Category Archive for 'Israel'

Ukraine Air: Tel Aviv To JFK For $540 Round-Trip, JFK-Tel Aviv For $625 Round-Trip

Thursday, July 23rd, 2015

Please read the entire post before asking questions that have already been covered in the post.

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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. Priceline tickets from the USA are refundable until 11:29pm ET the day after purchase.

Just to make sure that policy applied to these tickets I tested it out:

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-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.
-The prices listed for the dates below are only valid for departure from Israel. US departures range from at $625-$845 and will be valid with most of the dates below.

-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.

-The valid dates below have been cherry-picked to show flights with connections shorter than 4 hours.

For example from 11/05-11/15 the TLV-JFK flight has an 80 minute connection in Kiev and the JFK-TLV flight has a 170 minute connection in Kiev:

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More dates will be available if you’re willing to stopover in Kiev for a longer period of time.

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.

To help find dates with longer connections you can use Google’s ITA MatrixSee this post for a demonstration and then use advanced routing code:
PS+ / minconnect 240
Where PS+ limits the search to Ukraine Air flights only and the number 240 refers to the minimum amount of minutes that you wish to remain in Kiev. You can make that number any amount that you want.

For the dates below I used routing code
PS+ / maxconnect 240
to find flights that have connection with a maximum of 240 minutes.

You can perform that same search to find tickets departing JFK from $625

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After finding valid dates just plug them into Priceline to make the book tickets.

Valid $540 Tel Aviv-JFK outbound travel dates with short connections:
November: 5, 10, 12, 17, 19, 24, 26
January: 26, 28
February: 2, 4, 9, 11, 16, 18, 23, 25
March: 1, 3, 8, 10, 15, 17, 22, 24

Valid $540 JFK-Tel Aviv return travel dates with short connections:
November: 8, 11, 15, 18, 22, 25, 29
December: 2
January: 27, 31
February: 3, 7, 10, 14, 17, 21, 24, 28
March: 2, 6, 9, 13, 16, 21, 23, 27, 29, 30

Valid $560 Tel Aviv-JFK outbound travel dates with short connections:
March 28, 29, 31
April 4, 5, 7, 11 12, 14, 18, 19
May 3, 5, 9, 10, 12, 16, 17, 19, 23, 24, 26, 30, 31
June 2, 6, 7

Valid $560 JFK-Tel Aviv return travel dates with short connections:
April 3, 5, 6, 10, 12, 13, 17, 19, 26,
May 8, 15, 17, 18, 22, 24, 25, 29, 31
June 1, 5, 7, 8, 12

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Tel Aviv-Miami For $602, Miami-Tel Aviv For $690 Round-Trip

Thursday, July 23rd, 2015

Related:
-American: Philadelphia To Tel Aviv Nonstop For $662 Round-Trip; Rosh Hashana, Sukkos, Or Pesach Flights For $692!
-Air France/KLM: Tel Aviv To Boston For $531 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. Priceline tickets from the USA are refundable until 11:29pm ET the day after purchase.
And Bookable on Orbitz. Orbitz tickets from the USA are refundable until 11pm ET the day after purchase.

-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.
-A Saturday stay is required.

Below are sample dates. Find more dates by using the flexible calendar search options on ITA Software or Google Flights. See this post for a demonstration on using ITA

Tel Aviv-Miami for $602 on Alitalia.
Sample dates found on Priceline:
09/02-09/16 (Rosh Hashana)
10/12-10/21
11/15-11/23
12/02-12/14 (Chanukah)

Tel Aviv-Miami for $634 on Alitalia/KLM
Sample dates found on Orbitz:
01/31-02/08
03/02-03/15

Tel Aviv-Miami for $824 on BA/Iberia
Sample dates found on Priceline:
04/20-05/02 (Pesach)

Miami-Tel Aviv for $690 on American
Sample dates found on Priceline:
11/22-12/07 (Chanukah)
12/06-12/16 (Chanukah)
01/31-02/08
02/14-02/29
03/22-04/04 (Purim)

Miami-Tel Aviv for $690 on Delta
Sample dates found on Orbitz:
02/01-02/08
02/07-02/15
02/14-02/29

Miami-Tel Aviv for $696 on Alitalia
Sample dates found on Priceline:
04/19-05/02 (Pesach)
04/20-05/01 (Pesach)

HT: Elchonon H, via DDFB

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American: Philadelphia To Tel Aviv Nonstop For $662 Round-Trip; Rosh Hashana, Sukkos, Or Pesach Flights For $692!

Wednesday, July 22nd, 2015

American Express is a DansDeals.com advertiser.
Earn 3 points per dollar on airfare with the AMEX Premier Rewards Gold Card or the AMEX Business Gold Rewards Card.

Bookable on Priceline. Priceline tickets from the USA are refundable until 11:29pm ET the day after purchase.
And Bookable on Orbitz. Orbitz tickets from the USA are refundable until 11pm ET the day after purchase.

-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.
-A Saturday stay is required.
-The dates below are valid for departure from the US.
-You will earn 11,524 AA miles for this flight.

Valid $662 Philadelphia-Tel Aviv outbound travel dates
November: 14, 15, 19, 26, 28
December: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13
January: 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24, 25, 27, 28, 29, 30, 31
February: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 10, 11, 12, 14, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 23, 24, 26, 27, 28, 29
March: 2, 3, 5, 8, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24, 25, 26, 27

Valid $662 Tel Aviv-Philadelphia return travel dates
November: 15, 24, 26, 30
December: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24, 25, 26, 27, 28, 29, 30
January: 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24, 26, 27, 28, 29, 30, 31
February: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24, 25, 26, 27, 28
March: 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 12, 13, 14, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24, 25, 26, 27, 28, 29, 30, 31
April: 1, 2, 3, 5, 7, 8, 9.

Valid $692 Philadelphia-Tel Aviv outbound travel dates
September: 5, 6, 7, 12, 13, 14, 15, 17, 18, 27, 28
October: 11, 12, 21, 22
April: 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 17, 18, 21, 22, 23, 24, 25, 26, 27, 28, 29
May: 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15

Valid $692 Tel Aviv-Philadelphia return travel dates
September: 6, 7, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 19, 20, 24, 25, 26, 27, 28, 29
October: 1, 3, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 15, 25, 26, 28, 29
April: 10, 11, 12, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24, 25, 26, 27, 28
May: 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 25, 26, 27, 28, 29, 30
June: 5, 10

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Air France/KLM: Tel Aviv To Boston For $531 Round-Trip

Sunday, July 19th, 2015

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Bookable on Priceline. Priceline tickets from the USA are refundable until 11:29pm ET the day after purchase.

-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.
-A Saturday stay is required.
-The dates below are valid for departure from Israel only.

A flight from Boston to Buffalo, NYC, Philadelphia, Pittsburgh, or Washington DC is just 4,500 BA Avios.

Sample itinerary with a 4:25 connection in Paris on the outbound and a 2:10 connection on the return:

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Tel Aviv-Boston $531-$542 valid outbound dates:
November 2, 3, 4, 7, 9, 10, 13, 14, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24, 25, 26, 27
December 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 23, 24, 25, 26, 30
January 7, 9, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 19, 20, 21, 23, 24, 25, 26, 27, 28, 29, 30, 31
February 12, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 23, 24, 25, 27, 29
March 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 15, 22, 23

Boston-Tel Aviv $531-$542 valid return dates:
November 8, 10, 11, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 22, 23, 24, 25, 26, 27, 28, 29
December 3, 4, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 29, 30, 31
January 1, 4, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 25, 27, 31
February 1, 2, 4, 8, 9, 15, 16, 21, 23, 28, 29
March 1, 2, 8, 14, 15, 16, 17, 19, 21, 22

HT: myccrabbi, via DDF

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USAirways: Chicago To Tel Aviv In Business Class For $2,074

Sunday, July 12th, 2015

Update: DEAD!

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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 Orbitz. Orbitz tickets from the USA are refundable until 11pm ET the day after purchase.
Bookable on Priceline. Priceline tickets from the USA are refundable until 11:29pm ET the day after purchase.

USAirways/American has great business class fares from Chicago to Tel Aviv via Philadelphia.  These book into full J/F refundable fare classes that will earn 19,347 miles with the 50% class of a service bonus.

USAirways has what’s arguably the best business class seat between North American and Tel Aviv with 4 across reverse herringbone lie-flat seating that affords every seat with direct aisle access.

Kids 11 and under get a $280 discount.

There are lots of valid dates are available from now through the end of scheduling.

Sample dates (There are many other valid dates):
08/02-08/19
09/09-10/07 (Rosh Hashana/Yom Kippur/Sukkos)
09/16-10/07 (Yom Kippur/Sukkos)
09/17-10/08 (Yom Kippur/Sukkos)
10/11-10/18
11/11-11/18
12/01-12/15 (Chanuka)
01/24-01/31
02/21-02/28 (Purim Katan)
03/20-03/27 (Purim)
04/19-05/01 (Pesach)
05/23-05/30 (Lag B’Omer)

To find valid dates you can use ITA Software.

Search from Chicago to Tel Aviv. Then click on “Advanced routing codes” to be able to specify your connection city as PHL.

Use the calendar search to find valid dates and be sure to select business class:

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You can also use Orbitz’ 3 day search to help find valid dates.

You must start travel in Chicago, though you don’t need to take the final Philadelphia-Chicago segment.

HT: Afight4ever, via DDF

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The Ultimate Israel Mileage Award Chart

Thursday, June 25th, 2015

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This updated chart below attempts to break down some of the best options for getting to Israel with miles.

See all of the possibilities along with the mileage booking policies of mileage program from around the world after the jump:

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El Al Matmid: NYC To Tel Aviv For 20K AMEX Points Plus $160

Tuesday, May 5th, 2015

Update, 05/06: The rates have gone back up to 800 Matmid points each way.
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El Al is back with yet another discounted award promotion for flights from NYC to Tel Aviv.

The normal summer rate from NYC to Tel Aviv is 1,000 Matmid points (50K AMEX points) each way plus fuel surcharges.
The summer rate for Executives from NYC to Tel Aviv is 800 Matmid points (40K AMEX points) each way plus fuel surcharges.

With this currently unadvertised promotion for “Executives,” a one-way flight from NYC to Tel Aviv is 400 Matmid points (20K AMEX points) plus $160 in taxes and fuel surcharges.
A round-trip from NYC to Tel Aviv is 800 Matmid points (40K AMEX points) plus $355 in taxes and fuel surcharges.

This promo appears to only be valid for one-way or round-trip coach awards that originate from NYC.  It did not work for awards originating from Boston, Los Angeles, Toronto, or Tel Aviv and it doesn’t work for business or first class awards.

