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

Tuesday, April 22nd, 2014

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!

HT: sruli1234, via DDF
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Getting To Israel Using Starwood Starpoints

Thursday, April 10th, 2014

Related: The Starwood Preferred Guest® Credit Card from American Express 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

-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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Sunday, April 6th, 2014

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Israel Airfare Roundup

Friday, February 28th, 2014

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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

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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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Monday, February 17th, 2014

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Saturday, February 15th, 2014

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

Tuesday, February 11th, 2014

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Noach Car Rental Deals:

- Only 2 days left for special low season rates for Pesach Rentals on all 5 seaters when booked before Feb 14th!

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Fly This Week Nonstop To Israel For $799.32 Round-Trip

Monday, January 27th, 2014

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

-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.

United:
Depart from Newark on 01/27, 01/28, 01/30.
Return from Tel Aviv on February 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 17, 19, 20, 21, 26, 28.

Delta:
Depart from JFK on 01/27, 01/28, 01/30, 01/31.
Return from Tel Aviv on February 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 17, 18, 19, 20.

Always check departure and arrival times for shabbos before purchasing.

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Chase Eliminates Excluded Car Rental Countries; Israel Now Covered On All Chase Credit Cards!

Sunday, January 26th, 2014

Update: 01/26/14: Some people reported problems getting the car rental agency in Israel to waive the CDW purchase requirement because the Chase letter of coverage didn’t specifically mention that Israel was included. 

I’m happy to report that you can now request a letter that specifically states that coverage in Israel is included.  Just call the number on the back of your card to be forwarded to the department that can instantly email you a letter of coverage.  You can also try calling 888-880-5844 to get that letter of coverage. That number is intended for the United card but should work for all Chase cards.

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Originally posted on 11/01/13:

Effective today all Chase cards, Visa or Mastercard, now offer free car rental CDW insurance worldwide!  Gone are the exclusions on rentals in countries like Israel, Ireland, and Jamaica.

CDW covers any damage or theft to your rental car.

If you renting a car outside of your home country you will receive free primary coverage on rentals of up to 31 days, so Chase will cover you even if you have your own insurance without having to file a claim with your own insurance.

Additionally Chase will now provide primary coverage on leisure rentals on business cards when renting outside of your home country.

Additional drivers that are listed on the contract are covered as well.

Secondary cardholders also get primary coverage when they rent.

Note that in Israel even if you decline the CDW all agencies still require to buy liability insurance for damage to other property or people.  But you’ll still save money by having a card that provides its own CDW coverage.  Israeli car rental agencies are notorious for charging over and over again for the same scratch.  Even if you buy the CDW from the car rental agency you’ll still have to pay for the scratch as they have a high deductible on their own CDW coverage.  When you use your Chase card and decline the car rental agency’s CDW coverage you’ll have zero deductible.  If you do not decline the car rental’s CDW coverage then your credit card will not cover your rental.

-The best card to rent a car with abroad is the Chase Sapphire Preferred. It offers 2.14 Ultimate Rewards points per dollar spent on all dining and travel expenses, including car rentals. It also has no foreign exchange fees, so you’ll always get the best possible exchange rate without any fees.  You’ll have free primary coverage when renting anywhere outside of your home country and secondary coverage to your own insurance when renting within your home country.  If you don’t have your own car insurance policy then coverage is primary worldwide.

-When renting within the US the United Explorer card is the way to go thanks to its primary coverage. It also is one of the only cards that comes with primary rental car CDW insurance in the US.  Almost every other card only has secondary coverage when you rent a car in your home country. This means that if you damage your rental vehicle you must file the claim with your own personal insurance policy first, and only if they won’t cover the damage will the credit card cover the damage.

Of course if you do rent on a United card and you return the car with no damage you can have the car rental agency counter change the card to Sapphire Preferred so that you get the 2.14 points per dollar spent.

Sample Chase cards that have no foreign exchange fees:

-Chase Sapphire Preferred
-United Explorer card
-Chase Ink Plus
-Chase Ink Bold
-Chase British Airways
-Chase Marriott Premier
-Chase Southwest Premier

Israel Airfare Deal Roundup

Thursday, January 23rd, 2014

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

-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.

-“Hacking” A Newark To Tel Aviv Nonstop For $751 Round-Trip

-Houston-Tel Aviv: $659 round-trip on Air Canada, Delta, or United
Valid for departures: 01/25-02/26.
Sample valid date: 01/29-02/06

-Boston-Tel Aviv: $689.32 round-trip on Air Canada and United
Valid for departures: 11/25-11/30.
Sample valid date: 11/25-12/11

-Boston-Tel Aviv: $686.92 round-trip on Turkish
Valid for departures: 11/01-11/30.
Sample valid date: 11/11-11/18

-Chicago-Tel Aviv: $689.32 round-trip on United
Valid for departures: 11/18-11/30.
Sample valid date: 11/30-12/09

-Chicago-Tel Aviv: $686.92 round-trip on Turkish
Valid for departures: 11/01-11/30.
Sample valid date: 11/30-12/09

-Washington DC-Tel Aviv: $689.32 round-trip on United
Valid for departures: 11/18-11/30.
Sample valid date: 11/23-12/04

-Washington DC-Tel Aviv: $686.92 round-trip on Turkish
Valid for departures: 11/01-11/30.
Sample valid date: 11/25-12/10

HOT! 15% Off Leonardo Hotels In Israel From Global Tours

Monday, January 13th, 2014

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Tel Aviv:
Herods Tel Aviv (formerly Plaza Tel Aviv), Leonardo City Tower Tel Aviv, Leonardo Boutique, Leonardo Basel, Leonardo Suites Tel Aviv Bat Yam (formerly Mercure Suites), Leonardo Boutique Rehovot

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Business Class Saver Award Space To Israel…

Sunday, January 12th, 2014

Business class award tickets direct from North America to Israel without stopping in Europe can be hard to come by.

