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Padani, Israel’s Leading Jewelry Brand, Is Now Available Worldwide With A Special Offer For You!

Wednesday, May 4th, 2016, 9:00 pm

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A boarding pass is no longer needed to dive into luxury. Visit Padani’s website today and benefit from special launch pricing. Additionally, use code Dan5 in your communication with Padani’s Jewelry Experts for an extra 5% off.

Since 1897, Padani’s legacy has been about satisfying customers by turning their dream pieces of jewelry into reality, in a way that combines premium craftsmanship and supreme materials.

Beyond their beauty, what distinguishes Padani’s designs and makes them globally renowned is that they contain significant emotional and aesthetic subtext, and are fit for any occasion and any woman.

The special pricing is for a limited time only. Visit the Official Padani Website now!

Last Chance: Win A Trip To Israel For Just $18!

Wednesday, April 6th, 2016, 12:45 pm

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Be’er Hagolah has, for the last 36 years, given a taste of Torah to any child who would otherwise be in public school and has assumed the essential task of endowing them with a meaningful Jewish and secular education.

NO CHILD IS EVER TURNED AWAY due to their financial inability. Yet, there are still hundreds of children unaware of their rich Jewish heritage. The funds generated through this raffle will assure that Be’er Hagolah will continue its work, which has resulted in hundreds of our graduates building Torah homes.

Click HERE to participate. We thank you for making a difference not just for these children, but for the future generations they will produce.

Getting To Israel Using Starwood Starpoints, 2016 Edition

Tuesday, March 22nd, 2016, 4:44 pm

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-Earn Starpoints on the Starwood Consumer AMEX and the Starwood Business AMEXYou can also use your Starpoints to stay free at the the highly rated Sheraton Tel Aviv and later this year at the W Tel Aviv – Jaffa which is scheduled to open on November 1st. With a Starwood business card you’ll even get free lounge access and meals at the Sheraton Tel Aviv! 
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Related post: The Ultimate Israel Mileage Award Chart (2015)
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The Starwood card is an excellent card for general spending. You can use just a couple thousand points for free hotel nights or transfer points into the mileage programs of 34 different airlines with a 25% transfer bonus. 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 plus a 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 an SPG.com account. Click here to transfer Starpoints into airline miles. Note that transfers can take a few days to complete.

The rates in this post are for flights from NYC to Tel Aviv unless otherwise noted.

Read more about using Starpoints to fly to Israel after the jump: (more…)

Win A Trip To Israel For Just $18!

Tuesday, March 8th, 2016, 10:16 pm

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Be’er Hagolah has, for the last 36 years, given a taste of Torah to any child who would otherwise be in public school and has assumed the essential task of endowing them with a meaningful Jewish and secular education.

NO CHILD IS EVER TURNED AWAY due to their financial inability. Yet, there are still hundreds of children unaware of their rich Jewish heritage. The funds generated through this raffle will assure that Be’er Hagolah will continue its work, which has resulted in hundreds of our graduates building Torah homes.

Click HERE to participate. We thank you for making a difference not just for these children, but for the future generations they will produce.

48 Hours Only: Get A Free Upgrade On All Mishloach Manot To Israel From The Baskery!

Sunday, March 6th, 2016, 11:11 am

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Chase Marriott 87.5K Limited Time Signup Bonus; Starwood Implications And How Far Will It Go For Hotels In Israel?

Wednesday, February 24th, 2016, 12:11 pm

Signup offer:

Chase is running a limited time offer on the Chase Marriott Visa for 80K bonus points for spending $3,000 in 3 months. Plus you’ll get another 7.5K points for adding a free additional user card, for a total of 87.5K points.

The normal signup bonus for this card is 50K.

You also get a free night at a category 1-5 hotel every year that you renew the card, which takes the sting out of the $85 annual fee. If only the Starwood card offered that!

There are no foreign transaction fees and you earn 2 points per dollar on airfare, car rentals, and restaurants and 5 points per dollar at Marriott hotels.

Marriott allows free point transfers between spouses, so if 2 spouses both get a Marriott card and spend $3,000 on each they would have at least 181K points.

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.

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. If you collect 110K Southwest points in a year you can bring a companion with your for free for the rest of the year and all of the following year on both paid and award tickets. The ratios to United are also better than most other airlines.

