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Travel To Israel For Succos From As Low As $1,095 With Travel Insurance Included!

Wednesday, May 29th, 2013

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Groupon NYC: Save 64% On Israel vs. Honduras Soccer Match At Citi Field

Monday, May 20th, 2013

Groupon NYC: Save 64% On Israel vs. Honduras Soccer Match At Citi Field

-Sunday, June 2, at 5:30 p.m.
-Citi Field, 126-01 Roosevelt Ave. Flushing, New York 11368
-Doors open at 4 p.m.
-Ticket includes all fees.

-$12 for promenade endline seating in sections 401–402, 410–430, 501–502, or 510–532 (a $33 value)
-$39 for excelsior sideline seating in sections 306–312 or 334–339 (an $86 value)
-$69 for field sideline VIP seating in sections 110–112 or 136–138 (a $126 value)

HT: b haas

Reserve A Car Now For Your Israel Travels And Lock In An Amazing Rate For The Summer!

Monday, April 29th, 2013

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Getting To Israel Using Miles

Tuesday, April 16th, 2013

-Updated 04/16/13 with current rates.
Note that there is a current bonus for transfers from Starwood to Air Canada.

Find more articles like this by clicking on the “Mileage Posts” tab on top of the DansDeals banner at the top of this site.

Related: Which Miles To Use To Hawaii? (Read this post to learn how to get a free flexible ticket (or even 2) to places like Miami, Los Angeles, Alaska, or even Hawaii when you book your next ticket to Israel!)

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This post will attempt to break down some of the best options for getting to Israel, along with listing whether a fuel surcharge (which can add anywhere from $100 to $1,000 onto the cost a free ticket) applies.

There are 3 major transferable point currencies and you can transfer points into various mileage currencies from the following credit cards.
(Typically if you apply for multiple cards from the same bank on the same day you will only get a single credit pull.)

-Starwood points are earned from the consumer Starwood Preferred Guest® Credit Card from American Express or the Starwood Preferred Guest® Business Credit Card from American Express OPEN.
20,000 Starwood points generally transfer into 25,000 miles, though the transfer can take between 2-12 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 fees.

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

-Chase Ultimate Rewards points are earned from consumer cards like Sapphire Preferred, Sapphire Non-Preferred, Chase Freedom Visa, and Chase Freedom Mastercard.

They can also be earned from business cards like Chase Ink Bold, Chase Ink Plus, or Chase 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.
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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.
-Be willing to connect in Europe for much better availability.
-Availability can change at any time. If you are ready to fly on a whim airlines do typically open up awards the day of or the day before a flight. Otherwise a couple months in advance is a typical sweet spot.
-Realize that not all partners will be displayed and you may need to do your own research and call to find partner availability.
-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.
-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!
-Don’t forget to book a free domestic trailing flight anytime in the year after you arrive back to your destination.
-Find award availability before transferring miles. Once they’re transferred they can’t be reversed!
-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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Round-trip rates NYC-TLV-NYC:

Star Alliance:
Nonstop flights from North America include Air Canada from Toronto, United from Newark, and USAirways from Philadelphia. These flights all have lie-flat business class seating and have no first class.

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

You can search for Star Alliance award availability on sites like United.com and Aeroplan.com.

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

Best overall for Star Alliance travel due to lack of fuel surcharges and flexible routing and change rules:
-United: 80K coach, 120K business, 150K first.
-Transfer partners: Chase Ultimate Rewards partner at a 1:1 ratio.
-Fuel surcharges: None.
-Mileage expiration: United miles require activity every 18 months or none if you have a United credit card.
Having the United credit card also gets you access to expanded saver and standard award availability.
-One-way awards: Allowed for half the amount of a round-trip.
-Stopovers: United allows for 1 free stopover AND 1 free Open jaw.
-Changes/Cancellation: United allows free date and routing changes, but changes to the origin or destination city or cancellation costs $150 for non-elites.
-Expedite/Close-in fee: $75 within 21 days, waived for United Club cardholders.
-Infant fees: 10% of full fare.
-United also has a round-the-world award that includes up to 16 flights in a single direction across the globe for 180K coach, 260K business, 350K first.
Bottom line: United is awesome for having a robust website, free date changes, one-way tickets, and for never charging a fuel surcharge.

The lowest mileage rates for travel on United and USAirways flights without fuel surcharges:
-ANA: 60K coach, 90K business, 140K first.
-Transfer partners: AMEX Membership Rewards partner at a 1:1 ratio and Starwood transfer partner at a 20K:25K ratio.
-Fuel surcharges: Apply on all airlines except United and USAirways.
-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.
Bottom line: ANA is awesome if you can find United or USAirways nonstop availability. Otherwise expect to get slammed with fuel surcharges. However bear in mind that fuel surcharges are the worst over the Atlantic, so if you can find United or USAirways availability to anywhere in Europe then the surcharges for a flight from Europe to Tel Aviv on any other airline should be relatively minor.

Best Starwood transfer option for Star Alliance flights besides for travel on United or USAirways:
-USAirways: 80K coach, 120K business, 180K first.
-Transfer partners: Starwood transfer partner at a 20K:25K ratio.
-Fuel surcharges: None, although there is a $50 award ticketing fee.
-Mileage expiration: USAirways miles require activity every 18 months.
-One-way awards: Not allowed.
-Stopovers: USAirways allows for 1 free stopover OR 1 free Open jaw.
-Changes/Cancellation: There is a $150 charge to change or cancel an award ticket
USAirways is draconian in not allowing any changes to partner award tickets once travel has begun.
-Expedite/Close-in fee: $75 within 21 days
-Infant fees: 10% of full fare.
-Partner airline awards must be booked over the phone.
Bottom line: The miles aren’t as great as United’s but besides for their ticketing fee you won’t be hit with fuel surcharges. Note that USAirways will be merging with American and migrating to OneWorld over the next couple years.

Best American Express transfer option for Star Alliance flights besides for travel on United or USAirways:
-Air Canada: 80K coach, 135K business, 190K first.
-Transfer partners: AMEX Membership Rewards partner at a 1:1 ratio and Starwood transfer partner at a 20K:25K ratio.
Note that Aeroplan points can be transferred to USAirways at a 10.84 ratio via points.com.
-Fuel surcharges: If you fly on these carriers you will pay a fuel surcharge: Adria, Air Canada, ANA, Asiana, Austrian, LOT Polish, Lufthansa, TAP Portugal, and THAI.
If you fly on these carriers you will not pay a fuel surcharge: Aegean, Air China, Air New Zealand, Avianca/TACA, Brussels, Copa, Croatia, EgyptAir, Ethiopian, SAS, Singapore, South African, Swiss, TAM, Turkish, United, and USAirways.
-Mileage expiration: Air Canada miles require activity every 12 months to keep them active. They also expire 7 years after they are earned regardless of activity.
-One-way awards: Allowed for about 68% of the award cost 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 a $180 charge to cancel within 21 days of departure.
-Expedite/Close-in fee: None.
-Infant fees: Flat fee of just $50 in coach, $100 in business, and $125 in first.
Bottom line: Air Canada is very good due to generous infant and stopover policies, just beware of the airlines that they collect a fuel surcharge for.

Best for low one-way rates with no fuel surcharges on United and USAirways with very low change and cancellation fees plus the ability to fly on Singapore flights in business and first class to Israel via Frankfurt:
-Singapore: 75K coach, 115K business, 150K first.
-Transfer partners: AMEX Membership Rewards partner at a 1:1 ratio and Starwood transfer partner at a 20K:25K ratio.
-Fuel surcharges: Apply on all airlines except United and USAirways.
-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.
Bottom line: American Express points transfer to Singapore faster than they do to ANA. Plus 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. Additionally you can book one-ay awards and change and cancel fees are very low.

Best option for Lufthansa and Swiss business and first class flights:
-Miles & More Group (Adria, Austrian, Brussels, Croatia, LOT Polish, Lufthansa, and Swiss): For departures from the USA nonstop to Tel Aviv: 80K coach, 135K business. For departures from the USA to Tel Aviv via Europe: 100K coach, 185K business, 290K first. For departures from Israel to the USA nonstop or via Europe for Miles & More accounts with an Israeli address on file: 60K coach, 105K business, 170K first.
-Transfer partners: Starwood transfer partner at a 20K:25K ratio.
-Fuel surcharges: Apply on all airlines except USAirways.
-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.
Bottom line: The real beauty of Miles & More is the expanded award availability. If you want to travel in First Class on Swiss or Lufthansa then you’ll greatly appreciate the expanded availability as booking first class in advance on these airlines is nearly impossible with partner miles.  However you’ll need lots of miles for an extremely expensive 3 region award if you are departing from the USA.  Infant and children policies are excellent. Beware that fuel surcharges are a killer though!
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OneWorld:
Oneworld availability to Israel can be tough to find without fuel surcharges. Flights to Israel include Air Berlin via Berlin and Dusseldorf, BA via London, Iberia via Madrid, and Royal Jordanian via Amman.  BA availability is good, but has high fuel surcharges.

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

Best OneWorld option for nonstop travel to Israel and for travel via Europe on El Al without fuel surcharges.:
-American: 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 partners: Starwood transfer partner at a 20K:25K ratio.
-Fuel surcharges: Apply for flights on partners British Airways (very high) and Iberia (nominal).
-Mileage expiration: AA miles require activity every 18 months.
-One-way awards: Allowed for half the amount of a round-trip.
-Stopovers: Allowed at the North American gateway city.
-Changes/Cancellation: AA allows free date and routing changes, but changes to the origin or destination city or cancellation costs $150 for non-elites.
-Expedite/Close-in fee: $75 within 21 days for non-elites.
-Infant fees: 10% of full fare.
-Some partner airline awards must be booked over the phone.
-The best shot at availability without paying fuel surcharges would be to take AA to London or anywhere else in Europe and then El Al from London or anywhere else in Europe to Tel Aviv. This routing would be 80,000 miles between October 15-May 15 or the same 90,000 miles as the nonstop El Al flight from the US during the summer.
You need to call American to book travel on El Al. You should do your research first by opening a Matmid account and searching for awards on elal.com. Remember to search for flights from all of El Al’s cities in North America and in Europe as you can use other American and partner flights to reach those El Al cities.
-American has an alternate OneWorld Explorer award chart which allows for up to 16 stopovers starting from 90,000 miles in coach, 115,000 miles in business, and 150,000 miles in first, but the rules of this complicated award that require at least 2 OneWorld carriers besides AA and excludes partners such as El Al are beyond the scope of this article.
Bottom line: AA is great for El Al and is a decent option for connecting in Europe, though watch out for BA surcharges.

