Category Archive for 'Israel Flights'

Global Tours Succos Sale: NYC To Israel For $1,195 With A Stop On Prime Dates

Sunday, June 25th, 2017

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

Tuesday, June 20th, 2017

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

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

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

This Groupon includes:
-Round-trip airfare from Chicago/ORD, JFK, or Los Angeles to Tel Aviv.
-Flights from JFK and Chicago start at $999, flights from Los Angeles start at $1,299.
-Airline taxes and fuel surcharges included.
-1 night of accommodations at Cinema Hotel, Art Plus Hotel Tel Aviv, or similar in Tel Aviv
-2 nights of accommodations at Kibbutz Lavi, Nof Ginosar, Kibbutz Kfar Giladi, or similar in Galilee or Ron Beach Hotel or similar in Tiberias
-3 nights of accommodations at Mount Zion Hotel or similar in Jerusalem
-All transfers.
-Six breakfasts, two dinners.
-Sightseeing per itinerary in modern air-conditioned motorcoach.
-Services of English-speaking tour manager throughout.
-Entrance fees per itinerary.
-All options priced per person, based on double occupancy, or pay an additional $400 fee to travel solo.
-Stays can be extended for a fee.
-Book by 7/11/17 or promo value expires

HT: Nechama S., via DDFB

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Here’s When And Where El Al’s 787 Dreamliner Service Will Begin

Tuesday, June 20th, 2017

Last week El Al unveiled what business class and the new premium economy cabin will look like on their new Boeing 787 Dreamliners.

It looks very similar to United’s new Polaris seating, except that seats will be 21″ wide on El Al instead of 23″ wide on United due to the 787 being a narrower plane than the 777.

El Al’s 787 won’t offer first class service. That’s not a big loss as the 787 business class seats is much better than El Al’s 777 first class seat, though business class service and food won’t be comparable to what is offered in first class.

787 service from Tel Aviv to Europe will begin in September and end in late October as the route transitions from shorter training flights to regular Newark flights. It will primarily serve London/LHR, but some other European cities may also see 787 service. El Al won’t sell premium economy as its own cabin on these flights, instead they will be sold as extra legroom seats.

Tel Aviv to London/LHR has a morning and evening flight with first class being sold until 9/7. Effective 9/10 the morning flight isn’t offering first class, so that’s likely what will see the 787.

London/LHR to Tel Aviv has an afternoon and evening flight with first class being sold until 9/7. Effective 9/10 the afternoon flight isn’t offering first class, so that’s likely what will see the 787.

The final Tel Aviv to Newark flight offering first class service will be on 10/27 and the final Newark to Tel Aviv flight offering first class service will be on 10/28.

787 service from Tel Aviv to Newark and Newark to Tel Aviv will begin on 10/29.

787 service from Tel Aviv to Hong Kong is scheduled to start on 3/18/18, though El Al is still selling first class seats after that date, so we’ll see if that schedule sticks.

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Turkish: Fly From JFK To Tel Aviv From $641 For Kids/$728 For Adults This Summer/Fall

Friday, June 9th, 2017

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


Bookable on Orbitz. Orbitz tickets are refundable until 11:59pm PDT on Monday, 6/12.

Tickets for kids under 12 start at $641 and tickets for 12+ start at $728:

 

JFK to Tel Aviv $728-$798 dates in bold, $800-$898 dates in plain font:
July 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 23, 24, 25, 26, 27, 28, 29, 30, 31
August 3, 4, 5, 6, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24, 26, 27, 28, 29, 30, 31
September 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24, 25, 26, 27, 28, 29
October 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21

Tel Aviv to JFK $728-$798 dates in bold, $800-$898 dates in plain font:
July 10, 11, 12, 13, 19, 20, 21, 23, 25, 26, 27, 28
August 5, 6, 25, 29
September 2, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24, 25, 26, 27, 28, 29
October 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24, 25, 26, 27, 28, 29, 30, 31

-Additional dates are available in the winter.

-Coach passengers can still check 2×50 pound bags for free on Turkish.

-Flights connect in Istanbul.

