November 30th, 2012
Currently the cheapest available nonstop from NYC to Tel Aviv is $1,157 round-trip with tax and the cheapest nonstop from Los Angeles to Tel Aviv is $1,227 with tax.
-For bookings made between 12/02-12/06 the price will drop to $949 from NYC and $1,099 from LAX. Those prices are round-trip, with tax.
-The tickets will first be available on El Al (from JFK or Newark) sometime on Sunday and then will almost certainly be matched by Delta (from JFK) and United (From Newark).
-At this point it seems like the El Al fare will not earn any miles if credited to American, but I will check on that when the fare becomes bookable. So basically fly El Al to support Israel’s national airline and if you don’t care about earning miles, fly Delta if you like old planes and pathetic miles but want to fly from JFK, or fly United if you like newer planes, awesome miles, and are willing to fly from Newark.
-Travel will be valid between 01/13-03/10.
-The fares will be bookable on Orbitz, which offers regular mileage earning, price assurance refunds and more importantly free cancellations until 11pm ET the day after you book. (I.E. Book at 1:00am and have 46 hours to cancel for free).
-I’ll post an update when this becomes bookable.
Don’t forget to use the best credit card for airfare:
-Earn over 5 points per dollar with Chase Freedom (up to $1,500 per quarter with registration), or 3 points per dollar with American Express® Premier Rewards Gold Card, or 3 points per dollar with The Business Gold Rewards Card® from American Express OPEN, or 2.14 points per dollar with Chase Sapphire Preferred.