Category Archive for 'Israel'

Delta, United, And USAirways Flights To Israel Cancelled Indefinitely?

Tuesday, July 22nd, 2014

Update: Delta, United, and USAirways flights to and from Israel today have all been cancelled due to an FAA NOTAM.
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The AP is reporting that Delta has diverted a flight flying to Tel Aviv to Paris due a rocket landing near Ben Gurion Airport and that they are suspending all flights to Israel until further notice.

Haaretz is reporting that United and USAirways will be suspending flights as well, apparently due to a new FAA warning about flying to Tel Aviv.

Developing…and praying.

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Updated Snapshot Of Saver Level Awards To Tel Aviv This Summer

Sunday, July 13th, 2014

For obvious reasons saver award tickets to Israel have never been easier than right now.

For people redeeming round-trip coach saver awards to Israel in advance you are probably better off accumulating points on the Barclaycard Arrival Plus rather than traditional miles as the 2.22% cash back will probably be easier to use and require fewer points.

Saver awards typically open up within a month of the flight.  Here is a look at some of the nonstop options from North America to Tel Aviv.

I didn’t include El Al in this snapshot as their industry trailing website makes it too time intensive to search for lots of award space, but their nonstop coach award can be booked by American for 45K miles each way and their nonstop business award can be booked by American for 67.5K miles each way.

Note that if you’re willing to fly with connections that there’s much more availability, but this post is just looking at nonstop flights.  Of course if you’ve been to a DansDeals seminar hopefully you know of even more ways to find award space.

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United: Newark-Tel Aviv nonstop saver award space
-A coach round-trip with ANA/AMEX miles is 60K or a one-way “workaround” ANA award is 38K. A business round-trip is 90K. No fuel surcharges for United flights
-Bookable in coach one-way with 40K Air Canada/AMEX miles. Business would be 82.5K one-way. No fuel surcharges for United flights
-Bookable in coach one-way with 42,500 United/Chase miles. Business would be 70K one-way. No fuel surcharges for any flights

07/13: UA84, 9+ coach and 9+ business saver awards.
07/13: UA90, 9+ coach and 9+ business saver awards.
07/14: UA84, 9+ coach and 9+ business saver awards.
07/14: UA90, 9+ business saver awards.
07/15: UA84, 9+ coach and 3 business saver awards.
07/28: UA90, 9+ coach saver awards.
07/29: UA90, 6 seats for credit cardholders or elites, 3 seats for non cardholders/elites.
07/30: UA84, 1 coach seat for credit cardholders or elites, 0 seats for non cardholders/elites.
08/03: UA90, 3 coach seats for credit cardholders or elites, 1 seat for non cardholders/elites.
08/04: UA84, 9+ coach saver awards.
08/04: UA90, 9+ coach saver awards.
08/03: UA84, 8 coach seats for credit cardholders or elites, 4 seats for non cardholders/elites.

Notes:
-You can also redeem 70K United miles for business class even when there is only coach available. Read this post for how to do that.
-The Chase United Explorer card gives expanded saver and standard award space. Read more about the unique benefits of the Chase United card in this post.
-Read about how to use and decrypt United’s powerful expert mode here.

Air Canada, Toronto-Tel Aviv coach nonstop saver award space
-Bookable one-way with 42,500 United/Chase miles. No fuel surcharges for any flights.
07/13: 8+ saver award seats.
07/14: 8+ saver award seats.
07/21: 8+ saver award seats.
07/22: 6 saver award seats.
07/24: 3 saver award seats.
07/27: 8+ saver award seats.
07/28: 8+ saver award seats.
07/29: 3 saver award seats.
08/04: 3 saver award seats.
08/05: 2 saver award seats.
08/13: 1 saver award seat.
08/14: 3 saver award seats.

Air Canada, Toronto-Tel Aviv coach nonstop saver award space
07/31: 4 saver award seats.
08/05: 3 saver award seats.

USAirways, Philadelphia-Tel Aviv nonstop saver award space
Coach, Bookable one-way with 45K AA miles with no fuel surcharges or 30K BA miles plus fuel surcharges.
Business, Bookable one-way with 67.5K AA miles with no fuel surcharges or 60K BA miles with fuel surcharges.
07/14: 9+ coach saver award seats, 3 business saver award seats.
07/15: 4 coach saver award seats, 8 business saver award seats.
07/16: 5 business saver award seats.
07/17: 6 coach saver award seats
07/21: 1 coach saver award seat, 1 business saver award seat.
07/24: 9+ coach saver award seats
07/28: 9+ coach saver award seats, 5 business saver award seats.
07/29: 3 coach saver award seats, 5 business saver award seats.
08/03: 1 coach saver award seat
08/11: 1 coach saver award seat

USAirways, Tel Aviv-Philadelphia nonstop saver award space
07/17: 2 business saver award seats
07/19: 3 coach saver award seats
07/22: 3 coach saver award seats
07/26: 1 coach saver award seat

Delta, JFK-Tel Aviv nonstop saver award space
Coach, Bookable one-way with 25K Air France Flying Blue/AMEX miles. No fuel surcharges for Delta flights.
Business, Bookable one-way with 62.5K Air France Flying Blue/AMEX miles. No fuel surcharges for Delta flights.

07/14: 5 coach saver award seats.
07/15: 9+ coach saver award seats, 8 business saver award seats.
07/16: 1 saver award seat.
07/17: 9+ coach saver award seats, 8 business saver award seats.
07/19: 8 coach saver award seats, 8 business saver award seats.
07/22: 5 coach saver award seats.
07/23: 4 coach saver award seats.
07/24: 3 saver award seats.
07/26: 9 coach saver award seats, 7 business saver award seats.
07/28: 9 coach saver award seats, 8 business saver award seats.
07/29: 1 coach saver award seat.
08/02: 2 coach saver award seats.
08/04: 5 coach saver award seats.

Delta, Tel Aviv-JFK nonstop saver award space
07/17: 1 business saver award seat.
07/22: 2 coach saver award seats, 3 business saver award seats.

It’s important to stress that award availability is very fluid. What’s available now may not be available in a few minutes. What’s unavailable now may become available later today, so you just need to keep checking!

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Snapshot Of Saver Level Awards To Tel Aviv This Summer

Tuesday, July 1st, 2014

Saver awards to Israel can be tough, especially during summertime which is high season. For people redeeming round-trip coach saver awards to Israel in advance you are probably better off accumulating points on the Barclaycard Arrival Plus rather than traditional miles as the 2.22% cash back will probably be easier to use and require fewer points.

Saver awards typically open up within a month of the flight.  Here is a look at some of the nonstop options from North America to Tel Aviv.

I didn’t include El Al in this snapshot as their industry trailing website kept crashing as I was searching for award space, but their nonstop coach award can be booked by American for 45K miles each way.

Note that if you’re willing to fly with connections that there’s much more availability, but this post is just looking at nonstop flights.  Of course if you’ve been to a DansDeals seminar hopefully you know of even more ways to find award space.

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United: Newark-Tel Aviv coach nonstop saver award space
-A round-trip with ANA/AMEX miles is 60K or a one-way “workaround” ANA award is 38K. No fuel surcharges for United flights
-Bookable one-way with 40K Air Canada/AMEX miles. No fuel surcharges for United flights
-Bookable one-way with 42,500 United/Chase miles. No fuel surcharges for any flights

07/03: UA90, 5 seats for credit cardholders or elites, 2 seats for non cardholders/elites.
07/05: UA90, 9+ seats for credit cardholders or elites, 9+ seats for non cardholders/elites.
07/07: UA84, 6 seats for credit cardholders or elites, 5 seats for non cardholders/elites.
07/07: UA90, 9+ seats for credit cardholders or elites, 9+ seats for non cardholders/elites.
07/09: UA90, 3 seats for credit cardholders or elites, 0 seats for non cardholders/elites.
07/14: UA90, 2 seats for credit cardholders or elites, 0 seats for non cardholders/elites.
07/23: UA84, 9+ seats for credit cardholders or elites, 9+ seats for non cardholders/elites.
08/13: UA84, 9+ seats for credit cardholders or elites, 3 seats for non cardholders/elites.
08/13: UA90, 4 seats for credit cardholders or elites, 0 seats for non cardholders/elites.

Notes:
-You can also redeem 70K United miles for business class even when there is only coach available. Read this post for how to do that.
-The Chase United Explorer card gives expanded saver and standard award space. Read more about the unique benefits of the Chase United card in this post.
-Read about how to use and decrypt United’s powerful expert mode here.

Air Canada, Toronto-Tel Aviv coach nonstop saver award space
-Bookable one-way with 42,500 United/Chase miles. No fuel surcharges for any flights.
07/13: 8+ saver award seats.
07/14: 5 saver award seats.
07/21: 4 saver award seats.
07/22: 2 saver award seats.
07/27: 7 saver award seats.
07/28: 8+ saver award seats.

USAirways, Philadelphia-Tel Aviv nonstop saver award space
Coach, Bookable one-way with 30K British Airways/Chase/AMEX miles. Alternatively bookable for 9K BA/Chase/AMEX plus $240 with BA cash and points. No fuel surcharges for USAirways flights.
07/17: 2 saver award seats.
07/24: 2 saver award seats.
07/28: 9+ saver award seats.

Business, Bookable one-way with 60K British Airways/Chase/AMEX miles. No fuel surcharges for USAirways flights.
07/15: 6 saver award seats.
07/16: 2 saver award seats.
07/21: 2 saver award seats.
07/28: 1 saver award seat.

Delta, JFK-Tel Aviv nonstop saver award space
Coach, Bookable one-way with 25K Air France Flying Blue/AMEX miles. No fuel surcharges for Delta flights.
07/14: 2 saver award seats.
07/17: 7 saver award seats.
07/21: 1 saver award seat.
07/22: 1 saver award seat.
07/24: 2 saver award seats.
07/28: 9+ saver award seats.