The airlines release them at random times, when they feel the seat would otherwise go unsold.  So you just have to keep checking for space to open up. Of course you can always either fly via Europe or use United Plan B.

DDF member ilherman notices that there is a lot of space from Newark to Tel Aviv nonstop in business class during the first week of February:
02/02, UA84: 7 business saver+9 coach saver.
02/03, UA84: 9 business saver+9 coach saver.
02/03, UA90: 9 business saver+9 coach saver.
02/04, UA84: 9 business saver+9 coach saver.
02/05, UA84: 9 business saver+9 coach saver.

Plus you can pickup one of these spiffy limited edition amenity kits that are being handed out in United BusinessFirst/GlobalFirst flghts from the US through 03/01 or while supplies last (have to figure out how to get my hands on a CLE Friendly kit :D )

Worth pointing out while we’re at it how the expanded saver coach award benefit work if you have a Chase United credit card. On 02/06 if you aren’t logged into your account you won’t see any coach saver award seats. If you have a credit card and login to your United account before searching then you will see 2 coach saver award seats!

The return is tricky. You can return nonstop in coach, return via Europe in business, or use United Plan B.
Or tour the holy land for a month, United has a return business saver flight on 03/04, UA85 has 7 business saver seats (or 8 business saver seats for Platinum/1K/GS elites, something I haven’t seen for a long time).

United currently charges 40K for coach saver or 60K for business saver each way.  That goes up to 42.5K and 70K respectively on 02/01 for United flights only.  Partner flights will also be 42.5K in coach but are going up to 80K in business.  You can book travel now and change the dates later and just pay a date change fee and not pay the higher award rate.

You can also save a bundle by using ANA miles, you would need just 60K for a round-trip coach saver or 90K for a round-trip business saver on United with no fuel surcharges.
A flight from 02/05-03/04 in United business class using ANA miles would be 90K+$46.82.  Membership Rewards and Starpoints transfer to ANA though transfers aren’t instant.

Finally it’s definitely worth pointing out that Air Canada starts flying the first 787 Dreamliner to Israel starting in July and coach saver award space between Toronto and Israel on it looks great.  The business class on those planes looks incredible, but currently they are just releasing a maximum of 1 seat per flight.  Still availability in November and December for 1 seat in Dreamliner business class is very good.

Unlimited Israel: Winter Special For DansDeals Readers!

Tuesday, December 24th, 2013

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Israel Flights News Roundup

Friday, December 20th, 2013

Related posts:
-Random Airline News That I’d Be Remiss Not To Cover
-What You’ve Missed If You’re Not On DDF
-More Info On Recent Price Mistakes
-10 Random Links
-Random Travel Tips Of The Day
-Random Posts You May Have Missed If You’re Not On DDF…
-USAirways: We’ll Honor Israel Tickets But No Miles If You Skip A Leg
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-El Al can fly to Istanbul once again.
As I covered in-depth in the “random airline news” post linked to above, outgoing CEO Shkedy had wanted Turkish banned from flying to Israel saying that not being able to fly to Istanbul was going to bankrupt the airline.
Of course the reality is that El Al has very little to gain by flying to Istanbul what they really wanted was to stop the low-fares that Turkish offers for flights between the US and Israel.  Most of the Istanbul-Tel Aviv traffic are connecting low-fare seekers or people who appreciate the award winning service that Turkish offers in coach, premium economy, and lie-flat business class with an incredible lounge to boot.  There’s even free WiFi on their flights.
So El Al didn’t get what they really wanted.  Cheap flights will continue and that’s a great thing for the country of Israel. El Al needs to figure out how to compete and it’s all laid out in that previous post.

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-Tel Aviv has been called the most profitable route for several airlines over the years thanks to high fares and full flights.  However while Continental, Delta, United, and USAirways cashed in, American had to sit on the sideline as ex-TWA employees threatened to get a court injunction in Israel to seize any American plane that landed on Israeli soil to pay for pensions owed to ex-TWA employees.  That’s pretty murky as American didn’t buy TWA, they only bought select assets.  Nevertheless American was never able to make a deal with them.

