January 22nd, 2013
Update: United has finally matched and travel is valid round-trip starting in New York or Tel Aviv! You will earn full MileagePlus miles (11,384) with this fare.
Sample date for EWR-TLV-EWR: 05/07-05/20 for those who want to celebrate Shavuos in the holy land (An awesome experience!)
Sample date for TLV-EWR-TLV: 04/15-04/29
Use the following ITA advanced routing code to find all of the valid dates on United: UA
This sale is scheduled to end sometime today.
Originally posted on 01/21:
-Bookable on Orbitz (with regular mileage earning, free cancellations until 10pm CT the day after you book, and price assurance refunds) or direct from the airline. Orbitz works on central time, so the day ends at 12:59am ET. A ticket bought at 1am ET would have until 11pm ET the day after, or 46 hours. A ticket bought at 11pm ET would have until 11pm ET the day after, or 24 hours.
- Earn 3 points per dollar with American Express® Premier Rewards Gold Card, 3 points per dollar with The Business Gold Rewards Card® from American Express OPEN, or 2.14 points per dollar with Chase Sapphire Preferred.
These prices are for nonstop travel. Connecting flights from Tel Aviv to NYC start at $776 and connecting flights from NYC to Tel Aviv start at $929. To help find those dates I highly recommend that you read about using ITA Software and use their awesome month-long calendar search to help find dates with cheap flights.
Deals are available from other cities as well. Connecting flights from Los Angeles to Tel Aviv start at $847 and nonstop flights from LAX to TLV or from TLV to LAX start at $1,199 for example. From Chicago flights start at $855.
-This fare is currently valid on El Al from JFK or Newark to Tel Aviv or from Tel Aviv to JFK or Newark. This fare (U class) will not earn any AA miles so don’t credit it there!
-You can purchase a maximum of 4 El Al tickets at a time.
-There is a strong chance that this fare will be matched later today by Delta and United. You can lock in the El Al price by booking now and cancel by tomorrow if Delta or United matches the price.
-Outbound travel is valid from 04/14-05/31, though not all dates will be available.
-Travel must be booked by 01/22.
-Travel originating in Tel Aviv is about $100 extra.
Sample valid $998.97 dates from NYC to Tel Aviv:
04/21-05/05 (Lag B’omer)
04/25-05/08 (Lag B’omer)
Sample valid $1,008.97 dates from NYC to Tel Aviv:
For tickets from Tel Aviv it’s best to book from Priceline. They allow free cancellations until 11:30pm the day after purchase.
Sample valid $998.97 dates from Tel Aviv to NYC: