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Unlimited Israel Pesach Specials!

Sunday, March 22nd, 2015, 10:30 pm

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Receive A Free SIM Card For Israel When You Use Traveling2Israel!

Wednesday, March 18th, 2015, 10:17 pm

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On Purim Night You Can Win Two Tickets To Israel And 30 Other Prizes!

Monday, March 2nd, 2015, 4:34 pm

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Suburban Orthodox Torahs Chaim in Baltimore (Rabbi Silber’s shul) is running it’s annual Purim raffle! Click here to enter.

Monies raised from the Purim raffle goes towards the youth programming at the shul. What better way to get in the Purim sprit; then giving tzdaka and winning great prizes! Buy your tickets before it’s too late: Click here to enter the Purim Raffle

The deadline to buy tickets is 5pm EST Wednesday March 4th.

You do not have to be present to win. Email any questions to Yitzy@RaffleReady.com

Global Tours Pesach Special: Fly Nonstop To Israel For $1,545 On Prime Dates

Monday, February 16th, 2015, 9:45 pm

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Fly from NYC to Israel for Pesach for $1,195 with a stop or $1,545 nonstop on prime dates.

Fly from Washington DC, Boston, Chicago, Miami, Los Angeles, Toronto or Montreal to Tel Aviv for $1,195

Additionally, save 5-10% off hotels in Israel + Earn up to 25,000 Amex Points with code: GETPOINTS3

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Global Tours Pesach Special: Fly To Israel For Pesach From $1,095 With A Stop Or $1,545 Nonstop

Thursday, January 29th, 2015, 12:00 am

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Fly from NYC to Israel for Pesach for $1,095 with a stop or $1,545 Nonstop on prime dates.

Fly from Washington DC, Boston, Chicago, Miami, Los Angeles, Toronto or Montreal to Tel Aviv for $1,195

Additionally, save 5-10% off hotels in Israel + Earn up to 25,000 Amex Points with code: GETPOINTS3

Limited availability so book now. Offer may expire at any time. Restrictions may apply.

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24 Hours Remaining: Special Deals For Pesach In Israel From YeRent Car Rental

Tuesday, January 27th, 2015, 1:30 pm

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Reserve now and lock in an amazing car rental deal for Pesach in Israel!

For example:
Mazda 3 (Or similar) for 10 days only $254 instead of $374 (including 3rd party insurance and 2nd driver). Reserve now and save 40%!

-Car Pick Up conveniently located in Terminal 3.
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Great deals on other cars as well!

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Phone: 347-534-1111

Please note: This deal is for foreign residents only and includes a coupon for Shomer Shabbat customers from the rental company.

Global Tours Pesach Specials To Israel

Thursday, January 22nd, 2015, 9:00 am

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-NYC-Tel Aviv-NYC: Stopover, $1,295. Non-Stop, $1,795

-Washington DC, Boston, Chicago or Miami to Tel Aviv: $1,095

-Los Angeles, Toronto or Montreal to Tel Aviv: $1,195

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For more info & to book, please call 877-SEE-TEL-AVIV, 212-986-7400,‎ or email sales@globaltoursinc.com

The Ultimate Israel Mileage Award Chart

Thursday, January 15th, 2015, 4:28 pm

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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, 4:50 pm

-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

 

$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, 11:35 am

-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.

Get Up To 13% Off Plus The 9th Night Free At The Best Mehadrin Hotels For Pesach In Israel

Sunday, January 11th, 2015, 11:18 pm

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Early bird special discount for reservations made by 02/01.

Package includes: Meal Erev pesach, Half board Chol Hamoed, Full board Shabbat & Chag, 9th night free. All hotels are Glatt L’mehadrin.

Ramada, Jerusalem- Including family programs and activities.
Before discount: $2,480, after discount: $2,349

Kibuts Lavi, Galil (Near Tiberias)- Including family programs and activities.
Before discount: $3,600, after discount: $3,419

Nir Ezion Resorts near Haifa- Including family programs and activities.
Before discount: $4115, after discount: $3,907

Leonardo Plaza, Jerusalem near the Kotel.
Before discount: $4,960, after discount: $4,315

Kinar, Galil (Near Tiberias)- Including family programs and activities.
Before discount: $4,950, after discount: $4,699

For any information and reservations contact Chagim In Israel Chagiminisrael@gmail.com for the best deals on  tourism in Israel all year round!