-Turkish is a very highly rated airline. Thousands of religious Jews have taken their flights without issues and report that service has been far superior to other airlines. Turkish has an award winning Star Alliance lounge in Istanbul. They operate a whopping 9 flights a day between Istanbul and Tel Aviv.

-Turkish offers freshly made kosher meals from Istanbul and Tel Aviv in all classes and they are highly regarded as well. They are made in Turkey and are kosher supervised by the OK.

-Flights from Istanbul to JFK are subject to the electronics ban. You will have to check electronics larger than a cell phone at the Istanbul boarding gate and you’ll get them back after the flight.


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Glitch? Air Canada Moves Dates Of Montreal-Tel Aviv Flights, Has Wide Open Coach And Business Saver Award Availability!

Thursday, May 18th, 2017

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


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

When Air Canada started selling their new seasonable Montreal-Tel Aviv route it was available for saver awards on almost all dates in coach and business class.

I posted that information and all of the award space was wiped out within a day.

Air Canada has moved their flights in September and October from Montreal to Tel Aviv from Thursday to Wednesday and from Tel Aviv to Montreal from Friday to Thursday.

While flights before the date change have limited coach award space and don’t have any business class award space, currently all of the new flights have saver award space in coach and business class! Not only that, but there’s enough saver award space for the whole family!

Sample business class itinerary from NYC:


There are at least 8 coach and business saver awards from Montreal to Tel Aviv on:
September 6, 13, 20, 27
October 4, 11

There are at least 8 coach and business saver awards from Tel Aviv to Montreal on:
September 7, 14, 21, 28
October 5, 12

Unfortunately, the seasonal route ends on October 16, so there are no Wednesdays or Thursdays on which to fly after Sukkos ends.

The flights from September 6-14 are operated by an A330. Business class on the A330 is lie-flat with a 1-1-1 configuration with direct aisle access for all seats.

The flights from September 20-October 12 are operated by a new 787 Dreamliner. Business class on the 787 is lie-flat with a 1-2-1 reverse herringbone configuration with direct aisle access for all seats. The configuration on this plane has received rave reviews. You can read more here.

Sample booking options:

-You can transfer miles from Chase Ultimate Rewards to United (1:1 ratio) instantly. United charges 85K in coach or 160K in business class for round-trip partner award flights to Israel. Awards can be cancelled for free within 24 hours. United never collects fuel surcharges. After 24 hours non-elites will pay $75 to cancel awards more than 60 before a flight or $125 within 60 days of a flight. Awards can be booked online. One way awards are available for half of the round-trip rate.

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

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

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

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

HT: jungarmtl, via DDF


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Air Transat/Air Canada: Fly From Montreal To Tel Aviv This Summer From $675 Round-Trip In Coach Or $1,350 (67K Hybrid Points) In Club Class

Thursday, May 18th, 2017

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-Limited seats are available on each date.

-Air Transat Club Class features 12 seats in a 2-2-2 configuration on their widebody A330 from Montreal-Tel Aviv as opposed to 3-3-3 seating in coach. Row 1 is better than row 2 as nobody will recline into your space. They have the width and pitch of a domestic first class seat at a 36″ pitch and 21.5″ width. They also some with 2 free 70 pound bags, and priority checkin/security/boarding/baggage handling. You can read more here.

-Air Transat Club Class is sold as business class, so it does qualify for a 50% rebate with The Business Platinum Card® from American Express OPEN regardless of which airline you’re registered for. A $1,350 flight will cost 134,622 points and you’ll get a 50% rebate, making the effective cost just 67,311 points round-trip. You can login to your account and redeem AMEX points for travel here.

-It may be worth booking a separate ticket from other cities to Montreal to take advantage of these fares.