It’s easy to obtain Matmid executive status.  A transfer of just 5,000 points from the US AMEX Membership Rewards program to El Al’s Matmid program will earn you executive status for a year. Your account should reflect executive member status within about 24 hours from the transfer. You can transfer points from AMEX to El Al instantly via this link.

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

-Departures valid between May 5 and July 18, 2015.
-Returns valid any time.
-The booking deadline for this promotion is currently unknown and can end at any time.

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American Express Membership Rewards points transfer instantly to El Al 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. You can easily track how many transactions you have on the AMEX site and at the end of the month you can easily add credit to your Amazon account in as many transactions as you need to get up to 30 for that 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.

HT: Million Miler, via DDF

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Delta/United: NYC To Tel Aviv Nonstop For $866.36 Round-Trip On Limited Dates

Tuesday, April 21st, 2015

Bookable on Priceline. Priceline tickets are refundable until 11:29pm ET the day after purchase. Just click on “view full itinerary” in your email confirmation and then click on cancel flights.

This is a very weak match of the current El Al sale.  The El Al sale has many more dates available, but Delta and United’s miles are more valuable in case these limited dates work out for you.

-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.
-A Saturday night stay is required.
-Valid for departure from NYC only.

Delta: Valid outbound travel dates from JFK to Tel Aviv:
April 23, 28, 30

Delta: Valid return travel dates from Tel Aviv to JFK:
April 28, 29
May 5, 6, 19

United: Valid outbound travel dates from Newark to Tel Aviv:
April 23, 28, 29

United: Valid return travel dates from Tel Aviv to Newark:
April 29
May 2, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 12, 13, 14, 15, 18, 19, 29
June 2, 3, 5, 9, 12, 16, 19,

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USAirways: Philadelphia-Tel Aviv Nonstop For $828 Round-Trip On Limited Dates This Summer

Monday, March 23rd, 2015

Update, 4:45pm: DEAD!

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Bookable on Priceline. Priceline tickets from the USA are refundable until 11:29pm ET the day after purchase.
And Bookable on Orbitz. Orbitz tickets from the USA are refundable until 11pm ET the day after purchase.

-An excellent summertime fare, though dates are limited.
-Fares are valid from Philadelphia to Tel Aviv only.

-Limited seats are available and valid dates below will sell out. 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.

If you’re coming from NYC but don’t want to to the 2 hour drive you can use 9,000 BA Avios for a round-trip between LGA and PHL.

Roundup of valid Philadelphia to Tel Aviv outbound travel dates:
July 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 23, 24, 25, 26, 27, 28, 30, 31
August 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10

Roundup of valid Tel Aviv to Philadelphia return travel dates:
July 22
August 16, 17, 18

HT: avrumy, via DDF

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Flying Blue Promo Awards Now Bookable For Flights Between Boston, Chicago, Dallas, Washington DC, Edmonton, Or Vancouver And Tel Aviv From 12.5K Miles Each Way

Sunday, February 1st, 2015

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.

Flying Blue does charge fuel surcharges on their own flights but not on Delta flights. However availability is much better on their own flights than on Delta flights. 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 25,000 miles each way in coach and 62,500 miles each way in business to Israel but they run rotating promo awards 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 02/28.

-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.

Current deals:
-You can travel between Dallas and Tel Aviv between May 8th-May 31st for 12.5K miles each way in coach.
-You can travel between Boston, Chicago, Washington DC, or Vancouver and Tel Aviv in April or May for 18,750 miles each way in coach
-You can travel between Vancouver and Tel Aviv in April or May for 37,500 miles each way in premium economy.
-You can travel between Edmonton and Tel Aviv between May 5th-May 31st for 31,250 miles each way in business class.

-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 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.

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-The Starwood Preferred Guest® Credit Card from American Express awards 25K signup points with no fee for the first year. 20K Starpoints can transfer into 25K Flying Blue with the permanent 25% transfer bonus. Transfers can take a few days.

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

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. You can easily track how many transactions you have on the AMEX site and at the end of the month you can just buy $0.50 Amazon gift cards in as many transactions as you need to get up to 30 for that 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 cards like the American Express® Premier Rewards Gold Card and The Platinum Card® from American Express.

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

 

Dallas-Tel Aviv in economy:

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Edmonton-Tel Aviv in business class:

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Washington DC-Tel Aviv in coach:

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HT: D93, via DDF

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USAirways Business Saver Award Space Between Philadelphia And Tel Aviv Is Back For Summer And Fall Travel!

Sunday, February 1st, 2015

Update: DEAD!

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AA.com and USAirways.com are showing tons of saver business class avaialbility between Philadelphia and Tel Aviv from July through December 2015.

USAirways business class features a 1-2-1 configuration with direct aisle access for all passengers.

Typically there its rare to find more than 1 business class seat on this route, but right now many dates have multiple seats open.

Award space isn’t as wide open as it was a couple of weeks ago, but it’s far more than normal.

This is a glitch in the fare booking class as U class just recently switched from being a coach booking class to a business booking class. When you book your business award the confirmation page will show U class/economy. However it will charge you the business class rate and you will be seated in business class and U class is now in business class.

Space to many European cities is excellent as well.

AA.com charges 67.5K miles one-way/135K round-trip to Tel Aviv.
USAirways.com charges 120K miles round-trip (115K for cardholders) and doesn’t sell one-way awards.

AA allows 5 days holds and USAir allows 3 days holds.

You can transfer Starpoints to either airline, 20K Starpoints becomes 25K miles. That transfer can take a few days but AA.com allows for a 5 day award hold. Those points can be earned on a card like the Starwood Preferred Guest® Credit Card from American Express.

American requires that the name on the Starwood account (or at least the last name) match in order to do a transfer. However USAirways allows transfers from anyone’s Starwood account. You can transfer points between Starwood accounts if the home address on both members Starwood accounts are the same, but that transfer can take a few days as well.

Post what you book!

HT: gleff, via DDF

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JFK To Tel Aviv For $459 Or Tel Aviv To JFK For $538 Round-Trip With A Short Connection In Kiev

Thursday, January 15th, 2015

-Earn 2-2.14 points per dollar and get free insurance for trip cancellation, trip interruption, trip delay, lost luggage, delayed luggage, and travel accident with Chase Sapphire Preferred.

-Bookable on Orbitz. Orbitz tickets are refundable until 10pm CT the day after purchase.

-Fare is valid on Ukraine Interational Airlines with a short connection in Kiev.  The dates below all have connections between 1-3 hours available as of the time of this posting.

-The list below are sample dates, other dates may be available, especially with long connection times.

-Limited seats are available. 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.

Originating in NYC:
$459 JFK-Tel Aviv outbound sample dates:
02/11
02/15
02/18
03/01
03/03
03/04
03/08
03/10
03/11

$459 Tel Aviv-JFK return sample dates:
03/03
03/09
03/10
03/16
03/17
03/23
03/24
04/13
04/14

Originating in Tel Aviv:
$538 Tel Aviv-JFK outbound sample dates:
03/03
03/09
03/10
03/16
03/23

$538 JFK-Tel Aviv return sample dates:
03/10
03/11
03/17
03/24
03/25
04/21
04/22
04/29

HT: sruli1234, via DDF

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The Ultimate Israel Mileage Award Chart

Thursday, January 15th, 2015

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This updated chart below attempts to break down some of the best options for getting to Israel with miles.

See all of the possibilities along with the mileage booking policies of mileage program from around the world after the jump:

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Roundup Of Additional Valid Dates For $350 Adults/$282 Kids Round-Trip Tickets To Israel On Transaero

Tuesday, January 13th, 2015

-Earn 2-2.14 points per dollar and get free insurance for trip cancellation, trip interruption, trip delay, lost luggage, delayed luggage, and travel accident with Chase Sapphire Preferred.

-Flights are bookable on Airfare.com

Below are winter/spring dates that I found with airfares under $400 round-trip.

The list is not exhaustive.

There are also travel dates in the summer from $554 round-trip and there are fall travel dates, including Sukkos, from $365.  Feel free to post what you find!

Airfare.com only allows free cancellation until 11:59pm on the day of purchase.

Adults tickets are $350, kids tickets are $282. Be sure to buy your infant a seat, for $280 you’ll be able to bring a carseat and not have to hold them for the trip.

Flights with a short connection have connections between 3 and 5 hours.  Long connections involve 12+ connections. Without a Russian visa you’ll be confined to the airport for your connection.

JFK-Tel Aviv outbound dates with short connections.

From $350 round-trip
March 2, 4, 9

From $365 round-trip
February 18, 23
March 15
April 5, 6, 8
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JFK-Tel Aviv outbound dates with long connections.

From $350 round-trip
January 19, 26, 28
February 2, 11, 16, 22, 25
March 1, 8

From $365 round-trip
January 25
February 15
March 16, 29
April 12, 13, 20
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Tel Aviv-JFK return dates with short connections.

From $350 round-trip
January 30
February 6, 13, 20, 27
March 6, 8, 13, 15, 20, 27
April 3, 5, 6, 8

From $365 round-trip
January 23, 28
February 11, 15
March 4, 29
April 10
May 15, 17, 18, 20, 22

From $380 round-trip
April 24
May 1, 3, 13

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Tel Aviv-JFK return dates with long connections.

From $365 round-trip
January 22, 25, 27, 29
February 5, 10, 12, 17, 19, 26
March 3, 5, 12, 19, 22, 26, 31
April 2, 7, 9

From $380 round-trip
April 21, 23, 26, 30
May 10, 12, 14, 19, 21

 

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$350 Adults/$282 Kids Round-Trip Tickets To Israel Still Available On Very Limited Dates…If You’re Willing To Have An All Day Connection

Monday, January 12th, 2015

-Earn 2-2.14 points per dollar and get free insurance for trip cancellation, trip interruption, trip delay, lost luggage, delayed luggage, and travel accident with Chase Sapphire Preferred.

-Flights are bookable on Airfare.com

I wrote about these crazy cheap Transaero fares 3 weeks ago back when they were still selling flights with short connections to Israel. Since then Russia has bailed out the airline to ensure they can keep flying.

Those flights sold out quickly, but there are still flights with long connection times if you’re a glutton for punishment.

Airfare.com only allows free cancellation until 11:59pm on the day of purchase.

Adults tickets are $350, kids tickets are $282. Be sure to buy your infant a seat, for $280 you’ll be able to bring a carseat and not have to hold them for the trip.

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That’s a 13 hour and 35 minute connection on the outbound and 4 hour and 25 minute connection on the return. Without a Russian visa you’ll be confined to the airport for your connection.