Car Rental Specials In Israel For Pesach And Winter From Noach Car Rental And Budget!

Tuesday, January 6th, 2015, 11:00 pm

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Noach Car Rental Deals:

-Pesach rentals limited time, low season rate on all 5 seaters, plus pay no rental fee (mandatory liability fee will apply) for Shabbos/Yom Tov days. Must be booked by Jan 28th.
-Super rates on all classes for January, February, and March reservations (this deal can end at any time!).
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Transaero Sub-$400 Round-Trip Airfares To Israel Still Bookable…

Tuesday, December 23rd, 2014, 11:01 am

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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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El Al And United $798 Nonstop Specials To Israel Must Be Purchased By Today

Monday, December 1st, 2014, 11:41 am

Yesterday I posted roundups of valid dates for nonstop travel to Israel on El Al and United:

-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

-Roundup Of Valid Dates For Nonstop United Flights From Newark To Tel Aviv For $798

These sale fares will expire today.

Click on those posts for the current list of valid dates.

-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.

-The fares are bookable on Priceline. Priceline tickets from the USA are refundable until 11:30pm ET the day after purchase.
-And they are bookable on Orbitz. Orbitz tickets from the USA are refundable until 11pm ET the day after purchase.
They can be booked directly with thee airline as well, though the cancellation policy will be less generous.

Fly To Israel For Pesach Or Sukkos For Only $1,145 With A Stop Or $1,495 Nonstop After Taxes

Monday, November 10th, 2014, 12:00 pm

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Extended for 1 more day!

Fly to Israel for Pesach or Sukkos 2015 for only $1,145 after taxes with a short stopover in Europe. Or fly nonstop for $1,495 after taxes.

Book 2 tickets and earn 5,000 AMEX points with code: GETPOINTS3

Additionally, save 5-10% off hotels in Israel + Earn up to 25,000 AMEX Points with code: GETPOINTS3

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Limited availability so book now. Offer may expire at any time. Restrictions may apply.

Get A 50% Bonus When You Purchase Flying Blue Miles; One-Way To Israel For $366!

Monday, November 3rd, 2014, 1:04 pm

Get A 50% Bonus When You Purchase Flying Blue Miles

Be sure to read this post first to learn all about 12.5K promo awards. They are valid in either direction and you can book it as a one-way or round-trip.  New Promo Award cities are announced every month. Currently there are discounted awards from Chicago, Houston, JFK, Los Angeles, Montreal, Tahiti, Toronto, and Washington DC.

You need to buy at least 40,000 miles to get the 50% bonus.

-60K miles will cost $1,248.86.
-63K miles will cost $1,311.30. That’s enough for 5 promo one-way tickets between the US and Europe, Israel, or Russia with Promo awards.
-75K miles will cost $1,561.08. That’s enough for 6 promo one-way tickets between the US and Europe, Israel, or Russia with Promo awards.
-102K miles will cost $2,123.06. That’s enough for 8 promo one-way tickets between the US and Europe, Israel, or Russia with Promo awards.
-111K miles will cost $2,310.39 which is the maximum you can buy with an account.

A one-way flight from JFK to Tel Aviv in January or February will cost 12.5K miles plus $106.77 in fees.
If you buy 75K miles for $1,561.08 that’s $260.18 per ticket. Plus $106.77 in fees makes a one-way cost $366.95.

A one-way flight from Tel Aviv to JFK in January or February will cost 12.5K miles plus $145.49 in fees.
If you buy 75K miles for $1,561.08 that’s $260.18 per ticket. Plus $145.49 in fees makes a one-way cost $405.67.

A one-way flight in business class from Chicago to Tel Aviv in January or February will cost 31,250 miles plus $271.85 in fees.
When buying the miles that comes out to about $921 one-way with all taxes in business class.