Lowest OneWorld rates to Israel without fuel surcharges on Air Berlin:
-British Airways: 60K coach on Air Berlin, 65K coach on other carriers, 100K business on Air Berlin, 130K business on other carriers, 195K first.
-Transfer partners: AMEX Membership Rewards partner at a 1:1 ratio, Chase Ultimate Rewards partner at a 1:1 ratio, and Starwood transfer partner at a 20K:25K ratio.
-Fuel surcharges: Apply for all Trans-Atlantic flights except on Air Berlin and Aer Lingus via Ireland.
You can drastically reduce fuel surcharges for travel on Iberia via Madrid by transferring your BA Avios into Iberia Avios. You must have your Iberia account open for 3 months before you can do such a transfer.
-Mileage expiration: BA miles require activity every 36 months.
-One-way awards: Allowed for half the amount of a round-trip.
-Stopovers: Each leg costs additional mileage, but you can stopover at any connection city for as long as you want.
-Changes/Cancellation: $40.
-Expedite/Close-in fee: None
-Infant fees: Instead of cash, BA charges just 10% of the adult mileage required on international segments.
-Some partner airline awards must be booked over the phone.
Bottom line: The infant policy is great and if you can find Air Berlin availability for your dates you can grab a real steal.  See this post for help on finding Air Berlin availability.

Lowest OneWorld mileage rates to Israel:
-JAL: 50K coach, 80K business, 115K first.
-Transfer partners: Starwood transfer partner at a 20K:25K ratio.
-Fuel surcharges: Applies to most travel.
-Mileage expiration: 3 years after they are earned regardless of activity.
-One-way awards: Not allowed.
-Stopovers: JAL allows for 2 stopovers, though each additional flight will add to the fuel surcharges.
-Changes/Cancellation: JAL allows free date changes, but other changes or cancellation results in a 3,000 mile penalty.
-Expedite/Close-in fee: None
Bottom line: The fuel surcharges will likely eat away at the low mileage requirements though if you’re short on miles it’s worth looking into.

The only no fuel-surcharge option to fly on British Airways:
-LAN: 112K coach via Amman, 154K coach via London, 224K business via Amman, 308K business via London, 385K first via London.
-Transfer partners: Starwood transfer partner at a 20K:50K ratio.
-Fuel surcharges: None.
-Mileage expiration: LAN kilometers expire 3 years after they are earned unless you take a paid LAN flight.
-One-way awards: Not allowed.
-Stopovers: Each leg costs additional mileage, but you can stopover at any connection city for as long as you want.
-Changes/Cancellation: Date changes are free, cancellations carry a varying kilometer penalty.
-Expedite/Close-in fee: None
-Partner airline awards must be booked over the phone.
-LAN is interesting due to the excellent Starwood transfer ratio and that they are the only airline that will book you on British Airways without collecting fuel surcharges. It may take about 155K Starpoints to fly from New York to Israel via London in BA First, but at least you won’t be paying fuel surcharges!
Bottom line: The only way to fly BA without fuel surcharges. Several DDF readers have flown to Israel via Amman using LAN kilometers without any problems.
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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.

Best overall Skyteam option:
-Flying Blue (Air France/KLM): 25K coach during a promo period, 50K coach otherwise, 50K business during a promo period, 100K business otherwise.
-Transfer partners: AMEX Membership Rewards partner at a 1:1 ratio, Starwood transfer partner at a 20K:25K ratio.
-You can check which cities have promo awards for select dates here. Fuel surcharges will apply.
-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.
Bottom line: Very low mileage rates, though fuel surcharges for airlines besides Delta are hefty. Delta travel can be a bargain though. Expanded award availability for travel on Air France and KLM.

Best option for some Skyteam travel excluding for Delta and some Air France/KLM flights:
-Delta: 80K coach, 120K business.
-Transfer partners: AMEX Membership Rewards partner at a 1:1 ratio, Starwood transfer partner at a 20K:25K 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.
Bottom line: Find availability before transferring to Delta.

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Only a good option for redeeming for ultra-expensive First Class nonstop to Tel Aviv:
-El Al 1,400 coach, 3,000 business, 5,000 first.
-Transfer partners: AMEX Membership Rewards partner at a 50:1 ratio, making a coach ticket 70K, a business ticket 150K, and a first class ticket 250K.
-Fuel surcharges: $349 for JFK-TLV.
-Mileage expiration: Points from flights and bonus promotions expire after 3 years regardless of activity and base points from partners and transfers do not expire.
-One-way awards: Allowed for half the amount of a round-trip.
-Expedite/Close-in fee: None.
Bottom line: Only transfer points to El Al if you need to fly in first class to Israel as AA can’t book El Al first class. In first class you’ll enjoy what’s likely to be the best glatt/mehadrin kosher food in the sky, but you’ll burn a lot of miles and be hit with a $349 surcharge for the pleasure. Plus the seat pales in comparison to every other First Class product out there, though it is at least lie-flat.

Know of a better way to get to Israel with miles? Find a mistake? Have something to add? Post a comment!

Israel Flight Deals From $690 Round-Trip

Thursday, March 28th, 2013

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

- Earn 3 points per dollar with American Express® Premier Rewards Gold Card, 3 points per dollar with The Business Gold Rewards Card® from American Express OPEN, or 2.14 points per dollar with Chase Sapphire Preferred.
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There are lots of below average airfares to Israel right now from cities like Atlanta, Baltimore, Chicago, Cincinnati, Cleveland, Detroit, Houston, and Los Angeles.

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

Below are some sample valid dates from Chicago.
If you live in NYC or Toronto you can always book a cheap one-way ticket (paid or with miles/Avios) to pickup the ticket in Chicago for example and then simply not fly the final segment from NYC/Toronto to Chicago as everyone must pickup their luggage and bring it through customs before they can either recheck their bags or leave the airport.

Chicago-Tel Aviv: $690-$696 round-trip.
Sample valid dates:
04/16-04/24 (Delta via JFK)
04/28-05/08 (Delta via JFK)
04/29-05/08 (Delta via JFK)
05/06-05/21 (United via Newark)
05/06-05/22 (Delta via JFK)
05/07-05/22 (Delta via JFK)
11/27-12/05 (Air Canada via Toronto)
12/01-12/12 (United via Newark)
12/08-12/16 (Air Canada via Toronto)
12/08-12/17 (Delta via JFK)
01/12-01/23 (Air Canada via Toronto or Delta via JFK)
01/15-01/27 (Air Canada via Toronto or Delta via JFK)
01/19-01/26 (Delta via JFK)
01/19-01/27 (Air Canada via Toronto or Delta via JFK)
01/30-02/11 (United via Newark)
02/02-02/10 (United via Newark)
02/09-02/17 (United via Newark)

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Very Few Seats Left To Israel For Pesach For Only $1,495 With Tax!

Thursday, February 21st, 2013

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

Fly JFK-Tel Aviv-JFK for Pesach on March 20th – April 3rd for only $1,495 after taxes!

-If you’ve waited until now to buy your ticket to Israel for Pesach you know that tickets are a small fortune.  We can save you a whole lot!

Depart:
Air France 3/20/13 from JFK 8:10pm, Arrive Paris 8:25am on 3/21/13
Connect to Air France 3/21/13 from Paris 10:15am, Arrive Tel Aviv 3:40pm on 3/21/13

Return:
Delta 4/3/13 from Tel Aviv 12:40am, Arrive JFK 5:40am on 4/3/13
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Travel is valid NYC-TEL AVIV-NYC, Add-ons available from most US cities.
For other departure dates please call.
Limited availability so book now.
Offer may expire at any time.
Restrictions may apply.
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For more info & to book, please visit www.globaltoursinc.com, call 877-SEE-TEL-AVIV, 212-986-7400‎ or email sales@globaltoursinc.com

Get A Free Israeli Landline Phone Number

Tuesday, February 5th, 2013

Update: While this works perfectly for me still, an employee at the firm just sent me this:
“Misparchinam.com was not supposed to go live today and this information was leaked prematurely. However, we will be live in 24 hours. Sorry for the inconvenience.”
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www.misparchinam.com is now offering a free Israeli landline phone number that you can forward to your US phone.

I just set one up to forward to my Google Voice/OBi landline phone.

With an Israeli number forwarding to your US phone number you can have relatives in Israel call your Israeli number to reach you in the US (or anywhere else you are in the world via Google Voice) as a free local landline call.

HT: BrooklynCPA, via DDF

Fly Delta Non-Stop To Israel For Pesach On Prime Dates For Only $1,295 With Tax!

Wednesday, January 30th, 2013

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

Delta Non-Stop JFK-Tel Aviv-JFK for Pesach on prime dates from only $1,295 after taxes!

3/19-4/4: $1,295
3/19-4/3: $1,495
3/20-4/3: $1,495 (short stop on outbound)
3/20-4/4: $1,595

Bookable only on www.globaltoursinc.com
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-Travel is valid NYC-TEL AVIV-NYC, Add-ons available from most US cities.
-For other departure dates please call.
-Limited availability so book now.
-Offer may expire at any time. Restrictions may apply.
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4 Days Left! Win $25,000, A Honda Odyssey Lease, A Trip To Israel, Or Any One Of 27 Awesome Prizes

Tuesday, January 22nd, 2013

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The deadline to purchase tickets online is Friday, 01/25. The raffle will be held on motzei shabbos, 01/26.

Only $36 per ticket! You can buy 15 tickets for $250, that’s just $16.67 per ticket! Each ticket gives you a chance to win one of 27 amazing prizes!