Dates are very limited. Sample valid dates below:

$350 dates:
01/19-03/04
01/26-03/04
01/28-03/04
02/02-03/04
02/09-03/04
02/11-03/04
02/16-03/04
02/18-03/04
02/23-03/04
02/25-03/04
03/02-03/04
03/02-03/13 (Short connections available!)
03/02-03/20 (Short connections available!)

Note that March 4th is Ta’anis Esther!

$365 dates:
02/08-02/17
02/11-02/19
03/02-03/09 (Short connections available!)
03/16-03/20 (Short connections available!)
03/02-04/22
03/04-04/22
03/09-04/22

$380 dates:
03/16-04/22
04/08-04/22
04/15-04/22

04/19-04/28
04/19-04/30
04/20-04/28
04/20-04/30

If you find other valid dates please post a comment!  If you don’t try one of the dates above there’s no need to comment that the deal doesn’t work, it very well may only work for the above dates.

Limited seats are available. 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.

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United: Fly From Atlanta, Cincinnati, Detroit, Minneapolis, Or Salt Lake City To Tel Aviv From $710 Round-Trip

Monday, January 5th, 2015

Related: Fly Delta From Cleveland, Denver, San Francisco, And Other Cities To Tel Aviv From $696 Round-Trip

-Earn 2-2.14 points per dollar and get free insurance for trip cancellation, trip interruption, trip delay, lost luggage, delayed luggage, and travel accident with Chase Sapphire Preferred.

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

-Limited seats are available. 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.

As predicted earlier tonight, United has $710 round-trip fares from Delta’s hubs and focus cities to Israel.  Gotta love hub retaliation fares!

Note that flights through 02/28 will earn full flown miles, while flights on 03/01 or later will only earn a fraction of that as United is moving to a revenue based mileage earning program in March.

For example:

Atlanta-Tel Aviv for $710.96
01/12-01/20
01/19-01/27
01/25-02/02
02/01-02/09
02/08-02/16
02/15-02/23
02/22-03/02
03/01-03/09 (Purim)
03/09-03/17
04/26-05/10 (Lag B’Omer, $742)

Cincinnati-Tel Aviv for $710.96
Sample dates:
01/19-01/27
01/26-02/03
02/09-02/17
02/15-02/23
02/22-03/02
02/24-03/09 (Purim)
03/02-03/10 (Purim)
04/26-05/04
04/26-05/10 (Lag B’Omer, $742)

Detroit-Tel Aviv for $710.96
01/12-01/20
01/19-01/27
01/27-02/04
02/03-02/11
02/10-02/18
02/15-02/23
02/23-03/02
03/02-03/09 (Purim)
04/22-04/29

Minneapolis-Tel Aviv for $710.96
01/12-01/20
02/01-02/09
02/08-02/16
04/22-04/29

There are also $710 fares on United from Salt Lake City to Tel Aviv.

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Flying Blue Promo Awards Now Bookable For Flights Between Atlanta, Houston, Montreal, Or Toronto And Tel Aviv From 18,750 Miles Each Way

Sunday, January 4th, 2015

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.

Flying Blue does charge fuel surcharges on their own flights but not on Delta flights. However availability is much better on their own flights than on Delta flights. 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 25,000 miles each way in coach and 62,500 miles each way in business to Israel but they run rotating promo awards 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 01/31.

-You need to travel with the current promo awards between 03/01-04/30.

-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.

Current deals:
-You can travel between Houston and Tel Aviv in March or April for 18,750 miles each way in coach.
-You can travel between Atlanta and Tel Aviv in March or April for 25,000 miles each way in premium economy.
-You can travel between Montreal or Toronto and Tel Aviv in March or April for 31,250 miles each way in business class.

-Air France premium economy gives a more comfortable seat with a leg rest, 20% more legroom, a 20% wider seat thanks to a 2-3-2 configuration rather than 2-4-2, gives 2 free checked bags, an amenity kit, and more.  It’s a whole lot better than the sad “premium economy” offerings from the US carriers.

-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 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.

American Express is a DansDeals.com advertiser.

-The Starwood Preferred Guest® Credit Card from American Express awards 25K signup points with no fee for the first year. 20K Starpoints can transfer into 25K Flying Blue with the permanent 25% transfer bonus. Transfers can take a few days.

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

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. You can easily track how many transactions you have on the AMEX site and at the end of the month you can just buy $0.50 Amazon gift cards in as many transactions as you need to get up to 30 for that 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.

Both of those cards also give a free year of Amazon Prime for a limited time only.

You can also earn Membership Rewards points from cards like the American Express® Premier Rewards Gold Card and The Platinum Card® from American Express.

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

 

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Montreal in business class:

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Toronto in business class:

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Transaero Sub-$400 Round-Trip Airfares To Israel Still Bookable…

Tuesday, December 23rd, 2014

Earn 2-2.14 points per dollar and get free insurance for trip cancellation, trip interruption, trip delay, lost luggage, delayed luggage, and travel accident insurance with Chase Sapphire Preferred.
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There are still sub-$400 Transaero fares available from JFK to Tel Aviv bookable on Airfare.com

Seats are very limited, especially on the flights with shorter connection times.

Airfare.com only allows free cancellation until 11:59pm on the day of purchase.

The shortest flight is with a 3:25 connection in Moscow on the outbound (16:25 total travel time) and a 4:25 connection in Moscow on the return (18:20 total travel time).

Be sure that the total travel time isn’t longer than that or else the flight may require an overnight in Moscow and you are not allowed to leave the airport without a Russian Visa.

Kids rates apply to children 2-11.

You may want to splurge to get your infant a seat as a lap child is $110 while a infant in a seat is $330.  Well worth the extra $110 each way to have a seat for your infant (bring a carseat) so that they can sleep on the plane.  Safer as well and your arms will thank you.

Wednesdays have the most availability.

For example as of the time of this posting, a flight from 02/25-03/04 has at least 9 seats available for $368 round-trip, a flight from 02/25-03/11 (Purim) has at least 5 seats available for $383 round-trip.

Other dates seem more limited.  A flight from 02/18-02/25 would only be available for 3 people.  When you search for more people than they have cheap tickets for that you’ll pay the higher price for all passengers.

Note that the $353 flight below has a 13:15 connection but the $368 flight has the shorter connections:

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Discounted El Al Award Tickets

Tuesday, December 2nd, 2014

I haven’t seen any official announcement, but El Al has discounted award pricing for flights between NYC or Toronto and Tel Aviv.

Normally a coach ticket from New York or Toronto to Tel Aviv is 700 Matmid points (35K AMEX points) each way, though those awards will get more expensive for tickets booked after 02/09/15.

From my non-elite account selected flights between Toronto and Tel Aviv are pricing out at 400 points (20K AMEX points) each way and selected flights between NYC and Tel Aviv are pricing out at 500 points (25K AMEX points) each way.

From an Israel based Gold elite account selected flights between Toronto and Tel Aviv are pricing out at 225 points (11,250 AMEX points) each way and selected flights between NYC and Tel Aviv are pricing out at 300 points (15K AMEX points) each way.

It seems that you can book discounted one-way flights from 01/31-03/07.  You can return later than 03/07 as long as you book round-trip travel and the outbound flight leaves by 03/07.

If your account has a different rate please post a comment!

Note that El Al charges about $350 in taxes and fuel surcharges on a round-trip award.

These dates had discounted awards available:

NYC-Tel Aviv
January 31
February 1, 2, 8, 9, 15, 16, 19, 22, 23
March 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 7.
The following dates only work as return dates on a round-trip that originates in Tel Aviv by 03/07:
March 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 21, 22, 23, 24, 25, 26.
April 4, 20, 21, 22, 23, 25, 26, 27, 28, 29.
Return flights in later months work as well.

Tel Aviv-NYC
February 4, 5, 6.
March 3, 4, 5, 6,
The following dates only work as return dates on a round-trip that originates in NYC by 03/07:
March 9, 10, 11, 23, 13, 16, 17, 18, 23, 24
April 6, 7, 8, 16, 17, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 26, 27, 28, 29, 30.
Return flights in later months work as well.

Toronto-Tel Aviv
January 11, 13, 15, 18, 22, 25, 29
February 1, 5, 8, 12, 15, 22, 24, 26
March 1, 3
The following dates only work as return dates on a round-trip that originates in Tel Aviv by 03/07:
March 8, 10, 17, 19, 22, 24
April 5, 16, 28
Return flights in later months work as well.

Tel Aviv-Toronto
January 15, 18, 22, 25, 29
February 1, 5, 8, 15, 19, 24, 26
March 1, 3, 5
The following dates only work on a round-trip that originates in Toronto by 03/07:
March 8, 10, 12
April 5, 8, 16, 21, 23, 30.
Return flights in later months work as well.

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You can transfer points to El Al from AMEX Membership Rewards cards such as:
The Amex EveryDay Credit Card from American Express (10K AMEX MR points plus a free year of Amazon Prime for spending $1,000 in 3 months.  20% point bonus for making 20 transactions per month for an effective 2.4 points per dollar on groceries and Uber and 1.2 points per dollar elsewhere. No annual fee. No fee for additional cardholders.)
The Amex EveryDay Preferred Credit Card from American Express (15K AMEX MR points plus a free year of Amazon Prime for spending $1,000 in 3 months.  50% point bonus for making 30 transactions per month for an effective 4.5 points per dollar on groceries, 3 points per dollar on gas and Uber and 1.5 points per dollar elsewhere. $95 annual fee. No fee for additional cardholders.)
American Express® Premier Rewards Gold Card (25K AMEX MR points for spending $2,000 in 3 months. 3 points per dollar on airfare and 2 points per dollar on gas and groceries. $175 annual fee waived for first year. 5 free additional cardholders are free, 6+ additional cards cost $35/year each.)
Platinum Card® from American Express (40K AMEX MR points for spending $3,000 in 3 months. Free Starwood gold elite status for discounted paid and award stays. Free Centurion lounge access, Delta lounge access, Airspace lounge access, and Priority Club lounge access. $200 cash back in airline fee refunds per calendar year ($400 cash back in refunds during first cardmembership year). Free TSA PreCheck or Global Entry membership.  Free insurance for any items bought on credit card and lost within 90 days. No foreign exchange fees. $450 annual fee. 3 additional cardholders for a flat $175 fee ($58.33/year each) which includes full lounge access and free TSA PreCheck or Global Entry membership. 4+ additional cards cost $175/year each)

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HT: Chaikel

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Roundup Of Valid Dates For Nonstop El Al Flights From NYC To Tel Aviv For $798 Or Los Angeles To Tel Aviv For $1,048

Sunday, November 30th, 2014

-Earn 2-2.14 points per dollar and get free insurance for trip cancellation, trip interruption, trip delay, lost luggage, delayed luggage, and travel accident with Chase Sapphire Preferred.