Air Transat Montreal to Tel Aviv $1,350-$1,479 outbound dates in club:
June 28
July 9, 12, 16, 19, 23, 26, 30
August 2, 6, 9, 13, 16, 20, 23, 27, 30
September 3, 6, 10, 13, 20, 24, 27
October 4, 8, 11, 18, 22, 25

Air Transat Tel Aviv to Montreal $1,350-$1,479 return dates in club:
July 3, 6, 10, 13, 17, 20, 24, 27
August 14, 17, 28, 31
September 4, 7, 11, 14, 18, 21, 25, 28
October 5, 9, 18, 23, 26, 30


Air Transat Montreal to Tel Aviv $675-$735 outbound dates in coach:
June 18, 21
August 13, 16, 20, 23, 27, 30
September 3, 6, 10, 13, 17, 20, 24, 27
October 1, 4, 8, 11, 15, 18, 22, 25

Air Transat Tel Aviv to Montreal $675-$735 return dates in coach:
June 26, 29
July 3, 10, 13
September 4, 7, 11, 18, 21, 25, 28
October 2, 5, 9, 12, 19, 23, 26, 30


Air Canada Montreal to Tel Aviv $748-$800 outbound dates in coach:
July 6, 9, 20, 23, 27, 30
August 3, 10, 13, 17, 20, 24, 27, 31
September 3, 6, 10, 13, 17, 20, 24, 27
October 4, 8

Air Canada Tel Aviv to Montreal $748-$800 return dates in coach:
July 14
August 18, 21, 25, 28
September 1, 7, 11, 14, 18, 21, 25, 28
October 2, 5, 9, 12

HT: AJK and SearchGuy via DDF


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WOW Air: Fly Between Baltimore, Boston, Chicago, Newark, Or Pittsburgh And Tel Aviv For $298 Round-Trip Or Between Miami, LA, Or San Francisco And Tel Aviv For $398 Round-Trip

Tuesday, May 16th, 2017

-The Barclaycard Arrival Plus™ World Elite MasterCard® offers 50K signup miles, 2 miles per dollar spent, and a 5% rebate when you redeem points, for an effective 2.11% back on all purchases towards travel. You can redeem Arrival Plus miles for WOW flights and fees charged by WOW by purchasing a WOW flight and then selecting the flight for redemption on the Barclaycard site after the charge posts to your account. It offers 0% APR on balance transfers for 12 months and the $89 annual fee is waived for the first year. Read more here.


Bookable on WOWair.com

 

 

WOW Air has expanded their introductory $149 fares between the US and Israel so that they now work in either direction!

Limited seats are available on each date! Please post a comment if a date listed below sells out.

For example a flight from Newark to Tel Aviv from November 5-14 has a 140 minute connection in Reykjavik on the outbound flight and a 125 minute connection on the return flight. Connection times will vary by date, so be sure to check the details. You may be able to build a discounted multi-leg trip with a stopover in Reykjavik to tour the stunning country and try to view the Northern Lights.

Newark to Tel Aviv $149 dates:
November 5, 12, 26
December 3
January 14, 21, 28
February 4, 11, 18, 25
March 4, 11

Tel Aviv to Newark $149 dates:
October 23, 25, 26, 31
November 7, 14, 16, 18
December 2, 7
January 9, 13, 16, 20, 23
February 3, 10
March 10, 13, 17


Boston to Tel Aviv $149 dates:
October 31
November 7, 14, 28
December 5
January 16, 23, 30
February 6, 13, 20, 27
March 6,

Tel Aviv to Boston $149 dates:
September 14, 21, 23, 28
October 23, 25, 31
November 7, 9, 16
December 5, 7
January 25, 27, 30
February 3, 6, 8, 10
March 6, 8, 10, 13,


Pittsburgh to Tel Aviv $149 dates:
September 21
October 5

Tel Aviv to Pittsburgh $149 dates:
September 13, 27
October 2, 16


Baltimore to Tel Aviv $149 dates:
September 18
November 2, 9, 16, 30
December 7
January 18, 25
February 1, 8, 15, 22
March 1, 8

Tel Aviv to Baltimore $149 dates:
September 14, 20, 23
October 23, 25, 31
November 4, 7, 11, 30
December 2, 7
January 13, 16, 20, 27, 30
February 6
March 10, 17


Chicago to Tel Aviv $149 dates:
October 16, 23

Tel Aviv to Chicago $149 dates:
October 9, 25


Los Angeles to Tel Aviv $199 dates:
September 26
October 3

Tel Aviv to Los Angeles $199 dates:
September 25, 27
October 11


Miami to Tel Aviv $199 dates:
September 16, 23, 30
October 7, 14, 21

Tel Aviv to Miami $199 dates:
September 18
October 9, 23, 25


San Francisco to Tel Aviv $199 dates:
September 14, 21
October 5, 12, 19

Tel Aviv to San Francisco $199 dates:
September 20, 25
October 26


-For an extra $105 each way you can book a WOW Plus fare with a free carry-on bag, checked bag, priority boarding, and trip insurance.