Business, Bookable one-way with 62.5K Air France Flying Blue/AMEX miles. No fuel surcharges for Delta flights.
07/19: 5 saver award seats.

It’s important to stress that award availability is very fluid. What’s available now may not be available in a few minutes. What’s unavailable now may become available later today, so you just need to keep checking!

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Air France: Houston-Tel Aviv For 12.5K Miles Each Way, Boston-Tel Aviv For 18,750 Miles Each Way

Monday, June 2nd, 2014

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.

They do 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. They normally charge 50,000 miles round-trip in coach to Israel but they run rotating promo awards valid for select cities. Currently for North America that includes Boston and Houston. You need to book the current promo awards by 06/30 and travel between 08/01 and 09/30.

In some cases it may make sense to use BA Avios to get to Boston or Houston.

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

Houston-Tel Aviv:

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Tel Aviv-Houston:

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Boston-Tel Aviv:

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Want to pickup some Flying Blue miles?
-The Starwood Consumer AMEX and Starwood Business AMEX award 30K signup points for spending $5K in 6 months. 20K Starpoints can transfer into 25K Flying Blue with the permanent 25% transfer bonus.  Transfers can take 2-9 days.

-AMEX MR points can be earned from cards like the AMEX Premier Rewards Gold. These points can transfer instantly at a 1:1 ratio.

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Israel November 2014-March 2015 Airfare Sales

Thursday, May 15th, 2014

Bookable on Priceline or on Orbitz. Orbitz tickets are refundable until 10pm CT the day after purchase. Priceline gives until 11:30pm ET the day after purchase. Earn 2.14 points per dollar with Chase Sapphire Preferred.

Read about using ITA Software here as that can really make it easy to find cheap dates besides for the sample dates listed below.

NYC-Tel Aviv: $861 nonstop on El Al
Sample dates: 11/04-11/17, 11/16-11/24, 11/30-12/08, 12/07-12/15, 12/10-12/25 (Chanukah), 12/30-01/11, 01/13-01/22, 01/18-01/27, 01/25-02/03, 02/01-02/10, 02/08-02/17, 02/22-03/08 (Purim), 03/01-03/08 (Purim), 03/03-03/15 (Purim), 03/15-03/24, 03/29-04/08 (Chol Hamoed Pesach)

The $861 fare is also valid for flights from Tel Aviv-NYC.

Boston-Tel Aviv: $688 on Turkish, $717 on Swiss, $724 on United, $749 on Delta
Sample dates: 11/02-11/11, 01/18-01/26, 03/01-03/09 (Purim).

Chicago to Tel Aviv: $738 on Turkish
Sample dates: 11/16-11/24, 01/28-02/05, 03/01-03/09 (Purim).

Washington DC-Tel Aviv: $683 on Air Canada (Bookable on Orbitz)
Sample dates: 11/16-11/27, 11/26-12/07, 11/30-12/11, 01/25-02/05, 02/01-02/12, 02/15-02/26,

Houston-Tel Aviv: $761 on Turkish
Sample dates: 11/02-11/10, 11/16-11/25, 11/30-12/08, 12/08-12/25, 01/25-02/02

Los Angeles to Tel Aviv for $762 on Turkish.
Sample dates: 11/13-11/23, 11/25-12/03, 01/18-01/26, 01/25-02/02, 02/08-02/16, 03/01-03/10 (Purim)
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Fly Nonstop Between NYC And Tel Aviv For Rosh Hashana And/Or Sukkos For $1,051!

Thursday, May 15th, 2014

Bookable on Priceline or on Orbitz. Orbitz tickets are refundable until 10pm CT the day after purchase. Priceline gives until 11:30pm ET the day after purchase. Earn 2.14 points per dollar with Chase Sapphire Preferred.

Excellent airfare for nonstop travel between NYC and Israel for the holiday season.

Valid dates on El Al:
Depart from NYC: 09/14, 09/15, 09/17, 09/18, 09/21, 09/22, 09/23, 09/28.
Return from Tel Aviv: 09/28, 09/29, 09/30, 10/01, 10/12, 10/13, 10/14, 10/22, 10/23, 10/27, 10/28.

Valid dates on El Al:
Depart from Tel Aviv: 09/14, 09/15, 09/16, 09/17, 09/18, 09/22, 09/23
Return from NYC: 09/28, 09/29, 09/30.

Valid dates on United:
Depart from NYC: 09/28.
Return from Tel Aviv: 10/14.

Valid dates on Delta:
Depart from NYC: 09/16, 09/28.
Return from Tel Aviv: 09/30, 10/01, 10/13, 10/14.

HT: ilherman, via DDF

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El Al: NYC To Or From Tel Aviv Nonstop This Winter For $861.32

Friday, May 2nd, 2014

-Bookable on Priceline or on Orbitz. Orbitz tickets are refundable until 10pm CT the day after purchase. Priceline gives until 11:30pm ET the day after purchase. Earn 2.14 points per dollar with Chase Sapphire Preferred.

El Al has filed a pretty rare airfare that is valid nonstop in either direction between NYC (JFK/EWR) and Tel Aviv.  It’s valid between November 2014 and March 2015.

Read about using ITA Software here as that can really make it easy to find cheap dates besides for the sample dates listed below.

Sample dates, NYC-Tel Aviv:
11/05-11/17
11/09-11/24
11/23-12/01.
12/02-12/10
12/07-12/21.
12/28-01/11
01/06-01/14.
01/11-01/19
01/18-01/26.
01/25-02/02.
02/01-02/09
02/09-02/17
02/22-03/01.
03/01-03/15
03/15-03/23.

Sample dates, Tel Aviv-NYC:
11/03-11/12.
11/11-11/18.
11/18-11/30.
12/01-12/14.
12/15-12/28.
12/29-01/05.
01/12-01/19.
01/19-01/26.
01/26-02/08.
02/08-02/15.
03/01-03/15.
03/15-03/22.

HT: hakohen, via DDF

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Getting To Israel Using Starwood Starpoints

Thursday, April 10th, 2014

Related: The Starwood Preferred Guest® Credit Card from American Express gives 10,000 points after your first purchase and a 15,000 point bonus for spending $5,000 within 6 months besides for the 5,000 points you’ll get from base spending.
You 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
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As you probably know already, 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 stays or transfer points into miles with dozens of airlines at favorable ratios. 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 and any future 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 for SPG.com account. Click here to transfer Starpoints into airline miles. Transfers don’t happen instantly. They can take between 1-20 days. On average figure on about 2-7 days though.

The rates in this chart are for flights from NYC to Tel Aviv. Rates from other North American cities should be similar, but may differ depending on the airline. Remember to try to do your own research online when searching for award flights. With enough time and effort you should be able to easily book something over the phone. Remember the phone agents just want to get you off the phone as quickly as possible and aren’t likely to want to try to find any creative routings to get you your free flight.
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Summary:

Rates listed in this post 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 try to find availability to see which transfer you should do!

Star Alliance:
-For United travel, transfer points (from 48K) to ANA (no fuel surcharges)
-For Star Alliance travel on airlines besides United, transfer points (from 48K) to ANA (fuel surcharges apply)
-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, transfer points (from 60K) to Singapore (fuel surcharges apply)
-For travel on Lufthansa or Swiss, transfer points (from 48K) to Lufthansa (fuel surcharges apply)

OneWorld/El Al:
-For USAirways travel, transfer points (from 40K) to JAL (no fuel surcharges)
-For OneWorld travel, transfer points (from 40K) to JAL (fuel surcharges apply)
-For Air Berlin and USAirways travel, transfer points (from 48K) to BA (no fuel surcharges)
-For BA travel, transfer points (from 52K) to BA (fuel surcharges apply)
-For OneWorld or El Al travel besides for BA travel, transfer points (from 64K) to AA (no fuel surcharges)
-For OneWorld travel on airlines besides Air Berlin and USAirways, transfer points (from 64K) (no fuel surcharges)

Skyteam:
-For Delta travel transfer points (from 40K) to Flying Blue (no fuel surcharges)
-For Skyteam travel on airlines besides Delta transfer points (from 40K) to Flying Blue (fuel surcharges apply)
-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 (Such as this one), transfer points (From 20K) to Flying Blue (fuel surcharges apply)
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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 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 couple months 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.
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.
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. 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 even 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. Delta, United, and USAirways will allow you to fly NYC-Tel Aviv-NYC and then stopover in NYC for up to a year before continuing on to say, Los Angeles, 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:
-Air Canada from Toronto (bookable via Star Alliance miles)
-United from Newark (bookable via Star Alliance miles)
-Delta from JFK (bookable via Skyteam miles)
-El Al from JFK, Los Angeles, Newark, and Toronto. (bookable via AA, connections to Eilat for the same mileage available)
-USAirways from Philadelphia (bookable via OneWorld miles)
None of these carriers offer First Class seating to Israel for miles on nonstop flights. (El Al does offer First Class, but you can only use AA miles to redeem for Coach or Business Class on El Al).

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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. In July the Air Canada flight will switch to a 787, offering what will likely be the best business class between North America and Israer.

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.com and Aeroplan.com. ANA also offers a powerful Star Alliance search tool though you’ll need to have 100 miles in your account to use their Star Alliance search. Though if you perform an ANA-only search on a route they serve (like JFK-Tokyo) the site will then allow you to search Star Alliance airlines on different routes as well (just remember to click on connecting flights to expand the selection).