Marriott also offers excellent miles+nights packages.

SPG considerations:

Of course Starwood is in the process of merging with Marriott, but it will be a while until the programs are merged. Marriott’s CEO has promised multiple times not to mess with SPG’s value proposition, but we’ll see what that means when the full details come out. At this point nothing is known and there are lots of possibilities. The programs could be run separately or either loyalty program could win out. Ideally they’d realize the passion that SPG members have for Starpoints and simply convert Marriott points into an SPG type of loyalty program with something like a 50% haircut in points for Marriott members. But ideally doesn’t always happen.

Will the SPG AMEX or the Chase Marriott card survive? Might both survive? Those are all questions we might not know answers to until next year.

But in the meantime it can definitely make sense for both Marriott members and SPG members to take advantage of an offer like this as the points are very likely to be combinable in the future.

Marriott hotels in Israel:

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. Though with the SPG business card you’ll get free access to their lounge starting next month.  The W Tel Aviv-Jaffa was slated to open fall 2015 but that has been pushed back to November 2016. By the time that Starwood merges with Marriott you will be able to use points at both of those hotels.

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.  The Waldorf Astoria is an awesome addition to the scene, though it’s 64K-80K points per night. Citi gives 2 free nights there with the Citi Hilton Reserve card. The Reserve card even gives Gold status which earns you free breakfast, a real treat at the Waldorf.

 

Israel currently has 2 Marriott hotels:
The Ritz-Carlton Herzliya is a new luxury hotel that has been getting rave reviews on TripAdvisor and on DDF, where they’ve nicknamed it the Ritzaliya. They even provide complimentary rides in the hotel’s Jaguar.

It is a Ritz-Carlton tier 3 hotel which means that it’s 50,000 points per night or 200,000 points for a 5 night stay (40,000 points per night).

A superior room on 04/21 is $660 or 50K points, a value of 1.32 cents per point.  Or you can use 200,000 points for 5 nights, a value of 1.65 cents per point.  The 87.5K signup bonus can be worth $1,443.75 for a redemption at that value per point.

If you need more points 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.

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 on 06/19 is $300 or 35K points, a value of .86 cents per point.  Or you can use 140,000 points for 5 nights, a value of 1.07 cents per point.  The 87.5K signup bonus can be worth $936.25 for a redemption at that value per point.

What’s your favorite Marriott redemption?

Global Tours Pesach Sale: NYC-Israel $1,345 Non-Stop/$1,089 Stopover, NYC-Miami $495

Tuesday, February 23rd, 2016, 10:00 pm

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-Non-Stop NYC-Tel Aviv: $1,345 & up. Click here to book nonstop flights.
-NYC-Tel Aviv with short stop in Turkey $1,089 Click to book Turkish flights.
-NYC-Tel Aviv: $1,095 & up. Click here to book other stopover flights.
-NYC to Miami: $498 Click here to book NYC to Miami.
-Newark to Miami: $495 Click here to book Newark to Miami.

Limited availability so book now. Offer may expire at any time. May not be combined with any other offer. Restrictions may apply.
For more info & to book, please call 877-SEE-TEL-AVIV, 212-986-7400,‎ or email us here.

Global Tours: Fly To Israel For Pesach From $969 Including Tax

Tuesday, January 26th, 2016, 11:00 pm

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-NYC-Tel Aviv with short stop in Turkey $969 (call for flight details)
-NYC-Tel Aviv: $1,095 & up. Click here to book stopover flights.
-Non-stop NYC-Tel Aviv: $1,595 & up. Click here to book nonstop flights.

-For 2 coach tickets you will earn 5,000 bonus AMEX points
-For 2 Business class tickets you will earn 15,000 bonus AMEX points

-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. May not be combined with any other offer. Restrictions may apply.
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Win A Trip To Israel For Just $18!

Monday, January 25th, 2016, 10:00 pm

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Be’er Hagolah has, for the last 36 years, given a taste of Torah to any child who would otherwise be in public school and has assumed the essential task of endowing them with a meaningful Jewish and secular education.

NO CHILD IS EVER TURNED AWAY due to their financial inability. Yet, there are still hundreds of children unaware of their rich Jewish heritage. The funds generated through this raffle will assure that Be’er Hagolah will continue its work, which has resulted in hundreds of our graduates building Torah homes.

