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

Monday, November 10th, 2014

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Wednesday, November 5th, 2014

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

Monday, November 3rd, 2014

Get A 50% Bonus When You Purchase Flying Blue Miles

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

HT: Chapshnell, via DDF

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Monday, September 29th, 2014

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Traveling To Israel This Sukkos?

Sunday, September 28th, 2014

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

Thursday, September 18th, 2014

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

HT: yitzf, via HFP

Sukkot And November-December Car Rental Specials In Israel From Noach Car Rental And Budget!

Wednesday, September 17th, 2014

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Tuesday, September 16th, 2014

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The Ultimate Israel Mileage Award Chart

Sunday, September 14th, 2014

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

The best option for somebody who’s booking an advance purchase round-trip coach flight to Israel without any stopovers is probably going to be the Barclaycard Arrival Plus™ World Elite MasterCard®. That card gives 2.22% back on everything you buy (2 points per dollar plus 10% of redeemed points are rebated to you), has no foreign exchange fees, and it comes with a $400 signup bonus (more like $440 since 10% of the points will be redeposited after you redeem them.  You just buy a regular ticket (or any other travel expense) and click to receive a check for any amount of the purchase that you can cover with your points.  Then you collect miles for the paid flight and you get a 10% points rebate.

The real value of miles is when you need a last-minute ticket, a one-way ticket, a ticket with a stopover, or a ticket in business or first class.

In those cases you want a transferable mileage currency since that allows you to search for what’s available and then transfer over points as needed.

There are 4 transferable point currencies:

-Starwood points can be earned from the Starwood Preferred Guest® Credit Card from American Express. 20,000 Starwood points generally transfer into 25,000 miles, though the transfer can take between 1-12 days. Some partners (like USAirways) do not care if you transfer to someone else’s account while others (like AA) are stricter. There are no transfer fees.

-American Express Membership Rewards points can be earned from consumer cards like The Amex EveryDay Credit Card from American Express , The Amex EveryDay Preferred Credit Card from American Express, the American Express® Premier Rewards Gold Card and The Platinum Card® from American Express.
Points generally transfer instantly (exceptions includes transfers to ANA and Singapore which can take a day or 2) and can be made to anyone over the phone. A fee applies for transfers to domestic carriers like Delta.

-Chase Ultimate Rewards points are earned from cards like Sapphire Preferred , Freedom Visa, Ink Bold , Ink Plus, or Ink Cash.
You or your spouse need to have either a Sapphire Preferred, an Ink Bold, or an Ink Plus to actually transfer points into miles. Points generally transfer instantly with no fees (transfers to Singapore can take up to a day). There are no transfer fees.

-Citi Thank You points require either a Citi ThankYou Premier, Citi Prestige, or Citi Chairman card to transfer points.  Transfer options are more limited than with the other point currencies. There are no transfer fees.
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Tips for finding saver award availability:

Award tickets to Israel are always tough, though that’s a function of it being an expensive route to fly compared to the distance of the flight.
1. Check availability at least daily (if not more often) as award seats can come and go quickly.
2. Be willing to connect in Europe for much better availability. Flights on low cost carriers from Europe to Israel can also be dirt cheap and it can make sense to use miles to get to Europe and then buy a flight to Israel from there.
3. If you are ready to fly on a whim airlines often open up saver awards the day of or the day before a flight. Otherwise a month in advance is a typical sweet spot.
4. Realize that not all partners will be displayed online and you need to do your own research on partner sites and/or call to find partner availability. For example AA.com won’t show El Al flights, BA.com won’t show Aer Lingus flights, United.com won’t show Brussels or LOT flights, etc.
5. Airline search engines are only so powerful. Use free stopovers and open-jaws to your advantage. If you are flying from somewhere besides NYC just search from NYC-Tel Aviv instead of from Los Angeles to Tel Aviv. You can always piece together an award by searching for Los Angeles-NYC separately then NYC-Tel Aviv, especially if you are willing to have a long connection, change airports in NYC, or are willing to stay overnight in NYC.
6. The same goes for tickets from NYC. Search from other gateways like Toronto and Philadelphia and piece together the flights to get there afterward. For example be willing to use Avios to get to Toronto and then use United miles to fly from Toronto-Tel Aviv, etc. Consider searching from NYC to European cities and piece together an award from Europe to Israel. You may find availability from NYC to London and then from Paris to Tel Aviv but a computer would never put that open jaw ticket together. Instead you can check out London and Paris on the way to Tel Aviv. Maybe you’ll also get to check out Venice and Rome on the way home. Sometimes you can even save miles by doing that!
7. Don’t forget to book a free domestic trailing flight anytime in the year after you arrive back to your destination. 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 airlines)
-United from Newark (bookable via Star Alliance airlines)
-Delta from JFK (bookable via Skyteam airlines)
-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 airlines)
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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Alliances:

Star Alliance:
Nonstop flights from North America include Air Canada from Toronto and United from Newark. These flights all have lie-flat business class seating and have no first class. Air Canada flies the 787 dreamliner to Israel with one of the best business classes between North America and Israel.