Now those ex-TWA employees are seeking out restitution once again thanks to the American-USAirways merger.  It will be very interesting to see how this plays out.  There are so many questions at play here:
-Does American settle and keep flying to Israel?
-Does American decide the costs and risks are too high and discontinue flying to Israel?
-Will an Israeli court allow the ex-TWA employees to seize an American plane if they keep flying without settling?
-Will the American/El Al partnership break up as the Delta/El Al partnership did once Delta started flying to Israel?
-And of course even if they do settle will the Philadelphia-Tel Aviv flight survive or will it move to other hub markets with higher Origin/Destination revenue potential like JFK or Miami? Or can the market support American flights to Tel Aviv from 2 or all 3 of those cities?

If I were a betting man I’d say we see a settlement and we’ll see American flights to Tel Aviv from JFK and Miami while  Philadelphia loses their Tel Aviv flight as the hub there begins to shrink.

I can also see United flying from their Chicago or possibly even their San Francisco hub to Tel Aviv within the next few years as well as their massive fleet of 787s continues to grow.  Chicago has more Origin/Destination traffic and is a more logical connecting point while San Francisco offers high-yielding tech market airfares and good connections from the west coast.  I’ve long argued that Chicago is more likely while DDF airline guru PlatinumGuy has argued that San Fran is more likely.  The 2 of us were invited to an official United DO last year where we heard from a network planning executive that they often have that very same debate between the network planning folks who argue for Chicago and the revenue guys who want to grab the SFO high-yield traffic.  Either way he said to stay tuned once the 787-9 series aircraft start rolling in…

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-In the “What you’ve missed if you’re not on DDF” post linked to above I wrote about a DDF poster who got a $160 refund for having his Philadelphia-Toronto flight cancelled, bringing down the cost of his round-trip glitch ticket to Israel from $302 to $142..

Now another DDF’er who merely had his flight from Philadelphia-Toronto delayed told the agent that the delay wouldn’t work for him and the agent cancelled the flight and issued a $172 refund.

Plus they’ll both keep their miles!  Some people who skipped the Philadelphia-Toronto leg have reported that United and USAirways have taken out their miles from those flights several weeks after they were credited.  Still no reports of Aegean taking debiting miles credited to them from the USAirways flights.

Book Tickets To Israel For Pesach And We’ll Include Travel Insurance

Tuesday, December 17th, 2013

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-Stopover flights from $1,195 on www.globaltoursinc.com
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Thursday, December 12th, 2013

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-iPhone comes with with popular apps like Waze, Moovit, Viber, whatsapp, Siddur, Tehillim and much more.
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Israel Airfare Roundup

Tuesday, December 10th, 2013

Sample fares from various cities. Bookable on Priceline or on Orbitz

You can always use 4,500 BA Avios from NYC to fly to Washington/DCA or 7,500 to get to Chicago to pick up a cheap flight.  Just look for Delta flights which stop in JFK on the return.

Chicago-Tel Aviv:
02/10-02/19: $674.72 on Delta.
03/03-03/19: $674.72 on Delta.(Purim)

Cleveland-Tel Aviv:
01/20-01/09: $854.62 on Delta.
01/26-02/12: $854.62 on Delta.
02/23-03/03: $854.62 on Delta.
03/04-03/19: $854.62 on Delta (Purim)

Los Angeles-Tel Aviv
01/28-02/10: $835.01 on United/Swiss
03/05-03/18: $804.91 on KLM/Air France (Purim)

Miami-Tel Aviv:
01/14-01/22: $874.22 on Iberia
01/26-02/10: $879.72 on Delta
02/09-02/17: $878.92 on Iberia
03/09-03/17: $874.22 on Iberia (Purim)

NYC-Tel Aviv:
Turkish connecting flights from $785 and nonstop Delta, El Al, and United flights from $1,000.

Washington DC-Tel Aviv
02/09-02/20: $669.32 on Air Canada
02/10-02/18: $689.22 on Delta
03/02-03/13: $674.72 on Delta (Purim)
03/02-03/17: $689.22 on Delta (Purim)

Tel Aviv-NYC
01/26-02/06: $818.92 on Iberia
02/16-03/02: $818.92 on Iberia

Wideroe Strikes Again: Cheap Tickets To Israel Are Back!

Monday, December 9th, 2013

Update, Dead for now: “For the moment booking between these destinations is not available due to technical updates.”

I will tweet if this comes back. Be sure to follow @DansDeals
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Related (READ THIS FIRST!) : Rules of the deal!

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

Book with a card like Sapphire Preferred that has no foreign transaction/exchange fees!

Using a sample date of 02/02-02/11:

-Chicago-Tel Aviv via Philadelphia on USAirways from is $462.72.

-Washington DC (WAS)-Tel Aviv via Philadelphia on USAirways from is $479.72.

-Boston-Tel Aviv via Philadelphia on USAirways from is $535.72.

-Miami-Tel Aviv via Philadelphia on USAirways from is $582.09.

-Pittsburgh-Tel Aviv via Philadelphia on USAirways from is $648.22.

-Houston-Tel Aviv via Philadelphia on USAirways from is $676.72.

-Los Angeles-Tel Aviv via Philadelphia on USAirways from is $689.72.

-NYC-Tel Aviv via Philadelphia on USAirways from is $703.72.  From NYC you can also use 4,500 BA Avios flight to Washington DC or 7.500 BA Avios for a flight to Chicago.  You can then get off in Philadelphia or book the return with Avios as well.