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Using ANA miles, from 48,000 Starpoints.
-Miles required: 60K coach, 90K business, 140K first.
-Transfer Ratio: 20,000 Starpoints=25,000 ANA miles. At a 1:1.25 ratio this means 48,000 Starpoints in coach, 72,000 Starpoints in business, or 112,000 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: Officially not allowed but there are “workarounds.”
-Stopovers: ANA allows for 4 stopovers, though each additional flight will add to the fuel surcharges.
-Changes/Cancellation: ANA allows free date changes, but other changes or 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 New Zealand, Avianca/TACA, Brussels, Copa, Croatia, EgyptAir, Ethiopian, SAS, Singapore, South African, Swiss, TAM, Turkish, and United.
-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.
-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 Porringer 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 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.
-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 NYC to Tel Aviv on Singapore to Frankfurt in business or first 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 partners: Starwood transfer partner at a 20K:25K ratio.
-Fuel surcharges: Apply on all airlines except LOT.
-Mileage expiration: Miles expire 36 months after they are earned regardless of activity.
-One-way awards: Allowed for half the amount of a round-trip.
-Stopovers: 2 free stopovers.
-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:
Oneworld finally has a nonstop option between North America and Israel thanks to USAirways flight from Philadelphia to Tel Aviv. Other flights to Israel include Air Berlin via Berlin and Dusseldorf, BA via London, Iberia via Madrid, and Royal Jordanian via Amman. BA availability is good, but has high fuel surcharges.

El Al is not part of OneWorld (and therefore can’t be booked with miles from other airlines like BA) but they are non-alliance partners with AA. It’s more advantageous to book El Al travel with AA miles than it is with El Al miles (the miles received from the HAS Advantage card, a terrible card for your spending) because El Al adds fuel surcharges onto their own tickets, but you do not pay any fuel surcharges for booking El Al tickets with AA miles. However you can only book coach or business on El Al when using AA miles, first class must be booked with El Al points. El Al has nonstop flights from JFK, Newark, Los Angeles, and Toronto to Tel Aviv.
You can check OneWorld availability on flawed sites such as AA.com, BA.com, and Qantas.com. (BA or Qantas frequent flyer account required) You can check El Al availability on elal.com (Matmid account required). You can also check availability by calling AA.

Using USAirways miles, from 64,000 Starpoints.
-Miles required: 80K coach, 120K business, 180K first.
-Transfer Ratio: 20,000 Starpoints=25,000 USAirways miles. At a 1:1.25 ratio this means the equivalent of 64,000 Starpoints in coach, 96,000 Starpoints in business, or 144,000 Starpoints in first.
-Fuel surcharges: Apply for flights on partners British Airways (very high) and Iberia (nominal). There is a $50 award ticketing fee.
-Mileage expiration: USAirways miles require activity every 18 months.
-One-way awards: Not allowed.
-Stopovers: USAirways allows for 1 free stopover OR 1 free Open jaw.
-Changes/Cancellation: There is a $150 charge to change or cancel an award ticket
USAirways is draconian in not allowing any changes to partner award tickets once travel has begun.
-Expedite/Close-in fee: $75 within 21 days
-Infant fees: 10% of full fare.
-Partner airline awards must be booked over the phone.
-5,000 mile discount on USAirways flights with a USAirways credit card.

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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 El Al flights from North America or peak via Europe, 135K business on El Al flights from North America or via Europe, 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.
-Stopovers: Allowed at the North American gateway city.
-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.
-Some partner airline awards must be booked over the phone.
-USAirways flight has no fuel surcharges.  Otherwise the best shot at availability without paying fuel surcharges would be to take AA to London or anywhere else in Europe and then El Al from London or anywhere else in Europe to Tel Aviv. This routing would be 80,000 miles between October 15-May 15 or the same 90,000 miles as the nonstop El Al flight from the US during the summer.
You need to call American to book travel on El Al. You should do your research first by opening a Matmid account and searching for awards on elal.com. Remember to search for flights from all of El Al’s cities in North America and in Europe as you can use other American and partner flights to reach those El Al cities.

The image below shows a business class award found on El Al’s site which is the same as the availability that American can access. While El Al charges 3,000 points (150,000 AMEX MR) + $350 for fuel surcharges American would charge 135,000 miles (~108K Starwood) and no fuel surcharges for the same flight.

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Using BA Avios, from 48,000 Starpoints
-Avios required: 60K coach on Air Berlin and on USAirways, 65K coach on other carriers, 100K business on Air Berlin, 120K business on USAirways, 130K business on other carriers, 195K first.
-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 48,000 Starpoints in coach, 80,000 Starpoints in business, or 156,000 Starpoints in first.
-Fuel surcharges: Apply for all Trans-Atlantic flights except on Air Berlin, Aer Lingus, and USAirways.
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.
-Stopovers: Each leg costs additional mileage, but you can stopover at any connection city for as long as you want.
-Changes/Cancellation: $40.
-Expedite/Close-in fee: None
-Infant fees: Instead of cash, BA charges just 10% of the adult mileage required on international segments.
-Some partner airline awards must be booked over the phone.

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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: Applies to most travel, none of USAirways.
-Mileage expiration: 3 years after they are earned regardless of activity.
-One-way awards: Not allowed.
-Stopovers: JAL allows for 2 stopovers, though each additional flight will add to the fuel surcharges.
-Changes/Cancellation: JAL allows free date changes, but other changes or cancellation results in a 3,000 mile penalty.
-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 Nice or Paris, Aeroflot via Moscow, and Alitalia via Rome.

Using Flying Blue (Air France/KLM) miles, from 20,000 Starpoints
-Miles Required: 25K coach during a promo period, 50K coach otherwise, 62.5K 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 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 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.
-Stopovers: Flying Blue allows for 1 free stopover.
-Expedite/Close-in fee: None.
-Infant fees: 10% of full fare.
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Using Delta miles, from 68,000 Starpoints.
-Miles Required: 85K-170K coach, 140K-350K business.
Transfer Ratio: 20,000 Starpoints=25,000 Delta miles. At a 1:1.25 ratio this means 68,000-136,000 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: Not allowed.
-Stopovers: Delta allows for 1 free stopover OR 1 free Open jaw.
-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.
-It can be brutal trying to find Delta low award availability and Delta’s terrible website only makes it more difficult. Plus Delta used to be a good option for booking Air France/KLM but now availability when booking those direct with Flying Blue is much better than when booking with Delta.

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Israel November 2014-February 2015 Airfare Sales

Monday, April 7th, 2014

-Earn 3 points per dollar with American Express® Premier Rewards Gold Card or 2.14 points per dollar with Chase Sapphire Preferred.

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

Read about using ITA Software here as that can really make it easy to find cheap dates besides for the sample dates listed below.

Boston-Tel Aviv: $683 on Air Canada
Sample dates: 11/26-12/11, 11/30-12/08, 02/05-02/19

Chicago to Tel Aviv: $683 on Air Canada.
Sample dates: 11/30-12/08, 01/28-02/05

Washington DC-Tel Aviv: $683 on Air Canada.
Sample dates: 11/16-11/27, 11/23-12/01, 11/30-12/08, 01/28-02/05.

JFK to Tel Aviv for $689 on Turkish.
Sample dates: 11/16-11/24, 11/23-12/01,
11/30-12/09

Houston-Tel Aviv: $756 on Air Canada
Sample dates: 11/25-12/04,  11/30-12/08, 01/27-02/04.

Los Angeles to Tel Aviv for $758 on Air Canada.
Sample dates: 11/30-12/08. 01/28-02/05.

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Air France: Boston To/From Tel Aviv Round-Trip For 25,000 Miles Plus $305

Saturday, April 5th, 2014

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.

Air France is currently having a promo award special for flights from Boston to Europe for just 12,500 miles each way.  Air France’s Flying Blue program considers places like Tel Aviv and Moscow to be part of Europe.

There are fuel surcharges and fees. A one-way flight from Boston to Tel Aviv will be 12,500 miles plus $132.  A one-way flight from Tel Aviv to Boston will be 12,500 miles plus $173.  And a round-trip in either direction will run 25,000 miles plus $305.

You’ll have to change planes in Paris.

Availability to and from Tel Aviv is excellent right now:

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You have to book this by 04/30 and travel in June or July.  Seats are limited of course.

You can fly to Boston for just 9,000 BA Avios round-trip from cities like Buffalo, NYC, Philadelphia, Pittsburgh, Washington DC, and more. Or it can even pay to book a paid flight to Boston for a cheap flight to Israel.

AMEX MR points transfer to Flying Blue at a 1:1 ratio and Starpoints transfer at a 20:25 ratio so 20K Starwood becomes enough for a round-trip ticket.

-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 2-9 days.

-American Express Membership Rewards points can be earned from cards like the American Express® Premier Rewards Gold Card and The Platinum Card® from American Express.
These points can transfer instantly at a 1:1 ratio.

-You can get 50,000 BA Avios for spending $2,000 on the Chase British Airways card.

HT: koshergourmetmart, via PM&M

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Excellent Delta Business Class Award Availability To Tel Aviv

Thursday, April 3rd, 2014

Update: Many of the dates have been snapped up, I’ve updated the available dates below.
In the good news department, it seems that only Alitalia’s night staff is incompetent. I made 3 phone calls to them 2 nights ago when I posted this and they weren’t able to see the award space.

Today a DDF’er reported that he was able to book this morning via Alitalia for just 80,000 miles round-trip in business class as per my suggestion in this post. Unlike when booking with Delta or Flying Blue, they do tack on a $275 fuel surcharge (plus $46 in taxes that everyone charges=$321), but that’s well worthwhile considering the mileage savings.
Note that Alitalia allows free date changes but they do not allow award cancellations.

I just called Alitalia myself a few minutes ago and the rep also had no issue seeing the award space.
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Delta typically is very stingy with business class award seats, especially so to Tel Aviv.  They have 3 levels of award prices and often flights to Tel Aviv are at the highest level or not even available at all. Hence the name, Skypesos.

Currently though there are a surprising number of saver award dates available.

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Delta offers the best business class from NYC to Tel Aviv with lie-flat seating and direct aisle access for all passengers.