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

-Prices are valid for flight departing from the USA only.

-The dates below include flights from both EWR and JFK. Search from NYC to include both airports in your search.

-Chase Ink Plus and Ink Cash cardholders get 2 free lounge visits per year with Lounge Club.  The Art & Lounge in Newark is the El Al contracted lounge for their premium class passengers and is included in the lounge club network!  I’ve been able to enroll both primary and secondary users in Lounge Club.

NYC-Tel Aviv valid outbound dates:
January 11, 12, 15, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 24, 25, 26, 27, 28, 29, 31.
February 1, 4, 5, 7, 8, 9, 10, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 21, 22, 23, 24, 25, 26, 28
March 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 14

Tel Aviv-NYC valid return dates:
January 20, 21, 22, 28, 29, 30
February 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 9, 12, 13, 15, 16, 17, 19, 20, 25, 26, 27, 28
March 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12
April 6, 7, 8, 16, 17, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 27, 28, 29, 30
May 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 11, 12, 13, 14, 17, 18, 19, 25, 26, 27, 28, 29, 31
June 1, 2, 3, 4, 9, 10, 11, 15, 16, 17, 21, 22, 23, 24, 29, 30
Return dates are also valid in July 2015-February 2016.

Los Angeles-Tel Aviv valid outbound dates:
January 14, 20, 22, 25, 27, 29
February 1, 3, 5, 8, 10, 12, 17, 19, 26

Tel Aviv-Los Angeles valid return dates:
January 22, 27, 29
February 1, 3, 5, 8, 10, 12, 15, 17, 19, 22, 24.
March 3, 10
April 5, 6, 7, 16, 20, 21, 22, 29
May 4, 5, 11, 12, 13, 19, 20
Return dates are also valid in June 2015-February 2016.

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New Flying Blue Promo Awards Now Bookable: Fly Between Tel Aviv And JFK, Houston, Washington DC, And Other Cities For 12.5K Miles

Sunday, November 30th, 2014

Update: Today is the final day to book the promo awards described below.
You can also now view the list that will be bookable starting tomorrow for travel in February and March.
Those will include discounted premium economy awards from JFK and Toronto (25K each way instead of 50K) and coach awards from Chicago (12.5K each way instead of 25K)

Originally posted on 11/01:

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

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

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

Flying Blue does charge fuel surcharges on their own flights but not on Delta flights. However availability is much better on their own flights than on Delta flights. 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 25,000 miles each way in coach and 62,500 miles each way in business to Israel but they run rotating promo awards 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 11/30.

-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.

Current deals:
-You can travel between Chicago and Tel Aviv in January or February for 31,250 miles each way in business.
-You can travel between Houston and Tel Aviv between 01/12-02/28 for 12,500 miles each way in coach.
-You can travel between JFK and Tel Aviv between 01/12-02/28 for 12,500 miles each way in coach.
-You can travel between Los Angeles and Tel Aviv between 01/12-02/28 for 18,750 miles each way in coach.
-You can travel between Washington DC and Tel Aviv between 01/12-02/28 for 12,500 miles each way in coach.

-You can travel between Montreal and Tel Aviv in January or February for 46,875 miles each way in business.
-You can travel between Toronto and Tel Aviv in January or February for 46,875 miles each way in business.
-You can travel between Tahiti and Tel Aviv between 01/12-02/28 for 30,000 miles each way in coach.

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

-For example on 01/20-01/27 you can fly from JFK to Tel Aviv nonstop on Delta for 50,000 Flying Blue miles round-trip plus $84.92 or with a stop on KLM or Air France for 25,000 Flying Blue miles round-trip plus $252.26.

Note that Flying Blue can only book Delta saver availability which is much far more limited that Air France and KLM saver availability. The easiest way to search for Delta saver availability is to do an award search on Delta.com, click on “View award calendar” and look for the dates in green. Then plugin those dates on the Air France site and it should pull up the Delta option.

Want to pickup some Flying Blue miles?
AMEX MR points transfer 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.

-The Starwood Preferred Guest® Credit Card from American Express awards 25K signup points with no fee for the first year. 20K Starpoints can transfer into 25K Flying Blue with the permanent 25% transfer bonus. Transfers can take a few days.

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

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. You can easily track how many transactions you have on the AMEX site and at the end of the month you can just buy $0.50 Amazon gift cards in as many transactions as you need to get up to 30 for that 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.

Both of those cards also give a free year of Amazon Prime for a limited time only.

You can also earn Membership Rewards points from cards like the American Express® Premier Rewards Gold Card and The Platinum Card® from American Express.

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

 

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“Hacking” A Newark To Tel Aviv Nonstop For $738 Round-Trip Or JFK To Tel Aviv Nonstop For $776 Round-Trip

Thursday, November 13th, 2014

-Earn 2-2.14 points per dollar and get free insurance for trip cancellation, trip interruption, trip delay, lost luggage, delayed luggage, and travel accident with Chase Sapphire Preferred.

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

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

Search for a flight from NYC to Tel Aviv on 01/21 for example.
Click on the + sign just after the flight date to add another segment.
In the next segment search for a flight from Tel Aviv to Boston on 01/28 for example.

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Click on United and you’ll see this flight option.  The outbound flight is a nonstop flight from Newark to Tel Aviv. The return flight is from Tel Aviv to Boston but it connects in Newark.  Bags will be tagged to Boston, but everyone must pickup their luggage in Newark.  At that point by law you have to bring your bags past customs yourself and can recheck your bags to Boston or you can just leave the airport:

 

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Want to fly Delta from JFK?  Click on Delta, scroll down to the $776 flights, and locate the flight option that goes nonstop from JFK on the outbound and returns to Boston via JFK.  Same story, everyone must pickup their bags in JFK:

 

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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.

They can decide not to give miles for your trip, though only USAirways has actually followed through with that threat.  I don’t suggest anyone do this every month, but tons of people save money by buying tickets with hidden city ticketing every day without problems.

The reason this works is because you’re effectively paying the higher nonstop fare from NYC to Tel Aviv, but you take advantage of part of the current dirt cheap fares on Delta and United to Boston.

For the most part, the same dates that work for Delta and United from Boston to Tel Aviv will work for this trick. So just try a sample date that works for United or Delta there and just search using the NYC-TLV-BOS format as shown above.

The following sample dates work for both Delta and United:
-01/21-01/28
-02/03-02/10
-02/10-02/17
-02/17-02/24

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

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El Al Announces New Service Between Boston And Tel Aviv

Monday, November 10th, 2014

El Al has announced that Boston will be their first new North American city to be launched in years.

There will be 3 weekly flights effective June 2015.

Boston is of course a JetBlue hub, so people will be able to connect from Boston across the JetBlue network thanks to the new JetBlue codeshare agreement.  Unfortunately you can’t earn JetBlue points for El Al flights and you can’t redeem JetBlue points for El Al flights, though perhaps that will change in the future.

Hopefully we will hear from American that they are launching JFK and Miami service and from United that they are launching Chicago or San Francisco service to Tel Aviv as well 😀

In other news, El Al has also just announced a massive devaluation to their frequent flyer program, Matmid. I’m combing through those details now and will make a post on them shortly.

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Ukraine Airlines: JFK To Tel Aviv Via Kiev For $609.42 Round-Trip

Monday, November 3rd, 2014

-Earn 2-2.14 points per dollar and get free insurance for trip cancellation, trip interruption, trip delay, lost luggage, delayed luggage, and travel accident with Chase Sapphire Preferred.

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

Valid for flights originating in JFK only. Not valid for flights originating in Tel Aviv.

Most outbound flights have a 2:40 layover in Kiev and most return flights have a 1:10 layover.

Ukraine offers 2 free checked bags of 50 pounds each.

Valid JFK-TLV departure dates:
November 11, 15, 19, 22, 26, 29.
December 3, 6, 7, 9, 10, 13, 14, 16, 30
January 6, 7, 11, 13, 14, 17, 18, 20, 21, 24, 25, 27, 28, 31
February 1, 3, 4, 7, 8, 10, 11, 14, 17, 18, 21, 22

Valid TLV-JFK return dates:
November 13, 14, 15, 18, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24, 25, 27, 28, 29, 30
December 1, 2, 4, 5, 6, 7, 9, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 20, 21, 22, 23
January 11, 12, 13, 15, 16, 17, 18, 20, 22, 23, 24, 25, 26, 27, 29, 30, 31
February 1, 2, 3, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24, 26, 27, 28
March ($641) 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12

HT: ybeeds, via DDF

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American-El Al Partnership Ending 10/31/14

Thursday, October 23rd, 2014

Update: Just 1 week left to use your AA miles to fly on El Al. Have you booked a trip since this announcement? Hit the comments!

Originally posted on 09/24:

On November 19th I made several predictions about the American-USAirways merger. Several have already come true.

-As referenced in #3 and #4, the American OneWorld round-the-world award chart was killed and USAirways started collecting fuel surcharges on British Airways and has already killed some off-peak awards.

-And I wrote in #9,

“Beware that El Al may decide to sever its relationship with American if they become a competitor and you may no longer be able to use American miles on El Al. Though if El Al would do that they would lose codeshare access to other US cities that they get from American though they can always set one up with an airline like JetBlue.”

And unfortunately that’s come to fruition as well.

“Effective November 1, 2014, flights taken on El Al will not accrue AAdvantage miles due to the discontinuation of American’s frequent flyer relationship with EL AL.

All award travel on EL AL must be booked and ticketed by October 31, 2014. Travel is valid one year after ticket date, and must be completed by October 31, 2015. No changes to the EL AL segments are allowed during that period.”

El Al used to be partners with Delta and that relationship ended when Delta started flights from Atlanta to Tel Aviv. Eventually those flights shifted to JFK.

American’s subsidiary USAirways of course flies to Tel Aviv via Philadelphia. The best way to book that flight is with less than 40K Starpoints round-trip via a transfer to LAN.

As American works out their issues with the former TWA employees who were stiffed in Israel they will surely launch more flights to Israel from JFK and Miami.

Had the United-Continental merger not gone through then I think El Al would be announcing a partnership with United today. Alas it did and United flies to Israel as well thanks to absorbing Continental’s flights. Which means there are no major North American carriers remaining to partner up with. Air Canada, Delta, and United all are competitors and all have a better business class product than El Al.

I still think a JetBlue partnership may occur, but that will likely be a codeshare-only relationship and not a frequent flyer relationship.