More sample dates and cities to come!

HT: whywhy, via DDF

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Hotels In Israel: $300 Off Pesach Package Or Up To 10% Discount Year-Round From Global Tours

Monday, December 9th, 2013

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2 day sale!

-$300 off a Pesach package at the Leonardo Plaza Jerusalem, Inbal or David Citadel.

-Year-round discounts on most hotels in Israel:
10% on bookings totaling over $3000
8% on bookings totaling $2000 – $3000
5% on bookings totaling $1000 – $2000

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Chanukah And Winter Israel Car Rental Deals From Yerent

Thursday, November 21st, 2013

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Reserve now and lock in an amazing rate for Chanukah: Rates starting from only $150 for 8 days with insurance and taxes.
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Monday, November 18th, 2013

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Flights To Israel From $669 Round-Trip On Air Canada, Delta, And United

Monday, November 11th, 2013

-Bookable on Orbitz with full mileage earning and free cancellations until 10pm CT the day after you book or directly from the airline.

- Earn 3 MR points per dollar with American Express® Premier Rewards Gold Card or 2.14 UR points per dollar with Chase Sapphire Preferred
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Sample airfare deals (There are lots of other dates in January and February as well as some deals in November and December at slightly higher prices).

On Orbitz you can search for flexible +/-3 dates and you can limit the search to your preferred airline or airlines.
You can choose to search only Air Canada, Delta, And United and thereby avoid getting Turkish airlines fares which typically aren’t actually bookable. Just choose “Narrow the search to my preferred airlines.”

Chicago-Tel Aviv:
01/09-01/20: $674.72 on United
01/16-01/30: $669.32 on Air Canada
01/20-02/03: $674.72 on United
01/26-02/06: $674.72 on Delta and United
02/02-02/10: $674.72 on United
02/06-02/17: $689.12 on Delta

Cleveland-Tel Aviv
01/28-02/06: $850.72 on United
02/02-02/10: $850.72 on United

Houston-Tel Aviv:
01/20-02/03: $747.72 on United
01/26-02/10: $747.72 on United
02/02-02/10: $747.72 on United

Los Angeles-Tel Aviv:
01/20-02/04: $748.72 on United
01/20-02/06: $748.72 on United
02/02-02/10: $809.91 on United

Miami-Tel Aviv:
01/21-02/03: $853.72 on United

Washington DC-Tel Aviv:
01/20-01/30: $674.72 on United
01/21-01/30: $674.72 on United
01/22-01/30: $669.32 on Air Canada or $674.72 on United
01/20-02/04: $674.72 on United
01/21-02/04: $674.72 on United
01/22-02/04: $674.72 on United
01/26-02/03: $674.72 on Delta and United
01/28-02/10: $674.72 on Delta and United
02/02-02/10: $669.32 on Air Canada or $674.72 on Delta and United
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Find more cheap travel dates: Read about using ITA Software to use their awesome month-long calendar search to help find dates with cheap flights.
To find Air Canada flights use advanced routing code: AC+
To find Delta flights use advanced routing code: DL+
To find United flights use advanced routing code: UA+

New Flying Blue Promo Awards Now Bookable; 20K Starpoints Or 25K Membership Rewards Points Plus $280 For a Round-Trip Ticket To Israel

Wednesday, October 30th, 2013

Update: DDF member Drago points out some other really good Promo Award deals (from 15K round-trip plus $69) for TLV based folk in this thread.
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Flying Blue Promo Awards (Click here to view worldwide promo awards)

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

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

They do charge fuel surcharges on their own flights but not on Delta flights. However availability is much better on their own flights than on Delta flights. They normally charge 50,000 miles round-trip in coach to Israel.
For example a flight on Delta from JFK -Tel Aviv from 11/28-12/11 is 50K miles plus $78.47. The Flying Blue award calendar won’t show that flight so you should search for saver awards on Delta.com (which also has a subpar calendar) and then plugin those dates on the Flying Blue site.
Plus you can book one-way flights for half price with Flying Blue, something Delta doesn’t allow.

Promo awards:
Valid in either direction.
Book by 11/30/13
Travel 11/01/13-03/31/14.
Promo Awards can’t be modified, cancelled or refunded.

Sample dates with fuel surcharges for various routes:
-Atlanta to Tel Aviv, 01/12-01/21 for 37.5K miles plus $298.14 in coach.
-Boston to Tel Aviv, 01/12-01/21 for 37.5K miles plus $301.23 in coach.
-Detroit to Tel Aviv, 12/01-12/09 for 37.5K miles plus $301.23 in coach.
-Houston to Tel Aviv, 01/12 for 12.5K miles plus $110.47 in coach. (Valid return not found online)
-Houston to Tel Aviv, 11/26 for 31,250 miles plus $310.29 in business. (Valid return not found online)
-JFK to Tel Aviv, 12/04-12/11 for 37.5K miles plus $280.62 in coach.
-Los Angeles to Tel Aviv, 01/27-02/04 for 25K miles plus $301.23 in coach.
-Montreal to Tel Aviv, 02/25-03/04 for 37.5K miles plus $257.94 in coach.
-S. Francisco to Tel Aviv, 03/04 for 12.5K miles plus $110.47 in coach. (Valid return not found online)
-Tel Aviv to Chicago, 02/09 for 12.5K miles plus $149.54 in coach. (Valid return not found online)
-Toronto to Tel Aviv, 12/03-12/11 for 25K miles plus $298.68 in coach.
-Toronto to Tel Aviv, 11/24-12/01 for 62.5K miles plus $615.88 in business.
-Vancouver to Tel Aviv, 01/20-01/27 for 62.5K miles plus $608.95 in business.
-Vancouver to Tel Aviv, 01/13-01/20 for 37.5K miles plus $250.53 in coach.
-Washington DC to Tel Aviv, 01/06-01/16 for 25K miles plus $280.62 in coach.