Click HERE to participate. We thank you for making a difference not just for these children, but for the future generations they will produce.

Global Tours: Book Pesach Tickets To Israel Now And Earn Bonus AMEX Points!

Tuesday, January 5th, 2016, 10:00 pm

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-Non-stop NYC-Tel Aviv: $1,595 & up. Click here to book nonstop flights.
-Stopover NYC-Tel Aviv: $1,095 & up. Click here to book stopover flights.

For 2 coach tickets you will earn 10,000 bonus AMEX points
For 2 Business class tickets you will earn 20,000 bonus AMEX points

Additionally, save 5-10% off hotels in Israel + Earn up to 25,000 AMEX Points with code: GETPOINTS5

Limited availability so book now. Offer may expire at any time. May not be combined with any other offer. Restrictions may apply.
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Traveling To Israel Or Europe?

Tuesday, December 29th, 2015, 9:00 pm

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Global Tours: Tickets To Israel for Pesach From $1,095 Plus Earn Bonus AMEX Points!

Monday, December 14th, 2015, 11:00 pm

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-Non-stop NYC-Tel Aviv: $1,595 & up. Click here to book nonstop flights.

-Stopover NYC-Tel Aviv: $1,095 & up. Click here to book stopover flights.

-For 2 coach tickets you will earn 5,000 bonus Amex points
-For 2 Business class tickets you will earn 15,000 bonus Amex points
-Additionally, save 5-10% off hotels in Israel + Earn up to 25,000 Amex Points with code: GETPOINTS6
Limited availability so book now. Offer may expire at any time. May not be combined with any other offer. Restrictions may apply.

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Starwood Adds A 34th Airline Transfer Partner And It’s Excellent For Awards To Israel!

Thursday, December 10th, 2015, 2:11 pm

Starwood Mileage Transfer Linky

Effective immediately you can transfer Starpoints to Aegean, a member of the Star Alliance.

You can view the Aegean Star Alliance award chart here.

Aegean considers Israel to be part of Europe/North Africa, so you can book a one-way between North America and Europe (including Israel) for just 30K miles in coach, 45K miles in business, or 60K miles in first class!

And that means I’ll have to update the The Ultimate Israel Mileage Award Chart and the Getting To Israel Using Starwood Starpoints chart once again. Just yesterday I wrote about ANA and Singapore being the best options for using miles to fly United to Israel, but Aegean is even cheaper than them!

A flight within Europe/North Africa (including Israel) is just 12.5K miles in coach or 21K miles in business class each way.

Plus of course you get 25K miles for every 20K Starpoints transferred!

Aegean does not charge fuel surcharges to fly on Air Canada or United.

Aegean only charges 20 Euros to change or cancel an award ticket and there are no close-in fees.

You need to call Aegean to book awards on partner airlines.

Aegean miles expire after 24 months, but if you credit any Star Alliance flight to Aegean your points will be extended by another 24 months.

Want to pickup some Starpoints?

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You can earn them on the Starwood Consumer AMEX and the Starwood Business AMEX. Aside from valuable Starpoints, they also provide 4pm late checkout and free premium internet at Starwood hotels. The business card also provides free lounge access at Sheraton hotels like the Sheraton Tel Aviv. They also provide free unlimited Boingo WiFi access worldwide.

You can learn all about Starwood and using Starpoints in this post. Note that Marriott is in the process of buying Starwood, though it will be quite a while before the loyalty programs can be merged. And the great thing about Starwood is that we can always bail and transfer our points into airline miles with a 25% bonus if we don’t like the details of the new program.

Curious about the 34 Starwood transfer options and ratios? Here they are!

With so may different airlines to transfer to it’s just a matter of figuring out which one has the lowest rates to where you want to go. I’ve separated them by alliance so you can know which airlines are partners and will therefore let you book award travel on partner airlines. Of course airlines also have lots of non-alliance partners, but by definition they are partners with all airlines in the same alliance.

In parenthesis you can see if American Express Membership Rewards (MR), Chase Ultimate Rewards (UR), or Citibank Thank You (TY) points transfers to the airline as well.