The Foxman Torah Institute is raffling off $25,000 plus 26 awesome 2nd prizes. You could win $25,000, a Honda Odyssey Lease, 2 tickets to Israel, a Dell Laptop, a Camcorder, a Digital Camera, a GPS, 6 $500 gift cards, and much more!

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Israel Sale Coming Tomorrow

Tuesday, January 15th, 2013

Get out your credit cards, there will be nonstop tickets to Israel tomorrow for just $999 round-trip with tax. I’ll tweet it out with the full details once the sale starts.

No it’s not a crazy sub-$400 deal, but it is a nonstop flight (though curiously 2 of those deals from 2012 were also upgraded to allow nonstops!)
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Flying Round-Trip To Israel On Air Berlin For 40K Starwood Or 47K American Express Membership Rewards Plus $81 Tax: A Tutorial

Sunday, January 13th, 2013

Update #2: Commenter “Baruch” was able to call BA and get them to book a ticket to Israel with an overnight connection in Germany, thereby saving the extra taxes incurred when booking each leg on separate tickets.

Update: I’ve added information for business class (from 50K Avios+$20 tax one-way) in the addendum at the end of this post.

Related posts:

-Get A 30% Bonus When You Transfer American Express Membership Rewards Points Into British Airways Avios! (Transfers must be initiated by tomorrow, 01/14!)
-Convert 20,000 Starpoints Into 31,250 British Airways Avios (Transfers must be initiated by today, 01/13!)
-Chase British Airways Visa-Get 50,000 bonus Avios for spending $1,000, an additional 25,000 bonus Avios for spending $10,000 in 12 months, another 25,000 Avios for spending $20,000 in 12 months, an award companion cert for spending $30,000 in a year, plus 1.25 Avios per dollar spent everywhere.
-Which Miles To Use To Fly To Israel?
-BA.com Overhauls Their Award Search Engine!
-Getting To Israel On The Cheap With BA Avios And Air Berlin
-Save $400 On Fuel Surcharges To Israel By Booking Avios Rewards Via Iberia Instead Of British Airways!
-Booking With Avios? Check Those Surrounding Airports!
-Using BA Miles To Fly In Business Class For An 80 Minute Flight Can Make Sense.
-Flying With An Infant With Miles In Business Or First Class? Start Collecting Air Canada Miles Or British Airways Avios
-Short-Haul Flights: BA Avios Versus LAN Lanpass.
-BA Miles Are Now Avios…For Better Or For Worse.

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I’ve blogged numerous times about redeeming British Airways Avios for travel on Air Berlin and broke the news that BA stopped charging fuel surcharges on Air Berlin in September.

People have had trouble finding the Air Berlin flights on BA.com so hopefully this article will empower those people to hone their searching skills.

I’m posting this now so that people will be able to lock in these rates via the expiring AMEX and Starwood transfer promotions.  Even if you don’t have enough points you can borrow either of those point currencies from AMEX of you can read on to learn about the valus of Avios+Cash options.  The AMEX and Starwood promotions will both likely be back at some point in the future, but if you’re looking to travel in the next few months and the Air Berlin flights work for you then it will make sense to lock those promotion now.

More after the jump…

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Flying To Israel With The Current El Al Promotions

Thursday, January 10th, 2013

Update: Promo #2 is already dead, but promo #1 for a 20%-30% bonus on transfers to Matmid expires today, 01/10/13.

This was originally posted on 12/10/12:

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Find more articles like this by clicking on the “Mileage Posts” tab on top of the DansDeals banner at the top of this site.

Related posts:
Which Miles To Use To Fly To Israel?
Which Miles To Use To Hawaii? (With info on how to get a free flexible ticket to places like Miami, Los Angeles, Alaska, or even Hawaii when you book your next ticket to Israel)

Other Current AMEX promotions:
-Get A 30% Bonus When You Transfer American Express Membership Rewards Points Into British Airways Avios!
-Transfer Membership Rewards Into 2.7 Hilton Points.
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Update: If you don’t have an El Al account you can signup here for free and receive 25 points (the equivalent of 1,250 AMEX MR points).  Having an account allows you to check award availability (even when using AA miles) on ElAl.com

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I’m not a big fan of El Al points:
-Flight points and bonus points expire after 3 years regardless of activity.
-They charge $350 in taxes and fuel surcharges on award tickets between the US and Israel.
-Award availability can be very scarce and unlike United where you have dozens of other partners to redeem for, El Al doesn’t have any redemption partners.
-For NYC or Toronto to Tel Aviv you need 1,400 points in coach, 3,000 points in business, and 5,000 points in first.
-For Los Angeles to Tel Aviv you need 1,800 points in coach, 4,000 points in business, and 5,400 points in first.

To translate those numbers into AMEX points,
-For NYC or Toronto to Tel Aviv you need 70,000 MR points in coach, 150,000 MR points in business, and 250,000 MR points in first.
-For Los Angeles to Tel Aviv you need 90,000 MR points in coach, 200,000 MR points in business, and 270,000 MR points in first.
Plus add $350 in fuel surcharges to those rates.

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Other AMEX options besides El Al:

There are generally better ways to get to Israel with AMEX points, such as with Air Canada, British Airways, or Delta miles.  Or possibly even converting Air Canada miles into USAirways miles with a 27% points haircut via points.com to avoid the fuel surcharges that Air Canada collects on some European carriers.

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If you’re sold on El Al:

If you only want to fly El Al, consider AA and Starpoint transfers to AA.  And don’t forget to fully utilize JFK as a free stopover point for up to 2 free bonus award tickets.

-You can book El Al flights via American for as low as 80,000 miles in coach via Europe, 90,000 miles in coach nonstop, or 135,000 miles in business.
-When booked via American you also don’t need to pay any fuel surcharges.
-You can transfer increments of 20,000 Starwood Starpoints into 25,000 American miles. That 25% bonus makes the American booking that much less.
-When booking American you can also add on a free flight at the end to go anywhere in the US for free. In other words If you fly from JFK to TLV on 01/10/13 and back on 01/25/13 you can make JFK the “stopover” on the return and then add a flight from JFK to Los Angeles or Honolulu nonstop at any later date for free. Plus American does not charge anything for date changes.
The same thing works on the return you can book Honolulu or Los Angeles to JFK, use that as a “stopover” and then add a flight from JFK to Tel Aviv nonstop at any later date.
Plus they even allows stopovers like that on one-way tickets, so you can get 2 stopovers for free, effectively a free round-trip to anywhere in the US or Canada.

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First Class:

Wow, I got off on a tangent from what I intended to write about in this post…
At any rate what American can’t do is book you on El Al in first class, which is known to have the best kosher food in the sky even if it falls short of the first class service found on Asian and European carriers.
With the promotion #1 below first class becomes a lot cheaper, and first class availability on El Al is excellent, far better than coach or business (likely because AA can’t book into that class with their miles).

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Current Stackable Promotions:

Promo 1: Convert credit card points (AMEX, Diners, and HAS) to El Al by 01/10/13 and get a bonus:

-Members converting up to 1000 Club points will receive 20% additional free points.
-Members converting 1000 – 2000 Club points will receive 25% additional free points.
-Members converting over 2000 Club points will receive 30% additional free points.

So transfers of less than 50,000 AMEX will earn a 20% bonus, transfers of 50,000-99,999 AMEX will earn a 25% bonus, and transfers of at least 100,000 AMEX will earn a 30% bonus.

While the 20% bonus will post within a day, the extra 5% or 10% bonus (to make it 25% or 30% in total) won’t post until January.

With AMEX points if you go for the 30% bonus this means,
-For NYC or Toronto to Tel Aviv you need 54,000 MR points in coach, 116,000 MR points in business, and 193,000 MR points in first.
-For Los Angeles to Tel Aviv you need 70,000 MR points in coach, 154,000 MR points in business, and 208,000 MR points in first.
Plus add $350 in fuel surcharges to those rates.

Beware that the 30% bonus points are subject to the 3 year expiration policy.

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Promo #2: Points and Cash awards (Book by 12/31/12, depart between January 8 and March 9, 2013, returns until March 15, 2013)
This promotion is not good in first class unfortunately.
-For NYC or Toronto to Tel Aviv you need 900 points plus $200 in coach or 2,000 points plus $250 in business.
-For Los Angeles to Tel Aviv you need 1,200 points plus $200 in coach or 2,500 points plus $250 in business.
Plus add $350 in fuel surcharges to those rates.

If you use AMEX points and you go for the 30% bonus this means,
-For NYC or Toronto to Tel Aviv you need 35,000 MR points plus $200 in coach or 77,000 MR points plus $250 in business.
-For Los Angeles to Tel Aviv you need 47,000 MR points plus $200 in coach or 97,000 MR points plus $250 in business.
Plus add $350 in fuel surcharges to those rates.

Update: A commenter pointed out that only 20% of the bonus will post in December (the other 10% will post in January). Thus, if you use AMEX points and you only factor the immediate 20% bonus this means:
-For NYC or Toronto to Tel Aviv you need 37,500 MR points plus $200 in coach or 84,000 MR points plus $250 in business.
-For Los Angeles to Tel Aviv you need 50,000 MR points plus $200 in coach or 105,000 MR points plus $250 in business.
Plus add $350 in fuel surcharges to those rates.
Of course you can also get a 10% bonus in January to use for next time that makes the effective transfer rate better than these numbers.
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Need some Membership Rewards points now? You can always call American Express to borrow some if you are a cardholder!

-The American Express® Premier Rewards Gold Card comes with 25,000 points for spending $2,000 and the first year is free.  That will net you some 70,000 Hilton points.