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

You can search for Star Alliance award availability on sites like United.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. However 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).

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 because El Al adds $350 in 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.
Note that American agents may only be able to see 2 El Al awards at a time, so grab those 2 seats and then have the agent book 2 more, etc. Some agents don’t know how to properly search for El Al award seats due to their confusing class codes, so you may need to use some HUCA.

You can check OneWorld availability on incomplete 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).
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 any of those El Al cities.

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.

Skyteam’s redeeming factor is that both Alitalia and Flying Blue consider Israel to be part of Europe, making travel there a bargain.  However both programs have draconian expiration policies, so transfer there only as needed.

 

Miles required are for round-trip travel. Close-in fees apply for tickets booked within 3 weeks of departure. Rates are for NYC-TLV unless stated otherwise.

Airline:
Alliance, partners, and fuel surcharges, and close-in fees.
Miles required for round-trip:
Notes:
Transfer partners and change fees:
ANAStar Alliance.

Fuel surcharges apply for most airlines except for United.

No close-in fee.
Coach: 60K

Business: 90K

First: 140K
One-way officially not allowed but there are "workarounds."

3 stopovers allowed.

ANA has the lowest mileage rates without fuel surcharges for travel on United
AMEX MR 1K:1K

Starwood 1K:1K or 20K:25K

Date change: Free.
Other changes: Not allowed.
Cancellation: 3,000 mile penalty.
Air CanadaStar Alliance.

Fuel surcharges apply on some airlines, see * below.

No close-in fee.
Coach: 80K

Business: 165K

First: 230K
One-way allowed.

2 stopovers or 1 stopover and 1 open jaw allowed on a round-trip.

Infants cost just $50 in coach, $100 in business, and $125 in first.

Air Canada is the best AMEX transfer option for the Star Alliance airlines without a fuel surcharge.
AMEX MR 1K:1K

Starwood 1K:1K or 20K:25K

Changes or cancellation: $90.

Cancellations aren't allowed within 21 days of departure but you can change to a flight outside of 21 days and then cancel.
Air France/KLM Flying BlueSkyteam

Fuel surcharges apply for most airlines except Delta.

No close-in fee.
Coach promo: 25-37.5K

Coach: 50K

Business promo: 62.5K-93.75K

Business: 125K
One-way allowed.

1 stopover allowed on a round-trip

Lowest rates to Israel from any program during promo periods where a round-trip can cost as little as 25K, though fuel surcharges apply.
Best program for Delta travel thanks to low mileage rates, one-way awards, and no fuel surcharges.
AMEX MR 1K:1K

Citi TY: 1K:1K

Starwood 1K:1K or 20K:25K

Changes or cancellation: $70.
Promo awards can't be changed/cancelled.
AlitaliaSkyteam

Fuel surcharges apply.

No close-in fee.
Coach: 50K

Business: 80K
Round-trip required.

1 stopover allowed.

Book awards during business hours in Italy to reach competent reps.

The 80K business award on Delta has $300 in fuel surcharges, but is still a bargain.
AMEX MR 1K:1K

Starwood 1K:1K or 20K:25K

Date changes: Free.
Other changes: 5,000 mile or 55 Euro penalty.
Cancellation: Not allowed.
AmericanOneWorld, El Al.

Fuel surcharges apply for flights on British Airways.

$75 close-in fee for non-elites plus mandatory $35 phone fee even for flights that can't be booked online like El Al.
Coach: 80K via Europe between 10/15-05/15.

Coach: 90K via Europe between 05/16-10/14.

Coach: 90K nonstop.

Business: 135K

First: 180K
One-way allowed.

Stopovers are officially not allowed but can be had for free on flights to Tel Aviv. See *** below.

Best program for El Al travel.
Starwood 1K:1K or 20K:25K

Date changes: Free.
Other changes: $150
Cancellation: $150 for 1 ticket, $25 for additional tickets cancelled at the same time.
British AirwaysOneWorld, Aer Lingus

Fuel surcharges apply for most airlines, see ** below.