OneWorld Alliance:
Air Berlin: 20,000 Starpoints=25,000 miles (No other transfers)
American: 20,000 Starpoints=25,000 miles (No other transfers)
British Airways Avios: 20,000 Starpoints=25,000 miles (MR, UR)
Cathay Pacific Asia Miles: 20,000 Starpoints=25,000 miles (MR, TY)
JAL: 20,000 Starpoints=25,000 miles (No other transfers)
LAN: 20,000 Starpoints=37,500 kms (No other transfers)
Qatar: 20,000 Starpoints=25,000 miles (TY)

Skyteam Alliance:
AeroMexico: 20,000 Starpoints=25,000 miles (MR)
Air France/KLM Flying Blue: 20,000 Starpoints=25,000 miles (MR, TY)
Alitalia: 20,000 Starpoints=25,000 miles (MR)
China Eastern: 20,000 Starpoints=25,000 miles (No other transfers)
China Southern: 20,000 Starpoints=25,000 miles (No other transfers)
Delta: 20,000 Starpoints=25,000 miles (MR)
Korean: 20,000 Starpoints=25,000 miles (UR)
Saudia: 20,000 Starpoints=25,000 miles (No other transfers)

Star Alliance:
ANA: 20,000 Starpoints=25,000 miles (MR)
Aegean: 20,000 Starpoints=25,000 miles (No other transfers)
Air Canada/Aeroplan: 20,000 Starpoints=25,000 miles (MR)
Air China: 20,000 Starpoints=25,000 miles (No other transfers)
Air New Zealand: 20,000 Starpoints=385 points (No other transfers)
Asiana: 20,000 Starpoints=25,000 miles (No other transfers)
Lufthansa Miles & More: 20,000 Starpoints=25,000 miles (No other transfers)
Singapore: 20,000 Starpoints=25,000 miles (MR, TY, UR)
Thai: 20,000 Starpoints=25,000 miles (TY)
United: 20,000 Starpoints=12,500 miles (UR)

Unaligned:
Alaska (Partners with several airlines from different alliances): 20,000 Starpoints=25,000 miles (No other transfers)
Emirates: 20,000 Starpoints=25,000 miles (MR)
Etihad: 20,000 Starpoints=25,000 miles (TY)
Gol/Varig Smiles: 20,000 Starpoints=12,500 miles (No other transfers)
Hainan: 20,000 Starpoints==25,000 miles (No other transfers)
Hawaiian: 20,000 Starpoints=25,000 miles (MR)
Jet Airways: 20,000 Starpoints=25,000 miles (No other transfers)
Virgin Atlantic: 20,000 Starpoints=25,000 miles (MR, TY, UR)
Virgin Australia: 20,000 Starpoints=25,000 miles (No other transfers)

Points can also transfer to Amtrak at a 1:1 ratio. Amtrak rides on select routes are just 1,500 points in coach or 2,000 points in business. Within the Northeast corridor a ride is 4,000 points in coach, 6,500 points in business class, 8,000 points in Acela Express business class, or 12,000 points in Acela Express first class.  A private bedroom and bathroom with kosher meals from NYC-Miami would be just 12,500 points per adult. Note that Amtrak’s award chart will change on 01/24, see more in this post.

You can view the expiration policies for each transfer program here. Remember that points can only transfer from Starwood to an airline, they can never transfer from an airline to Starwood.

HT: Baglach, via DDF

8 Day Tour Of Israel With Airfare, Hotel, And Food For $999 Via Groupon

Thursday, October 22nd, 2015, 1:16 pm

8 Day Tour Of Israel With Airfare, Hotel, And Food For $999 Via Groupon

For questions about this Groupon deal call Gate 1 Travel at 1-800-682-3333.

This Groupon includes:
-Round-trip airfare from JFK.
-Airline taxes and fuel surcharges included.
-1 night of standard accommodations at Cinema Hotel in Tel Aviv.
-2 nights of standard accommodations at Maagan Kibbutz Holiday Village beside the Sea of Galilee or Prima Galil Hotel in Tiberias.
-1/27/16, 2/10/16, 2/12/16, 2/14/16, and 2/24/16 options stay at Prima Galil, all other options stay at Kibbutz Maagan Holiday Village.
-3 nights of standard accommodations at Prima Park Hotel in Jerusalem.
-All transfers.
-Six breakfasts, two dinners (mehadrin food available upon request.)
-Sightseeing per itinerary in modern air-conditioned motorcoach.
-Services of English-speaking tour manager throughout.
-Entrance fees per itinerary.