-The Platinum Card® from American Express earns 25K points as well and now is a great time to signup as you can get $200 of airline fee credits (or airline gift cards in $100 increments) in December of 2012 and another $200 in January of 2013. It also comes with a $100 global entry expedited customs (5 year membership) refund, platinum card airline club access (American, Delta, and USAirways) for you and your entire family for 4 years, priority pass worldwide unlimited lounge membership, Regus Office Club Membership with worldwide locations, Starwood gold elite status, car rental perks at Avis, Hertz, and National, lost item (up to $10,000/item) refund protection, checked baggage protection, Open Savings automatic cash rebates on top of points, 3 additional Platinum users (with 4 years of free platinum card lounge access, priority pass membership, and global entry refund) for just $58 each, no foreign exchange fees, and many more free benefits.  There is a $450 annual fee.  As with all annual fees they are refundable if cancelled within 60 days, they are pro-rated if cancelled after 60 days and have another American Express card (i.e. if you have the card for 3 months and then cancel you would get a $337.50 refund), and they are pro-rated if you downgrade the card even if you have no other American Express card.

HT: Drago and freemymiles, via DDF

Delta Allowing Free Changes To Nonstop Flights On Israel Glitch Tickets!

Wednesday, January 9th, 2013

Update #4, 1:45pm: Some people are still reporting success at switching while others are being denied.  Share your experience in the comments!

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Update #3, 12:30pm: Reports are now coming in that Delta is no longer switching people over to the nonstop flight. Post a comment with your experience and congrats to all those who were quick and got in on this deal.

As to why Delta would create a department to switch people to nonstops, leave a comment on DansDeals about who qualifies, switch over a ton of tickets, and then just pull the offer completely…I have absolutely no idea, but feel free to ask them and let us know!

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Update #2: A Delta representative has left the following comment below:
“Hi this is Russell from Delta. Please be aware that this offer only applies to customers traveling from Newark who purchased their tickets between Dec. 21-26. No date changes or other adjustments, such as upgrades, are possible. We are allowing eligible customers who are interested from Newark to change to our nonstop flight from JFK. It’s strictly voluntary, and no other compensation is being offered. If you did not purchase your ticket between these dates, we will not be able to offer this re-routing option to you. Also, the number posted on this blog is a special area with limited staffing. If only customers who are eligible will call, it will help us to serve them more quickly.”

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Update: The special department handling these changes (888-977-6186) has just closed for the day at 9pm.  They will reopen at 9am tomorrow.

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I posted  4  Delta  deals in late December for ticket to Israel starting from just $372 round-trip. Many flights were via Europe.

The culprit once again was a missing fuel surcharge.

Today Delta started calling passengers to get them to change to the nonstop Delta flight from JFK-TLV instead of flying on airlines like KLM via Amsterdam or Air France via Paris. 

This will not work for folks booked via Rome on Alitalia.

This is of course very reminiscent of the $336 El Al deal from August when they allowed people to upgrade to nonstop flights for $75 each way.

Except that Delta is doing it for free!

Nope, no word from folks who got in on the $376 Alitalia deal to Israel on eliminating their extra flight segments.

Apparently you don’t have to wait for them to call you. DDF members have had success getting moved to nonstop flights for free by calling them at 888-977-6186. If at first you don’t succeed just HUCA (Hang up, call again!).

And be sure to post the results in a comment!

See the DDF thread below for more discussion.

HT: Mordy788, via DDF
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Missed Out On The Israel Deals? Fly Delta Non-Stop For Pesach On Prime Dates From $1,095 With Tax!

Thursday, January 3rd, 2013

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Delta Non-Stop JFK-Tel Aviv-JFK for Pesach on prime dates from only $1,095 after taxes:

3/18-4/5: $1,095
3/19-4/4: $1,295
3/19-4/3: $1,495
3/20-4/4: $1,495

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Tons Of Flying Blue Promo Award Availability To Israel…But Is It Worth It?

Wednesday, January 2nd, 2013

Related post: Which Miles To Use To Fly To Israel?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I’ve been blogging about about Air France/KLM Flying Blue’s promo awards for many years now. They’re a bit of a mixed bag. You can go to or from select cities in North America (the cities rotate every 2 months) and Europe for half of the regular rate. The good part about the awards is that Flying Blue counts Israel and Russia as part of Europe. The bad part is that they’re only good on Air France and KLM and are therefore subject to heavy fuel surcharges.

You can book these by logging into a Flying Blue account on AirFrance.com

The rate in coach is 12,500 miles each way and in business class it’s 25,000 miles each way.

That means you can transfer 20,000 Starpoints or 25,000 American Express Membership Rewards points into enough miles for a round-trip promo award ticket in coach or double those amounts for a round trip business class ticket.

Fuel surcharges for JFK-TLV round-trip add a whopping $540.  Searching for a ticket from 01/14-01/21 for example shows the cheapest option is $969 on KLM.  Thus using 20K Starpoints or 25K AMEX MR points miles is really only saving you $429 or a value of 2.15 cents per Starpoints or 1.72 cents per MR points.  Plus on top of that you don’t collect miles when using miles on an award ticket.

The current cities valid for travel in January or February are Chicago, Houston, JFK, Montreal, and Washington DC.

Another probably better option with Flying Blue is to use their miles to fly nonstop on Delta in coach (25K each way) or business (50K each way) without paying fuel surcharges.  To book these you’ll want to use the award calendar on Delta.com, locate “low” (green) level dates, and then plugin those dates on Air France to book them with Flying Blue miles with no fuel surcharges.  Low level dates on Delta can be hard to find at times though.

Yet Another Israel Deal…Newark To Tel Aviv For $498 Round Trip

Sunday, December 23rd, 2012

Update, 12/24 : This is still alive, but with very limited dates.
For example on Orbitz using multi-city from Newark to Tel Aviv on 01/30 and Tel Aviv to Miami on 02/10 comes out to $538 (it says $498 but then the price jumps to $538 on the next page).  The return flight is nonstop via JFK where you can claim your luggage and leave the airport.
If you find more dates make a comment!

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I apologize in advance for posting yet another NYC-TLV fare deal…

The $592 deal for Newark-Amsterdam-Tel Aviv-Amsterdam-Newark is still alive and well.  All of the same rules apply as with that deal, so be sure to read that post first! That deal has many more working dates than this one does.  For example if you are looking for Succos tickets be sure to look at that deal and not this one.

Here’s another way to book it for even less:
Go to Orbitz and under the flight search click on “multi-city.”

You may also have luck with Priceline.
For example search for:
Flight 1 from Newark To Tel Aviv on 01/22
Flight 2 from Tel Aviv to Miami on 01/31.

In the results will be fares starting from $444, but anything less than $498 is just a dummy fare and will give an error. Scroll down to the $498 price and select it.
The itinerary is as follows:

01/22, Delta 34, EWR-AMS
01/22, Delta 9575, AMS-TLV
01/31, Delta 269, TLV-JFK
01/31, Delta 269, JFK-ATL
01/31, Delta 2373, ATL-MIA

Now here’s the catch. You fly nonstop from Tel Aviv to JFK and you pickup your bags in JFK to go through customs. At that point you can go into line to recheck your bags to Miami or you can just leave the airport. Nobody will force you to recheck your bags or board the plane to Atlanta and then Miami.

Of course you can always just go to Miami and book a one-way flight back home. Or if you’re from Miami just book a one-way flight to NYC at the beginning of the trip. This trick also works for Fort Lauderdale.

Sample $498 dates:
01/22-01/31
01/22-02/06
01/23-02/06
01/27-02/05
02/03-02/12
02/10-02/18
02/10-02/20
02/10-02/27 (Purim)
02/19-02/27 (Purim)
02/19-03/03 (Purim)
03/13-04/08 (Pesach, $498) Now $541 (cheaper fares error out)
03/17-04/08 (Pesach) Now dead!

Post a comment if you find other dates.

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HT: chaim

Early Bird Special: Fly to Israel for Succos 2013 for only $1,095 With Tax On Air Berlin!

Tuesday, December 4th, 2012

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Fly to Israel for Succos 2013 for only $1,095 (after taxes) on Air Berlin with a short stop!

Itinerary is as follows:
Depart: Air Berlin 9/15/13 from JFK 5:35pm, Arrive Dusseldorf, Germany 7:15am on 9/16/13
Connect to: Air Berlin 9/16/13 from Dusseldorf, Germany 11:35am, Arrive Tel Aviv 3:55pm on 9/16/13

Return: Air Berlin 9/30/13 from Tel Aviv 3:50am, Arrive Berlin, Germany 8:05am on 9/30/13
Connect to: Air Berlin 9/30/13 from Berlin, Germany 1:00pm, Arrive JFK 3:45pm on 9/30/13

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Israel Airfare Sale Coming On Sunday!

Friday, November 30th, 2012

Currently the cheapest available nonstop from NYC to Tel Aviv is $1,157 round-trip with tax and the cheapest nonstop from Los Angeles to Tel Aviv is $1,227 with tax.

-For bookings made between 12/02-12/06 the price will drop to $949 from NYC and $1,099 from LAX. Those prices are round-trip, with tax.
-The tickets will first be available on El Al (from JFK or Newark) sometime on Sunday and then will almost certainly be matched by Delta (from JFK) and United (From Newark).
-At this point it seems like the El Al fare will not earn any miles if credited to American, but I will check on that when the fare becomes bookable. So basically fly El Al to support Israel’s national airline and if you don’t care about earning miles, fly Delta if you like old planes and pathetic miles but want to fly from JFK, or fly United if you like newer planes, awesome miles, and are willing to fly from Newark.
-Travel will be valid between 01/13-03/10.

-The fares will be bookable on Orbitz, which offers regular mileage earning, price assurance refunds and more importantly free cancellations until 11pm ET the day after you book. (I.E. Book at 1:00am and have 46 hours to cancel for free).

-I’ll post an update when this becomes bookable.

Don’t forget to use the best credit card for airfare:
-Earn over 5 points per dollar with Chase Freedom (up to $1,500 per quarter with registration), or 3 points per dollar with American Express® Premier Rewards Gold Card, or 3 points per dollar with The Business Gold Rewards Card® from American Express OPEN, or 2.14 points per dollar with Chase Sapphire Preferred.

HT: joel

Israel Restored To Category 1 Safety Rating; More Competition Ahead?

Thursday, November 1st, 2012

The FAA downgraded Israel 4 years ago to a category 2 safety status over concerns about Israel’s oversight of non-commercial flights.