If you have AA miles and want to book a trip to Israel do it now before award inventory is completely wiped out by other AA mileage hoarders. Don’t wait for 10/31 to book a trip.

There is still time to transfer Starpoints to American to book flights on El Al, that transfer typically takes a few days.

You’ll need 45K miles in coach and 67.5K miles in business each way to fly nonstop from North America to Israel on El Al. El Al has flights from JFK, Los Angeles, Newark, and Toronto to Tel Aviv.

If you stop in Europe that price can drop to 40K if you fly between 10/15-05/15. There’s a lot more info on hacking that award that in footnote *** at the end of this post.

A flight from Europe to Tel Aviv on El Al is 20K miles in coach and 30K in business.

Asia is a real bargain. Tel Aviv to Asia is just 22.5K miles in coach and business is just 30K. El Al flies nonstop to cities like Bangkok and Hong Kong. Their business class isn’t anything to write home about, but 30K is still a great bargain. In fact I just helped my parents book a trip from the US-Europe-Asia-Israel-US using AA miles with a flight on El Al in business class from the far east to Israel.

And El Al was a good way of getting from Israel to Australia for just 30K in coach and 45K in business as you can route from the Middle East to Australia via Bangkok and Hong Kong. Or you can use a 60K first class award to connect to a Qantas First class flight in Asia. Or you can use 30K AA miles to fly business to Bangkok and 30K United miles to fly Thai Business or 40K United miles to fly Thai First down under.  Thai First even comes with a free hour long massage in their Bangkok lounge.

Here is the rest of the AA award chart. You can always combine flights on El Al with other AA OneWorld and non-alliance partners on the same award.

Note that American agents often can only see 2 El Al awards at a time, so have them grab those 2 seats and then have the agent check for 2 more or just call back.

Some agents don’t know how to properly search for El Al award seats due to their confusing class codes (business on El Al is the same class as coach on other airlines, leave it to the Israelis to come up with the one 😀 ), so you may need to use some HUCA.

AA.com doesn’t show El Al awards, so you’ll need a Matmid account to research availability online.

Of course earlier this year HAS Advantage points stopped transferring to El Al as well.

Stay tuned for a post on the best remaining ways to use miles to fly on El Al in a post-AA and post-HAS era.

HT: chucksterace, via DDF

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LOT Polish: JFK To Tel Aviv For $698.82 Round-Trip.

Wednesday, October 22nd, 2014

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Bookable on Priceline. Priceline tickets are refundable until 11:30pm ET the day after purchase.
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A good fare on an airline that’s definitely a step up from the Russian and Ukrainian airlines. If you have a long layover in Warsaw take a tour of the city and grab a bite to eat, don’t just stay in the airport!

Valid only when originating from JFK.

Valid JFK-TLV outbound travel dates:
January 16, 17, 19, 21, 23, 24, 28, 30
February 2, 6, 7, 9, 14, 16, 20, 21, 23, 25, 27, 28
March 2, 4, 6, 7, 13

Valid TLV-JFK return travel dates:
January 19, 21, 23, 26, 28, 30
February 2, 4, 6, 9, 11, 13, 16, 18, 20, 23, 25, 28
March 2, 4, 6, 13, 16, 20.

As this is a deeply discounted L class fare it will only earn 50% of the flown miles when credit to Air Canada or 25% of the flown miles when credited to United.

HT: Ya’alili, via DDF

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Fly One-Way From Tel Aviv-JFK From $274 And One-Way From JFK-Tel Aviv From $369 Or Less

Monday, September 15th, 2014

Update:

-Save an additional $15 on CheapOAir with code: NY15

-Book at least 4 passengers on CheapOAir one-way or round-trip and use the following promo code for $40 off: GROUP40

Earn 2-2.14 points per dollar and get free insurance for trip cancellation, trip interruption, trip delay, lost luggage, delayed luggage, and travel accident insurance with Chase Sapphire Preferred.
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Norwegian has one-way flights from Tel Aviv to JFK via Copenhagen from $274 bookable directly on their website. Just switch the currency from EUR to USD.

They don’t sell JFK to Tel Aviv tickets as flights in that direction would require an overnight connection in Copenhagen. You may be able to book cheap tickets that way by searching separately for tickets from JFK to Copenhagen and Copenhagen to Tel Aviv if you’re willing to stopover in Copenhagen.

Note that a checked bag from Tel Aviv to JFK will cost $70.

Here are dates with one-way fares from Tel Aviv to JFK for under $400:
11/03: $347
11/10: $274
11/17: $292
11/24: $274
12/01: $347
12/08: $274
12/15: $347
01/12: $274
01/19: $274
01/26: $274
02/02: $292
02/09: $365
02/16: $347
02/23: $347
03/02: $347
03/09: $292
03/16: $347
05/07: $376
05/28: $376
06/04: $376

HT: Yigal S.

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Transaero has also had cheap fares to Israel for a while now, it was posted on the DansDeals Forums last Thursday. Those flights are from JFK to Tel Aviv via Moscow. Transaero doesn’t exactly have a stellar reputation for being a great airline, but people tell me that I’m doing a disservice to my readers by not at least writing about the sale.

So I’m not just going to write about the sale, I’ve compiled just about every valid date for the sale to make it really easy to find valid dates.

When searching for flights you should always search at first for one passengers to see if you might save money by booking up however many cheap seats are available.  Otherwise you wind up paying the higher price for everyone in the party.

You can either fly one-way from JFK to Tel Aviv from $369 or round-trip from JFK to Tel Aviv and back for $665. If you originate in Tel Aviv then prices will be higher.

2 checked bags are free.

You can book the Transaero sale via CheapOAir.

These dates have cheap one-way fares from JFK-Tel Aviv:
$369 dates: 09/28, 10/01, 10/06, 10/13, 10/22, 10/26, 10/29, 11/05, 11/09, 11/12, 11/16, 11/19, 11/23, 11/26, 11/30, 12/03, 12/07, 12/10, 12/14, 12/17, 12/21, 01/04, 01/14, 01/18, 01/21, 01/25, 01/28, 02/01, 02/04, 02/08, 02/11, 02/15, 02/28, 02/22, 02/25, 02/27, 03/01, 03/04,   03/08, 03/11, 03/15, 03/18, 03/22, 03/25
$374 dates: 09/29
$388 dates: 09/21, 09/22, 10/20, 11/02, 12/22, 01/05, 01/07, 01/11, 01/12

If you use one of the valid JFK-Tel Aviv dates above then you can use any of the following return dates to book a round-trip from Tel-Aviv-JFK for $665. (In other words a round-trip flight from JFK-TLV from 10/22 until 10/30 will be $665): 10/12, 10/13, 10/23, 10/28, 10/29, 10/30, 10/31, 11/04, 11/05, 11/06, 11/11, 11/12, 11/13, 11/18, 11/19, 11/20, 11/23, 11/25, 11/26, 11/27, 12/02, 12/03, 12/04, 12/07, 12/09, 12/10, 12/11, 12/14, 12/16, 12/17, 12/18, 12/23, 12/24, 01/13, 01/15, 01/20, 01/27, 01/28, 01/29, 02/01, 02/03, 02/04, 02/05, 02/08, 02/10, 02/11, 02/12, 02/15, 02/17, 02/18, 02/19, 02/22, 02/24, 02/25, 02/26, 03/01, 03/03, 03/04, 03/05, 03/08, 03/10, 03/11, 03/12, 03/15, 03/17, 03/18, 03/19, 03/22, 03/24, 03/25, 03/26

Valid return dates for $696 round-trip: 12/25, 12/28, 12/29, 01/01, 01/04, 01/06, 01/08, 01/11, 01/12, 01/14, 01/18, 01/25, 01/26, 03/09
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Roundup Of Sample NYC To Tel Aviv Nonstop Round-Trip Airfare Deals August 2014-June 2015

Monday, August 18th, 2014

Bookable on Priceline. Priceline allows free cancellations until 11:30pm ET the day after purchase. Earn 2 points per dollar with Chase Sapphire Preferred.
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If you typically redeem for coach flights like this the best credit card for spending will probably be the Barclaycard Arrival Plus. You start off with 40,000 points for spending $3,000. Plus you get 2 points per dollar and 10% of your points back every time you redeem your points for cash for an effective 2.22% rebate.

In other words $10K in spend on many cards earn 10,000 points but on the Arrival card you would have enough to get $220 credited back to cover part of your ticket.  With $40K in spend you could cover an $880 ticket for far fewer points than other cards.

The fee on that card is waived for the first year and people have been able to have it waived in subsequent years by just asking for an account specialist.
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These are sample dates with good airfare deals. Prices are round-trip including tax.
-08/28-09/07: $973 on El Al.
-08/31-09/10: $973 on Delta, El Al, Or United.
-09/02-09/11: $973 on Delta, El Al, Or United.
-09/22-09/30: $973 on Delta (Rosh Hashana)
-09/28-10/23: $973 on El Al (Yom Kippur/Succos)
-11/02-11/11: $935 on Delta
-11/16-11/27: $900 on El Al
-11/30-12/16: $865 on United
-12/08-12/21: $865 on United (Chanukah)
-12/08-12/24: $865 on United (Chanukah)
-12/31-01/12: $935 on Delta
-01/05-01/20: $865 on El Al
-01/12-01/20: $865 on El Al
-01/14-01/27: $865 on El Al
-01/19-02/01: $865 on El Al
-01/22-02/04: $865 on El Al
-01/25-02/02: $865 on El Al
-02/01-02/10: $865 on El Al
-02/08-02/17: $865 on El Al
-02/15-02/24: $865 on El Al
-03/03-03/15: $900 on El Al (Purim)
-03/09-03/24: $865 on El Al
-03/10-03/25: $865 on El Al
-03/25-04/14: $865 on United (Pesach)
-04/19-04/28: $973 on El Al
-04/26-05/05: $973 on El Al
-04/29-05/10: $973 on El Al
-05/10-05/19: $973 on El Al
-05/17-05/27: $973 on El Al (Shavuos)
-06/07-06/17: $973 on El Al
-06/14-06/24: $973 on El Al

Want to find other valid dates?
1. Open up Google’s ITA Matrix.

2.-Search from NYC to TLV.
-Select “see calendar of lowest fares,” as pictured below.
-Select the starting date for it to search for cheap dates.
-Select how many nights you want to be in TLV for.
-Select nonstop only.

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3. Take a look at the calendar view to see which dates might work for you. Hover over any date to see the options based on how many nights you stay.

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4. Click on a date to view the flight details.

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5. ITA doesn’t sell tickets, so once you find cheap dates and flights just hop onto Priceline to book them. You’ll have until 11:30pm the following day to cancel free of charge if you decide to change your plans.