-You can book a one-way for 62,500 Air France Flying Blue miles or a round-trip for 125,000 miles. Points transfer instantly from American Express Membership Rewards. You can also transfer from Starwood with a 25% bonus, though those points aren’t instant.  There are no fuel surcharges for Delta flights.
-You can book a round-trip for 140,000 Delta miles. Delta does not allow for one-way award redemption. Points transfer instantly from American Express Membership Rewards. You can also transfer from Starwood with a 25% bonus, though those points aren’t instant. There are no fuel surcharges.
-You can book a round-trip for 120,000 Virgin Atlantic miles. Points transfer instantly from American Express Membership Rewards and from Chase Ultimate Rewards. You can also transfer from Starwood with a 25% bonus, though those points aren’t instant. There are no fuel surcharges.
-You can book a round-trip using 120,000 Korean miles, though that would have to be booked over the phone. Points transfer instantly from Chase Ultimate Rewards.
-You can theoretically book an round-trip for just 80,000 Alitalia miles, though in several test calls their agents were too incompetent to search Delta award flight availability. Points transfer instantly from American Express Membership Rewards but call them first to see if they can book it for you. You can also transfer from Starwood with a 25% bonus, though those points aren’t instant. A $275 fuel surcharge will be added.

Saver award dates from JFK-TLV in business class:
April: 1
July: 15, 16, 17, 19, 20, 21, 22 and 30
November: 26, 27, 30
December: 7, 8, 9, 10, 27, 28, and 29.
January 2015: 3, 4, 5, 6, 13, 19, 21, 22, 27, 28, and 29
February 2015: 1, 2, 3, 4, 9, 18, 19, and 26.

Saver award dates from TLV-JFK in business class:
July: 2
November: 26
December: 8, 9, 11, 17, 20, and 24.
January 2015: 17,
February 2015: 5, 10, 11, and 12. 14

Even if you can’t book a round-trip with this, you can still book a one-way via Air France and book a return trip with miles from another airline that allows for one-way redemption like American (partners with El Al and USAirways) and United (partners with Air Canada and several European carriers that also fly to Tel Aviv).

HT: ilherman, via DDF

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Iberia/El Al: Tel Aviv To NYC For $592 Round-Trip

Wednesday, April 2nd, 2014

-Earn 3 points per dollar with American Express® Premier Rewards Gold Card or 2.14 points per dollar with Chase Sapphire Preferred.
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-Bookable on Priceline with free cancellations until 11:30pm ET the day after you book.

Flights are sold by Iberia. Some legs may be operated by El Al. Full miles can be credited to American.

These are the only dates I found, post if you find others:
Valid Tel Aviv-NYC outbound flight dates: 11/11, 11/18, 11/19, 11/25, 11/28, 12/09, 12/11

Valid NYC-Tel Aviv return flight dates: 11/18, 11/19, 11/25, 11/26, 12/01, 12/02, 12/10, 12/11, 12/12, 12/15, 12/16, 12/31

Not valid from NYC.

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Turkish: NYC To Tel Aviv For $689 Round-Trip This Fall/Winter

Wednesday, April 2nd, 2014

-Earn 3 points per dollar with American Express® Premier Rewards Gold Card or 2.14 points per dollar with Chase Sapphire Preferred.
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-Bookable on Priceline with free cancellations until 11:30pm ET the day after you book.

Flights are via Istanbul with a total travel time of 12-15 hours with a 1 or 2 hour stopover.

Valid for departures from NYC in November, January 2015 and February 2015.  For $100 more you can also depart in September.

Sample valid date: 11/04-11/13.

Turkish is a perfectly safe airline and thousands of religious Jews have taken their flights without issues.  They are also a very good airline that still gives 2 free bags and they have an awesome Star Alliance lounge in Istanbul. You can view pictures from the grand opening of the stunning newly expanded Turkish lounge on DDF. Their Premium Economy comfort class product has rave reviews, so if you have the chance to upgrade to that at the gate on the cheap you should definitely go for it.

Note that these deeply discounted Turkish fares do not earn miles on partner airlines. But they do earn miles in Turkish’s own Star Alliance program.

HT: SearchGuy, via DDF

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Will American Begin Flying Miami-Tel Aviv Next Year?

Tuesday, March 18th, 2014

The Marker (Hebrew) reports that American is examining adding nonstop service between Miami and Tel Aviv in spring/summer 2015 addition to keeping the nonstop service between Philadelphia and Tel Aviv.

I’ve said it several times that I expect to see American eventually start flying from Miami and JFK to Tel Aviv.  I also question the long-term viability of the Philadelphia-Tel Aviv route or even the Philadelphia and Phoenix hubs entirely.

I still have yet to hear the outcome of the 13 year old battle between former Israeli TWA employees who lost their pensions and have been fighting to get American to make good on them ever since they took over selected TWA assets.  I’m sure that we’ll hear about some sort of agreement before an American branded airplane lands in Ben Gurion, lest those employees attempt to seize the aircraft.

Developing, but great to hear rumblings about more direct flights between the US and Israel!

HT: LAXtraveler, via DDF

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Israel Airfare Roundup

Friday, February 28th, 2014

-Earn 3 points per dollar with American Express® Premier Rewards Gold Card or 2.14 points per dollar with Chase Sapphire Preferred.

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

Now that yesterday’s fun was over, here’s a quick roundup of decent airfares:

1. Nonstops from NYC to TLV from $912 (including Pesach if you can stay a while)
-03/03 until 03/11 is $912 on United from Newark
-03/03 until 03/11, 03/12, 03/03 on El Al From JFK or Newark.
-03/23, 03/24, 03/25, 03/26, 03/27, 03/29, 03/30, 03/31 until 04/06, 04/07, 04/08, 04/16, 04/17, 04/18, or 04/30 is $912 on El Al from JFK or Newark.

2. Connecting flights from JFK to TLV on Turkish from $699
Depart JFK on 03/17, 03/18, 03/19, 03/20, 03/23, 03/24, 03/25, 03/26, 03/27, 03/29, 03/30, 03/31, Return 03/24, 03/25, 03/26, 03/27, 03/28, 03/30, 03/31, 04/01, 04/02, 04/03.

You can view pictures from the grand opening of the stunning newly expanded Turkish lounge on DDF.

3. Connecting flights from JFK to TLV on Air France from $790
Lots of valid options in March.

4. Nonstops from Tel Aviv to NYC from $901
Depart Tel Aviv on 03/05, 03/07, 03/10, 03/11, 03/12, 03/13, Return 03/16, 03/17, 03/23, 03/24, 03/25, 03/26, 03/27, 03/29, 03/30, 03/31, 04/01, 04/02, 04/03, 04/05, 04/06

Depart Tel Aviv on 03/04, 03/05, 03/06, 03/08, 03/10, 03/11, 03/12, 03/13, 03/14, 03/05, 03/06 Return 03/17, 03/19, 03/23, 03/24, 03/27

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Chicago-Tel Aviv: $506, Dallas-Tel Aviv: $538, Miami-Tel Aviv: $689

Thursday, February 27th, 2014

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Update 2: This can work from NYC as well.  Just book a one-way ticket nonstop flight to Chicago on American for 7,500 British Airways Avios.

For example a flight from Chicago to Tel Aviv for a long Pesach from 04/01-04/29 is $537 on Orbitz.
That flight goes from Chicago to Tel Aviv via Philadelphia. You can’t miss the Chicago to Philly outbound segment but you can fly Tel Aviva-Philadelphia nonstop and miss the Philadelphia to Chicago return segment. All bags must be claimed in Philly.

Or you can book a multi-city trip, just search for leg 1 from NYC to Chicago on 04/01, leg 2 from Chicago to Tel Aviv on 04/01 and leg 3 from Tel Aviv to Chicago on 04/29. The total will be $633.

Same story to go to Tel Aviv for Lag B’omer from 05/07 to 05/22.  Search for leg 1 from NYC to Chicago on 05/07, leg 2 from Chicago to Tel Aviv on 05/07 and leg 3 from Tel Aviv to Chicago on 05/22. The price will show $749 but drop to $633 after selecting flights.  Or just use 7,500 Avios to get to Chicago and book the $537 flight from Chicago (price drops only after selecting flights)

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Update: This works from Chicago, Dallas, and Miami. Select an American flight and watch the price drop!

If you want a long Pesach trip you can go from 04/01-04/29 from Chicago for $537 or from Dallas or Miami for $641
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Bookable on Orbitz. Orbitz tickets are refundable until 10pm CT the day after purchase.

I searched for a flight from Chicago to Tel Aviv from 03/16-03/24, 03/17-03/24, and from 03/18-03/24 and a flight sold by American and operated by USAirways came up from just $628.32.

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However after selecting the flight the price drops to just $506.32!

 

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Some other dates that I found insane deals on: 05/04-05/12 or 05/07-05/15: $537

Other dates like 05/04-05/22 or 05/07-05/22 (Lag B’omer) drop in price to $537 after selecting the flights.

More to come. Post a comment if you find other valid dates or departure cities!

I’m sure there are more valid dates and departure cities so start sleuthing!

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Israel Airfare Roundup

Wednesday, February 19th, 2014

-Earn 3 points per dollar with American Express® Premier Rewards Gold Card or 2.14 points per dollar with Chase Sapphire Preferred.

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

1. Nonstops from NYC to TLV from $912 (including Pesach if you can stay a while)
2. Nonstops from Newark to TLV from $801 via hidden-city.
3. Connecting flights from JFK to TLV on Turkish from $699
4. Nonstops from Tel Aviv to Newark from $899
5. Connecting flights from Tel Aviv to NYC from $724

1. Nonstops from NYC to TLV from $912 (including Pesach if you can stay a while)
-02/20, 02/22, 02/23, 02/24 until 03/05, 03/06, 03/10, 03/12, 03/13 is $912 on Delta from JFK
-02/23, 02/24, 02/25 until 03/04, 03/05, 03/10, 03/11 is $912 on United from Newark
-03/23, 03/24, 03/25, 03/26, 03/27, 03/29, 03/30, 03/31 until 04/08, 04/10, 04/17, 04/29, or 04/30 is $912 on El Al from JFK or Newark.