Because of that Israeli airlines like El Al, Israir, and Arkia have not been able to add any flights between the US and Israel or form new partnerships with US airlines.

Today Israel has been upgraded back to category 1 status.  It’s hard to say what this will mean, but we may see El Al trying out service again between cities like Chicago, Miami, or S. Fransisco and Tel Aviv, though it may come at the expense of the Los Angeles-Tel Aviv flights.  This may also mean a return of Israir to the US market.

United has long been rumored to wanting to add service between Chicago or S. Fransisco and Tel Aviv or even a 3rd daily flight between Newark and Tel Aviv once they get enough 787 deliveries.  It would be very interesting to see what will happen to airfares if United and El Al try to compete head to head in a secondary market.

It will be great to see any capacity being added between the US and Israel though.  It’s definitely needed and will hopefully normalize some of the exorbitant nonstop airfares, which rank among the highest international fares on a price per mile basis.

Yet Another Alitalia Deal: $315 Off Any Flight! Fly From JFK To Israel For $376 Round Trip With Multiple Stopovers…

Saturday, October 20th, 2012

Update, 1:05am: This deal is now dead.
You can still use the Alitalia USA site and save 25% on flights booked there.

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You can save 25,000 Japanese Yen, currently $315.18, on any tickets booked on Alitalia Japan.
The site is in Japanese but you can just open the page using Google’s Chrome browser and it will translate the page to English. You can also have the english version of Alitalia.com open in a different browser to help you as the sites are very similar.

Use the following “E-Coupon” code on the Alitalia Japan site after selecting your flights: PROMOJP
Travel must be booked by 10/26 and begin between 11/05/12 and 03/27/13.
Blackout dates are 12/20/12-01/06/13.
Beware that this can be pulled at any time and Alitalia can always attempt to cancel people’s tickets.

This will be a better deal than the 25% off code for any tickets that are under $1,260.
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If you want just one short stop you can save $315.
All Alitalia flights from the US go through Rome or Milan.

-For example searching for JFK-Tel Aviv on 12/02-12/10 the regular Alitalia site prices the ticket out at $1,018.40. With 25% off it is $763.80.
The Japanese site prices it at ¥80,980 which is currently $1,020.93. With ¥25,000 off it is ¥55,980 which is currently $705.74.

Here is a sample valid itinerary for $705:
New York (JFK) to Rome (FCO) – Sun, Dec 2 Dep: 5:55PM-Arr: 8:10AM
Rome (FCO) to Tel Aviv (TLV) – Mon, Dec 3 Dep: 11:45AM-Arr: 4:05PM

Tel Aviv (TLV) to Rome (FCO) – Mon, Dec 10 Dep: 5:30AM-Arr: 8:20AM
Rome (FCO) to New York (JFK) – Mon, Dec 10 Dep: 10:10AM-Arr: 2:00PM

-Miami-Tel Aviv on 12/03-12/09 for example is ¥52,380 with the ¥25,000 discount or $660 round-trip with tax.
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Of course with a $315 discount per ticket booked you can book 2 separate tickets to save $630. This will mean 3 total stops.
For example:

-Ticket #1: JFK to Madrid from 11/21-11/29 is ¥24,340 after the ¥25,000 discount or just $306.86 round-trip with tax.

-Ticket #2: Madrid to Tel Aviv from 11/22-11/28 is ¥7,320 after the ¥25,000 discount or just $92.28 round-trip with tax.

Or even cheaper:
-JFK to Madrid from 01/27-02/07 is ¥22,540 after the ¥25,000 discount or just $284.16 round-trip with tax.

-Madrid to Tel Aviv from 01/28-02/06 is ¥7,320 after the ¥25,000 discount or just $92.28 round-trip with tax.

The total from JFK to Tel Aviv would thus be $376 round-trip with tax.  I’m sure there are other places besides Madrid to play this game with and such a flight would mean flying from JFK-Rome-Madrid-Rome-Tel Aviv-Rome-Madrid-Rome-JFK.  Hardly ideal, but doable I suppose.
There are connections available for the flights to Tel Aviv but on the return you would have to spend at least a night (well, technically) 6 hours in Madrid, though of course you could also stay longer.

Here is a sample valid itinerary for $376:
New York (JFK) to Rome (FCO) – Sun, Jan 27, Dep: 5:55PM-Arr: 8:10AM
Rome (FCO) to Madrid (MAD) – Mon, Jan 28, Dep: 8:55AM-Arr: 11:30AM
Madrid (MAD) to Rome (FCO) – Mon, Jan 28, Dep: 5:45PM-Arr: 8:15PM
Rome (FCO) to Tel Aviv (TLV) – Mon, Jan 28 Dep: 10:15PM-Arr: 2:35AM

Tel Aviv (TLV) to Rome (FCO) – Wed, Feb 6 Dep: 2:50PM-Arr: 5:40PM
Rome (FCO) to Madrid (MAD) – Wed, Feb 6 Dep: 9:15PM-Arr: 11:50PM
Madrid (MAD) to Rome (FCO) – Thu, Feb 7 Dep: 6:00AM-Arr: 8:25AM
Rome (FCO) to New York (JFK) – Thu, Feb 7 Dep: 10:10AM-Arr: 2:00PM

Find a better method of booking multiple tickets from the US to Tel Aviv? Hit the comments!
On the bright side that $376 round-trip ticket to Israel would earn you 14,705 redeemable and elite qualifying miles on partner Skyteam airlines like Delta or Flying Blue!
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Other sample flights with the coupon:

-London to Venice from 03/03-03/10 is free after ¥25,000 discount.

-Tel Aviv to Rome from 12/03-12/10 is ¥16,650 after the ¥25,000 discount or just $209.91 round-trip with tax.

-Rome to Venice from 12/05-12/10 is ¥610 after the ¥25,000 discount or just $7.69 round-trip with tax.
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Use a card like Sapphire Preferred to earn 2.14 miles per dollar and pay no foreign exchange fees.  Or you may want to use Freedom even though it has a 3% foreign exchange fee because this quarter you earn over 5 Ultimate Rewards points per dollar on airfare (up to $1,500).

Want to find cheap flights with flexible dates? You can even search for flights from your closest departure airports to anywhere in Europe! Just type in an airport and use the nearby airports functionality and increase the default mileage range and then select all of them!  You will want to uncheck “allow airport changes” if you don’t want it to search for flights that arrive in one city and leave from another.

Post a comment with deals you find!

Read about using ITA Software here and use the following advanced routing code to limit the calendar search to only Alitalia flights: AZ+
Remember to use the code in both the departure and return fields.

Once you find a deal on ITA just plugin those dates onto the Alitalia site.

 HT: hocker and Gary

Going To Israel For Succos?

Sunday, September 23rd, 2012

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Getting To Israel On The Cheap With BA Avios And Air Berlin

Thursday, September 20th, 2012

Update: Commenters point out that it is in fact possible to use Air Berlin round-trip between JFK and Israel.  For example you can fly round trip from Tel Aviv to JFK on 10/16 and back on 11/05 for 60,000 Avios and $83 tax.  43K AMEX MR points will get you more than that amount of Avios right now.

Related posts:
-Get A 40% Bonus When You Transfer American Express Membership Rewards Points Into British Airways Avios!
-50,000 Point Signup Bonus For the American Express Business Gold Rewards Card!
-Save $400 On Fuel Surcharges To Israel By Booking Avios Rewards Via Iberia Instead Of British Airways!
-Booking With Avios? Check Those Surrounding Airports!
-Why Using BA Miles To Fly In Business Class For An 80 Minute Flight Can Make Sense.

-Flying With An Infant With Miles In Business Or First Class? Start Collecting Air Canada Or British Airways Miles
-Short-Haul Flights: BA Avios Versus LAN Lanpass.
-BA Miles Are Now Avios…For Better Or For Worse.

DDF user Reuven posted something earlier today that I hadn’t realized somehow (and hopefully isn’t old news), that BA does not collect a fuel surcharge for travel on Air Berlin.

There are actually lots of flights for which BA does not collect a fuel surcharge, including Alaska, LAN, and pretty much all AA flights that are wholly within the Western Hemisphere. Lots of other fee-free routes also exist, like intra-Australia flights on Qantas.  Plus surcharges are close to nil on Aer Lingus flights that allow you to hop the pond to Ireland without paying crazy amounts.

Personally I love that BA has made short-haul travel so much more affordable, I don’t even think twice about spending 9,000 Avios on a short-haul round-trip flight. But this is a neat option for getting to Israel and more options are always good to have. The problem is that on the return there are no connections from Israel back to the US so you would have to book 2 separate tickets and have an overnight stay in Germany to get back home. But then again you can always use American miles for a one-way ticket on El Al or United miles for a one-way ticket back home on any Star Alliance carrier with no fuel surcharges.

For 30,000 Avios plus $21 you can fly from JFK to Tel Aviv via Berlin. That’s less than 22,000 American Express points with the current 40% promo. From Miami it would be 35,000 Avios or 25,000 AMEX points.
I also found availability in business from JFK to Tel Aviv via Dusseldorf for 50,000 Avios (less than 36K AMEX) plus $19, though business is only available on the Trans-Atlantic segment.

Of course this will also work for getting to Europe without fuel surcharges as well!

As always you will need to find dates without BA availability and then search partners to get the flights to display on BA.com.

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Israel Winter Sale From $999 Nonstop!

Tuesday, September 4th, 2012

Bookable on Orbitz (with regular mileage earning, free cancellations until 11pm ET the day after you book, and price assurance refunds).

El Al and United have nonstop flights from NYC to Tel Aviv this winter for just $999 round-trip with tax. Flights are available from mid-October until mid-March.

A sample valid date for $999 on El Al or $1,003 on United is 01/27/13-02/04/13.

Nonstop flights from LAX are also available on El Al for $1,138 (Sample date: 01/29/13-02/07/13)

Connecting flights from either city can be found for less, but this is a good price for nonstops.

Seats are of course limited as always.  Check the Orbitz box to search “3 days before and after” to help find valid dates.