No close-in fee.
Coach: 60K on Air Berlin and USAirways, 65K on other carriers.

Business: 100K on Air Berlin, 120K on USAirways, 130K on other carriers.

First: 195K
One-way allowed.

Unlimited stopovers as each flight segment incurs an additional mileage charge.

Infant travel: Instead of cash, BA charges just 10% of the adult mileage required on international segments.

Best program for surcharge free travel on Air Berlin.
AMEX MR 1K:1K

Chase UR: 1K:1K

Starwood 1K:1K or 20K:25K

Changes: $55
Cancellation: The lower of taxes paid or $55
DeltaSkyteam

Fuel surcharges apply to select airlines.

No close-in fee.
Coach: 85K

Business: 140K
Round-trip required.

1 stopover and 1 open jaw allowed.

Delta's online calendar is full of bugs.

Best program for travel on other Skyteam carriers without fuel surcharges.
AMEX MR 1K:1K

Starwood 1K:1K or 20K:25K

Changes/Cancellation: $150


No changes or cancellations are allowed within 3 days of a flight.
El AlUnaligned.

Fuel surcharges apply on all flights.

No close-in fee.
AMEX MR rates:

Coach EWR, JFK, or YYZ: 70K

Coach LAX: 90K

Business EWR, JFK, or YYZ: 150K

Business LAX: 200K

First EWR or JFK: 250K

First LAX: 270K
One-way allowed.

El Al First class can only be booked with El Al points.
AMEX MR 1K:1K. See **** below.

Date change: $60
Other changes: $75 ($125 within 3 days).
Cancellation: $125
JAL OneWorld

Fuel surcharges apply for most airlines.

No-close in fee.
Coach: 50K

Business: 80K

First: 115K
One-way allowed.

2 stopovers allowed.

Very low OneWorld award rates, though fuel surcharges sting.
Starwood 1K:1K or 20K:25K

Date changes: Free.
Other changes/cancellations: ¥3,100 (About $29 USD) or 3,100 mile penalty.
LANOneWorld

No fuel surcharges.

No-close in fee.
Coach PHL-TLV: 70K

Business PHL-TLV: 200K

Coach JFK-AMM-TLV: 82K

Business JFK-AMM-TLV: 224K

Coach JFK-LHR-TLV: 124K

Business JFK-LHR-TLV: 308K

First JFK-LHR-TLV: 384K
Round-trip required.

Unlimited stopovers as each flight segment incurs an additional mileage charge.

40K Starpoints becomes 75K LAN, more than enough for a round-trip on USAirways with no fuel surcharges.

LAN is the only program with no fuel surcharges for BA flights.
Starwood 1K:1.5K or 20K:37.5K

Changes: $75 ($150 within 21 days)
Cancellation: $125 ($300 within 21 days)
LufthansaStar Alliance.

Fuel surcharges apply for most airlines.

No-close in fee.
Coach from US: 80K nonstop

Coach from US: 100K via Europe

Coach from Israel: 60K nonstop or via Europe.

Business from US: 135K nonstop

Business from US: 185K via Europe

Business from Israel: 105K nonstop or via Europe.

First from US: 290K via Europe

First from Israel: 170K nonstop or via Europe.
One-way allowed.

2 stopovers and 2 open jaws allowed on a round-trip.

No infant charges except for airport departure tax.

Use Lufthansa miles for expanded Lufthansa and Swiss business and first class availability.

Discounted Israel rates require an Israeli address on the account.
Starwood 1K:1K or 20K:25K

Changes/Cancellation: $60
Singapore Star Alliance.

Fuel surcharges apply for most airlines except for United.

No-close in fee.
Coach: 75K

Business: 115K

First: 150K
One-way allowed.

1 stopover allowed on a round-trip.

Use Singapore to book Singapore Suites and business class.

Awards on United are a real bargain and have low change/cancel fees.
AMEX MR 1K:1K

Citi TY: 1K:1K

Chase UR: 1K:1K

Starwood 1K:1K or 20K:25K

Changes: $20
Cancellation: $30
UnitedStar Alliance.

No fuel surcharges.

$75 close-in fee, waived for United Club cardholders
Coach: 85K

Business on United: 140K

Business on partner airlines: 160K

First on United via Europe: 180K

First on partner airlines: 280K
One-way allowed.

