Aviv as well in the reverse order.

JFK-Tel Aviv $593 outbound dates:
November 21, 22, 24, 27, 28, 29
December 1, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8,
January 17, 19, 20, 23, 25, 26, 27, 28, 29, 30
February 1, 2, 4, 6, 8, 10, 12, 13, 18, 19, 20, 22, 23, 25, 26
March 1, 2, 4, 5, 7, 8, 9, 11, 12, 13, 14, 16, 19, 20, 21, 23, 27, 28, 30 31
April 4
May 1, 4, 5, 7, 8, 11, 12, 15, 18, 22, 25, 26

Tel Aviv-JFK $593 return dates:
November 28, 29
December 3, 4, 5, 6, 8, 9, 10, 12, 13, 14
January 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 25, 26, 27, 28, 29, 30
February 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 8, 9, 10, 11, 13, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 22, 23, 24, 27
March 1, 2, 3, 4, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 13, 14, 16, 17, 18, 21, 23, 24, 25, 27, 29, 30
April 1, 5, 6, 8, 13, 14, 15, 16, 24, 26, 27, 29
May 1, 2, 3, 10, 11, 13, 16, 18, 20, 22, 23, 24, 27, 28, 29, 30, 31


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Singapore Airlines Applies For Tel Aviv Flights

Monday, October 10th, 2016

Ynet (Hebrew) reports that Singapore has applied for TLV landing permits for mid-2017.

Singapore flies a number of 5th Freedom routes such as JFK-Frankfurt, Houston-Manchester, Los Angeles-Tokyo, Los Angeles-Seoul, San Francisco-Hong Kong, and San Francisco-Seoul that all continue onward to Singapore.

It’s unlikely that Singapore would be able to pull off a 5th freedom route from a US city to Singapore via Tel Aviv, but we can still dream about that 🙂

Singapore is my favorite airline in the world. We’ve flown to Europe in Singapore’s couple suites, I flew on the longest flight in the world from Newark to Singapore for 19 hours in business class and was sad when it was over. I flew in coach with a ghetto upgrade (4 seats in coach for myself) from the Maldives to Singapore and that was actually better than the regional business class flight I took from Singapore to the Maldives. Singapore’s service is simply second to none and their cabins are all fantastic.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

They have amazing mileage rates for business and suites class and you can transfer points from AMEX, Chase, Citi, or Starwood to Singapore.

It’s worth noting that Ynet reported last year that Cathay Pacific was planning to fly to Israel in 2016 and that didn’t happen, so perhaps it’s worth taking this news with a grain of salt. But it’s still exciting nonetheless.

HT: a mirrer, via DDF

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8 Day Tour Of Israel With Airfare, Hotel, And Food For $999 Via Groupon

Tuesday, September 13th, 2016

8 Day Tour Of Israel With Airfare, Hotel, And Food For $999 Via Groupon

-Groupon promo codes don’t apply to this deal.

For questions about this Groupon deal call Gate 1 Travel at 1-800-682-3333.
-View available travel dates here.
-Upgrades from connecting flight to nonstop flight available for approximately $200-$300, call for the exact price for your date.

This Groupon includes:
-Round-trip airfare from Chicago/ORD or JFK to Tel Aviv.
-Airline taxes and fuel surcharges included.
-1 night of accommodations at Prima City Tel Aviv Hotel or Tal Hotel Tel Aviv in Tel Aviv.
-2 nights of accommodations at Prima Galil Hotel, Maagan Kibbutz Holiday Village, or Ron Beach Hotel in Tiberias
-3 nights of accommodations at Prima Park Hotel or Mount Zion Hotel in Jerusalem
-All transfers.
-Six breakfasts, two dinners (mehadrin food available upon request.)
-Sightseeing per itinerary in modern air-conditioned motorcoach.
-Services of English-speaking tour manager throughout.
-Entrance fees per itinerary.
-All options priced per person, based on double occupancy, or pay an additional $400 fee to travel solo.
-Stays can be extended for a fee.
-Cancellation policy & fees: $200 fee per person to cancel; 61-day cancellation required or fee of 50% Groupon price; 31-day or fee up to 90% Groupon price; 2-day or fee up to Groupon price. Airfare nonrefundable after booking.
-Book by 10/4/16 or promo value expires

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El Al Matmid Discounted Coach And Business Class Award Tickets To/From Tel Aviv

Friday, August 26th, 2016

El Al Matmid Discounted Coach Class Award Tickets To/From Tel Aviv

El Al Matmid Discounted Business Class Award Tickets To/From Tel Aviv

El Al is offering discounted coach and business class award tickets to select cities that can be found in the link above.