The El Al flights are from EWR and JFK but are in the U fare class which does not appear to earn any AAdvantage miles. Of course you can earn El Al points but those must be used on El Al only, will expire in 3 years regardless of activity, and include a mandatory fuel surcharge of hundreds of dollars when redeeming.

The United flights are only from EWR but they will earn full Mileage Plus miles which never expire if you maintain activity or have their credit card, can be used on dozens of partners airlines, and never include any fuel surcharges.

HT: yitzyul, via DDF

El Al’s Mixed Messages, Media Coverage, And Other Thoughts On The Ongoing Israel Tickets Saga.

Wednesday, August 8th, 2012

1. The about-face.

August 6th: El Al’s verified twitter account makes these 2 tweets:
“-An outside company posted incorrect fares on travel websites, so all tickets sold will indeed be honored”
“-Yes, all tickets will be honored!”

I even tweeted a compliment to them at the time,
“-@ELALUSA Kudos for coming out and honoring the tickets without any fuss. @United can actually learn a lesson from you guys!”

Today they made another tweet:
“-Thanks for your patience. Details/decisions re incorrect fares that were briefly sold on Monday are not finalized. We will update tomorrow.”

For posterity (in case any tweets wind up going AWOL) here’s a screenshot link.

Additionally The Jewish Week obtained a quote on the 6th from Sheryl Stein, an El Al spokeswoman, that the fare would be honored.

Apparently El Al hasn’t read the first rule in customer service.  Don’t tell the customer that you will honor something unless you are 100% sure about it. The ill will you will create by backing out will be 100 times worse then if you didn’t confirm that you would be honoring in the first place.
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2. News articles:

UPI.com, which claims “Over 100 years of journalistic excellence” has the most bizarre coverage of the story,
“Israel’s El Al Airline said the New York to Tel Aviv flights were posted for the wrong price on the Dan’s Deals Web site by a contractor and dozens of customers — many of them Orthodox Jews — quickly moved to take advantage of the discounted fares, which dropped the price of a $1,600 ticket to less than $400, the New York Post reported Wednesday.”
Wow. Just wow.


ABC in NYC had this report
which mentions DansDeals’ coverage of the deal:

The NY Post identifies DansDeals twitter alerts as setting off the frenzy.

The USA Today quotes the AP saying that over 5,000 tickets were sold. It mentions a Dan’s Deals email alert, though presumably they mean a Twitter alert from @DansDeals.

VIN quotes DoT spokesman Bill Mosley, regarding the error being done by a 3rd party as saying,
“If the third party was working for the airline, that is tantamount to them being the airline,” said Mosely. “I don’t see the distinction if the error was made by a third party or by El Al. If the airline hires a third party to post their fares, that party is under their auspices and it shouldn’t make a difference who actually made the error.”

JTA covers the airfare deal taking down the DansDeals servers.

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3. Halachic (Jewish Law) issues:

Yair Hoffman deals with the halachic aspects on VIN.

I’m not going to enter into an ethical or halachic debate, but some key points must be added to that analysis.

1. Only a tiny percentage of flights take off without empty seats, so buying an airline seat seems to be different than buying a physical good. On average about 20% of the seats on a plane (that means over 80 seats on a 747) go out empty. In fact the whole basis of Priceline is to sell bargain basement seats and hotel rooms, as even getting a few dollars is better than getting nothing when the seat or hotel room are unoccupied.
2. Unadvertised airfare sales are the norm. Is it the purchasers responsibility before purchasing an airline ticket to determine if this is a sale or if this is a mistake?
3. The author goes into a lengthy discussion of a fuel surcharge (which is what I originally speculated had been left out of this fare and was later confirmed by El Al) but can your average consumer be expected to understand the concept of a fuel surcharge?
4. The fact that when American Airlines sells you a mileage ticket to fly on El Al they do not collect a fuel surcharge seems to indicate that the fuel surcharge is not an essential part of the ticket. If it was an essential part of the ticket then how would you be able to use that ticket on El Al when you pay no fuel surcharge?
True that when El Al sells a mileage ticket they do bundle a fuel surcharge, but you can clearly see that booking via other sources can often drop the fuel surcharge.
Why should the consumer assume that the fuel surcharge is an essential part of the ticket and should they have to determine if a fuel surcharge is supposed to be collected before buying an airline ticket?
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4. My thoughts on whether tickets will be honored:

If you’ll recall during United’s 4 mile island crisis (a term that I coined for the Hong Kong 4 mile tickets that caught on) United waited about 5 days before announcing their final decision, likely to determine with the DoT whether they would have to honor the 4 mile tickets.
United had 2 arguments in that case.
1. They have a published rate chart for mileage tickets. While paid tickets can fluctuate wildly, mileage tickets don’t have such fluctuations. (Though I’d argue that we have seen discounted mileage awards in the past, but nothing like that)
2. Even when it said 4 miles it also said the correct amount of miles on the same page. (Though I’d argue that the page made it look like they were discounting it from the regular rate to 4 miles and indeed on the receipt it said 4 miles.)

El Al is likely having negotiations with the DoT right now and they probably regret having come out on Monday as saying tickets would be honored, as that can only hurt their case for cancellation of the tickets.

Personally I don’t see El Al being able to void people’s tickets, due to the US DoT regulation that prohibits airlines from raising the fare or cancelling people’s confirmed tickets, even if the airline claims it was a mistake.  These regulations have been tested and enforced, for example Korean Air had to reinstate tickets that they cancelled after people started flooding the DoT with complaints.

As for me, sadly Pesach in Israel doesn’t seem to be in the cards so I cancelled my family’s tickets last night, but I’ll be rooting for the rest of you!

If You Thought $339 To Israel Was A Great Deal, Check This Out!

Tuesday, August 7th, 2012

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Poll: How Many Tickets Did You Book To Israel Today?

Monday, August 6th, 2012

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Include tickets that you purchased for family and friends in your poll response.

Think you booked the most tickets? Post a comment!

Fly To Israel For Succos Non-Stop On Delta For Only $1,595 With Tax!

Sunday, July 22nd, 2012

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Fly To Israel For Succos Non-Stop On Delta For Only $1,595 With Tax, Sep.26-Oct.14!

Bookable on www.globaltoursinc.com.

Itinerary is as follows:

Depart:
Delta 9/26/12 from JFK 11:40pm, Arrive Tel-Aviv 5:20pm on 9/27/12

Return:
Delta 10/14/12 from Tel Aviv 12:40am, Arrive JFK 6:35am on 10/14/12
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Save $400 On Fuel Surcharges To Israel By Booking Avios Rewards Via Iberia Instead Of British Airways!

Sunday, June 17th, 2012

Related:
-25% bonus for transfers from hotel partners until 06/20 (effective 56.25% total bonus from Starwood, you will get 31,250 Avios for every 20,000 Starpoints transferred)

-Chase British Airways Visa: 50K Avios for spending $1, or 75K for spending $10K in 1 year, or 100K for spending $20K in 1 year, plus 1.25-2.5 Avios per dollar spent
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We all know that using British Airways Avios to go to Israel isn’t a great idea due to fuel surcharges. Of course BA Avios are great for flights within the western hemisphere as those aren’t subject to fuel surcharges and they can be true bargains.

For example:
United miles, Newark to Tel Aviv flying United in coach: 80,000 Miles and $45.10
United miles, Newark to Tel Aviv flying United in business: 120,000 Miles and $45.10

BA Avios, JFK to Tel Aviv via London flying BA in coach: 65,000 Avios and $659.14
BA Avios, JFK to Tel Aviv via London flying BA in business: 130,000 Avios and $969.14
BA Avios, JFK to Tel Aviv via Madrid flying Iberia in coach: 65,000 Avios and $535.92
BA Avios, JFK to Tel Aviv via Madrid flying Iberia in business: 130,000 Avios and $615.92

However you can transfer your BA Avios to Iberia Avios and save on fees for Iberia flights.
With a catch. You can’t transfer Avios from BA to Iberia until you’ve had an Iberia Plus Avios account for at least 3 months.  Once you have had an Iberia account for 3 months just logon to your BA.com account, go to Executive Club>Manage my account>Combine my Avios>Transfer to Iberia Plus.

Once you do the transfer you can book Iberia flights with significantly less fuel surcharges:

Iberia Avios, JFK to Tel Aviv via Madrid flying Iberia in coach: 65,000 Avios and $215.76
Iberia Avios, JFK to Tel Aviv via Madrid flying Iberia in business: 130,000 Avios and $215.76

It’s important to note that while Iberia always has lie-flat seating in business class between the US and Europe they only have lie-flat seating from Madrid to Tel Aviv on certain days of the week.  The A340 has lie-flat seating while the A319 is just coach class that is roped off from coach.

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

HT: lucky

American Express “Discover Israel” Savings!

Wednesday, May 9th, 2012

American Express “Discover Israel” Savings Linky

Save up to 30% on activities, hotels, car rentals, restaurants, and more!

American Express “Discover Israel” Program

Fly To Israel For Succos For Only $1,195 With Tax On Air France With Just A Short Stop!

Monday, April 30th, 2012

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Fly To Israel For Succos For Only $1,195 With Tax On Air France With Just A Short Stop In Paris – even on prime dates!

Sample itinerary is as follows:
Depart:
9/23/12 from JFK 7:15pm, Arrive Paris 8:35am on 9/24/12
Connect to
Air France 9/24/12 from Paris 10:35am, Arrive Tel Aviv 3:00pm on 9/24/12

Return
Air France 10/10/12 from Tel Aviv 7:10am, Arrive Paris 12:10pm on 10/10/12
Connect to
Air France 10/10/12 from Paris 1:55pm, Arrive JFK 4:10pm on 10/10/12
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Departures must be between Sep.01.2012–Oct.25.2012.
Minimum Stay: Sunday. Maximum Stay: 3 Months.
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HOT Deal From Global Tours: Fly To Israel For Lag Ba’omer & Shavous For Only $1,045 With Tax Or For Succos For Only $1,095 With Tax On KLM Via Amsterdam!