2. Nonstops from Newark to TLV from $801 via hidden-city.
Click multiple-destination and search for a flight from Newark to Tel Aviv on 02/24 or 02/25.
Click on the + sign just after the flight date to add another segment.
In the next segment search for a flight from Tel Aviv to Houston/IAH on 03/04, 03/05, 03/11, 03/12, or 03/13

The outbound flight is a regular nonstop from Newark to Tel Aviv.

The return flight is from Tel Aviv to Houston but notice that it connects in Newark. By law all checked baggage coming in on flights from abroad must be claimed at baggage claim and brought past customs officials before you can recheck them.

You can just take the tags off your bag in Newark and nobody is going to force you to fly to Houston.

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 Houston even though they will not. They will be tagged to Houston, but everyone has to pick them up in Newark.

They can decide not to give miles for your trip, though only USAirways has actually followed through with that threat. 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.

3. Connecting flights from JFK to TLV on Turkish from $699
Depart JFK on 03/17, 03/18, 03/19, 03/20, 03/23, 03/24, 03/25, 03/26, 03/27, 03/29, 03/30, 03/31, Return 03/23, 03/24, 03/25, 03/26, 03/27, 03/28, 03/30, 03/31, 04/01, 04/02, 04/03, 04/06

4. Nonstops from Tel Aviv to Newark from $899
03/04, 03/05, 03/10 or 03/11 until 03/23 is $899 on United (filter by nonstop only)

5. Connecting flights from Tel Aviv to NYC from $724
Sample valid date: 03/10-03/23
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Flying From NYC To Tel Aviv Round-Trip For 35,000 Membership Rewards+$350

Monday, February 10th, 2014

50% Off El Al Award Flights

With this promotion a round-trip ticket between New York and Tel Aviv will be 700 points instead of 1,400 points.  You can transfer 35,000 American Express Membership Rewards points (earned on cards like the American Express® Premier Rewards Gold Card) into 700 El Al points.

Note that El Al charges $350 in fuel surcharges and taxes for a round trip from the US to Israel.  (Fuel surcharges can be avoided by using American miles for travel on El Al, but then you can’t take advantage of this promotion).

You can also fly just one-way from NYC to Tel Aviv for 350 points plus $158.

Of course you have to find saver award space which is always tricky with El Al.

-Book by 02/16
-Depart: 02/24-04/06.

Sample valid date as of the time of this post: Newark to Tel Aviv from 03/03-03/12.

HT: 972sg212, via DDF

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“Hacking” A Newark To Tel Aviv Nonstop For $694.32 Round-Trip If You Can Fly By Tomorrow…

Monday, January 27th, 2014

-Earn 3 points per dollar with American Express® Premier Rewards Gold Card or 2.14 points per dollar with Chase Sapphire Preferred.

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You can go to Expedia and click on “Multi-Destination.”

Search for a flight from Newark to Tel Aviv on 01/28 for example.
In the next segment search for a flight from Tel Aviv to Houston/IAH on 02/05 for example.

This is the first search result:

ua1a

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The outbound flight is a regular nonstop from Newark to Tel Aviv.

The return flight is from Tel Aviv to Houston.  Click on “show flight details” and you’ll notice that it connects in Newark.  By law all checked baggage coming in on flights from abroad must be claimed at baggage claim and brought past customs officials before you can recheck them.

You can just take the tags off your bag in Newark and nobody is going to force you to fly to Houston.

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 Houston even though they will not.  They will be tagged to Houston, but everyone has to pick them up in Newark.

They can decide not to give miles for your trip, though only USAirways has actually followed through with that threat.  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 only depart tonight or tomorrow, 01/27 or 01/28 for this $694 fare!
Valid return dates include 02/03, 02/04, 02/05, 02/06, 02/11, 02/12, 02/13, 02/19.

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

HT: SearchGuy, via DDF

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Fly This Week Nonstop To Israel For $799.32 Round-Trip

Monday, January 27th, 2014

-Earn 3 points per dollar with American Express® Premier Rewards Gold Card or 2.14 points per dollar with Chase Sapphire Preferred.

-Bookable on Priceline or on Orbitz. Orbitz tickets are refundable until 10pm CT the day after purchase. Priceline gives until 11:30pm ET the day after purchase.

United:
Depart from Newark on 01/27, 01/28, 01/30.
Return from Tel Aviv on February 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 17, 19, 20, 21, 26, 28.

Delta:
Depart from JFK on 01/27, 01/28, 01/30, 01/31.
Return from Tel Aviv on February 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 17, 18, 19, 20.

Always check departure and arrival times for shabbos before purchasing.

HT: Mordy788, via DDF
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Chase Eliminates Excluded Car Rental Countries; Israel Now Covered On All Chase Credit Cards!

Sunday, January 26th, 2014

Update: 01/26/14: Some people reported problems getting the car rental agency in Israel to waive the CDW purchase requirement because the Chase letter of coverage didn’t specifically mention that Israel was included. 

I’m happy to report that you can now request a letter that specifically states that coverage in Israel is included.  Just call the number on the back of your card to be forwarded to the department that can instantly email you a letter of coverage.  You can also try calling 888-880-5844 to get that letter of coverage. That number is intended for the United card but should work for all Chase cards.

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Originally posted on 11/01/13:

Effective today all Chase cards, Visa or Mastercard, now offer free car rental CDW insurance worldwide!  Gone are the exclusions on rentals in countries like Israel, Ireland, and Jamaica.

CDW covers any damage or theft to your rental car.

If you renting a car outside of your home country you will receive free primary coverage on rentals of up to 31 days, so Chase will cover you even if you have your own insurance without having to file a claim with your own insurance.

Additionally Chase will now provide primary coverage on leisure rentals on business cards when renting outside of your home country.

Additional drivers that are listed on the contract are covered as well.

Secondary cardholders also get primary coverage when they rent.

Note that in Israel even if you decline the CDW all agencies still require to buy liability insurance for damage to other property or people.  But you’ll still save money by having a card that provides its own CDW coverage.  Israeli car rental agencies are notorious for charging over and over again for the same scratch.  Even if you buy the CDW from the car rental agency you’ll still have to pay for the scratch as they have a high deductible on their own CDW coverage.  When you use your Chase card and decline the car rental agency’s CDW coverage you’ll have zero deductible.  If you do not decline the car rental’s CDW coverage then your credit card will not cover your rental.

-The best card to rent a car with abroad is the Chase Sapphire Preferred. It offers 2.14 Ultimate Rewards points per dollar spent on all dining and travel expenses, including car rentals. It also has no foreign exchange fees, so you’ll always get the best possible exchange rate without any fees.  You’ll have free primary coverage when renting anywhere outside of your home country and secondary coverage to your own insurance when renting within your home country.  If you don’t have your own car insurance policy then coverage is primary worldwide.

-When renting within the US the United Explorer card is the way to go thanks to its primary coverage. It also is one of the only cards that comes with primary rental car CDW insurance in the US.  Almost every other card only has secondary coverage when you rent a car in your home country. This means that if you damage your rental vehicle you must file the claim with your own personal insurance policy first, and only if they won’t cover the damage will the credit card cover the damage.

Of course if you do rent on a United card and you return the car with no damage you can have the car rental agency counter change the card to Sapphire Preferred so that you get the 2.14 points per dollar spent.

Sample Chase cards that have no foreign exchange fees:

-Chase Sapphire Preferred
-United Explorer card
-Chase Ink Plus
-Chase Ink Bold
-Chase British Airways
-Chase Marriott Premier
-Chase Southwest Premier

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Israel Airfare Deal Roundup

Thursday, January 23rd, 2014

-Earn 3 points per dollar with American Express® Premier Rewards Gold Card or 2.14 points per dollar with Chase Sapphire Preferred.

-Bookable on Priceline or on Orbitz. Orbitz tickets are refundable until 10pm CT the day after purchase. Priceline gives until 11:30pm ET the day after purchase.

-“Hacking” A Newark To Tel Aviv Nonstop For $751 Round-Trip

-Houston-Tel Aviv: $659 round-trip on Air Canada, Delta, or United
Valid for departures: 01/25-02/26.
Sample valid date: 01/29-02/06

-Boston-Tel Aviv: $689.32 round-trip on Air Canada and United
Valid for departures: 11/25-11/30.
Sample valid date: 11/25-12/11

-Boston-Tel Aviv: $686.92 round-trip on Turkish
Valid for departures: 11/01-11/30.
Sample valid date: 11/11-11/18

-Chicago-Tel Aviv: $689.32 round-trip on United
Valid for departures: 11/18-11/30.
Sample valid date: 11/30-12/09

-Chicago-Tel Aviv: $686.92 round-trip on Turkish
Valid for departures: 11/01-11/30.
Sample valid date: 11/30-12/09

-Washington DC-Tel Aviv: $689.32 round-trip on United
Valid for departures: 11/18-11/30.
Sample valid date: 11/23-12/04

-Washington DC-Tel Aviv: $686.92 round-trip on Turkish
Valid for departures: 11/01-11/30.
Sample valid date: 11/25-12/10

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Nonstop Travel Sales For Flights From Tel Aviv To North America

Tuesday, January 21st, 2014

Related posts:
-Alitalia: JFK To Tel Aviv From $592.85 Round-Trip In March
-“Hacking” A Newark To Tel Aviv Nonstop For $751 Round-Trip…
-El Al: NYC To Tel Aviv Nonstop For $812.32 Round-Trip
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-Earn 3 points per dollar with American Express® Premier Rewards Gold Card or 2.14 points per dollar with Chase Sapphire Preferred.

Bookable on Priceline or on Orbitz. Orbitz tickets are refundable until 10pm CT the day after purchase. Priceline gives until 11:30pm ET the day after purchase.

The El Al fares are in “W” class, so you will earn full miles when you credit your flights to the American AAdvantage mileage program!

El Al also has sales to other destinations besides for North America today as well.

Below I’ve research all possible (non-shabbos) dates for travel.  These aren’t sample dates, these are all available dates for these sales.  If you want to know about other dates check online or ask your local travel agent.