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

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

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

Israel Airfare Roundup

Monday, October 21st, 2013

-Bookable on Orbitz with full mileage earning and free cancellations until 10pm CT the day after you book or directly from the airline.

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

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Sample airfare deals:

Chicago-Tel Aviv:
01/16-01/29: $671.97 on Delta.
01/23-02/05: $671.97 on Delta.
01/26-02/03: $666.77 on Air Canada, $686.47 on Delta.
02/02-02/12: $671.97 on United

Houston-Tel Aviv:
12/01-12/12: $748.86 on Air Canada and United
12/04-12/12: $739.27 on Air Canada
01/26-02/03: $739.27 on Air Canada

Los Angeles-Tel Aviv:
01/21-01/30: $750.36 on Air Canada and United
01/21-02/04: $745.97 on United
01/22-02/04: $745.97 on United
02/02-02/17: $740.77 on Air Canada

Miami-Tel Aviv:
12/11-12/23: $845.77 on Air Canada
01/26-02/10: $845.77 on Air Canada
02/02-02/10: $850.97 on Delta or United
03/10-03/18: $850.97 on Delta

NYC-Tel Aviv:
$999 nonstop on Delta, El Al, or United for most winter travel.
$784 for travel on Turkish via Istanbul

Washington DC-Tel Aviv:
11/17-11/25: $666.77 on Air Canada
11/24-12/12: $666.77 on Air Canada
01/19-01/27: $666.77 on Air Canada
01/20-01/30: $671.97 on United
01/26-02/04: $671.97 on Delta
02/02-02/10: $666.77 on Air Canada, $671.97 on Delta and United
02/09-02/17: $666.77 on Air Canada
03/02-03/10: $671.97 on Delta
03/10-03/20: $671.97 on Delta

Find more cheap travel dates: Read about using ITA Software to use their awesome month-long calendar search to help find dates with cheap flights.

USAirways: We’ll Honor Israel Tickets But We Won’t Give You Miles If You Skip A Leg

Thursday, October 3rd, 2013

USAirways sent an email to people who bought the $300-$500 tickets to Israel that I posted about in late August from NYC and from other cities. The email says that USAirways will not be awarding any miles for any part of the ticket unless all segments are flown. In other words if you are booked from NYC-Philadelphia-Tel Aviv-Philadelphia-Toronto and you wind up skipping the Philadelphia-Toronto segment they are saying that they will not award miles for your entire trip.

They’re also offering a full refund if you’re not happy with that. You can email usairways.noreply@usairways.com to request a refund until 10/15.  (And boy are they hoping you will :D )

Of course you can always continue onto Toronto and take a 4,500 Avios flight back to NYC or Chicago for example. Though one-way flights going to Toronto have just $2.50 in tax there is $50 in tax for one-way flights leaving from Toronto. The Chase British Airways card gives 50K signup Avios (Over 11 free short-haul flights) with the fee waived for the first year.

The far more interesting question will be if they can or will stop people from crediting the flown flights to a partner airline like Aegean or United…if you try that be sure to let us know how it goes.

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Thursday, September 12th, 2013

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Sunday, September 8th, 2013

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Earn (Lifetime?) Star Alliance Gold Status With 2 Cheap Flights To Israel

Wednesday, August 28th, 2013

For somewhere between $600-$1,000 you can fly twice to Israel right now from pretty much anywhere in the country.

Credit those flight miles to Aegean and you will earn what seems to be lifetime Star Alliance Gold elite status.  Read more about Aegean and Star Alliance Gold in this post.

More Dirt Cheap Flights To Israel From Cities Across The Country!

Wednesday, August 28th, 2013

Update #2: This deal appears to be dead.

 

Update: Commenter “Raphi” points out that on Orbitz if you click on “Narrow the search to my preferred airlines” and select El Al and USAirways that prices are actually cheaper!

-Bookable on Orbitz with full mileage earning and free cancellations until 10pm CT the day after you book or directly from the airline.

- Earn 3 MR points per dollar with American Express® Premier Rewards Gold Card, 3 MR points per dollar with The Business Gold Rewards Card® from American Express OPEN, or 2.14 UR points per dollar with Chase Sapphire Preferred.

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Read this post first for background info!

Update: Chicago-Tel Aviv-Toronto on 11/25-12/02 for Chanukah is just $302!
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Commenter “Raphi” points out that on Orbitz if you click on “Narrow the search to my preferred airlines” and select El Al and USAirways that prices are actually cheaper!