Tuesday, April 24th, 2012

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Fly to Israel for Lag Ba’omer & Shavous for only $1,045 (after taxes) and for Succos for only $1,095 (after taxes) on KLM via Amsterdam – even on prime dates!

Sample itinerary is as follows:

Depart:
KLM 5/06/12 from JFK 10:55pm, Arrive Amsterdam 12:10pm on 5/07/12
connect to
KLM 5/07/12 from Amsterdam 9:05pm, Arrive Tel Aviv 2:30am on 5/08/12

Return
KLM 5/13/12 from Tel Aviv 4:50am, Arrive Amsterdam 8:45am on 5/13/12
connect to
KLM 5/13/12 from Amsterdam 1:25pm, Arrive JFK 3:30pm on 5/13/12
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Travel is valid NYC-TEL AVIV-NYC, Add-ons available from most US cities.

Departures must be between Apr.22.2012–May.31.2012 and Sep.01.2012–Oct.25.2012.
Minimum Stay: Sunday. Maximum Stay: 3 Months.
Limited availability so book now.
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Tuesday, February 14th, 2012

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25% Bonus For Transferring Membership Rewards Points To Flying Blue; Fly Round-Trip To Israel For 20,000 Points Plus Fuel Surcharges Or 40,000 Points With No Fuel Surcharges!

Wednesday, February 1st, 2012

25% Bonus For Transferring Membership Rewards Points To Flying Blue

Through 02/29 you will get 1,250 Flying Blue miles for every 1,000 American Express Membership Rewards Points. You are able to borrow up to 60,000 points by calling Membership Rewards if you have a Platinum card and up to 15,000 points on other charge cards. Points borrowing allowances if you have a Starwood card is based on your average spending. Points must be paid back (through opening new cards or spending) within 12 months.

Flying Blue is the mileage program of Air France and KLM.  They are both Skyteam alliance members, as is Delta.

Flying Blue is known for low mileage rates but high fuel surcharges.

With their promo awards you can fly from rotating cities in the US and Canada (currently NYC and LAX are on the list for example) to Europe (which includes Israel in the Flying Blue program) for just 25,000 miles round-trip. However fuel surcharges on promo awards to Israel can run $500-$700 round-trip. Promo awards are only for travel on Air France or KLM, not on any partners.
So basically you can get to Israel for 20,000 Membership Rewards or Starpoints plus the fuel surcharges.
For coach the value is somewhat suspect, but you can also use promo awards in business class for 50,000 miles round-trip plus fuel surcharges.
A business class ticket for 40,000 Membership Rewards or Starpoints plus fuel surcharges is not bad at all.

Another nice thing about Flying Blue is that they allow one-way redemptions, something that Delta does not allow you to do with their miles.

Don’t want to pay any fuel surcharges?
Flying Blue will book you on Delta to Israel with no fuel surcharges and at the Europe rates. That means 50,000 miles round-trip in coach or 100,000 miles round-trip in business.
With the transfer bonus that means you can get to Israel for just 40,000 Membership Rewards or Starpoints in coach or 80,000 in business, and there are no fuel surcharges!

The major caveat is that Flying Blue can only book you on Delta’s “Low” availability and you won’t even see Delta as an option when you search for flights on Air France’s website unless there is Delta Low availability.  There is no way to only search for Delta flights on Airfrance.com.
Beware that Delta’s “Low” availability, especially in business, can be very hard to find at times as they are quite stingy with releasing it. Always search for award availability before transferring points!

The best way to search for that is to search for your award ticket on Delta.com, then click on “View Award Calendar” on the left-hand side of the page.  Once on the calendar be sure to click on coach or business and then locate dates in green.  Click on the green dates to make sure that flights are available on Delta and not on a partner airline on which Flying Blue will charge a fuel surcharge.  Once you have dates that work go to the Air France Flying Blue site and type in those same dates and you should see the Delta flights.

Delta charges 80,000 miles to Israel in coach and 120,000 miles in business (if you find low tier availability) if you book on Flying Blue it’s only 50,000 in coach and 100,000 in business on Delta.
By transferring to Flying Blue for Delta flights to Israel you will save 40,000 points on each coach (40K vs. 80K) or business (80K vs. 120K) ticket as opposed to booking directly from Delta.

Delta flies nonstop between JFK and Tel Aviv.

Points needed to transfer to Flying Blue to fly on Delta to Israel:
-20K Membership Rewards or Starpoints gets you 25,000 Flying Blue miles, enough for a one-way coach ticket.
-40K Membership Rewards or Starpoints gets you 50,000 Flying Blue miles, enough for a one-way business ticket or round-trip coach ticket.
-80K Membership Rewards or Starpoints gets you 100,000 Flying Blue miles, enough for a round-trip business ticket.

Sample dates:
-JFK-TLV, departing on 02/13, returning on 02/20 in coach.  When selecting the nonstop Delta flights the cost in coach is just 50,000 miles+$78.50.
-JFK-TLV, going one-way on 02/22 in business class.  When selecting the nonstop Delta flights the cost in business is just 50,000 miles+$19.20.

Credit cards that will get you SPG or MR points to transfer to Flying Blue:

Starwood American Express Consumer Card, 10K bonus for spending $1, plus 15K bonus for spending $5K in 6 months.

Starwood American Express Business Card. 10K bonus for spending $1, plus 15K bonus for spending $5K in 6 months.

American Express Consumer Platinum Card, 25K bonus for spending $1K in 3 months.

American Express Consumer Premier Rewards Gold Card 15K bonus for spending $1K in 3 months.

American Express Consumer Gold Rewards Card 10K bonus for spending $1K in 3 months.

Having problems seeing card offers? Getting a “card not available” or other error message? Read this!
1. Try using another browser (IE, Firefox, or Chrome) to see the offer.
2. You can try deleting your browser’s cache and cookies to see the offers. To do so just hold down the Ctrl, Shift, and Delete buttons on your keyboard and then delete your cache and cookies.
3. You can also try browsing “incognito” or “in-private” to see the offers. In IE and Firefox you can access this mode by holding down Ctrl, Shift, and P buttons on your keyboard. In Chrome you can access this mode by holding down Ctrl, Shift, and N. Then just return to DansDeals.com and click on the card offer you want.

-Just fill out the standard application. Don’t click for the shorter existing cardmember application or you will not get the best offer.

HT: Yosef, via DDF

Getting To Israel Using Starwood Starpoints!

Sunday, January 29th, 2012

Post updated with the latest rates.

Related: The Starwood Consumer American Express Card and Starwood Business American Express Card will each give you 10,000 points after your first purchase and a 15,000 point bonus for spending $5,000 within 6 months.
Open both and spend $5,000 on each and you’ll have a total of 60,000 Starpoints.

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Executive Summary:

To avoid all fuel surcharges:
-For Delta travel transfer points (from 40K) to Flying Blue.
-For Skyteam travel on airlines besides Delta, transfer points (From 64K) to Delta.
-For Star Alliance travel transfer points (from 64K) to USAirways.
-For OneWorld or El Al travel transfer points (from 64K) to AA.

To travel for the least amount of Starpoints while paying fuel surcharges:
-For Air France/KLM travel during a promo period transfer points (from 20K) to Flying Blue. Current promo cities include NYC and LAX. For more on this option see this previous post.
-For OneWorld travel transfer points (from 32K) to JAL.
-For Skyteam travel transfer points (from 40K) to Flying Blue or Alitaila.
-For Star Alliance travel transfer points (from 48K) to ANA.

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!
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As you probably know already, the Starwood card is one of the best cards out there for general spending. The points you get from it are just so much more valuable than other point currencies.  You can use just a couple thousand points for free hotel stays or transfer points into miles with dozens of airlines.

Getting to Israel using Starpoints must be one of the most common questions on this site, maybe this will settle it once and for all?
Of course there are many other uses for Starpoints than just transferring them into miles. I helped a friend book a Hawaiian vacation over the peak December holiday season when rooms for going for $600/night using Starwood Cash and Points and his rooms were as little as $60+4,000 Starpoints! Those points were worth their weight in gold (well, closer to 13.5 cents per point, but you catch my drift) And that’s besides for other awards like 5th night free.
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.

Still ready to transfer points to go to Israel? Great! Here’s how to do it for a little points as possible.
To make a 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 3-7 days though.

While these aren’t nearly all of the possible transfer options, this should cover many of the good ones. If I’m missing any good Starwood transfer methods or if there any mistakes please post a comment!

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.

Confused about which airlines charge a fuel surcharge on award travel? The good news if that generally US based carriers never do, but I’ve been compiling a chart of the policies of 44 airlines on the Dansdeals Forums where you can read more about the murky policies of fuel surcharges.
I wish the offending airlines would just call them what they really are: Mileage co-pays. It has nothing to with fuel and everything to do with a deceitful cash grab that will ultimately kill the mileage cash cow that is the most (only?) profitable segment of the airline industry! The airline that books your reward ticket (not the operating carrier) decides whether to charge a fuel surcharge or not. On principle I avoid accumulating miles with airlines that resort to charging them. For a trip like NYC-TLV a fuel surcharge may range from $250 to as much as $700 per ticket! I’ve noted which airlines below charge them.

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Airlines that fly nonstop from North America to Israel:
-Air Canada from Toronto (bookable via Star Alliance miles)
-Continental/United from Newark (bookable via Star Alliance miles)
-Delta from JFK (bookable via Skyteam miles)
-El Al from JFK, Los Angeles, Newark, and Toronto. (bookable via AA, connections to Eilat for the same mileage available)
-USAirways from Philadelphia (bookable via Star Alliance miles)
None of these carriers offer First Class seating to Israel for miles on nonstop flights.  (El Al does offer First Class, but you can only use AA miles to redeem for Coach or Business Class on El Al).

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Posted mileage requirements are for round-trip travel. Some programs may allow for one-way award redemptions (for example Flying Blue miles will let you fly one-way on Delta, but you can’t use Delta miles for a one-way ticket on Delta.)