-Cancellation policy & fees: $200 fee per person to cancel; 61-day cancellation required or fee of 50% Groupon price; 31-day or fee up to 90% Groupon price; 2-day or fee up to Groupon price. Airfare nonrefundable after booking.
-Baggage fees may apply and vary by carrier.
-All options priced per person, based on double occupancy, or pay an additional $450 fee to travel solo.

HT: gilkile, via DDF

Aeroflot Eliminates 2nd Free Checked Bag; 3 Remaining Airlines With 2 Free Checked Bags To Israel

Wednesday, October 14th, 2015, 1:48 pm

Not long ago if you flew to Europe or Israel you got 2 free checked bags.

Then most of the major airlines started charging $100 each way for a 2nd checked bag.

In addition to flights via Moscow being cheap, Aeroflot and Transaero offered 2 free bags, adding another $200 in round-trip savings for heavy packers. Or for people like me who like to bring back parve kosher goodies from Israel that can’t be easily found back home (I’m looking at you Bugles (Apropo in Israel), Doritos Chamutz Charif, and Smirnoff Ice Lemon made with Vodka. Still need to figure out how to bring back some Ben & Jerrys Cholov Yisroel Chunky Monkey, not easy to find dry ice in Jerusalem!)

Alas Transaero has gone under and it didn’t take Aeroflot long to eliminate their 2nd free bag with their competition out of the way. Effective for tickets purchased on or after 10/12, for flights on or after 11/01, Aeroflot will charge $50 each way for a 2nd checked bag.

That leaves highly rated Azerbaijan and Turkish, and not very highly-rated Ukraine, as some of the only remaining airlines that provide 2 free checked bags from the US to Europe and Israel.

You and a companion can get 2 free checked bags with United if you have the $450/year United Club card (click on the club tab after clicking apply now). That card also gives 1.5 miles per dollar spent everywhere, waived award close-in fees, elite checkin, security, boarding, and baggage handling, a full United club membership with guest privileges, Hyatt Platinum status, and Hertz President’s Circle status.

Know of other airlines that provide 2 free checked bags to non-elite passengers flying in coach between the US and Europe or Israel? Hit the comments!

HT: Moishebatchy, via DDF

Car Rental Specials In Israel This Winter From Noach Car Rental And Budget!

Tuesday, October 13th, 2015, 2:21 pm

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Noach Car Rental Deals:

-NOV 1st-DEC 15th rentals: Super deal: 7th day is FREE! Rent 6 days and get another day free, rent 12 days and get 2 free days, rent 18 days and get 3 free days. This deal is available on most 5 seaters.

-DEC 16-Jan 5th Rentals: Regular low season rates on limited 5 seater groups + pay no rental fee (mandatory liability fee will apply) for Shabbos days.

Please note that both offers can end without previous notice, and must be booked by Oct 28th (w/in advance deposit).

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SIM Card Specials For Your Travels To Israel Or The US

Thursday, September 17th, 2015, 11:09 pm

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If you are traveling to Israel or the USA and are looking for SIM cards, ARIELI MOBILE offers a variety of packages to fit your needs and budget.

The SIM card package in Israel includes UNLIMITED talk in Israel, unlimited texts, data, and UNLIMITED calls to the US and Canada.

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Getting To Israel Using Starwood Starpoints

Thursday, September 10th, 2015, 4:16 pm

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-Earn Starpoints on the Starwood Consumer AMEX and the Starwood Business AMEXYou 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. With a Starwood business card you’ll even get free lounge access and meals at the Sheraton Tel Aviv! 
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Related post: The Ultimate Israel Mileage Award Chart
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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 nights or transfer points into the mileage programs of 33 different airlines with a 25% transfer bonus. 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 plus a 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 an SPG.com account. Click here to transfer Starpoints into airline miles. Note that transfers can take a few days to complete.

The rates in this post are for flights from NYC to Tel Aviv unless otherwise noted.
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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 (if not more often) 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 month 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. For example AA.com won’t show Iberia flights, BA.com won’t show Aer Lingus flights, United.com won’t show Singapore flights, etc.

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.