6. Want to search for a specific airline?

Click on advanced routing codes and enter in the following code:
For Delta: DL
For El Al: LY
For Unted: UA

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New Flying Blue Promo Awards Now Bookable: Chicago, Houston, Or Washington DC To Tel Aviv For 12.5K Miles

Monday, August 4th, 2014

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

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

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

Flying Blue does charge fuel surcharges on their own flights but not on Delta flights. However availability is much better on their own flights than on Delta flights. 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 25,000 miles each way in coach to Israel but they run rotating promo awards valid for select cities. Currently for North America that includes half priced flights from Chicago, Houston, Or Washington DC.

-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 08/31.

-You can travel between Houston or Washington DC and Tel Aviv in October or November or between Chicago and Tel Aviv in November.

-In some cases it may make sense to use BA Avios to get to Chicago, Houston, or Washington DC.

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

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

 

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07/27 Snapshot Of Saver Level Awards Between The US And Israel Through October

Sunday, July 27th, 2014

For obvious reasons, saver award tickets to Israel have never been easier to obtain than right now.  United miles are great for Israel but I’ve never seen anywhere near amount of United nonstop award space.

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

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

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

I also didn’t include Delta in this snapshot as their award calendar and the Air France award calendar have ridiculous amounts of false positives.    You can book a Delta coach award one-way with 25K Air France Flying Blue/AMEX miles with no fuel surcharges or a round-trip for 85K Delta miles.  You can book business class one-way with 62.5K Air France Flying Blue/AMEX miles or round-trip with 140K Delta miles.

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

United: Newark-Tel Aviv nonstop saver award space
-A coach round-trip with ANA/AMEX miles is 60K or a one-way “workaround” ANA coach award is 38K. A business round-trip is 90K or a one-way “workaround” ANA business award is 63K. No fuel surcharges for United flights
-Bookable in coach one-way with 40K Air Canada/AMEX miles. Business would be 82.5K one-way. No fuel surcharges for United flights
-Bookable in coach one-way with 42,500 United/Chase miles. Business would be 70K one-way. No fuel surcharges for any flights

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

07/27: UA84, 9+ coach and 7 business saver awards.
07/27: UA90, 9+ coach and 9+ business saver awards.
07/28: UA84, 9+ coach and 9+ business saver awards.
07/28: UA90, 9+ coach and 8 business saver awards.
07/29: UA84, 9+ coach and 9+ business saver awards.
07/29: UA90, 9+ coach and 9+ business saver awards.
08/02: UA90, 9+ coach saver awards.
08/03: UA84, 9+ coach saver awards.
08/03: UA90, 9+ coach saver awards.
08/04: UA84, 9+ coach saver awards.
08/04: UA90, 9+ coach saver awards.
08/05: UA84, 9+ coach saver awards.
08/05: UA90, 9+ coach and 7 business saver awards.
08/06: UA84, 9+ coach saver awards.
08/06: UA90, 9+ coach saver awards.
08/07: UA84, 9+ coach saver awards.
08/07: UA90, 9+ coach saver awards.
08/09: UA90, 9+ coach saver awards.
08/10: UA84, 9+ coach saver awards.
08/10: UA90, 9+ coach saver awards.
08/11: UA84, 9+ coach saver awards.
08/11: UA90, 9+ coach saver awards.
08/12: UA84, 9+ coach saver awards.
08/12: UA90, 9+ coach saver awards.
08/13: UA84, 9+ coach saver awards.
08/13: UA90, 9+ coach saver awards.
08/14: UA84, 9+ coach saver awards.
08/14: UA90, 9+ coach saver awards.
08/16: UA90, 9+ coach saver awards.
08/17: UA84, 9+ coach saver awards.
08/17: UA90, 9+ coach saver awards.
08/18: UA90, 2 coach saver awards.
08/19: UA84, 3 coach seats for credit cardholders or elites, 2 seats for non cardholders/elites.
08/26: UA84, 9+ coach saver awards.
08/26: UA90, 5 coach seats for credit cardholders or elites, 1 seat for non cardholders/elites.
08/27: UA84, 9+ coach saver awards.
08/27: UA90, 8 coach seats for credit cardholders or elites, 4 seats for non cardholders/elites.
08/28: UA84, 9+ coach saver awards.
08/28: UA90, 9+ coach saver awards.
08/30: UA90, 9+ coach saver awards.
08/31: UA84, 9+ coach saver awards.
08/31: UA90, 9+ coach saver awards.
09/27: UA90, 3 coach seats for credit cardholders or elites, 0 seats for non cardholders/elites.
09/29: UA84, 9+ coach seats for credit cardholders or elites, 5 seats for non cardholders/elites.

United: Tel Aviv-Newark nonstop saver award space
08/03: UA85, 9+ coach saver awards.
08/03: UA91, 9+ coach saver awards.
08/04: UA85, 9+ coach saver awards and 4 business saver awards.
08/04: UA91, 9+ coach saver awards.
08/05: UA85, 9+ coach saver awards and 9+ business saver awards.
08/05: UA91, 9+ coach saver awards.
08/06: UA85, 9+ coach saver awards.
08/06: UA91, 4 coach seats for credit cardholders or elites, 3 seats for non cardholders/elites.
08/07: UA85, 9+ coach saver awards and 9+ business saver awards.
08/08: UA85, 9+ coach saver awards and 9+ business saver awards.
08/09: UA91, 9+ coach saver awards.
08/10: UA85, 9+ coach saver awards.
08/10: UA91, 9+ coach seats for credit cardholders or elites, 7 seats for non cardholders/elites.
08/11: UA85, 9+ coach saver awards and 6 business saver awards.
08/11: UA91, 9+ coach saver awards.
08/12: UA85, 9+ coach saver awards.
08/12: UA91, 9+ coach seats for credit cardholders or elites, 7 seats for non cardholders/elites.
08/13: UA85, 9+ coach saver awards.
08/13: UA91, 9+ coach saver awards.
08/14: UA85, 9+ coach saver awards.
08/14: UA91, 8 coach seats for credit cardholders or elites, 6 seats for non cardholders/elites.
08/15: UA85, 9+ coach saver awards.
08/16: UA91, 9+ coach saver awards.
08/17: UA85, 9+ coach saver awards.
08/17: UA91, 9+ coach saver awards.
08/18: UA85, 9+ coach saver awards.
08/18: UA91, 9+ coach saver awards.
08/19: UA85, 9+ coach saver awards.
08/19: UA91, 9+ coach saver awards.
08/20: UA85, 9+ coach saver awards.
08/20: UA91, 9+ coach saver awards.
08/21: UA85, 9+ coach saver awards.
08/21: UA91, 9+ coach saver awards.
08/22: UA85, 9+ coach saver awards.
08/23: UA91, 8 coach seats for credit cardholders or elites, 5 seats for non cardholders/elites.
08/24: UA85, 9+ coach saver awards.
08/24: UA91, 9+ coach saver awards.
08/25: UA85, 9+ coach saver awards and 8 business saver awards.
08/25: UA91, 9+ coach saver awards.
08/26: UA85, 9+ coach saver awards.
08/26: UA91, 9+ coach saver awards.
08/27: UA85, 9+ coach saver awards.
08/27: UA91, 9+ coach saver awards.
08/28: UA85, 9+ coach saver awards.
08/28: UA91, 9+ coach seats for credit cardholders or elites, 6 seats for non cardholders/elites.
08/29: UA85, 9+ coach saver awards.
08/30: UA91, 9+ coach saver awards.
08/31: UA85, 9+ coach saver awards.
08/31: UA91, 9+ coach seats for credit cardholders or elites, 6 seats for non cardholders/elites.
09/01: UA85, 9+ coach seats for credit cardholders or elites, 5 seats for non cardholders/elites.
09/01: UA85, 8 business saver awards.
09/04: UA85, 9+ coach saver awards.
09/05: UA85, 9+ coach saver awards.
09/07: UA85, 9+ coach saver awards.
09/07: UA91, 9+ coach seats for credit cardholders or elites, 5 seats for non cardholders/elites.
09/08: UA85, 9+ coach saver awards.
09/08: UA91, 8 coach seats for credit cardholders or elites, 4 seats for non cardholders/elites.
09/09: UA85, 9+ coach saver awards.
09/09: UA91, 9+ coach saver awards.
10/13: UA85, 9+ coach saver awards.
10/14: UA85, 9+ coach saver awards.
10/15: UA85, 9+ coach saver awards.

Air Canada, Toronto-Tel Aviv coach nonstop saver award space
-Bookable one-way with 42,500 United/Chase miles. No fuel surcharges for any flights.
07/27: 8+ saver award seats
07/28: 1 saver award seat
07/29: 8+ saver award seats
07/30: 8+ saver award seats
08/03: 6 saver award seats
08/04: 8+ saver award seats
08/05: 8+ saver award seats
08/06: 2 saver award seats
08/07: 8+ saver award seats
08/10: 8+ saver award seats
08/12: 8+ saver award seats
08/13: 7 saver award seats
08/14: 8+ saver award seats
08/17: 8+ saver award seats
08/18: 4 saver award seats
08/21: 3 saver award seats
08/28: 8+ saver award seats
09/01: 8+ saver award seats
09/02: 8+ saver award seats
09/07: 1 saver award seat
09/08: 1 saver award seat
09/10: 1 saver award seat
09/11: 7 saver award seats
09/14: 8+ saver award seats
09/15: 8+ saver award seats
09/17: 7 saver award seats
09/18: 7 saver award seats
09/21: 8+ saver award seats
09/22: 5 saver award seats
09/28: 8+ saver award seats
09/29: 8+ saver award seats
09/30: 3 saver award seats
10/12: 2 saver award seats
10/13: 2 saver award seats
10/20: 7 saver award seats
10/26: 8+ saver award seats
10/29: 4 saver award seats

Air Canada, Tel Aviv-Toronto coach nonstop saver award space
08/04: 8+ saver award seats
08/07: 8+ saver award seats
08/10: 8+ saver award seats
08/11: 3 saver award seats
08/12: 4 saver award seats
08/13: 8+ saver award seats
08/14: 8+ saver award seats
08/17: 8+ saver award seats
08/18: 8+ saver award seats
08/19: 8+ saver award seats
08/20: 8+ saver award seats
08/21: 2 saver award seats
08/24: 1 saver award seat
08/25: 4 saver award seats
08/26: 8+ saver award seats
08/27: 8+ saver award seats
08/28: 8+ saver award seats
08/31: 1 saver award seat
09/01: 2 saver award seats
09/02: 6 saver award seats
09/03: 6 saver award seats
09/04: 8+ saver award seats
09/07: 6 saver award seats
09/08: 8+ saver award seats
09/09: 8+ saver award seats
09/11: 6 saver award seats
09/14: 8+ saver award seats
09/15: 1 saver award seat
09/16: 2 saver award seats
09/18: 8+ saver award seats
09/21: 8+ saver award seats
09/28: 8+ saver award seats
09/29: 5 saver award seats
09/30: 8+ saver award seats
10/01: 5 saver award seats
10/02: 3 saver award seats
10/05: 6 saver award seats
10/06: 8+ saver award seats
10/07: 6 saver award seats
10/12: 8+ saver award seats
10/13: 8+ saver award seats
10/14: 8+ saver award seats
10/23: 6 saver award seats
10/26: 8+ saver award seats
10/27: 8+ saver award seats
10/30: 8+ saver award seats