Tel Aviv-Toronto: $828 on El Al
-Depart from Tel Aviv on 02/09, 02/11, 02/13, 02/20, 02/27, 03/04, or 03/06.
-Return from Toronto on 02/20, 03/18, 03/20, 03/23, 03/25, or 03/27.

Tel Aviv-Toronto: $828 on Air Canada
-Depart from Tel Aviv on 02/06.
-Return from Toronto on 02/23 or 03/02.

Tel Aviv-JFK: $899 on El Al
-Depart from Tel Aviv on February 6, 9, 10, 12, 13, 17, 20, 25, 26, 27, March 2, 5, 6, 7, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 17.
-Return from JFK on February 20, 22, 23, 24, 25, 26, 27, March 16, 24, 26, 30, April 1, 2, 3, 5, 6, 7, 16, 17.

Tel Aviv-JFK: $899 on Delta
-Depart from Tel Aviv on February 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 17, 18, 19, 20, 27, 28, March 5, 6, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 17, 18, 19, 20.
-Return from JFK on February 9, 10, 17, 18, 20 22, 23, 24, 27, March 2, 9, 15, 16, 23, 28.

Tel Aviv-Los Angeles: $1,069 on El Al
-Depart from Tel Aviv on 02/25, 02/27, 03/13, or 03/18.
-Return from Los Angeles on 03/25, 04/01, 04/07

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El Al: NYC To Tel Aviv Nonstop For $812.32 Round-Trip

Monday, January 20th, 2014

Related posts:
Alitalia: JFK To Tel Aviv From $592.85 Round-Trip In March
“Hacking” A Newark To Tel Aviv Nonstop For $751 Round-Trip…

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-Earn 3 points per dollar with American Express® Premier Rewards Gold Card or 2.14 points per dollar with Chase Sapphire Preferred.

El Al has matched the $812 nonstop sale but has many more dates available.  El Al also has $899 fares for flights starting in Tel Aviv.

The El Al fare is in “W” class, so you will earn full miles when you credit your flights to the American AAdvantage mileage program!

Bookable on Priceline or on Orbitz. Orbitz tickets are refundable until 10pm CT the day after purchase. Priceline gives until 11:30pm ET the day after purchase.

El Al $812 dates: Depart from JFK or Newark (search from NYC to include both airports) on 03/02, 03/03, 03/05, 03/06, 03/08, 03/09, 03/15, 03/16, 03/17, 03/19, 03/20, 03/23, 03/24, 03/25, 03/30, 03/31.
Return from Tel Aviv on 03/09, 03/10, 03/11, 03/12, 03/13, 03/14, 03/17, 03/18, 03/25, 04/16, 04/17, 04/18, 04/30

For example for $812.32 you can go for Purim to Israel from 03/09-03/18, for the first part of Pesach from 03/31-04/18, or for the entire Pesach from 03/31-04/30.

United $812 dates: Depart from Newark on 03/04 and return from Tel Aviv on 03/12 or 03/13.
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“Hacking” A Newark To Tel Aviv Nonstop For $751 Round-Trip…

Saturday, January 18th, 2014

-Earn 3 points per dollar with American Express® Premier Rewards Gold Card or 2.14 points per dollar with Chase Sapphire Preferred.

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You can go to Priceline and click on “Multi-Destination.”

Priceline tickets are refundable until 11:30pm ET the day after purchase.

Search for a flight from Newark to Tel Aviv on 01/28 for example.
Click on the + sign just after the flight date to add another segment.
In the next segment search for a flight from Tel Aviv to Houston/IAH on 02/04 for example.

This is the first search result:

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The outbound flight is a regular nonstop from Newark to Tel Aviv.

The return flight is from Tel Aviv to Houston but notice that it connects in Newark.  By law all checked baggage coming in on flights from abroad must be claimed at baggage claim and brought past customs officials before you can recheck them.

You can just take the tags off your bag in Newark and nobody is going to force you to fly to Houston.

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 Houston even though they will not.  They will be tagged to Houston, but everyone has to pick them up in Newark.

They can decide not to give miles for your trip, though only USAirways has actually followed through with that threat.  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.

Sample $751 valid dates:
-01/21-01/29
-01/26-02/10
-01/27-02/05
-02/02-02/11
-02/04-02/19
-02/23-03/03
-03/03-03/10
-03/04-03/12
-03/04-03/18 ($781)

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

HT: chochom, via DDF

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NYC To Tel Aviv Nonstop For $812.32 Round-Trip

Saturday, January 18th, 2014

-Earn 3 points per dollar with American Express® Premier Rewards Gold Card or 2.14 points per dollar with Chase Sapphire Preferred.

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Bookable on Priceline or on Orbitz. Orbitz tickets are refundable until 10pm CT the day after purchase. Priceline gives until 11:30pm ET the day after purchase.

Very limited valid dates for this fare:

You can fly United and depart Newark on 03/03 or 03/04 and return on 03/10, 03/11, 03/12, or 03/13.

You can fly Delta and depart JFK on 03/09 and return on 03/17, 03/18, 03/19, 03/20.

Or if you want a really long Pesach trip to Israel you can depart Newark on 03/16, 03/18, 03/19, 03/23 or 03/24 and return on 04/29, 05/01, 05/03, or 05/05.

If you find other dates post a comment!

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Alitalia: JFK To Tel Aviv From $592.85 Round-Trip In March

Friday, January 17th, 2014

Step 1: Signup for the Alitalia newsletter to instantly get a 10% off coupon good only for flights originating in Boston, JFK, or Miami.

Step 2: Search for a flight and complete all travel by 03/27/14.

Step 3: After selecting the flights enter and apply your E-Coupon number to get the 10% off (If you copy/paste be sure there no extra spaces at the beginning or end!)

Flights connect via Rome and/or Milan.

There is lots of availability in March for $592.85 after the 10% off code is applied.

I searched for flights from 03/04-03/12 and 03/12-03/19 (Purim) and found flights with a single 2 hour connection in Rome on the outbound and a single 1.5 hour connection in Rome on the return.

February flights will be a little higher, for example 02/16-03/02 was $695 after the code.

HT: stingypolisher, via DDF

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Business Class Saver Award Space To Israel…

Sunday, January 12th, 2014

Business class award tickets direct from North America to Israel without stopping in Europe can be hard to come by.

The airlines release them at random times, when they feel the seat would otherwise go unsold.  So you just have to keep checking for space to open up. Of course you can always either fly via Europe or use United Plan B.

DDF member ilherman notices that there is a lot of space from Newark to Tel Aviv nonstop in business class during the first week of February:
02/02, UA84: 7 business saver+9 coach saver.
02/03, UA84: 9 business saver+9 coach saver.
02/03, UA90: 9 business saver+9 coach saver.
02/04, UA84: 9 business saver+9 coach saver.
02/05, UA84: 9 business saver+9 coach saver.

Plus you can pickup one of these spiffy limited edition amenity kits that are being handed out in United BusinessFirst/GlobalFirst flghts from the US through 03/01 or while supplies last (have to figure out how to get my hands on a CLE Friendly kit :D)

Worth pointing out while we’re at it how the expanded saver coach award benefit work if you have a Chase United credit card. On 02/06 if you aren’t logged into your account you won’t see any coach saver award seats. If you have a credit card and login to your United account before searching then you will see 2 coach saver award seats!

The return is tricky. You can return nonstop in coach, return via Europe in business, or use United Plan B.
Or tour the holy land for a month, United has a return business saver flight on 03/04, UA85 has 7 business saver seats (or 8 business saver seats for Platinum/1K/GS elites, something I haven’t seen for a long time).

United currently charges 40K for coach saver or 60K for business saver each way.  That goes up to 42.5K and 70K respectively on 02/01 for United flights only.  Partner flights will also be 42.5K in coach but are going up to 80K in business.  You can book travel now and change the dates later and just pay a date change fee and not pay the higher award rate.

You can also save a bundle by using ANA miles, you would need just 60K for a round-trip coach saver or 90K for a round-trip business saver on United with no fuel surcharges.
A flight from 02/05-03/04 in United business class using ANA miles would be 90K+$46.82.  Membership Rewards and Starpoints transfer to ANA though transfers aren’t instant.

Finally it’s definitely worth pointing out that Air Canada starts flying the first 787 Dreamliner to Israel starting in July and coach saver award space between Toronto and Israel on it looks great.  The business class on those planes looks incredible, but currently they are just releasing a maximum of 1 seat per flight.  Still availability in November and December for 1 seat in Dreamliner business class is very good.

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El Al: Fly Nonstop Round-Trip From NYC To Tel Aviv For $771.72 Plus 50 Points

Friday, December 27th, 2013

Update: 12/29: The price appears to have gone back up to $860.72 plus 50 points.

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El Al: Fly Nonstop From NYC To Tel Aviv In February For $771 Plus 50 Points

You can transfer 3,000 American Express Membership Rewards points (earned on cards like the American Express® Premier Rewards Gold Card) into 60 El Al Matmid points.

-Promotion is for a “W” Economy Class Round trip ticket from New York on select EL AL flights and is subject to availability.
-Book by 12/31/13 Israel time.
-Outbound flights valid 02/01-02/27
-Return flights valid 02/06-03/28.

-Minimum stay: Sunday at destination
-Maximum stay: 30 days.

This fare will earn 11,355 miles when credited to your American mileage account!

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HT: mod, via DDF

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Alitalia: JFK To Tel Aviv From $696.71 Round-Trip

Thursday, December 26th, 2013

Step 1: Signup for the Alitalia newsletter to instantly get a 10% off coupon for flights originating in Boston, JFK, or Miami.

Step 2: Search for a flight to travel between 01/09/14 and 03/27/14.

Step 3: After selecting the flights enter and apply your E-Coupon number to get the 10% off (If you copy/paste be sure there no extra spaces at the beginning or end)

Flights connect via Rome and/or Milan.