Below is just with 1 sample date, many other dates will be available as well so keep searching post what you find!

-Boston-Tel Aviv-Toronto on 01/12-01/20: $347.
-Chicago-Tel Aviv-Toronto on 01/12-01/20: $389.
-Miami-Tel Aviv-Toronto on 01/12-01/20: $402.
-Houston-Tel Aviv-Toronto on 01/12-01/20: $446
-Dallas-Tel Aviv-Toronto on 01/12-01/20: $454
-Denver-Tel Aviv-Toronto on 01/12-01/20: $454
-Los Angeles-Tel Aviv-Toronto on 01/12-01/20: $458
-S. Francisco-Tel Aviv-Toronto on 01/12-01/20: $461
-Seattle-Tel Aviv-Toronto on 01/12-01/20: $461
-Baltimore-Tel Aviv-Toronto on 01/12-01/20: $546
-Cincinnati-Tel Aviv-Toronto on 01/12-01/20: $546
-Buffalo-Tel Aviv-Toronto on 01/12-01/20: $561
-Atlanta-Tel Aviv-Toronto on 01/12-01/20: $561
-S. Louis-Tel Aviv-Toronto on 01/12-01/20: $561
-Pittsburgh-Tel Aviv-Toronto on 01/12-01/20: $571
-Philadelphia-Tel Aviv-Toronto on 01/12-01/20: $598
-Cleveland-Tel Aviv-Toronto on 01/12-01/20: $598

-With the $389 Chicago-Tel Aviv-Toronto fare you can get off the plane in Philadelphia and use 7,500 BA Avios plus $2.50 to fly nonstop back to Chicago.

-With the $402 Miami-Tel Aviv-Toronto fare you can get off the plane in Philadelphia and use 7,500 BA Avios plus $2.50 to fly nonstop back to Miami.

-With the $454 Dallas -Tel Aviv-Toronto fare you can get off the plane in Philadelphia and use 10,000 BA Avios plus $2.50 to fly nonstop back to Dallas.

Need Avios? You can pick up 50,000 BA Avios with the BA credit card (the annual fee is waived if you apply by 09/30).

-With the $561 Buffalo-Tel Aviv-Toronto someone from Toronto can just get to Buffalo to pickup the first leg and then fly back home to Toronto.

More to come!

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

Tuesday, August 27th, 2013

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

AMEX MR points transfer to Flying Blue at a 1:1 ratio and Starpoints transfer at a 20:25 ratio so 20K Starwood becomes enough for 2 one-way tickets.

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

Flying Blue includes Israel in their definition of Europe.

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

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

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

Getting To Israel Using Starwood Starpoints

Monday, August 26th, 2013

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.
Don’t forget that you can also use your Starpoints to stay free at the Le Meridien Dead Sea, Le Meridien Eilat, and the highly rated Sheraton Tel Aviv.
Slated for a 2015 opening is also the W Tel Aviv – Jaffa
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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 and USAirways travel transfer points (from 48K) to ANA (no fuel surcharges)
-For Star Alliance travel on airlines besides United and USAirways transfer points (from 48K) to ANA (fuel surcharges apply)
-For Star Alliance travel on airlines besides United and USAirways transfer points (from 64K) to USAirways (no fuel surcharges)
-For Star Alliance travel with lap children 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 OneWorld travel transfer points (from 40K) to JAL (fuel surcharges apply)
-For Air Berlin travel transfer points (from 48K) to BA (no fuel surcharges)
-For OneWorld or El Al travel transfer points (from 64K) to AA (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 64K) to Delta (no fuel surcharges)
-For Air France/KLM travel during a promo period, transfer points (From 20K) to Flying Blue (fuel surcharges apply)
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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.

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 typically 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.  American for example allows you to book a one-way flight from Tel Aviv to JFK, stopover in NYC for as long as you want, and then fly from JFK to Alaska, Hawaii, LA, Miami, etc. for just 45,000 miles.  The travel date of the “trailing” flight can even be changed for free.  The reverse works as well.  Fly back from Hawaii to JFK, stopover in NYC for as long as you want, and then fly from JFK to Tel Aviv for just 45,000 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 Star Alliance 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, United from Newark, and USAirways from Philadelphia. These flights all have lie-flat business class seating and have no first class.

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).

Rates are for travel using the airline’s miles below for travel on any partner airlines.  Remember that policies follow the miles that you have so if you have USAirways miles you can’t fly one-way on United, but if you have United miles you can fly one-way on USAirways,

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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 and USAirways partner 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.

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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: None, although 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 Air Canada Aeroplan miles, from 64,000 Starpoints.
-Miles required: 80K coach, 135K business, 190K 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, 108,000 Starpoints in business, or 152,000 Starpoints in first.
-Other transfer partners: AMEX Membership Rewards partner at a 1:1 ratio.
-Note that effective for tickets purchased in 2014 you will need 165K for business and 230K for first.
-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, United, and USAirways.
-Mileage expiration: Air Canada miles require activity every 12 months to keep them active.
-One-way awards: Allowed for about 68% of the award cost of a round-trip. Note that in 2014 this will be allowed for half of the round-trip cost.
-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 a $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 and USAirways partner awards.
-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.
-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 USAirways and 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 availability to Israel can be tough to find without fuel surcharges. 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) 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 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.
-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.
-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.
-American has an alternate OneWorld Explorer award chart which allows for up to 16 stopovers starting from 90,000 miles in coach, 115,000 miles in business, and 150,000 miles in first, but the rules of this complicated award that require at least 2 OneWorld carriers besides AA and excludes partners such as El Al are beyond the scope of this article.