Flying Blue miles expire after 20 months but can be extended another 20 months by flying on a paid SkyTeam flight and crediting the miles to Flying Blue.

Of course you’ll be better off using AMEX MR points, Citi TY points, or Starwood Starpoints to transfer points to Flying Blue, but if you don’t have access to those miles then this isn’t a bad deal.

Want to fly nonstop?
You can’t fly nonstop on Delta with Promo awards, but you can at the regular rate of 25K miles each way.
Say you buy 75K miles for $1,561.08. That’s $520.36 per 25K miles.
A one-way flight from JFK to Tel Aviv nonstop on Delta is 25K miles plus $23 tax, so that’s $543.36 for a one-way Delta flight.
Nothing incredible, but if you do need a one-way it will be way cheaper than buying one outright.

A one-way flight from Tel Aviv to JFK nonstop on Delta is 25K miles plus $61.82 tax, so that’s $582.18 for a one-way Delta flight.

Here are all of the dates when Flying Blue should have access to Delta flights. You won’t see these dates on the calendar, but if you click on the date it should show up.  These dates have at least 1 award seat as of the time of this post:
JFK-TLV: November 16, 17, 18, 26, 27, 28, 29, 30. December 1, 4, 7, 8. January 16, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24, 25, 27, 28, 29, 30, 31. February 4, 5, 6, 8, 9, 14, 16, 17, 19, 22, 25, 26.

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

HT: Chapshnell, via DDF

DansDeals Exclusive: $36 Coupon To Enter OHEL’s Win-Win Raffle For Free; Win A Trip To Israel

Monday, September 29th, 2014, 8:30 pm

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Traveling To Israel This Sukkos?

Sunday, September 28th, 2014, 8:30 pm

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Get $10 off all Unlimited Israel orders over $100 with coupon (Exp: 10/15): Dan10

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Get 50 Free Iberia Avios; Better Award Availability With Lower Fuel Surcharges To Israel

Thursday, September 18th, 2014, 10:50 am

Update: My 50 Iberia Avios have posted to my account. I am now able to instantly transfer points back and forth between my BA Avios account and my Iberia Avios account.
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Originally posted on 07/15:

British Airways and Iberia both participate in the Avios program.  Most people have points in the British Airways Avios program due to cards like the Chase British Airways Visa , transfers from other Chase cards, and the bonuses that AMEX used to run for transfers to BA, but you can also transfer AMEX points to the Iberia program.

If you have an active Iberia account that is at least 3 months old you can also transfer points from British Airways to Iberia.

Iberia Avios have much better award availability and much lower fuel surcharges for Iberia flights.  An Iberia coach flight to Israel is 65K Avios round-trip. With BA Avios you’ll also be charged $655.42 but with Iberia Avios the charge will be $329.90.   The fuel surcharge difference in business class is even greater.

Of course you can avoid fuel surcharges altogether with Avios by flying on carriers that have no fuel surcharges as covered in this recent post, but Iberia has very good availability and it’s always good to have another option.

So if you don’t have an Iberia account go ahead and open one here to start the 3 month countdown until you can transfer BA Avios to Iberia Avios.

You also need to earn Iberia Avios to activate your account and allow transfers from BA.  You can do that by transferring 1,000 AMEX points to Iberia.

Or you can click here to open the Iberia Newsletter. Scroll 3 pages to the right and you’ll see the Great Avios Conquest.  Click start and provide these answers to the 4 questions, “My Shoes,” “La Panza es Primero,” “All of the above,” and “Cash Card.” Then enter your Iberia Avios number and you’ll get 50 points “shortly.”

Once you have had an Iberia account for 3 months and have earned Iberia Avios you can logon to your BA Avios account, go to Executive Club>Manage my account>Combine my Avios>Transfer to Iberia Plus.

Iberia flies from the following US cities:
Boston
Chicago
Los Angeles
Miami
NYC

HT: yitzf, via HFP

Unlimited Israel Rosh Hashana And Sukkos Specials

Tuesday, September 16th, 2014, 1:13 pm

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Traveling to Israel for Rosh Hashana or Sukkos?
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Unlimited Israel Introduces Hipsim.com, The First Unlimited SIM Card For All Of Europe!