Sample dates for JFK-TLV for $696.71 after voucher is applied:
-01/14-01/21
-01/28-02/05
-02/25-03/04
-03/11-03/19

HT: jmansour, via TFD

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Israel Airfare Roundup

Tuesday, December 10th, 2013

Sample fares from various cities. Bookable on Priceline or on Orbitz

You can always use 4,500 BA Avios from NYC to fly to Washington/DCA or 7,500 to get to Chicago to pick up a cheap flight.  Just look for Delta flights which stop in JFK on the return.

Chicago-Tel Aviv:
02/10-02/19: $674.72 on Delta.
03/03-03/19: $674.72 on Delta.(Purim)

Cleveland-Tel Aviv:
01/20-01/09: $854.62 on Delta.
01/26-02/12: $854.62 on Delta.
02/23-03/03: $854.62 on Delta.
03/04-03/19: $854.62 on Delta (Purim)

Los Angeles-Tel Aviv
01/28-02/10: $835.01 on United/Swiss
03/05-03/18: $804.91 on KLM/Air France (Purim)

Miami-Tel Aviv:
01/14-01/22: $874.22 on Iberia
01/26-02/10: $879.72 on Delta
02/09-02/17: $878.92 on Iberia
03/09-03/17: $874.22 on Iberia (Purim)

NYC-Tel Aviv:
Turkish connecting flights from $785 and nonstop Delta, El Al, and United flights from $1,000.

Washington DC-Tel Aviv
02/09-02/20: $669.32 on Air Canada
02/10-02/18: $689.22 on Delta
03/02-03/13: $674.72 on Delta (Purim)
03/02-03/17: $689.22 on Delta (Purim)

Tel Aviv-NYC
01/26-02/06: $818.92 on Iberia
02/16-03/02: $818.92 on Iberia

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More Info On Recent Price Mistakes

Sunday, December 1st, 2013

Related post: Rules Of The Deal
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1. People have already starting flying on the $100-$400 United glitch tickets booked via Widerøe last week.
In fact there is a DDF’er en-route now on United 84 from Newark to Tel Aviv on a $300 ticket. Poor sap next to him paid $1,400.
So yes, these are being honored.

2. It’s actually hard to call it a glitch.
Widerøe, a Norwegian airline, has admitted that their own website CEO leaked the info online and intended for people to book the deal on their site so that they would make commissions on the sales.

3. Plenty of reports of people successfully crediting the miles for their USAirways glitch Israel flights to Aegean and United as I suggested they should. There were the $300-$500 tickets to Israel that I posted about in late August from NYC and from other cities.

4. Several people were able to have USAirways drop off the NYC-PHL leg of their flights and just drive to Philadelphia to pickup their flights due to bad weather in the forecast which may have caused them to miss their connection in Philadelphia.. The trick is to keep calling until you get a nice rep if the flight isn’t delayed yet but the weather forecast look poor.

5. Some people have reported being hassled by USAirways agents after clearing customs to check their bags to Toronto. Simple solution: Tear off the bag tag when you take your bag off the carousel before clearing customs and save yourself from being hassled.
You’re under no obligation to continue onto Toronto or to recheck your bags.

6. If I get 1 more email from someone telling me that they called USAirways and that their bags will go directly to Toronto without stopping in Philadelphia I may scream. I’ve literally gotten dozens of these.
Nothing more than misinformation from uneducated agents or simply scare tactics.  Even though your bag is tagged for Toronto you need to claim it in Philadelphia and walk it past customs.

7. Over the past 16 months we’ve seen glitches for Israel from every airline that flies between the US and Israel: Delta, El Al, United, and USAirways.
Perhaps if they would stop playing games with scammy fuel surcharges this wouldn’t happen as often…or perhaps it’s all for the best.

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Turkish: NYC To Tel Aviv For $685.92 Round-Trip

Alitalia: Tel Aviv To NYC For $704.62 Round-Trip

Monday, November 25th, 2013

Related:
-Flights To Israel From $669 Round-Trip On Air Canada, Delta, And United
-United nonstop to Tel Aviv from NYC for $838.

-Earn 3 points per dollar with American Express® Premier Rewards Gold Card or 2.14 points per dollar with Chase Sapphire Preferred.
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-Bookable on Priceline with free cancellations until 11:30pm ET the day after you book.

Note that Turkish fares to Israel can’t reliably be researched on ITA or booked on Orbitz. If you don’t want Turkish flights included in an ITA search you can use advanced routing code: ~TK+

-Turkish flights originating JFK-TLV-JFK and stopping in Istanbul for an hour or 2 are $685.

Flights are via Istanbul with a total travel time of 12-15 hours with a 1 or 2 hour stopover.  Turkish is a perfectly safe airline and thousands of religious Jews have taken their flights without issues.  They are also a very good airline that still gives 2 free bags and they have an awesome Star Alliance lounge in Istanbul. Their Premium Economy comfort class product has rave reviews, so if you have the chance to upgrade to that at the gate on the cheap you should definitely go for it.

Note that these deeply discounted Turkish fares do not earn miles on partner airlines. But they do earn miles in Turkish’s own Star Alliance program.

Valid outbound JFK-TLV dates:
All dates between 01/25-03/10.

Valid return TLV-JFK dates:
All dates between 01/25-03/31.

-Delta currently has nonstop flights originating JFK-TLV-JFK from $911.

-Alitalia currently has flights originating TLV-JFK-TLV via Rome or Milan for $704.
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DIRT CHEAP UNITED FARES!

Saturday, November 23rd, 2013

Update: Tickets are being charged and confirmed!

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United tickets are ridiculously cheap via this link though prices are in NOK. DEAD!

To figure out the price in dollars just divide by 6.06.  So Newark-Paris is 2,745NOK or about $452.
-Use a card without foreign transaction fees to save the 3% fee.
-It takes between 3-12 hours for these tickets to confirm but people have been getting confirmations so don’t call United as it will get confirmed by itself.
-Don’t make nonrefundable hotel reservations yet as we don’t know for sure if these will be honored!
-The US country code is +1

-All United fares are refundable for 24 hours from time of booking.

-Sample round-trip fares with tax:
Newark-Milan, 01/19-01/27: 772 NOK ($127 USD)
Washington DC-Mumbai, 01/21-02/12: 1,434 NOK ($236 USD)
Los Angeles-Tel Aviv, 01/27-02/05: 1,773 NOK ($287 USD)
Chicago-Tel Aviv, 01/26-02/04: 1,773 NOK ($287 USD)
Washington DC-Tel Aviv, 01/27-02/05: 1,773 NOK ($287 USD)
Houston-Tel Aviv, 01/26-02/02: 1,773 NOK ($287 USD)
Cleveland-Tel Aviv, 02/02-02/09: 1,993 NOK ($328 USD)
Miami-Tel Aviv, 01/20-02/02: 2,139 NOK ($352 USD)
Newark-Zurich, 01/20-01/30: 2,195 NOK ($362 USD)
Newark-Tel Aviv, 01/20-01/30: 2,388 NOK ($393 USD)
Tel Aviv-Newark, 01/21-01/28: 2,418 NOK ($398 USD)
Newark-London, 01/27-02/03: 2,522 NOK ($416 USD)
Newark-Amsterdam, 02/02-02/12: 2,522 NOK ($416 USD)
Newark-Paris, 01/26-02/02: 2,745 NOK ($452 USD)
Newark-Johannesburg, 01/26-02/02: 2,972 NOK ($490 USD)
Los Angeles-Sydney, 02/02-02/11: 4,383 NOK ($723 USD)
Pesach: Newark-Tel Aviv, 04/07-04/24: 4,179 NOK ($689 USD)

HT: Drago, via DDF
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Turkish: NYC To Tel Aviv For $685.92 Round-Trip

Monday, November 11th, 2013

Related:
-Flights To Israel From $669 Round-Trip On Air Canada, Delta, And United
-United nonstop to Tel Aviv from NYC for $838.

-Earn 3 points per dollar with American Express® Premier Rewards Gold Card or 2.14 points per dollar with Chase Sapphire Preferred.
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-Bookable on Priceline with free cancellations until 11:30pm ET the day after you book.

Note that Turkish fares to Israel can’t reliably be researched on ITA or booked on Orbitz. If you don’t want Turkish flights included in an ITA search you can use advanced routing code: ~TK+

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Flights originating JFK-TLV-JFK are about $685.

Flights originating TLV-JFK-TLV are about $850.

Flights are via Istanbul with a total travel time of 12-15 hours.  Turkish is a perfectly safe airline and thousands of religious Jews have taken their flights without issues.  They are also a very good airline that still gives 2 free bags and they have an awesome Star Alliance lounge in Istanbul. Their Premium Economy comfort class product has rave reviews, so if you have the chance to upgrade to that at the gate on the cheap you should definitely go for it.

Note that these deeply discounted Turkish fares do not earn miles on partner airlines. But they do earn miles in Turkish’s own Star Alliance program.

Valid outbound JFK-TLV dates:
All dates between 01/11-03/10.

Valid return TLV-JFK dates:
All dates between 01/14-03/31.
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United: Newark-Tel Aviv-Newark-Washington DC For $838.72

Monday, November 11th, 2013

-Bookable on Orbitz with full mileage earning and free cancellations until 10pm CT the day after you book or directly from the airline.

- Earn 3 MR points per dollar with American Express® Premier Rewards Gold Card or 2.14 UR points per dollar with Chase Sapphire Preferred

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On Orbitz select multi-city and search for a flight going from Newark to Tel Aviv and returning from Tel Aviv to Chicago, Houston, Los Angeles, Or Washington DC:

This is an example of what you’ll want to search for:
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That will give you flights with 3 legs.  Leg 1 is nonstop from Newark to Tel Aviv. Leg 2 is nonstop from Tel Aviv to Newark. Leg 3 on another plane after clearing customs is from Newark to Washington DC:

 

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You can click flight details to see flights that stop in Newark on the return.

Federal law requires that everyone pick up their luggage in the US city that they land in (in this case Newark) regardless of the final destination at which point nobody is going to force you to take the final flight.  Passengers that want to continue onward have to claim their luggage and recheck it in Newark.