-If you make a booking on WOW’s US site you can click to cancel it within 24 hours. You will then have to email wow@wow.is within 24 hours of the booking with a copy of the cancellation confirmation to get a refund.

-WOW serves 10 North American cities: Baltimore, Boston, Chicago, Los Angeles, Miami, Montreal, Newark, Pittsburgh, San Francisco, and Toronto. You’ll be able to connect from those cities to Tel Aviv via Reykjavik.

They’re fashioned as a ULCC (Ultra low-cost carrier) like Spirit, but WOW. Note that in case of flight cancellations WOW Air likely will not rebook you on another airline, so you may have to wait several days to be reaccommodated.

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

For a one-trip way between the US and Israel you’ll pay:
-$50 in advance/$70 at checkin for a carry-on bag (22 x 18 x 10 in up to 26 lbs). You’ll pay an additional $60 if it doesn’t fit in their bag sizer and you’ll have to check it under.
-$70 in advance/$80 at checkin for a checked bag (up to 62″ and up to 44 lbs). You’ll pay an additional $18.18 per pound over 44 pounds.
-Reserving a seat will set you back an additional $20-$100 depending on the seat.
-Water, soda, and snacks cost extra.
-There’s no Wi-Fi or entertainment onboard.

-1 personal item smaller than 17 x 13 x 10in is included for free. That means a bag like this one or like this one can be worth buying to have a free personal item.


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WOW Air Will Have Cheap Flights Between Tel Aviv And North America Tomorrow, But Be Aware Of The Fees…

Monday, May 15th, 2017

I reported back in January that ultra-low-cost carrier WOW Air was planning on starting service to Tel Aviv in June. 63% of DansDeals readers responded that they would be willing to fly WOW Air to Israel.

WOW Air announced today that they will start selling tickets to Tel Aviv tomorrow and start flying the route in September.

Tickets from Tel Aviv to Iceland will start at $99 one-way, tickets from Tel Aviv to the US East Coast will start at $149 one-way, and tickets from Tel Aviv to the US West Coast will start at $199 one-way.

Of course seats at those rates are likely to be very limited, so you’ll need to act fast to grab them. If you follow @DansDeals on Twitter you can get a notification of the sale. You can also signup for a text message alerts via Twitter.

One-way prices from the US to Tel Aviv haven’t been announced yet, but I’d expect them to be higher than the one-way prices from Tel Aviv to the US.

If you make a booking on WOW’s US site you can click to cancel it within 24 hours. You will then have to email wow@wow.is within 24 hours of the booking with a copy of the cancellation confirmation to get a refund.

WOW serves (or will soon start serving) 10 North American cities: Baltimore, Boston, Chicago Los Angeles, Miami, Montreal, Newark, Pittsburgh, San Francisco, and Toronto. You’ll be able to connect from those cities to Tel Aviv via Reykjavik.

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

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

For a round-trip from the US to Europe you’ll pay:
-$100/$140 for a carry-on bag (22 x 18 x 10 in up to 26 lbs) paid for in advance/at checkin. You’ll pay an additional $60 if it doesn’t fit in their bag sizer and you’ll have to check it under.
-$140/$160 for a checked bag (up to 62″ and up to 44 lbs) paid for in advance/at checkin. You’ll pay an additional $18.18 per pound over 44 pounds.
-Reserving a seat will set you back an additional $40-$200 depending on the seat.
-Water, soda, and snacks cost extra.
-There’s no Wi-Fi or entertainment onboard.

1 personal item smaller than 17 x 13 x 10in is included for free.