USAirways, Philadelphia-Tel Aviv nonstop saver award space
Coach, Bookable one-way with 45K AA miles with no fuel surcharges or 30K BA miles plus fuel surcharges.
Business, Bookable one-way with 67.5K AA miles with no fuel surcharges or 60K BA miles with fuel surcharges.
07/27: 6 coach saver award seats, 9+ business saver award seats.
07/28: 9+ coach saver award seats, 2 business saver award seats.
07/29: 9+ coach saver award seats, 8 business saver award seats.
07/31: 5 coach saver award seats
08/03: 2 coach saver award seats, 1 business saver award seat.
08/05: 1 coach saver award seat, 2 business saver award seats.
08/07: 6 coach saver award seats.
08/11: 1 business saver award seat.
08/17: 9+ coach saver award seats.
09/01: 1 coach saver award seat
09/03: 1 coach saver award seat
09/18: 1 coach saver award seat
09/23: 2 coach saver award seats

USAirways, Tel Aviv-Philadelphia nonstop saver award space
07/29: 1 business saver award seat.
07/31: 6 coach saver award seats.
08/03: 9+ coach saver award seats.
08/07: 2 coach saver award seats
08/17: 1 coach saver award seat
08/18: 3 coach saver award seats
08/19: 1 coach saver award seat, 1 business saver award seat.
08/20: 3 coach saver award seats
08/21: 2 business saver award seats.
08/26: 2 coach saver award seats
08/27: 9+ coach saver award seats, 2 business saver award seats.
08/28: 6 coach saver award seats.
08/31: 4 coach saver award seats
09/01: 9+ coach saver award seats, 1 business saver award seat.
09/02: 7 coach saver award seats, 3 business saver award seats.
09/03: 9+ coach saver award seats, 4 business saver award seats.
09/04: 9+ coach saver award seats, 3 business saver award seats.
09/06: 1 coach saver award seat
09/07: 8 coach saver award seats
09/08: 7 coach saver award seats, 1 business saver award seat.
09/09: 1 coach saver award seat
09/10: 2 coach saver award seats
09/21: 2 coach saver award seats
09/27: 4 coach saver award seats
09/28: 4 coach saver award seats
09/29: 2 coach saver award seats
10/13: 1 coach saver award seat
10/14: 9+ coach saver award seats

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

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

Tuesday, July 22nd, 2014

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

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

Developing…and praying.

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Updated Snapshot Of Saver Level Awards To Tel Aviv This Summer

Sunday, July 13th, 2014

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Snapshot Of Saver Level Awards To Tel Aviv This Summer

Tuesday, July 1st, 2014

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Monday, June 2nd, 2014

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

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

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

They do charge fuel surcharges on their own flights but not on Delta flights. However availability is much better on their own flights than on Delta flights. They normally charge 50,000 miles round-trip in coach to Israel but they run rotating promo awards valid for select cities. Currently for North America that includes Boston and Houston. You need to book the current promo awards by 06/30 and travel between 08/01 and 09/30.

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

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

Houston-Tel Aviv:

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Tel Aviv-Houston:

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Boston-Tel Aviv:

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Tel Aviv-Boston:

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

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

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Israel November 2014-March 2015 Airfare Sales

Thursday, May 15th, 2014

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Thursday, May 15th, 2014

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

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

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

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

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

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

HT: ilherman, via DDF

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

Friday, May 2nd, 2014

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

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

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

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

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

HT: hakohen, via DDF

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Getting To Israel Using Starwood Starpoints

Thursday, April 10th, 2014

Related: The Starwood Preferred Guest® Credit Card from American Express
You can also use your Starpoints to stay free at the the highly rated Sheraton Tel Aviv and next year at the W Tel Aviv – Jaffa
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As you probably know already, the Starwood card is one of the best cards out there for general spending. You can use just a couple thousand points for free hotel stays or transfer points into miles with dozens of airlines at favorable ratios. If you are transferring points you may also want to consider Starwood’s Nights & Flights option where you can save 8,000 points on a mileage transfer and any future 5 night stay in a category 3 or 4 hotel.

To make a mileage transfer just login to your Starwood account at SPG.com. If you have never made an account at SPG.com you may need to set one up. Locate your SPG number on the Starwood AMEX statement where it lists how many points you earned in the past month and for the year. Then you can setup for SPG.com account. Click here to transfer Starpoints into airline miles. Transfers don’t happen instantly. They can take between 1-20 days. On average figure on about 2-7 days though.

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

Rates listed in this post are for round-trip travel and are assuming that you maximize the 25% point bonus for transferring Starpoints in blocks of 20,000 points (which you may or may not be able to do depending on the number of passengers so you may have leftover miles)

Before you transfer try to find availability to see which transfer you should do!

Star Alliance:
-For United travel, transfer points (from 48K) to ANA (no fuel surcharges)
-For Star Alliance travel on airlines besides United, transfer points (from 48K) to ANA (fuel surcharges apply)
-For Star Alliance travel with lap children or on select carriers, transfer points (from 64K) to Air Canada (fuel surcharges on select carriers)
-For travel on Singapore, transfer points (from 60K) to Singapore (fuel surcharges apply)
-For travel on Lufthansa or Swiss, transfer points (from 48K) to Lufthansa (fuel surcharges apply)

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

Skyteam:
-For Delta travel transfer points (from 40K) to Flying Blue (no fuel surcharges)
-For Skyteam travel on airlines besides Delta transfer points (from 40K) to Flying Blue (fuel surcharges apply)
-For Skyteam travel on airlines besides Delta, transfer points (From 68K) to Delta (no fuel surcharges)
-For Air France/KLM travel during a promo period (Such as this one), transfer points (From 20K) to Flying Blue (fuel surcharges apply)
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Tips for finding saver award availability:

Award tickets to Israel are always tough, though that’s a function of it being an expensive route to fly compared to the distance of the flight.
1. Check availability at least daily as award seats can come and go quickly.
2. Be willing to connect in Europe for much better availability. Flights on low cost carriers from Europe to Israel can also be dirt cheap and it can make sense to use miles to get to Europe and then buy a flight to Israel from there.
3. If you are ready to fly on a whim airlines often open up saver awards the day of or the day before a flight. Otherwise a couple months in advance is a typical sweet spot.
4. Realize that not all partners will be displayed online and you need to do your own research on partner sites and/or call to find partner availability.
5. Airline search engines are only so powerful. Use free stopovers and open-jaws to your advantage. If you are flying from somewhere besides NYC just search from NYC-Tel Aviv instead of from Los Angeles to Tel Aviv. You can always piece together an award by searching for Los Angeles-NYC separately then NYC-Tel Aviv, especially if you are willing to have a long connection, change airports in NYC, or are willing to stay overnight in NYC.
6. The same goes for tickets from NYC. Search from other gateways like Toronto and Philadelphia and piece together the flights to get there afterward. Consider searching from NYC to European cities and piece together an award from Europe to Israel. You may find availability from NYC to London and then from Paris to Tel Aviv but a computer would never put that open jaw ticket together. Instead you can check out London and Paris on the way to Tel Aviv. Maybe you’ll even get to check out Venice and Rome on the way home. Sometimes you can even save miles by doing that!
7. Don’t forget to book a free domestic trailing flight anytime in the year after you arrive back to your destination. Delta, United, and USAirways will allow you to fly NYC-Tel Aviv-NYC and then stopover in NYC for up to a year before continuing on to say, Los Angeles, for no extra miles.
8. Find award availability before transferring miles. Once they’re transferred they can’t be reversed!
9. Need help? You can post your travel dates and which miles you have in this DDF thread and ask for help. Consider offering a monetary or mileage reward to the forum member that can come up with the best award ticket to meet your needs and you may find that suggestions will come flooding in!
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Airlines that fly nonstop from North America to Israel:
-Air Canada from Toronto (bookable via Star Alliance miles)
-United from Newark (bookable via Star Alliance miles)
-Delta from JFK (bookable via Skyteam miles)
-El Al from JFK, Los Angeles, Newark, and Toronto. (bookable via AA, connections to Eilat for the same mileage available)
-USAirways from Philadelphia (bookable via OneWorld miles)
None of these carriers offer First Class seating to Israel for miles on nonstop flights. (El Al does offer First Class, but you can only use AA miles to redeem for Coach or Business Class on El Al).

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Star Alliance:
Nonstop flights from North America include Air Canada from Toronto and United from Newark. These flights all have lie-flat business class seating and have no first class. In July the Air Canada flight will switch to a 787, offering what will likely be the best business class between North America and Israer.

Star Alliance offers the best availability for flights to Israel by leaps and bounds. Besides for the nonstop flights from North America there are many options via Europe in coach, business, and first class worth looking into including Swiss via Zurich, Lufthansa via Dusseldorf, Frankfurt, and Munich, Brussels via Brussels, Austrian via Vienna, Turkish via Istanbul, SAS via Copenhagen, Singapore via Frankfurt, Aegean via Athens, LOT via Warsaw, or a mix of carriers like United from Newark to one of dozens of European cities and a European carrier to Tel Aviv.
By utilizing free stopovers and open jaws the possibilities are endless if you take the time to research your options leg by leg.

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

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Using ANA miles, from 48,000 Starpoints.
-Miles required: 60K coach, 90K business, 140K first.
-Transfer Ratio: 20,000 Starpoints=25,000 ANA miles. At a 1:1.25 ratio this means 48,000 Starpoints in coach, 72,000 Starpoints in business, or 112,000 Starpoints in first.
-Other transfer partners: AMEX Membership Rewards partner at a 1:1 ratio.
-Fuel surcharges: None on United awards.
-Mileage expiration: 3 years after they are earned regardless of activity.
-One-way awards: Officially not allowed but there are “workarounds.”
-Stopovers: ANA allows for 4 stopovers, though each additional flight will add to the fuel surcharges.
-Changes/Cancellation: ANA allows free date changes, but other changes or cancellation results in a 3,000 mile penalty.
-Expedite/Close-in fee: None.
-Infant fees: 10% of full fare.