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, 65K coach on other carriers, 100K business on Air Berlin, 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 and Aer Lingus via Ireland.
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
-Avios 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.
-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
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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 64,000 Starpoints.
-Miles Required: 80K-190K coach, 120K-370K business.
Transfer Ratio: 20,000 Starpoints=25,000 Delta miles. At a 1:1.25 ratio this means 64,000-152,000 Starpoints in coach or 96,000-296,000 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!

Travel To Israel For Succos From Just $1,195 With Tax!

Monday, August 12th, 2013

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Israel Flight Deals

Sunday, August 4th, 2013

1. As I’ve mentioned several times, Air Canada, Delta, and United continue to offer $643 tickets from cities like Chicago and Washington DC to Tel Aviv this winter.  Other cities like Houston and Los Angeles have tickets for just $712.  Deduct the miles you’ll earn for flying and those are some great airfares for Israel.

Use the ITA Matrix calandar search option to find cheap travel dates if you’re flexible.

2. Delta, El Al, and United have round-trips from NYC to Tel Aviv for $949 with tax, great prices for nonstop flights.
Sample dates:
-11/18-11/28
-11/24-12/04
-12/01-12/09
-12/12-12/25
-12/31-01/15
-01/05-01/16
-01/19-01/28
-02/02-02/10
-02/09-02/17
-02/16-02/26
-02/23-03/03
-03/02-03/10
-03/11-03/19

3. If you’re creative though you can manufacture a cheaper nonstop ticket from NYC for just $807, though the airlines may not like it and they may punish people who abuse hidden city ticketing repeatedly, so don’t do this every month.

You can use the Travelocity multi-destination search page and search for EWR-TLV in flight #1 (sample date 02/09/14) and then TLV-ORD, TLV-WAS, TLV-IAH, or TLV-LAX (sample date 02/17/14).

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You can choose a nonstop on United from Newark to Tel Aviv. For the return  you can select a United flight from Tel Aviv to Chicago, Houston, Los Angeles, or Washington DC that connects in Newark. Your bags will be tagged to Chicago, Houston, Los Angeles, or Washington DC but everyone, whether their destination is NYC or anywhere else in the world, must pickup their luggage in Newark on the return and bring it through customs. At that point you can either recheck your bags or just leave the airport.

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In the red square is a flight that nobody is going to force you to board.

Of course you can always just fly to DC for 4,500 Avios or Chicago for 7,500 Avios and book the flight originating there to save yourself another $164 per person by knocking the price down to $643.  You can still get off the plane in Newark.

Or you can originate in NYC to TLV and then just fly to Chicago on the return for $807, enjoy an awesome meal at Shallot’s Bistro or Milt’s BBQ and then use 7,500 Avios to fly back to NYC.

Or you can originate in NYC to TLV and then fly to Los Angeles on the return for $807, enjoy a world class meal at Herzog Winery’s Tierra Sur and then use 12,500 miles to fly back to NYC.

Of course this will work for dozens of other dates as well. The key to finding valid dates is to first search for a cheap outbound flight date from Newark to Tel Aviv.

Go to the ITA Matrix.

To find a cheap outbound flight from Newark to Tel Aviv just search for a round-trip with flexible dates using their calendar of lowest fares .  Use the following advanced routing code to limit the calendar search to nonstop United flights only: UA

Here is what I searched for that you can emulate:

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And here is the results page with cheap outbound flight dates.

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Once you have that you’ll be able to then search for a Travelocity multi-destination search and plugin the cheap outbound date from Newark to Tel Aviv and a cheap return date from Tel Aviv to Chicago, Houston, Los Angeles, or Washington DC.
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You can even set up your mobile device to receive text messages (and choose which hours of the night not to bother you) and you’ll be the first to know about every deal. After setting up your device be sure to opt into mobile notifications from DansDeals (it’s in the drop-down menu next to the blue “Following” button), so that you will never again be kicking yourself for missing another deal!

Going to Israel for Vacation? You Make The Deal!

Wednesday, July 10th, 2013

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As an encouragement for you to schedule a CRUCIAL part of your trip and to satisfy you as much as possible, we are asking YOU to set the price!

L’TOV will provide a rebbi who will come to the neighborhood where your family is staying, to learn at a time that is convenient for you. This is beneficial because your learning doesn’t get neglected over your vacation!

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Hertz Israel Now Requiring Proof Of Credit Card Insurance Coverage

Wednesday, July 3rd, 2013

Effective immediately Hertz in Israel is requiring you to furnish a letter of coverage stating that your credit card covers car rental CDW insurance.  If you don’t have that letter you will be compelled to purchase CDW from Hertz. Worse than that, like all CDW policies sold in Israel, the Hertz provided CDW comes with a deductible that you will have to pay on top of the daily CDW coverage in case of any alleged damages. Plus your credit card will not cover CDW if you do not decline the car rental agency CDW coverage.