You can always use Avios or pther miles for a return flight to NYC if you want.  DCA-JFK is 4.5K Avios and Chicago-NYC is 7.5K.

Sample trips with valid dates:
Newark-Tel Aviv-Newark-Washington DC: 01/20-01/30: $838.72
Newark-Tel Aviv-Newark-Los Angeles: 01/20-01/27: $841.22
Newark-Tel Aviv-Newark-Chicago: 01/26-02/10: $838.72
Newark-Tel Aviv-Newark-Los Angeles: 01/27-02/10: $838.72
Newark-Tel Aviv-Newark-Houston: 02/02-02/10: $838.72
Newark-Tel Aviv-Newark-Chicago: 02/04-02/17: $838.72

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Flights To Israel From $669 Round-Trip On Air Canada, Delta, And United

Monday, November 11th, 2013

-Bookable on Orbitz with full mileage earning and free cancellations until 10pm CT the day after you book or directly from the airline.

- Earn 3 MR points per dollar with American Express® Premier Rewards Gold Card or 2.14 UR points per dollar with Chase Sapphire Preferred
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Sample airfare deals (There are lots of other dates in January and February as well as some deals in November and December at slightly higher prices).

On Orbitz you can search for flexible +/-3 dates and you can limit the search to your preferred airline or airlines.
You can choose to search only Air Canada, Delta, And United and thereby avoid getting Turkish airlines fares which typically aren’t actually bookable. Just choose “Narrow the search to my preferred airlines.”

Chicago-Tel Aviv:
01/09-01/20: $674.72 on United
01/16-01/30: $669.32 on Air Canada
01/20-02/03: $674.72 on United
01/26-02/06: $674.72 on Delta and United
02/02-02/10: $674.72 on United
02/06-02/17: $689.12 on Delta

Cleveland-Tel Aviv
01/28-02/06: $850.72 on United
02/02-02/10: $850.72 on United

Houston-Tel Aviv:
01/20-02/03: $747.72 on United
01/26-02/10: $747.72 on United
02/02-02/10: $747.72 on United

Los Angeles-Tel Aviv:
01/20-02/04: $748.72 on United
01/20-02/06: $748.72 on United
02/02-02/10: $809.91 on United

Miami-Tel Aviv:
01/21-02/03: $853.72 on United

Washington DC-Tel Aviv:
01/20-01/30: $674.72 on United
01/21-01/30: $674.72 on United
01/22-01/30: $669.32 on Air Canada or $674.72 on United
01/20-02/04: $674.72 on United
01/21-02/04: $674.72 on United
01/22-02/04: $674.72 on United
01/26-02/03: $674.72 on Delta and United
01/28-02/10: $674.72 on Delta and United
02/02-02/10: $669.32 on Air Canada or $674.72 on Delta and United
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Find more cheap travel dates: Read about using ITA Software to use their awesome month-long calendar search to help find dates with cheap flights.
To find Air Canada flights use advanced routing code: AC+
To find Delta flights use advanced routing code: DL+
To find United flights use advanced routing code: UA+

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New Flying Blue Promo Awards Now Bookable; 20K Starpoints Or 25K Membership Rewards Points Plus $280 For a Round-Trip Ticket To Israel

Wednesday, October 30th, 2013

Update: DDF member Drago points out some other really good Promo Award deals (from 15K round-trip plus $69) for TLV based folk in this thread.
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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.

They do 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. They normally charge 50,000 miles round-trip in coach to Israel.
For example a flight on Delta from JFK -Tel Aviv from 11/28-12/11 is 50K miles plus $78.47. The Flying Blue award calendar won’t show that flight so you should search for saver awards on Delta.com (which also has a subpar calendar) and then plugin those dates on the Flying Blue site.
Plus you can book one-way flights for half price with Flying Blue, something Delta doesn’t allow.

Promo awards:
Valid in either direction.
Book by 11/30/13
Travel 11/01/13-03/31/14.
Promo Awards can’t be modified, cancelled or refunded.

Sample dates with fuel surcharges for various routes:
-Atlanta to Tel Aviv, 01/12-01/21 for 37.5K miles plus $298.14 in coach.
-Boston to Tel Aviv, 01/12-01/21 for 37.5K miles plus $301.23 in coach.
-Detroit to Tel Aviv, 12/01-12/09 for 37.5K miles plus $301.23 in coach.
-Houston to Tel Aviv, 01/12 for 12.5K miles plus $110.47 in coach. (Valid return not found online)
-Houston to Tel Aviv, 11/26 for 31,250 miles plus $310.29 in business. (Valid return not found online)
-JFK to Tel Aviv, 12/04-12/11 for 37.5K miles plus $280.62 in coach.
-Los Angeles to Tel Aviv, 01/27-02/04 for 25K miles plus $301.23 in coach.
-Montreal to Tel Aviv, 02/25-03/04 for 37.5K miles plus $257.94 in coach.
-S. Francisco to Tel Aviv, 03/04 for 12.5K miles plus $110.47 in coach. (Valid return not found online)
-Tel Aviv to Chicago, 02/09 for 12.5K miles plus $149.54 in coach. (Valid return not found online)
-Toronto to Tel Aviv, 12/03-12/11 for 25K miles plus $298.68 in coach.
-Toronto to Tel Aviv, 11/24-12/01 for 62.5K miles plus $615.88 in business.
-Vancouver to Tel Aviv, 01/20-01/27 for 62.5K miles plus $608.95 in business.
-Vancouver to Tel Aviv, 01/13-01/20 for 37.5K miles plus $250.53 in coach.
-Washington DC to Tel Aviv, 01/06-01/16 for 25K miles plus $280.62 in coach.

Want to pickup some Flying Blue miles?
AMEX MR points transfer to Flying Blue at a 1:1 ratio and Starpoints transfer at a 20:25 ratio so 20K Starwood becomes enough for a round-trip ticket.

-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 2-9 days.

-American Express Membership Rewards points can be earned from cards like the American Express® Premier Rewards Gold Card and The Platinum Card® from American Express.
These points can transfer instantly at a 1:1 ratio.

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Turkish: NYC To Tel Aviv For $684.77 Round-Trip

Monday, October 28th, 2013

Related:
-View other airfare deals to Israel in this post from $666.
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United nonstop to Tel Aviv for $835.

-Earn 3 points per dollar with American Express® Premier Rewards Gold Card or 2.14 points per dollar with Chase Sapphire Preferred.
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-Bookable on Priceline with free cancellations until 11:30pm ET the day after you book.

Note that Turkish fares to Israel can’t reliably be researched on ITA or booked on Orbitz.

Flights from JFK-TLV-JFK are $684.

Flights from TLV-JFK-TLV are $724.

Flights are via Istanbul with a total travel time of 12-15 hours.  Turkish is a perfectly safe airline and thousands of religious Jews have taken their flights without issues.  They are also a very good airline that still gives 2 free bags and they have an awesome Star Alliance lounge in Istanbul. Their Premium Economy comfort class product has rave reviews, so if you have the chance to upgrade to that on the cheap you should definitely go for it.

Valid JFK-TLV dates:
01/16, 01/17, 01/20, 01/21, 01/22, 01/23, 01/27, 01/28, 01/29, 01/30, 02/01, 02/02, 02/03, 02/04, 02/05, 02/06, 02/08, 02/09, 02/10, 02/11, 02/12, 02/13, 02/15, 02/16, 02/17, 02/18, 02/19, 02/20, 02/22, 02/23, 02/24, 02/25, 02/26, 02/27, 03/01, 03/02, 03/03, 03/04, 03/05, 03/06, 03/08, 03/09, 03/10.

Valid TLV-JFK dates:
02/02, 02/03, 02/04, 02/05, 02/06, 02/07, 02/08, 02/09, 02/10, 02/11, 02/12, 02/13, 02/14, 02/15, 02/16, 02/17, 02/18, 02/19, 02/20, 02/21, 02/22, 02/23, 02/24, 0/25, 02/26, 02/27, 02/28, 03/01, 03/02, 03/03, 03/04, 03/05, 03/06, 03/07, 03/08, 03/09, 03/10, 03/11, 03/12, 03/13, 03/14, 03/15, 03/16, 03/17, 03/18, 03/19, 03/20, 03/21, 03/22, 03/23, 03/24, 03/25, 03/26, 03/27, 03/28, 03/29, 03/30, 03/31.

HT: SearchGuy via DDF
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United: Newark To Tel Aviv To Chicago, Houston, Los Angeles, Or Washington DC (Via Newark) For $835.97

Monday, October 21st, 2013

-Bookable on Orbitz with full mileage earning and free cancellations until 10pm CT the day after you book or directly from the airline.

- Earn 3 MR points per dollar with American Express® Premier Rewards Gold Card or 2.14 UR points per dollar with Chase Sapphire Preferred

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On Orbitz select multi-city and search for a flight going from Newark to Tel Aviv and returning from Tel Aviv to Chicago, Houston, Los Angeles, Or Washington DC:

orbitz2

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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You can click flight details to see flights that stop in Newark on the return.

Federal law requires that everyone pick up their luggage in Newark regardless of the final destination at which point nobody is going to force you to take the final flight.

You can always use Avios or United miles for a return flight to NYC if you want.

Here are some valid dates for the outbound flight from Newark to Tel Aviv:
12/01
12/02
01/20
01/22
02/02
02/04
02/05
02/09

Here are some valid dates for the return flight from Tel Aviv-Chicago via Newark:
02/04
02/10
02/11
02/12

Here are some valid dates for the return flight from Tel Aviv-Houston via Newark:
12/10
12/11
12/17
12/18
12/19
12/22
12/24
01/30
02/04
02/10
02/11
02/12

Here are some valid dates for the return flight from Tel Aviv-Los Angeles via Newark:
02/04
02/10
02/11
02/12

Here are some valid dates for the return flight from Tel Aviv-Washington DC via Newark:
01/22
01/30
02/04
02/10
02/11
02/12

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