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Using Air Canada Aeroplan miles, from 64,000 Starpoints.
-Miles required: 80K coach, 165K business, 230K first.
Transfer Ratio: 20,000 Starpoints=25,000 Aeroplan miles. At a 1:1.25 ratio this means the equivalent of 64,000 Starpoints in coach, 132,000 Starpoints in business, or 184,000 Starpoints in first.
-Other transfer partners: AMEX Membership Rewards partner at a 1:1 ratio.
-Fuel surcharges: If you fly on these carriers you will pay a fuel surcharge: Adria, Air Canada, ANA, Asiana, Austrian, LOT Polish, Lufthansa, TAP Portugal, and THAI.
If you fly on these carriers you will not pay a fuel surcharge: Aegean, Air China, Air New Zealand, Avianca/TACA, Brussels, Copa, Croatia, EgyptAir, Ethiopian, SAS, Singapore, South African, Swiss, TAM, Turkish, and United.
-Mileage expiration: Air Canada miles require activity every 12 months to keep them active.
-One-way awards: Allowed for half the amount of a round-trip.
-Stopovers: Air Canada generously allows for 2 free stopovers, so you can check out 2 American or European cities in addition to Tel Aviv for the same amount of miles!
-Changes/Cancellation: There is a $90 charge to change or cancel an award ticket and an effective $180 charge to cancel within 21 days of departure.
-Expedite/Close-in fee: None.
-Infant fees: Flat fee of just $50 in coach, $100 in business, and $125 in first.

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Using Singapore miles, from 60,000 Starpoints.

-Miles required: 75K coach, 115K business, 150K first.
Transfer Ratio: 20,000 Starpoints=25,000 Porringer miles. At a 1:1.25 ratio this means the equivalent of 60,000 Starpoints in coach, 92,000 Starpoints in business, or 120,000 Starpoints in first.
-Other transfer partners: AMEX Membership Rewards partner at a 1:1 ratio.
-Fuel surcharges: None on United.
-Mileage expiration: 3 years after they are earned regardless of activity.
-One-way awards: Allowed for half the amount of a round-trip.
-Stopovers: 1 free stopover
-Changes/Cancellation: $20 change fee, $30 cancellation fee.
-Expedite/Close-in fee: None.
-Infant fees: 10% of full fare.
With Singapore miles you can fly on Singapore from NYC to Tel Aviv on Singapore to Frankfurt in business or first class and then to Tel Aviv on Lufthansa which you can’t do with other miles.

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-Miles & More Group (Adria, Austrian, Brussels, Croatia, LOT Polish, Lufthansa, and Swiss): For departures from the USA nonstop to Tel Aviv: 80K coach, 135K business. For departures from the USA to Tel Aviv via Europe: 100K coach, 185K business, 290K first. For departures from Israel to the USA nonstop or via Europe for Miles & More accounts with an Israeli address on file: 60K coach, 105K business, 170K first.
-Transfer partners: Starwood transfer partner at a 20K:25K ratio.
-Fuel surcharges: Apply on all airlines except LOT.
-Mileage expiration: Miles expire 36 months after they are earned regardless of activity.
-One-way awards: Allowed for half the amount of a round-trip.
-Stopovers: 2 free stopovers.
-Changes/Cancellation: There is a $60 charge to change or cancel an award ticket.
-Expedite/Close-in fee: None.
-Infant fees: None except for airport departure taxes.
-Children ages 2-11: Receive a 25% discount on the mileage requirement on Miles & More flights.
-Expanded award availability on Lufthansa and Swiss business and first class.

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OneWorld:
Oneworld finally has a nonstop option between North America and Israel thanks to USAirways flight from Philadelphia to Tel Aviv. Other flights to Israel include Air Berlin via Berlin and Dusseldorf, BA via London, Iberia via Madrid, and Royal Jordanian via Amman. BA availability is good, but has high fuel surcharges.

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

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

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Using American miles, from 64,000 Starpoints.
-Miles required: 80K coach off-peak (10/15-05/15 annually) via Europe, 90K coach on El Al flights from North America or peak via Europe, 135K business on El Al flights from North America or via Europe, 180K first via Europe.
Transfer Ratio: 20,000 Starpoints=25,000 AA miles. At a 1:1.25 ratio this means 64,000 or 72,000 Starpoints in coach, 108,000 Starpoints in business, or 144,000 Starpoints in first.
-Fuel surcharges: Apply for flights on partners British Airways (very high) and Iberia (nominal).
-Mileage expiration: AA miles require activity every 18 months.
-One-way awards: Allowed for half the amount of a round-trip.
-Stopovers: Allowed at the North American gateway city.
-Changes/Cancellation: AA allows free date and routing changes, but changes to the origin or destination city or cancellation costs $150 for non-elites.  If you cancel more than 1 ticket at a time the fee is just $25 after the $150 fee for the first ticket.
-Expedite/Close-in fee: $75 within 21 days for non-elites.
-Infant fees: 10% of full fare.
-Some partner airline awards must be booked over the phone.
-USAirways flight has no fuel surcharges.  Otherwise the best shot at availability without paying fuel surcharges would be to take AA to London or anywhere else in Europe and then El Al from London or anywhere else in Europe to Tel Aviv. This routing would be 80,000 miles between October 15-May 15 or the same 90,000 miles as the nonstop El Al flight from the US during the summer.
You need to call American to book travel on El Al. You should do your research first by opening a Matmid account and searching for awards on elal.com. Remember to search for flights from all of El Al’s cities in North America and in Europe as you can use other American and partner flights to reach those El Al cities.

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

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Using BA Avios, from 48,000 Starpoints
-Avios required: 60K coach on Air Berlin and on USAirways, 65K coach on other carriers, 100K business on Air Berlin, 120K business on USAirways, 130K business on other carriers, 195K first.
-Other transfer partners: AMEX Membership Rewards partner at a 1:1 ratio, Chase Ultimate Rewards partner at a 1:1 ratio.
Transfer Ratio: 20,000 Starpoints=25,000 BA miles. At a 1:1.25 ratio this means 48,000 Starpoints in coach, 80,000 Starpoints in business, or 156,000 Starpoints in first.
-Fuel surcharges: Apply for all Trans-Atlantic flights except on Air Berlin, Aer Lingus, and USAirways.
You can drastically reduce fuel surcharges for travel on Iberia via Madrid by transferring your BA Avios into Iberia Avios. You must have your Iberia account open for 3 months before you can do such a transfer.
-Mileage expiration: BA miles require activity every 36 months.
-One-way awards: Allowed for half the amount of a round-trip.
-Stopovers: Each leg costs additional mileage, but you can stopover at any connection city for as long as you want.
-Changes/Cancellation: $40.
-Expedite/Close-in fee: None
-Infant fees: Instead of cash, BA charges just 10% of the adult mileage required on international segments.
-Some partner airline awards must be booked over the phone.

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Using JAL miles, from 40,000 Starpoints
-Miles required: 50K coach, 80K business, 115K first.
Transfer Ratio: 20,000 Starpoints=25,000 JAL miles. At a 1:1.25 ratio this means 40,000 Starpoints in coach, 64,000 Starpoints in business, or 92,000 Starpoints in first.
-Fuel surcharges: Applies to most travel, none of USAirways.
-Mileage expiration: 3 years after they are earned regardless of activity.
-One-way awards: Not allowed.
-Stopovers: JAL allows for 2 stopovers, though each additional flight will add to the fuel surcharges.
-Changes/Cancellation: JAL allows free date changes, but other changes or cancellation results in a 3,000 mile penalty.
-Expedite/Close-in fee: None
-Infant fees: 10% of full fare.
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Skyteam:
Skyteam generally has the worst award availability. You can try searching some Skyteam availability on Delta.com and AirFrance.com. Options to Israel besides Delta’s nonstop JFK flight are on Czech via Prague, KLM via Amsterdam, Air France via Nice or Paris, Aeroflot via Moscow, and Alitalia via Rome.

Using Flying Blue (Air France/KLM) miles, from 20,000 Starpoints
-Miles Required: 25K coach during a promo period, 50K coach otherwise, 62.5K business during a promo period, 125K business otherwise.
Transfer Ratio: 20,000 Starpoints=25,000 Flying Blue miles. At a 1:1.25 ratio this means 20,000 Starpoints in coach or 50,000 Starpoints in business for a promo award. For regular tickets and partner ticket 40,000 Starpoints per ticket in coach or 100,000 Starpoints per ticket in business.
-Other transfer partners: AMEX Membership Rewards partner at a 1:1 ratio
-Fuel surcharges: Apply on all airlines except Delta.
-Mileage expiration: Flying Blue miles expire 20 months unless you credit a Skyteam flight to Flying Blue.
-One-way awards: Allowed for half the amount of a round-trip.
-Stopovers: Flying Blue allows for 1 free stopover.
-Expedite/Close-in fee: None.
-Infant fees: 10% of full fare.
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Using Delta miles, from 68,000 Starpoints.
-Miles Required: 85K-170K coach, 140K-350K business.
Transfer Ratio: 20,000 Starpoints=25,000 Delta miles. At a 1:1.25 ratio this means 68,000-136,000 Starpoints in coach or 112,000-280,000 Starpoints in business.
-Other transfer partners: AMEX Membership Rewards partner at a 1:1 ratio
-Fuel surcharges: Apply on select partners but generally won’t apply to/from Israel.
-Mileage expiration: None.
-One-way awards: Not allowed.
-Stopovers: Delta allows for 1 free stopover OR 1 free Open jaw.
-Changes/Cancellation: There is a $150 charge to change or cancel an award ticket. No changes or cancellations are allowed within 3 days of the flight.
-Expedite/Close-in fee: None.
-Infant fees: 10% of full fare.
-It can be brutal trying to find Delta low award availability and Delta’s terrible website only makes it more difficult. Plus Delta used to be a good option for booking Air France/KLM but now availability when booking those direct with Flying Blue is much better than when booking with Delta.

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Israel November 2014-February 2015 Airfare Sales

Monday, April 7th, 2014

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Saturday, April 5th, 2014

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

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

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

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

You’ll have to change planes in Paris.

Availability to and from Tel Aviv is excellent right now:

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

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

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

-The Starwood Preferred Guest® Credit Card from American Express awards 25K signup points with no fee for the first year. 20K Starpoints can transfer into 25K Flying Blue with the permanent 25% transfer bonus.  Transfers can take 2-9 days.

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

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

HT: koshergourmetmart, via PM&M

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