1 stopover and 2 open-jaws allowed on a round-trip.

United cardholders
get expanded availability.

Don't be afraid of trying a Plan B award.

Best program for Star Alliance travel without ever paying a fuel surcharge.
Chase UR 1K:1K

Date change more than 21 days in advance: $75.
Other changes: $100
Cancellation: $200
USAirways OneWorld

Fuel surcharges apply for flights on British Airways.

$75 close-in fee plus $25-$50 award processing fee whether you book online or over the phone.
Coach: 80K

Business: 120K

First: 180K
Round-trip required.

1 stopover or 1 open jaw allowed.

No changes are allowed on tickets that include partner airlines once travel has begun.

USAirways cardholders get a 5,000 mile discount on USAirways flights.

Low rates to Israel and no fuel surcharges on most airlines.

This program will be merged into AA in 2015.
Starwood 1K:1K or 20K:25K

Changes/Cancellation: $150.

*Air Canada charges a fuel surcharge to fly on Adria, Air Canada, ANA, Asiana, Austrian, LOT Polish, Lufthansa, TAP Portugal, and THAI. They do not charge a fuel surcharges if you fly on Aegean, Air China, Air India, Air New Zealand, Avianca, Brussels, COPA, Croatia, EVA, EgyptAir, Ethiopian, SAS, Singapore, South African, Swiss, Turkish, and United. Minimal fuel surcharges for LOT.

**British Airways does not charge a fuel surcharge when you fly on Aer Lingus, Air Berlin, Alaska, LAN, and TAM. There are also no fuel surcharges for American and USAirways flights within the western hemisphere, for JAL flights within Japan, and for Qantas flights within Australia. Fuel surcharges for intra-Europe flights are also typically quite low. Fuel surcharges for travel on Cathay Pacific aren’t too bad while fuel surcharges to fly on British Airways border on the criminal.
You can also transfer BA Avios to Iberia to save on fuel surcharges on Iberia flights.

***While American got rid of stopovers on awards, due to quirky pricing you can still take AAdvantage of stopovers when flying to Israel.  This is especially helpful as El Al has lots of flights from Europe to Israel.

A nonstop flight from the US to Tel Aviv is 45K AA miles each way all year round.

Winter: A flight from the US to Europe between 10/15-05/15 is just 20K each way and a flight from Europe to Tel Aviv is 20K year-round. So you can stopover for as long as you want in any European city, even on a one-way ticket, for just 40K in that timeframe.  Whether you just connect in Europe or whether you stopover for 6 months, you’ll save 5K miles each way over the 45K nonstop option in the wintertime.

Summer: A flight from the US to Europe between 05/16-10/14 is 30K each way and a flight from Europe to Tel Aviv is 20K year-round. So you can stopover for as long as you want in any European city, even on a one-way ticket, for 50K in that timeframe. That’s a 5K premium over just connecting in Europe for less than 24 hours or flying nonstop to Israel in the summertime.

****For simplification sake, all El Al rates in this chart have been multiplied by 50.  In the real world 1K AMEX MR converts into 20 El Al “points” and a ticket from JFK to TLV in coach is 1,400 “points”.  I’ve multiplied everything by 50 to make the numbers comparable to the miles used by every other airline in this chart. Frankly El Al ought to do the same.

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Tuesday, September 2nd, 2014

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

Tuesday, August 19th, 2014

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

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Originally posted on 07/28:

Point hotels in Israel are hard to come by.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Marriott also offers miles+nights packages.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Sunday, July 27th, 2014

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Tuesday, July 22nd, 2014

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

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

Developing…and praying.

Israel Flight Change Fee Waiver Roundup

Wednesday, July 9th, 2014

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

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

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

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

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

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

Tuesday, June 24th, 2014

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

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Monday, June 16th, 2014

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

Wednesday, June 11th, 2014

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

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-10,000 points for booking value of $1,000-$2,500.
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Thursday, May 22nd, 2014

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Israel November 2014-March 2015 Airfare Sales

Thursday, May 15th, 2014

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Los Angeles to Tel Aviv for $762 on Turkish.
Sample dates: 11/13-11/23, 11/25-12/03, 01/18-01/26, 01/25-02/02, 02/08-02/16, 03/01-03/10 (Purim)
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Sunday, May 11th, 2014

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Wednesday, May 7th, 2014

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

Monday, January 27th, 2014

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-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

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Monday, January 13th, 2014

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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.

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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.

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Tuesday, December 17th, 2013

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Thursday, December 12th, 2013

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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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