Car rental companies in Israel love to ding people with alleged scratches and dings whether they caused the damage or not. My assumption is that this is likely the reason Israel is one of just 3 countries in the world that is excluded from most credit card coverage. To save yourself a lot of headache always take extensive pictures of your rental car while it’s still on the lot and make sure the agent signs off on every miniscule scratch on the car.

To get a letter of coverage you can call World Mastercard at 800-622-7747 and then push prompts 1, 1, and 3 to speak to someone.

It used to be that all World Mastercards covered CDW in Israel even though almost every other credit card excludes coverage in Israel, Ireland, and Jamaica.

The reason for the requirement now is due to numerous World Mastercards no longer covering Israel including Chase United, Chase Ink, Barclays Arrivals, and Barclays USAirways.

Cards that currently still provide coverage include the Sapphire World Mastercard.  There’s no public link for the Sapphire World Mastercard but if you call or send a secure message to Chase they can still convert the Sapphire Preferred Visa or the Sapphire Non-Preferred Visa into a World Mastercard. The Preferred card card gives 2.14 points per dollar on all dining and travel including car rentals and it has no foreign exchange fees, making it the best card to use for rentals in Israel.  The non-preferred version gives 1 point per dollar and has a 3% foreign exchange fee.

Those World Mastercards cover up to $50,000 in damages to your rental car for rentals up to 31 days in length.

Coverage is primary if your own personal auto insurance does not cover rentals outside of the USA.  I called Geico and they confirmed that on my policy I’m only covered for rentals in the USA, so coverage from the World Mastercard anywhere else in the world is primary.  This means that the credit card will pay for damages without having to get your personal insurance involved which can raise your premiums.

It’s worth noting that the Discover cards like the Discover IT card cover CDW in Israel as well and they don’t charge a foreign exchange fee. However they limit their total coverage to $25,000 so if you wreck your rental car you may be on the hook for damages as cars in Israel typically cost at least double what they do in the US.  However for regular scratches and dents this should work just fine.

Even if your card does give CDW coverage agencies in Israel require you to purchase liability insurance for damages caused to other people as CDW only covers damages to your own vehicle.  Reputable agents like Noach build this into their quote but most prices online that you’ll find do not include this daily fee.

As far as rentals in the US go, if you have your own policy you’ll most definitely want to rent on the United Explorer card as it is one of the few cards that give free primary CDW coverage.  Almost every other credit card will not cover damages if you have a personal car insurance policy.

HT: hocker, via DDF

NYC To Or From Israel Nonstop For Just $868.97 Round Trip With Tax

Saturday, June 8th, 2013

-Bookable on Priceline (with regular mileage earning and free cancellations until 11:30pm ET the day after you book, on Orbitz (with regular mileage earning and free cancellations until 10pm CT the day after you book, or direct from the airline.

- Earn 3 points per dollar with American Express® Premier Rewards Gold Card, 3 points per dollar with The Business Gold Rewards Card® from American Express OPEN, or 2.14 points per dollar with Chase Sapphire Preferred.
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The $868.97 fare is valid for departures on select dates between 10/20/13-12/15/13 and 12/25/13-03/15/14.
It should be bookable from now through 06/30/13.

Currently the fare is only available on Delta but tomorrow it will also be bookable on El Al and United.  More travel dates on sale will be available tomorrow when the El Al and United fares are loaded.

There will be a $1,068.97 fare nonstop from Los Angeles to Tel Aviv on El Al as well that will be bookable tomorrow.

You will earn full miles with all of those carriers but bear in mind that:
-Delta miles are worth the least of the major airlines and rumor has it that they will be making them worth even less as they shift to a revenue based program. Delta has one flight a day between JFK and Tel Aviv at night and it’s on an older though renovated 747.
-El Al Matmid points are terrible and expire but you can earn full American miles for your El Al flight by giving them your AAdvantage number. El Al flies from both JFK and Newark several times a day.
-United miles are the most valuable. They fly twice a day between Newark and Tel Aviv and their 777s are the newest aircraft that services the market.

Yes, The Israel Winter Travel Deals Are Still Alive

Wednesday, May 29th, 2013

Several people have been telling me to post the current deals to Israel.  I posted these deals when they came out 2 weeks ago and they’re still going strong for travel on select dates between November 2013 and March 2014.

Read about using ITA Software here as that can really make it easy to find cheap dates if you’re flexible.

Here are the links to the original posts:
-“Hacking” A Newark To Tel Aviv Nonstop For $895.97 Round-Trip…
Sample date 11/24-12/03

-Air Canada/Delta/United: Washington DC To Tel Aviv For $638.97 Round-Trip With Tax!
Sample date 01/26-02/03

-Air Canada/United: Chicago To Tel Aviv For Just $638.97 Round-Trip With Tax
Sample date 02/09-02/17

-Air Canada/United: Los Angeles To Tel Aviv For $712.97 Round-Trip With Tax

-$713 fares are also available from Houston on Air Canada/United.
Sample date 03/02-03/10

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