Awards are only discounted for “Executives,” but it’s very easy to become an executive.  A transfer of just 5,000 AMEX points from the US AMEX Membership Rewards program to El Al’s Matmid program will earn you executive status for a year. Points transfer instantly from AMEX to El Al, though it takes about a day after the transfer for the executive status to take effect on your El Al Matmid account.

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

-Discounted awards are also available between Tel Aviv and Europe, South Africa, and the Far East.

-These awards must be booked by 9/30.

-Travel must begin by 9/30, though return travel can be completed at any time.

North America coach sale (You are able to fly one-way for half the miles listed below)
-Toronto-Tel Aviv is 1,300 Matmid points+$218 round-trip. That’s 65K AMEX points or a 15K AMEX point discount.
-NYC-Tel Aviv: 1,380 Matmid points+$345 round-trip. That’s 69K AMEX points or a 11K AMEX point discount.
-Boston-Tel Aviv: 1,430 Matmid points+$345 round-trip. That’s 71.5K AMEX points or a 8.5K AMEX point discount.
-Los Angeles-Tel Aviv: 1,780 Matmid points+$345 round-trip. That’s 89K AMEX points or a 11K AMEX point discount.

North America business class sale (You are able to fly one-way for half the miles listed below)
-Toronto-Tel Aviv is 3,380 Matmid points+$218 round-trip. That’s 169K AMEX points or a 31K AMEX point discount.
-NYC-Tel Aviv: 3,500 Matmid points+$345 round-trip. That’s 175K AMEX points or a 25K AMEX point discount.
-Boston-Tel Aviv: 3,600 Matmid points+$345 round-trip. That’s 180K AMEX points or a 20K AMEX point discount.
-Los Angeles-Tel Aviv: 4,070 Matmid points+$345 round-trip. That’s 203.5K AMEX points or a 21.5K AMEX point discount.

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To translate Matmid rates into AMEX rates, just multiply the Matmid requirement by 50.

-American Express Membership Rewards points can be earned from credit cards like The Amex EveryDay Preferred Card or The Amex EveryDay Card.

The Everyday Preferred card awards 1.5 points per dollar everywhere, 2.5 points per dollar on Uber, 3 points per dollar on gas, and 4.5 points per dollar on groceries if you make 30 transactions per month. It has a $95 annual fee.

The EveryDay card awards 1.2 points per dollar everywhere and, 2.2 points per dollar on Uber, and 2.4 points per dollar on groceries if you make 20 transactions per month. It’s the only no annual-fee card that can directly transfer points into miles.

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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HURRY! Toronto To Tel Aviv For US$1,348/C$1,733 Round-Trip In Business Class!

Friday, August 26th, 2016

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Bookable on Expedia Canada

You can fly from Toronto to Tel Aviv via Amsterdam in business class for just C$1,733 which is currently US$1,348.

Click on advanced options to search for business class.

The Toronto-Amsterdam flight is in lie-flat business class on a widebody A330. The Amsterdam-Tel Aviv flight is in recliner business class on an El Al 737.

You can get a short layover or a longer layover in Amsterdam if you want to explore the city for the day.

Outbound flights are available on most dates from now through March with return flights available from September through July.

Sample itinerary with short connections in Amsterdam:

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United Adds Flights, Delta Reduces Flights To Israel

Wednesday, May 25th, 2016

Earlier this year American abruptly cancelled service to Tel Aviv shortly after their USAirways merger amidst contradictory statements from their president about whether the Philadelphia-Tel Aviv route was lucrative or a money-loser. More bizarrely, they also ruled out launching the route from their JFK or Miami hubs. It’s unlikely that we’ll ever know if profitability was the real reason or if it was related to outside pressure or due to TWA pension liabilities in Israel.