Air Berlin is one of the least expensive ways to get to Tel Aviv using British Airways Avios due to lack of fuel surcharges. If you are willing to stopover for a night in Berlin, Dusseldorf, or Munich then you will greatly increase the available award space. Search for nonstops from NYC to Berlin or Dusseldorf on AA.com as described here and then for nonstops from Berlin, Dusseldorf, or Munich to Tel Aviv. Then call BA to piece them together onto one itinerary. Even with a stopover the one-way cost will still be ust 30K Avios.

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. For example be willing to use Avios to get to Toronto and then use United miles to fly from Toronto-Tel Aviv, etc. 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 also 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. United still has free stopovers. You can fly NYC-Tel Aviv-NYC and then stopover in NYC for up to a year before continuing on to say, Anchorage, Los Angeles, or Miami 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 that can be booked via Starpoints:
-Air Canada from Toronto (bookable via Star Alliance airlines)
-United from Newark (bookable via Star Alliance airlines)
-Delta from JFK (bookable via Skyteam airlines)
-American from Philadelphia (bookable via OneWorld airlines). This route ends 01/04/16.
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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. Air Canada flies the 787 dreamliner to Israel with one of the best business classes between North America and Israel.

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.comAeroplan.com, and ANA.co.jp. You’ll need create an account and login to use Aeroplan or ANA’s award search.

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Note that Starpoint rates listed below 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).

Rates listed below are for round-trip travel!

 

Using ANA miles, from 52,000 Starpoints.
-Miles required: 65K coach, 104K business, 195K first.
-Transfer Ratio: 20,000 Starpoints=25,000 ANA miles. At a 1:1.25 ratio this means 52,000 Starpoints in coach, 83,200 Starpoints in business, or 156,000 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: Not allowed.
-Online partner airline award booking: Yes.
-Stopovers: 1 allowed.
-Changes/Cancellation: ANA allows free date changes. 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 India, Air New Zealand, Avianca, Brussels, COPA, Croatia, EVA, EgyptAir, Ethiopian, SAS, Singapore, South African, Swiss, Turkish, and United. Minimal fuel surcharges for LOT.
-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.
-Online partner airline award booking: Yes.
-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 Singapore 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, Chase Ultimate Rewards, and Citi ThankYou 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.
-Online partner airline award booking: No, phone only.
-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 JFK to Frankfurt in business or first(suites) 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 Ratio: 20,000 Starpoints=25,000 Lufthansa miles. At a 1:1.25 ratio this means rates starting at 48K Starpoints in coach, 84K Starpoints in business, or 136K Starpoints in first.
-Fuel surcharges: Apply on all airlines except LOT.
-Mileage expiration: Miles expire 36 months after they are earned regardless of activity unless you have a Lufthansa credit card.
-One-way awards: Allowed for half the amount of a round-trip.
-Online partner airline award booking: No, phone only.
-Stopovers: 2 free stopovers and 2 open jaws allowed on a round-trip.
-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:

Until 01/04/16, Oneworld has a nonstop option between North America and Israel on American from Philadelphia to Tel Aviv. Other flights to Israel include Air Berlin via Berlin, Dusseldorf, or Munich, BA via London, Finnair via Helsinki, Iberia via Madrid, Air Niki via Vienna, and Royal Jordanian via Amman. BA availability is good, but has high fuel surcharges.

You can check OneWorld availability on incomplete sites such as AA.comBA.com, and Qantas.com. You’ll need create an account and login to use BA’s or Qantas’ award search.

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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 the direct flight from North America or peak via Europe, 135K business, 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.
-Online partner airline award booking: Some partner airline awards must be booked over the phone.
-Stopovers: 2 allowed on a round-trip via Europe off peak at the same 80K rate. Stopovers via Europe during peak season add 5K miles each. See the footnotes in this post for more.
-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.

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Using BA Avios, from 44.8K Starpoints
-Avios required: 56K coach on British Airways off-peak, 60K coach on Air Berlin and on American, 65K coach on other carriers, 140K business on Air Berlin, 162.5K business on British Airways off-peak, 180K business on American, 221K first on British Airways off-peak, 260K first on British Airways peak
-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 rates starting at 44,800 Starpoints in coach, 112,000 Starpoints in business, or 176,800 Starpoints in first.
-Fuel surcharges: Apply for all Trans-Atlantic flights except on Air Berlin and Aer Lingus.
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.
-Online partner airline award booking: Some partners, like Aer Lingus and Alaska, are bookable via the phone only.
-Stopovers: Each leg costs additional mileage, but you can stopover at any connection city for as long as you want.
-Changes/Cancellation: $55.
-Expedite/Close-in fee: None
-Infant fees: Instead of cash, BA charges just 10% of the adult mileage required on international segments.
-More info in this post.