Tuesday, September 2nd, 2014, 12:00 am

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Unlimited Israel introduces hipsim.com the first unlimited SIM card for all of Europe! Only $10/day!

Get $10 off on all orders over $100 from hipsim with coupon (Exp: 9/15): BSD

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How Far Will The Chase Marriott 70K Offer Go For Hotels In Israel?

Tuesday, August 19th, 2014, 11:10 pm

Update: The 70K Chase Marriott bonus is schedule to end at some point tomorrow.
DDF member SamKey wrote a nice trip report from a points stay at the Ritz-Carlton Herzliya that you can read here.

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Originally posted on 07/28:

Point hotels in Israel are hard to come by.

Not long ago Starwood had 13 properties that were all bargains with Starpoints. I stayed in many of them on a month-long trek across the holy land in August of 2007 spending just a couple thousand Starpoints per night to stay in Jerusalem, Haifa, Eilat, Tiberias, and the Dead Sea.  Now there’s just 1 left, the Sheraton Tel Aviv, and at 12K-16K points per night it’s not the bargain it once was.

It seems hotels don’t need to stay part of a loyalty program to fill up their rooms in Israel.  Hyatt had a Jerusalem hotel but now has nothing. Hilton has had several hotels in Jerusalem over the years that have come and gone. The David Citadel opened as the Hilton Jerusalem in 1998 but left Hilton in 2001.  It’s anyone’s guess as to how long the newly opened Waldorf Jerusalem will stay part of Hilton, but at 80K points per night it’s out of the budget of most folks.

Chase recently released a limited time offer on the Chase Marriott card for 70K bonus points for spending $2,000 in 3 months.  On top of that you’ll also get a free night at a category 1-4 hotel upon account approval.  You also get a free night at a category 1-5 hotel every year that you renew the card.

The $85 annual fee is waived for the first year.

The Marriott program is split into “categories” and “tiers.”

Marriott has 9 categories of hotels that range from 7,500 to 45,000 points per night or 6,000 to 40,000 points per night when they’re on PointSavers.

Marriott also has 5 tiers of Ritz Carlton hotels that range from 30,000 to 70,000 points per night or 20,000 to 60,000 points per night when they’re on PointSavers.

When you stay 4 nights you get the 5th night free.  You can browse hotels in each of those categories and tiers via the find button on this page. While there you can look at the additional free night you receive at signup besides for the bonus points at category 1-4 hotels.

You can also transfer points into miles here. The ratios aren’t great, but if you need some Southwest points for Companion pass status that can be worthwhile.

Marriott also offers miles+nights packages.

Israel has 2 Marriott hotels:
The Ritz-Carlton Herzliya is a luxury hotel that opened 7 months ago and has been getting rave reviews. It is a Ritz-Carlton tier 2 hotel which means that it’s 40,000 points per night or 160,000 points for a 5 night stay (32,000 points per night).

A standard room for a tourist from 08/10-08/15 is $2,750 or $550 per night.  Or you can use 160,000 points, a value of 1.72 cents per point.  The 70K signup bonus would be worth over $1,200 for a redemption at that value per point.

A standard room for non-tourists would run $3,245 for the 5 nights with VAT. Using points would yield a value of 2.03 cents per point.

Marriott allows free point transfers between spouses, so if 2 spouses both get a Marriott card and spend $2,000 on each they would have at least 144,000 points in one account and 2 free category 1-4 nights.  You can transfer Chase Ultimate Rewards points to Marriott, but in most cases there are better uses for Ultimate Rewards points.  After all you can buy increments of 1,000 points for $12.50 and Ultimate Rewards are worth more than that.  I’d rather buy the additional 16,000 points needed in that scenario for a 5 night stay for $200 than use 16,000 Ultimate Rewards points.

The Renaissance Tel Aviv Hotel is a category 7 hotel that goes for 35,000 points per night or 140,000 points for a 5 night stay (28,000 points per night.)

A standard room for a tourist from 08/03-08/08 is $1,475 or $295 per night.  Or you can use 140,000 points, a value of 1.05 cents per point. The 70K signup bonus would be worth $735 for a redemption at that value per point.

A standard room for non-tourists would run $1,741 for the 5 nights with VAT. Using points would yield a value of 1.24 cents per point.

2 spouses each getting the Marriott card would have more than enough points for a 5 night stay at the Renaissance Tel Aviv and they would still have 2 more free nights at category 1-4 properties.
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Other Chase consumer cards you can simultaneously include the Chase British Airways (50K signup points, 1.25 Avios per dollar, and an annual companion award ticket if you spend $30K+ in a  year), Chase United Explorer (50K signup points plus another 5K points for adding a free additional user, and it gives free luggage, free primary car rental insurance including in the US, expanded saver and standard award ticket availability, priority boarding, and more), the Chase Sapphire Preferred (40K signup points plus another 5K points for adding a free additional user, no fee the first year, plus 2.14 points per dollar on travel and dining with no Foreign Exchange fees), the Chase Freedom (which has no annual fee, gives 5 points per dollar in rotating categories), .

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

Sunday, July 27th, 2014, 3:36 pm

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!

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

Tuesday, July 22nd, 2014, 11:22 am

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.

Israel Flight Change Fee Waiver Roundup

Wednesday, July 9th, 2014, 3:05 pm

Update: Air Canada and USAirways now have fee waivers as well.
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Several airlines have announced relaxed change fees for people traveling to or from Tel Aviv due to the current situation there.

All flights are still operating as of now, though there have been some diversions and delays.

Of the 5 carriers who fly nonstop from North America to Tel Aviv, Delta has the most generous change fee waiver policy, followed by El Al, and then United. Air Canada and USAirways have yet to announce any change fee waivers.

Air Canada: For reservations through 07/18 you can change to flights until 12/10with no change fee or fare difference.
Delta: For reservations through 07/31 you can change to flights until 08/15 with no change fee or fare difference. For reservations through 07/31 you can change to flights for 1 year from ticket purchase with no change fee, but you will pay any fare difference.
El Al: For reservations through 07/18 you can change the date to fly anytime within the next 6 months with no change fee but you will pay any fare difference.
United: For reservations through 07/13 you can change to flights that are within 24 hours of your ticket with no change fee or fare difference. For reservations through 07/13 you can change to flights for 1 year from ticket purchase with no change fee, but you will pay any fare difference.
USAirways: For reservations through 07/31 you can change to flights until 08/15 with no change fee, but you will pay any fare difference.

My thoughts and prayers are with our brothers and sisters in Israel.

Early Bird Pesach Deal! Fly Non-Stop To Israel For Pesach 2015 For $1,195-$1,495 After Taxes!

Tuesday, June 24th, 2014, 8:40 am

Please note: This is a paid advertisement which is stickied as the top post, please scroll down for new posts.

Non-Stop NYC-Tel Aviv-NYC for Pesach 2015 on prime dates for $1,195-$1,495 after taxes!

Add-ons available from most US cities.

Limited availability so book now. Offer may expire at any time. Restrictions may apply.
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Fly To Israel For Succos For $1,295 With Tax

Monday, June 16th, 2014, 4:00 pm

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Fly to Israel for Succos For $1,295 after taxes with a short stop in Madrid from Global Tours!

Sample Itinerary:
Depart: JFK 10/5/14 7:10pm, Arrive Madrid 10/6/14 8:30am.
Connect: 10:20am to arrive Tel Aviv 4:05pm

Return: 10/19/14 6:10am, Arrive Madrid 10:40am
Connect: 12:30pm to arrive JFK 2:45pm.

For other dates please call.
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Travel is valid NYC-TEL AVIV-NYC, Add-ons available from most US cities.

Limited availability so book now.
Offer may expire at any time.

Restrictions may apply.

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Global Tours: 5-10% off Hotels in Israel + Earn Amex Points

Wednesday, June 11th, 2014, 9:00 pm

Please note: This is a paid advertisement which is stickied as the top post, please scroll down for new posts.

5-10% off Hotels in Israel + Earn Up To 40,000 Amex Points.

Earn American Express Membership Rewards points hotels worldwide:
-10,000 points for booking value of $1,000-$2,500.
-20,000 points for booking value of $2,501-$5,000.
-30,000 points for booking value of $5,001-$7,500.
-40,000 points for booking value of $7,501-$10,000.

Mention Code: AEMR5

Offer is valid for bookings made by 6/16/14 for stays by 12/31/14.

May not to be combined with any other offer. While supply lasts. Some restrictions apply.

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Global Tours: 10% off Hotels in Israel + Earn Amex Points

Thursday, May 22nd, 2014, 9:33 am

Please note: This is a paid advertisement.

10% off Hotels in Israel + Earn Up To 40,000 Amex Points.

Earn American Express Membership Rewards points hotels worldwide:
-10,000 points for booking value of $1000-$2500.
-20,000 points for booking value of $2501-$5000.
-30,000 points for booking value of $5001-$7500.
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Offer is valid for bookings made by 5/23/14 for stays by 12/31/14.

May not to be combined with any other offer. While supply lasts. Some restrictions apply.

For any questions and to book, call Global Tours 212-986-7400‎ or email hotels@globaltoursinc.com

Israel November 2014-March 2015 Airfare Sales

Thursday, May 15th, 2014, 3:50 pm

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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Ad: Traveling To Israel Lag Ba’Omer?

Sunday, May 11th, 2014, 9:50 am

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Wednesday, May 7th, 2014, 10:00 pm

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Wideroe Strikes Again: Cheap Tickets To/From Israel Are Back!

Tuesday, April 22nd, 2014, 9:49 pm

Update 2: If you were ticketed and then got a cancellation notice you can file a complaint with the DoT here.

By law once a ticket is confirmed it must be honored. Be sure to give the DoT your ticket number, where/when you bought the ticket, and all relevant flight information.
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Update: A comment left from Norway, home of Wideroe, says there will be no joy in Mudville for most:

I am sorry to inform you that all further bookings will be cancelled. Those ticketed will be honored (very few) but US airways has been alerted and furthermore all US airways bookings done through our site will be stopped before ticketing.

Hans Petter Kaggerud
CCO Vice Director at Wideroe Internet AS

So if you actually got an eticket number then you’re good to go, otherwise, there’s always next time.
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Last year thousands of folks got to Israel on United for under $300 thanks to Wideroe. These tickets are on USAirways and they’re not quite that cheap, but there are still some great deals.

-Bookable on the Wideroe home page, just switch the currency to USD in the top-right. 

-Book with a card like Chase Sapphire Preferred that has no foreign transaction fees and bonus points for airfare!

Using a sample date of 05/19-05/26:
-Tel Aviv to LaGuardia: $499.32
-Los Angeles to Tel Aviv: $504.32

Using a sample date of 05/07-05/14:
-Los Angeles to Tel Aviv: $521.93
-Chicago to Tel Aviv: $658.32
-Miami to Tel Aviv: $676.32.
-LaGuardia to Tel Aviv: $744.32

Using a sample date of 05/27-06/10:
-Los Angeles to Tel Aviv: $535.93
-LaGuardia to Tel Aviv: $748.32

Using a sample date of 12/02-12/09:
-Tel Aviv to LaGuardia: $524.32

Using a sample date of 01/14/15-01/21/15:
-Tel Aviv to LaGuardia: $528.32
-LaGuardia to Tel Aviv: $764.32

What other cities and dates did you find? Hit the comments!

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Getting To Israel Using Starwood Starpoints

Thursday, April 10th, 2014, 12:16 pm

Related: The Starwood Preferred Guest® Credit Card from American Express gives 10,000 points after your first purchase and a 15,000 point bonus for spending $5,000 within 6 months besides for the 5,000 points you’ll get from base spending.
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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Find a mistake or better method of getting to Israel with Starpoints? Hit the comments!

Israel November 2014-February 2015 Airfare Sales

Monday, April 7th, 2014, 5:08 pm

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

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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Traveling To Israel This Pesach?

Sunday, April 6th, 2014, 12:00 am

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Israel Airfare Roundup

Friday, February 28th, 2014, 3:37 pm

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

Now that yesterday’s fun was over, here’s a quick roundup of decent airfares:

1. Nonstops from NYC to TLV from $912 (including Pesach if you can stay a while)
-03/03 until 03/11 is $912 on United from Newark
-03/03 until 03/11, 03/12, 03/03 on El Al From JFK or Newark.
-03/23, 03/24, 03/25, 03/26, 03/27, 03/29, 03/30, 03/31 until 04/06, 04/07, 04/08, 04/16, 04/17, 04/18, or 04/30 is $912 on El Al from JFK or Newark.

2. Connecting flights from JFK to TLV on Turkish from $699
Depart JFK on 03/17, 03/18, 03/19, 03/20, 03/23, 03/24, 03/25, 03/26, 03/27, 03/29, 03/30, 03/31, Return 03/24, 03/25, 03/26, 03/27, 03/28, 03/30, 03/31, 04/01, 04/02, 04/03.

You can view pictures from the grand opening of the stunning newly expanded Turkish lounge on DDF.

3. Connecting flights from JFK to TLV on Air France from $790
Lots of valid options in March.

4. Nonstops from Tel Aviv to NYC from $901
Depart Tel Aviv on 03/05, 03/07, 03/10, 03/11, 03/12, 03/13, Return 03/16, 03/17, 03/23, 03/24, 03/25, 03/26, 03/27, 03/29, 03/30, 03/31, 04/01, 04/02, 04/03, 04/05, 04/06

Depart Tel Aviv on 03/04, 03/05, 03/06, 03/08, 03/10, 03/11, 03/12, 03/13, 03/14, 03/05, 03/06 Return 03/17, 03/19, 03/23, 03/24, 03/27

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Israel Airfare Roundup

Wednesday, February 19th, 2014, 5:48 pm

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

1. Nonstops from NYC to TLV from $912 (including Pesach if you can stay a while)
2. Nonstops from Newark to TLV from $801 via hidden-city.
3. Connecting flights from JFK to TLV on Turkish from $699
4. Nonstops from Tel Aviv to Newark from $899
5. Connecting flights from Tel Aviv to NYC from $724

1. Nonstops from NYC to TLV from $912 (including Pesach if you can stay a while)
-02/20, 02/22, 02/23, 02/24 until 03/05, 03/06, 03/10, 03/12, 03/13 is $912 on Delta from JFK
-02/23, 02/24, 02/25 until 03/04, 03/05, 03/10, 03/11 is $912 on United from Newark
-03/23, 03/24, 03/25, 03/26, 03/27, 03/29, 03/30, 03/31 until 04/08, 04/10, 04/17, 04/29, or 04/30 is $912 on El Al from JFK or Newark.

2. Nonstops from Newark to TLV from $801 via hidden-city.
Click multiple-destination and search for a flight from Newark to Tel Aviv on 02/24 or 02/25.
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 Houston/IAH on 03/04, 03/05, 03/11, 03/12, or 03/13

The outbound flight is a regular nonstop from Newark to Tel Aviv.

The return flight is from Tel Aviv to Houston but notice that it connects in Newark. By law all checked baggage coming in on flights from abroad must be claimed at baggage claim and brought past customs officials before you can recheck them.

You can just take the tags off your bag in Newark and nobody is going to force you to fly to Houston.

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 Houston even though they will not. They will be tagged to Houston, but everyone has to pick them up in Newark.

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.

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

3. Connecting flights from JFK to TLV on Turkish from $699
Depart JFK on 03/17, 03/18, 03/19, 03/20, 03/23, 03/24, 03/25, 03/26, 03/27, 03/29, 03/30, 03/31, Return 03/23, 03/24, 03/25, 03/26, 03/27, 03/28, 03/30, 03/31, 04/01, 04/02, 04/03, 04/06

4. Nonstops from Tel Aviv to Newark from $899
03/04, 03/05, 03/10 or 03/11 until 03/23 is $899 on United (filter by nonstop only)

5. Connecting flights from Tel Aviv to NYC from $724
Sample valid date: 03/10-03/23
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