In the aftermath of that cancellation Delta announced they would increase JFK-Tel Aviv service from 7 to 11 flights per week and United announced 3 weekly flights from San Francisco to Tel Aviv.

For those keeping score at home that meant that flights between North America and Tel Aviv this summer looked like:
Boston: 3 weekly flights on El Al.
JFK: 11 weekly flights on Delta, 15-19 weekly flights on El Al.
Los Angeles: 5 weekly flights on El Al.
Newark: 14 weekly flights on United, 6 weekly flights on El Al.
San Francisco: 3 weekly flights on United.
Toronto: 7 weekly flights on Air Canada, 3-4 weekly flights on El Al.

-Delta has announced that they will reduce their JFK-Tel Aviv flying back to 7 weekly flights effective 9/6. Apparently their daytime flights didn’t perform as they had hoped.
-United has announced that they will increase their San Francisco-Tel Aviv service from 3 to 7 weekly flights effective in October as the 787 operated route exceeded their expected demand. The daily flights are not yet for sale but should be soon. The route’s success is great news and I wouldn’t be surprised to see United try out Chicago-Tel Aviv in the future.

In other news, Atlanta would love to have nonstop service to Tel Aviv. Delta flew nonstop from Atlanta to Tel Aviv until about 5 years ago. Apparently they are willing to offer subsidies to get the service off the ground again, but if the route didn’t work in the past it seems unlikely to work again for Delta.

It’s even more unlikely that El Al would start nonstop service to Atlanta before offering service to Chicago or Miami. El Al will receive their 787 order next year and I’d have to imagine that Chicago and Miami are in the expansion plans. If only they would fix their issues first

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Delta: Chicago, Los Angeles, Miami, Or Washington DC To Tel Aviv Via JFK This Summer From $665 Round-Trip

Sunday, May 15th, 2016

Update: Prices have dropped further and have been updated below.


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Delta has some excellent summer fares from cities across the US to Tel Aviv connecting in JFK. You can use Google Flights to research valid cities and dates.

For example:
Chicago-Tel Aviv: $665
Washington DC-Tel Aviv: $685
Miami-Tel Aviv: $756
Boston: $780
Los Angeles-Tel Aviv: $822

 

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-Limited seats are available on each date and dates listed below will sell out quickly! Please post a comment with exactly which dates and route didn’t work for you and I will update the post.

-Search WAS to include DCA and IAD.

Here are valid Washington DC to Tel Aviv outbound dates, valid dates from other cities may vary:
May 31
June 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 9, 10, 13
July 11, 12, 15, 17, 18, 19, 21, 22, 23, 24, 25, 26, 28, 29, 31
August 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 14, 15, 16, 18, 19, 22, 26, 29, 30
September 1, 2, 3, 4, 7, 8, 9, 10, 13, 16, 18, 20, 22, 23, 24, 25, 26, 27, 29, 30
November 13, 15, 21, 23, 24, 26
December 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 9
January 6, 10, 13, 15, 17, 19, 20, 21, 24, 25, 26, 27, 28, 29, 30, 31
February 3, 4, 5, 7, 8, 12, 22, 26

Here are Tel Aviv to Washington DC return dates, valid dates from other cities may vary:
June 7, 8, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 17, 18, 21, 22, 23, 24, 25, 28
July 1, 2, 5, 6, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 15, 16, 17, 19, 20, 23, 25, 26, 29
August 2, 3, 5, 6, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 22, 23, 24, 26, 27, 30, 31
September 1, 2, 3, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 20, 21
October 3, 7, 8, 10, 11, 13, 18, 20, 21, 22, 25, 31
November 1, 2, 8, 11, 14, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24, 25, 29, 30
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, 29, 31
January 13, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 25, 27, 28, 30, 31
February 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 13, 14, 16, 17, 20, 21, 23, 24, 26, 27
March 1, 3, 6, 8, 9, 10, 13, 15, 16, 20, 22, 23, 28, 30

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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

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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
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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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