 

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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: Apply on most airlines, but not on American.
-Mileage expiration: 3 years after they are earned regardless of activity.
-One-way awards: Allowed for half the amount of a round-trip.
-Online partner airline award booking: Some partners can be booked online, others are phone-only.
-Stopovers: 2 stopovers allowed.
-Changes/Cancellation: JAL allows free date changes. Other changes or cancellation results in a $25 penalty.
-Expedite/Close-in fee: None
-Infant fees: 10% of full fare.

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Using LAN kilometers, from 53.3K Starpoints
-Miles required: PHL-TLV: 100K coach/200K business, JFK-AMM-TLV: 112K coach/224K business, JFK-LHR-TLV: 154K coach/308K business/385K first.
Transfer Ratio: 20,000 Starpoints=37,500 LAN kilometers. At a 1:1.875 ratio this means rates starting at 53.3K Starpoints in coach, 106.6K Starpoints in business, or 205.3K Starpoints in first.
-Fuel surcharges: None. LAN is the only airline with no fuel surcharges on BA awards.
-Mileage expiration: 3 years after they are earned unless you fly on a paid LAN flight.
-One-way awards: Not allowed
-Online partner airline award booking: Some partners can be booked online, others are phone-only.
-Stopovers: Each leg costs additional mileage, but you can stopover at any connection city for as long as you want.
-Changes/Cancellation: Changes are $75 or $150 within 21 days. Cancellation is $125 or $300 within 21 days.
-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 Paris, Aeroflot via Moscow, and Alitalia via Rome.

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Using Alitalia miles, from 40,000 Starpoints.
-Miles Required: 50K coach, 80K business.
Transfer Ratio: 20,000 Starpoints=25,000 Alitalia miles. At a 1:1.25 ratio this means 40K Starpoints in coach or 64K Starpoints in business.
-Other transfer partners: AMEX Membership Rewards partner at a 1:1 ratio
-Fuel surcharges: Apply on most airlines.
-Mileage expiration: All miles earned through 12/31/15 will expire on 06/30/16.
-One-way awards: Not allowed.
-Online partner airline award booking: Partner awards must be booked over the phone, book awards during business hours in Italy to reach competent reps.
-Stopovers: 1 allowed.
-Changes/Cancellation: Date changes are free, other changes incur a 5,000 mile or 55 Euro penalty. Cancellation is not allowed.
-Expedite/Close-in fee: None.
-Infant fees: 10% of full fare.

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Using Delta miles, from 64,000 Starpoints.
-Miles Required: 80K-170K coach, 140K-350K business.
Transfer Ratio: 20,000 Starpoints=25,000 Delta miles. At a 1:1.25 ratio this means 64,000-136,000 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: Allowed for half the amount of a round-trip.
-Online partner airline award booking: Some partners can be booked online, others are phone-only.
-Stopovers: Not allowed.
-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.

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Using Flying Blue (Air France/KLM) miles, from 20,000 Starpoints
-Miles Required: 25K-37.5K coach during a promo period, 50K coach otherwise, 62.5K-93,750 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 rates starting at 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 and Citi ThankYou 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.
-Online partner airline award booking: Yes
-Stopovers: Flying Blue allows for 1 free stopover.
-Expedite/Close-in fee: None.
-Infant fees: 10% of full fare.
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Summary:

Rates listed in this post are in Starpoints and 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, be sure to search for availability to see which transfer you should do!

Star Alliance:
-For Star Alliance travel, transfer points (from 52K) to ANA (fuel surcharges apply except on United)
-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 business or first class via Frankfurt, transfer points (from 60K) to Singapore (fuel surcharges apply)
-For travel on Lufthansa or Swiss business or first class via Frankfurt, transfer points (from 48K) to Lufthansa (fuel surcharges apply)
-For other business class travel transfer points (From 83.2K) to ANA (fuel surcharges apply except on United)
-For first class travel transfer points (From 120K) to Singapore (fuel surcharges apply except on United)

OneWorld:
-For OneWorld travel, transfer points (from 40K) to JAL (fuel surcharges apply except on American)
-For Air Berlin travel, transfer points (from 48K) to BA (no fuel surcharges)
-For OneWorld travel, transfer points (from 64K) to American (no fuel surcharges except on BA)
-For BA travel transfer points to LAN (from 53.3K) (no fuel surcharges)
-For business class travel transfer points (From 64K) to JAL (fuel surcharges apply except on American)

Skyteam:
-For Skyteam travel transfer points (from 40K) to Flying Blue (fuel surcharges apply except on Delta)
-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, transfer points (From 20K) to Flying Blue (fuel surcharges apply)
-For business class travel transfer points (From 64K) to Alitalia (fuel surcharges apply)

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How Far Will The Chase Marriott 80K Limited Time Signup Bonus Go For Hotels In Israel?

Tuesday, July 21st, 2015, 1:23 pm

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. Though with the SPG business card you’ll get free access to their lounge starting next month.  The W Tel Aviv-Jaffa was slated to open fall 2015 but that has been pushed back to fall 2016.

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.  The Waldorf Astoria is an awesome addition to the scene, though it’s 64K-80K points per night. Citi has a 75K limited time offer on the Citi Hilton card plus they give 2 free nights there with the Citi Hilton Reserve card. The Reserve card even gives Gold status which earns you free breakfast, a real treat at the Waldorf.

Chase recently released a limited time offer on the Chase Marriott card for 80K bonus points for spending $3,000 in 3 months.

You also get a free night at a category 1-5 hotel every year that you renew the card, which takes the sting out of the $85 annual fee.

There are no foreign transaction fees and you earn 2 points per dollar on airfare, car rentals, and restaurants and 5 points per dollar at Marriott hotels.

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 on TripAdvisor and on DDF. They even provide complimentary rides in the hotel’s Jaguar.

It is a Ritz-Carlton tier 3 hotel which means that it’s 50,000 points per night or 200,000 points for a 5 night stay (40,000 points per night).

A standard room for a tourist from 08/09-08/14 is $2,875 or $575 per night.  Or you can use 200,000 points, a value of 1.44 cents per point.  The 80K signup bonus would be worth over $1,125 for a redemption at that value per point.

Marriott allows free point transfers between spouses, so if 2 spouses both get a Marriott card and spend $3,000 on each they would have at least 166,000 points.  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.

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 08/09-08/14 is $1,465 or $293 per night.  Or you can use 140,000 points, a value of 1.05 cents per point. The 80K signup bonus would be worth $540 for a redemption at that value per point.

Transaero: Fly Between New York And Israel In Business Class For $1,582 Round Trip

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This fare has one stopover in Moscow, and it is valid originating in New York or Israel.

Sample NYC-TLV $1,582 dates:
July: 5, 6, 7, 9, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 19, 21, 22, 23, 26, 27, 28.
August: 2, 3, 4, 5, 6,

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The Ultimate Israel Mileage Award Chart

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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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Global Tours: Book Your Tickets To Israel For Succos Now

Wednesday, April 29th, 2015, 10:01 pm

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-Non-stop NYC-Tel Aviv: $1,495 & up.
-Stopover in Ukraine from NYC: $895.
-Stopover in Western European cities (i.e. Spain, France, Italy, London) from NYC: $1,045 & up.
-Washington DC, Boston, Chicago, Miami, Los Angeles, Toronto or Montreal to Tel Aviv: $1,095 & up

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

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Car Rental Specials In Israel For The Summer From Noach Car Rental And Budget!

Sunday, April 19th, 2015, 8:30 pm

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Noach Car Rental Deals:

July & August Rentals limited offer (Exp: 05/13): Low season rate on all 5 seaters. Plus pay no rental fee (mandatory liability fee will apply) for Shabbos days.

May & June Rentals super deal (Exp: 05/13): 7+1=7 when you rent 8 days get 1 day free on all classes. Please note that this super offer can stop without notice.

-Car pickup is at terminal 3 (no shlepping onto a long shuttle!)
-Second Driver is free and customer service is second to none, our customers love us for good reason!

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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

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

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

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.

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

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.
-Cars are only rented from major and reliable rental companies.
-Guaranteed no hidden fees or surprises.

Great deals on other cars as well!

Click here and you will get the most affordable offer.
Or email: reservation@yerent.com
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

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.

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!

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.

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