Does A Ticket To Israel For The New Year Ever Get Cheaper Than This?

Related post: Getting To Israel Using Starwood Starpoints
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Now that Air France/KLM Flying Blue has lowered their fuel surcharges on coach tickets, their Promo awards are actually a pretty sweet deal.  A one-way ticket from Houston to Tel Aviv for Rosh Hashana (New Year Holiday), Yom Kippur, or Sukkos holiday can be had for just 12,500 miles plus $107.

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 2 one-way tickets.

The current promo awards offer includes 12,500 miles coach tickets from Chicago, Dallas, or Houston to Europe for travel 09/01-10/31.

Flying Blue includes Israel in their definition of Europe.

There are also 31,250 mile one-way business class tickets from Dallas or Washington DC to Europe though those comes saddled with heavy fuel surcharges:

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Still 62,500 miles for a round-trip business class ticket to Israel during peak travel time isn’t too shabby, even with their ridiculous fuel surcharges.

Remember that if you find Delta coach saver award availability (no easy feat as Delta is notoriously stingy!) that you can book it via Flying Blue for just 50K in coach instead of 80K via Delta.  Plus they don’t charge any fuel surcharges for Delta awards and they allow for one-way redemptions.

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30 Responses to “Does A Ticket To Israel For The New Year Ever Get Cheaper Than This?”

  1. petzel Says:
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    will this work in reverse, from israel to usa?

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  2. Shaya Says:
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    Any way to get this from the tri state area?

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  3. Dan Says:
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    @petzel:
    Yes, but the FlyingBlue website has a hard time finding Promo Awards to or from Israel.
    I have heard from some people who have had better luck on the phone with them. YMMV.

    @Shaya:
    Amtrak to DC 😉

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  4. bmgboy Says:
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    So I can book a one way ticket to houston for 114. Then I take it to israel for 107. On the return does it stop in ny??

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  5. Jeremy Says:
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    Dan: I researched the return (TLV-IAD) and there’s one saver award flight in business class via AF available on 9/10. Otherwise, everything is 150k AF plus absurd taxes and fees.
    While it’s nice that the outbound works, what about getting home?

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  6. Dan Says:
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    @bmgboy:
    It does not stop in NYC.
    Though you can always book a different one-way home with American or United miles.

    @Jeremy:
    Then what do you call the roundtrip screenshot in the post IAD-TLV-IAD??

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  7. Steve Says:
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    Wow. I’m dying to go for this succos.
    What’s flying blue availability like?

    I’m gonna check when I get to a computer later, but just wondering if I should get my hopes up.

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  8. YT Says:
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    what about from chicago??

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  9. David Says:
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    How can I make this work to get to London? Also, on which website can I check availability and will this work with my business Amex points?

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  10. petzel Says:
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    @YT: read the post

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  11. sam Says:
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    Does this work from London to nyc and back

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  12. Bal habus Says:
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    are there any deals at the end of December ( mid winter vacation)?
    thank you.

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  13. amk Says:
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    For anyone from flying from LA this is a great deal..

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  14. al613 Says:
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    many dates show availability on the calendar, but when you click through there is no flight for 12.5k miles. better try phone.

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  15. Mark Says:
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    You can buy 25000 points for 663 euro which makes the trip around 900usd

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  16. Anonymous Says:
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    Dan you are the man

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  17. Steve Says:
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    Wow, nice one, Dan. This is one of the coolest deals I have seen this year.

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  18. Ohboy Says:
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    How about succos?

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  19. YT Says:
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    @petzel oops my bad

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  20. Davidd Says:
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    It appears lowest one way from houston is now around 18,000 not 12500?

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  21. Davidd Says:
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    @Shaya:

    September 4
    from
    25 000 Miles
    + 19.70 USD*

    one way from JFK nonstop for 25,000 + 19.70 also very good

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  22. sam Says:
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    looks like they changed the promo awards from Houston-TLV to 18,750 but from ORD-TLV its still 12,500

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  23. Bracha Says:
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    How do I transfer miles in to Flying Blue?

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  24. Emanuel Says:
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    Please help us find flight deals from Miami to Israel

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  25. shaindy Says:
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    how di i purchase starwood points?

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  26. Jeff Says:
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    Is there a possibility to fly from New York to Brussels and back for 20K Starwood points?

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  27. brachie Says:
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    i heard abt the tickets to israel from canada not using points can u send me the link??asap

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  28. carol Says:
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    i’m not familiar w/”flying blue”. which airline or credit card is this?

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  29. david Says:
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    is this still availible

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  30. rivky Says:
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    any deals telaviv to usa this week?

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