WOW Air hasn’t yet announced if the fees for Israel flights will be higher than Europe.

Will you fly WOW Air between the US and Tel Aviv?

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El Al Will Serve Miami-Tel Aviv With 3 Weekly 777s This November; Roundup Of 2017 North America-Tel Aviv Routes

Wednesday, May 3rd, 2017

I reported last September that El Al will resume Miami-Tel Aviv service this year.

El Al has finally made the route official and announced that it will be served 3 times per week on Boeing 777s that offer first, business, and coach seating. They should start selling seats on the route within the next couple of weeks.

El Al still hasn’t announced which routes will get their new 787 service later this year, which DDF sleuthers discovered will have 1-2-1 direct aisle access reverse herringbone seating in business class.

For those keeping score at home that means that flights between North America and Tel Aviv at the peak for each route in the summer/fall of 2017 will look like:
Boston: 3 weekly flights on El Al (767).
JFK: 7 weekly flights on Delta (777 through 10/27, A330 from 10/28), 16 weekly flights on El Al (747/777).
Los Angeles: 5 weekly flights on El Al (777).
Miami: 3 weekly flights on El Al effective November (777).
Montreal: 2 weekly flights on Air Canada (A330 from 6/22 through 9/14, 787 from 9/17 through 10/15), 2 weekly flights on Air Transat (A330 from 6/18-10/29)
Newark: 14 weekly flights on United (afternoon on 777-200, evening on 777-300), 6 weekly flights on El Al (747/777).
San Francisco: 7 weekly flights on United (787)
Toronto: 7 weekly flights on Air Canada (787), 5 weekly flights on El Al (767).

The only question is will El Al or United be the airline to launch Chicago-Tel Aviv service?

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

Sunday, April 23rd, 2017

Update, 4/25: DEAD!


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Bookable on Priceline. Tickets purchased from Priceline today are refundable until 11:29pm EDT on Monday, 4/24. Please see this post for directions on how to cancel these tickets.

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

Sample itinerary:

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

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

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

HT: hamburg, via DDF


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

Sunday, March 26th, 2017

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

Competition on the route is heating up.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

For those keeping score at home:

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

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

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

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

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

 

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Getting To Israel Using Starwood Starpoints, 2017 Edition

Wednesday, March 22nd, 2017

American Express is a DansDeals.com advertiser.

-The Starwood Consumer AMEX and the Starwood Business AMEX offer 25K signup points each with no fee for the first year. You can also use your Starpoints to stay free at the the highly rated Sheraton Tel Aviv and later this year at the W Tel Aviv – Jaffa which is scheduled to open on October 1st. With a Starwood business card you’ll even get free lounge access and meals at the Sheraton Tel Aviv! 


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


The Starwood card is an excellent card for general spending. You can use just a couple thousand points for free hotel nights or transfer points into the mileage programs of 36 different airlines with a 25% transfer bonus. If you are transferring points you may also want to consider Starwood’s Nights & Flights option where you can save 8,000 points on a mileage transfer plus a 5 night stay in a category 3 or 4 hotel.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Saturday, February 25th, 2017

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Friday, February 24th, 2017

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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HT: travel agent, via DDF

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

Thursday, February 16th, 2017

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

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

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

HT: travel agent, via DDF

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

Thursday, February 16th, 2017

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


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

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

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

Coach has a 2-4-2 configuration.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

Monday, February 13th, 2017

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

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

Tickets will go on sale this Wednesday.

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

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

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

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

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

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

HT: Davidthebest, via DDF

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

Wednesday, February 1st, 2017

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

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

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

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

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

HT: mend89, via DDF and Elisheva B.

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

Friday, January 27th, 2017

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

WOW serves or plans to serve 10 North American cities: Baltimore, Boston, Chicago Los Angeles, Miami, Montreal, Newark, Pittsburgh, San Francisco, and Toronto. You’ll be able to connect from those cities to Tel Aviv via Reykjavik.

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

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

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

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

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HT: yochai, via DDF

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

Wednesday, January 11th, 2017

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


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

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

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

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

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

Saturday, January 7th, 2017

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

HT: travel agent, via DDF

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

Friday, December 23rd, 2016

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

This is their first Tel Aviv service.

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

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HT: Yaalili, via DDF

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

Wednesday, December 7th, 2016

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


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

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

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

-A Saturday night stay in NYC is required.

Sample itinerary:

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Using Chase points:

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

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

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

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

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HT: Chaikel


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

Sunday, December 4th, 2016

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

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

This promotion expires tomorrow at 5pm EST.

Originally posted on 12/1:

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


Alitalia Israel Linky

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

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

-Flights must depart from Tel Aviv.

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

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

-Valid for Economy, Premium Economy and Business class.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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HT: shimino1, via DDF


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

Tuesday, November 29th, 2016

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


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

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

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

-All fares below are for nonstop flights.

-Search NYC to include JFK and Newark for best results

-Purchase tickets by 11/29

-A Saturday night stay in Israel is required.

-Maximum stay of 3 months.

Delta:

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

 

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

Monday, November 28th, 2016

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

Yesterday El Al announced their Cyber Monday specials.

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

-A Saturday night stay in Israel is required.

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

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

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

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Using Chase points:

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

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Using AMEX points:

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

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

Tuesday, November 1st, 2016

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Cathay Pacific Launching Hong Kong-Tel Aviv Flights In March

Wednesday, October 26th, 2016

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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You can transfer 20K Starpoints into 25K Alaska miles. The Starwood Preferred Guest® Credit Card from American Express offers 25K points for spending $3,000 in 3 months. The Starwood Preferred Guest® Business Credit Card from American Express offers 25K points for spending $5,000 in 3 months.

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

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

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

Wednesday, October 19th, 2016

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

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

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

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-Limited seats are available on each date.

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

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

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


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Singapore Airlines Applies For Tel Aviv Flights

Monday, October 10th, 2016

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

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

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

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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

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

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

Tuesday, September 13th, 2016

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

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

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

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

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

Friday, August 26th, 2016

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

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

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

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

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

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

-These awards must be booked by 9/30.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Friday, August 26th, 2016

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Bookable on Expedia Canada

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

Click on advanced options to search for business class.

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

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

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

Sample itinerary with short connections in Amsterdam:

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United Adds Flights, Delta Reduces Flights To Israel

Wednesday, May 25th, 2016

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Sunday, May 15th, 2016

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


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

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

 

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

-Search WAS to include DCA and IAD.

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

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

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Getting To Israel Using Starwood Starpoints, 2016 Edition

Tuesday, March 22nd, 2016

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-Earn Starpoints on the Starwood Consumer AMEX and the Starwood Business AMEXYou can also use your Starpoints to stay free at the the highly rated Sheraton Tel Aviv and later this year at the W Tel Aviv – Jaffa which is scheduled to open on November 1st. With a Starwood business card you’ll even get free lounge access and meals at the Sheraton Tel Aviv! 
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Related post: The Ultimate Israel Mileage Award Chart (2015)
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The Starwood card is an excellent card for general spending. You can use just a couple thousand points for free hotel nights or transfer points into the mileage programs of 34 different airlines with a 25% transfer bonus. If you are transferring points you may also want to consider Starwood’s Nights & Flights option where you can save 8,000 points on a mileage transfer plus a 5 night stay in a category 3 or 4 hotel.

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

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

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

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

Wednesday, January 6th, 2016

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Monday, December 21st, 2015

Related: Air France: Tel Aviv To JFK For $530 Round-Trip
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Earn 3 points per dollar on airfare with the AMEX Premier Rewards Gold Card or the AMEX Business Gold Rewards Card.

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

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

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

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

Sample itinerary:

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

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

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

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

HT: Robert N.

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

Thursday, December 10th, 2015

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

Originally posted on 12/01:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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And BOS-TLV:

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

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

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

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

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

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

-Promo awards are nonrefundable and non-changeable.

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

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

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

American Express is a DansDeals.com advertiser.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Tuesday, December 8th, 2015

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Sample United itinerary:

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Sample Delta itinerary:

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

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

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

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