Star Alliance:
With 27 airlines (not even counting that most airlines have even more non-Star Alliance partners), Star Alliance offers the best availability for flights to Israel by leaps and bounds.  Besides for the nontop flights on Air Canada, Continental, and USAirways from North American there are many options via Europe worth looking into including Swiss via Zurich, Lufthansa via Frankfurt and Munich, Brussels via Brussels, Austrian via Vienna, Turkish via Istanbul, Singapore/Lufthansa via Frankfurt, Aegean via Athens, LOT via Warsaw, or a mix of carriers like Continental from Newark to one of dozens of European cities and a European carrier to Tel Aviv.  By utilizing free stopovers the possibilities are endless if you take the time to research your options!

Using USAirways miles, from 64,000 Starpoints.
-If there is Star Alliance availability, transfer enough points to USAirways to have 80,000 miles per ticket for coach, 120,000 miles per ticket for business (including the lie-flat cabins with BusinessFirst on Continental, Envoy on USAirways, and Executive First on Air Canada), or 180,000 for first class (the best for travel to Tel Aviv include flights on Swiss via Zurich and Lufthansa via Frankfurt or Munich).
Transfer Ratio: 20,000 Starpoints=25,000 USAirways miles. At a 1:1.25 ratio this means 64,000 Starpoints in coach, 96,000 Starpoints in business, or 144,000 Starpoints in first.
Notes:
-Fuel Surcharges: USAirways never charges fuel surcharges, although they do have a modest $50 award ticketing fee offset by the fact that they waive the phone booking fee for Star Alliance tickets.

-While you can check availability for Star Alliance rewards on Continental.com and Aeroplan.com, some partner airlines will not show up. You must call USAirways to check availability and to book flights on many partner airlines. You may be able to check Star Alliance availability on ANA’s website and then call USAirways to book. See this forum thread for info on using ANA to search Star Alliance availability and workarounds to use ANA’s website even if you don’t have any ANA miles.
-USAirways charges $150 for date and route changes and $75 for tickets booked within 14 days of departure. See this post for a roundup of award fees that US-based airline charge.
-USAirways does not allow for changes after you take any flight on a Star Alliance itinerary.

Using Air Canada Aeroplan miles, from 64,000 Starpoints.
-If there is Star Alliance availability (besides for on Air Canada, as you should use USAirways miles to book travel on Air Canada), transfer enough points to Aeroplan to have 80,000 miles per ticket for coach, 135,000 miles per ticket for business (including the lie-flat cabins with BusinessFirst on Continental, Envoy on USAirways, and Executive First on Air Canada), or 190,000 for first class (the best for travel to Tel Aviv include flights on Swiss via Zurich and Lufthansa via Frankfurt or Munich).
Transfer Ratio: 20,000 Starpoints=25,000 Aeroplan miles. At a 1:1.25 ratio this means 64,000 Starpoints in coach, 108,000 Starpoints in business, or 152,000 Starpoints in first.
Notes:
-Fuel Surcharges: Air Canada is in the process of adding fuel surcharges for travel on select partners.

As of 01/29 if you fly on these carriers you will pay a fuel surcharge: Adria, Air Canada, ANA, Asiana, Austrian, bmi, LOT Polish, Lufthansa, TAP Portugal, and THAI.
As of 01/29 if you fly on these carriers you will not pay a fuel surcharge: Aegean, Air China, Air New Zealand, Brussels, Continental, Croatia, EgyptAir, Ethiopian, SAS, Singapore, South African, Swiss, TAM, Turkish, United, and USAirways.

-Air Canada miles require activity every 12 months to keep them active. They also expire 7 years after they are earned regardless of activity. Both of these policies are harsher than US carriers policies.
-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!
-There is a $90CAD charge to change or cancel an award ticket.
-Air Canada charges significantly less in fees for lap children than the US carriers do, especially in premium classes.
-There are no last-minute “close-in” or “expedite” fees.
-While you can check availability for Star Alliance rewards on Continental.com and Aeroplan.com, some partner airlines will not show up. You must call Air Canada to check availability and to book flights on many partner airlines. You may be able to check Star Alliance availability on ANA’s website and then call Air Canada to book. See this forum thread for info on using ANA to search Star Alliance availability and workarounds to use ANA’s website even if you don’t have any ANA miles.

Using ANA miles, from 48,000 Starpoints.
-If there is Star Alliance availability and you prefer saving some Starpoints and paying a fuel surcharge, transfer enough points to ANA to have 60,000 miles per ticket for coach, 90,000 miles per ticket for business, or 140,000 miles per ticket for first class.
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.
Notes:
-Fuel Surcharges: ANA now charges hefty fuel surcharges on all airlines.
-It takes a number of days for Starpoints to transfer into ANA miles and there is no way to have ANA hold a ticket if have no miles in your account.
-ANA miles expire after 3 years, regardless of account activity.
-ANA partner flights must be booked 7 days in advance.
-ANA does not charge for date changes.
-ANA allows a ticket to be canceled and the miles to be redeposited for a fee of just 3,000 miles.
-You can book alliance travel on on ANA’s website once you have miles in your account, although you may need to call them to book travel for flights not found on their website.
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OneWorld:
Oneworld availability to Israel can be tough. Flights to Israel include BA from London, Iberia from Madrid and Barcelona, Royal Jordanian from Amman, and Malev from Budapest.
El Al does have decent availability. While AA is partners with El Al, they are a non-alliance partner so you can book travel on El Al with AA miles, but not with other OneWorld mileage. It’s more advantageous to book El Al travel with AA miles than it is with El Al miles (the miles received from the HAS Advantage card) because El Al loads fuel surcharges onto their own tickets, but you do not pay any fuel surcharges for booking El Al tickets with AA miles.

Using AA miles, from 64,000 Starpoints.
Via AA’s All-Partner Award Chart.
-If there is OneWorld or El Al availability, transfer enough points to AA to have 80,000 miles per ticket (for coach via Europe between 10/15-05/15) or 90,000 miles per ticket (for coach nonstop on El Al or via Europe between 05/16-10/14) or 135,000 miles per ticket for business nonstop on El Al or via Europe), or 180,000 miles per ticket for first class via Europe.
You can also use AA’s OneWorld award chart which allows for up to 16 stopovers starting from 90,000 miles in coach, 115,000 miles in business, and 150,000 miles in first, but the rules of this complicated award that requires at least 2 OneWorld carriers besides AA and excludes partners such as El Al are beyond the scope of this article.
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.
Notes:
-Fuel Surcharges: There are fuel surcharges if you want to travel on BA, but not for travel on AA or on any other partner airlines.
-You can check AA availability on AA.com. You can check OneWorld availability on BA.com or 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. Tickets must also be booked by calling AA.
-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-May or the same 90,000 miles as the nonstop El Al flight from the US during the summer.
-AA allows for free date changes and routing changes on award tickets.
-AA allows you to redeem for one-way tickets for half the miles.
-Don’t forget that AA allows for a free stopover at the North American gateway city and 2 free stopovers by booking one-way tickets.
-Based in NYC and Want to get in free flights for Hawaii and Los Angeles for booking a ticket to Israel?
Book Honolulu-JFK nonstop on Hawaiian, “stopover” in JFK as long as you want, book JFK-Tel Aviv-JFK nonstop on El Al at anytime later, “stopover” in JFK for as long as you want, then book JFK-LAX nonstop on AA all for the same 90K round-trip rate as just booking JFK-Tel Aviv-JFK! Plus you can change the dates as many times as you want for free.
Don’t have any other trips planned? Just book the added segment at the end of your trip (to anywhere you want, Miami, Los Angeles, Anchorage, Vancouver, Kauai, Maui, you name it!) and you’ll have a free one-way ticket there that you can change or not even bother using for free!

Using BA miles, from 52,000 Starpoints
-If there is OneWorld availability for your dates: Transfer enough points to BA to have 65,000 miles per ticket for coach, 130,000 miles per ticket for business, or 195,000 miles per ticket in first.
Transfer Ratio: 20,000 Starpoints=25,000 BA miles. At a 1:1.25 ratio this means 52,000 Starpoints in coach, 108,000 Starpoints in business, or 156,000 Starpoints in first.
Notes:
-Fuel Surcharges: BA charges hefty fuel surcharges on their own and on most partner airline flights (excluding LAN and AA flights that are wholly within the Western Hemisphere.)
-You can only search partner flights on BA.com after searching for BA availability. If there is no BA availability you will then see the option to include partners in the search. This search is far from perfect, you should call BA to check more partner availability, but beware that calling will subject you to fuel surcharges on AA travel.
-Oneworld availability can also be searched by creating an account and searching on Qantas.com.

Using JAL miles, from 32,000 Starpoints
-If there is BA availability, transfer enough points to JAL to have 40,000 miles per ticket (for coach between 10/15-05/15) or 60,000 miles per ticket (for coach between 05/16-10/14) or 75,000 miles per ticket for premium economy, or 80,000 miles per ticket for business, or 100,000 miles per ticket for first.
-If there is OneWorld availability, transfer enough points to JAL to have 60,000 miles per ticket for coach, 90,000 miles per ticket for business, or 120,000 miles per ticket for first.
Transfer Ratio: 20,000 Starpoints=25,000 JAL miles. At a 1:1.25 ratio this means 32,000 Starpoints for off-peak coach on BA, 48,000 Starpoints for other coach travel, 60,000 Starpoints for premium economy on BA, 64,000 Starpoints for business on BA, 72,000 Starpoints in business on other partner airlines, 80,000 Starpoints in first on BA, or 96,000 Starpoints in first on other partner airlines.
-Fuel Surcharges: JAL seems to always charge a fuel surcharge.

Using LAN kilometers, from 44,800 Starpoints
-If there is availability on Royal Jordanian, transfer enough points to LAN to have 112,000 kilometers per ticket for coach or 224,000 kilometers per ticket for business.
Transfer Ratio: 20,000 Starpoints=50,000 LAN kilometers. At a 1:2.5 ratio this means 44,800 Starpoints in coach or 89,600 Starpoints in business.
Notes:
-Fuel Surcharges: LAN does not charge any fuel surcharges (and is probably the only program left that doesn’t surcharge BA award flights!)
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Skyteam:
Skyteam has pretty poor award availability. You can try searching some Skyteam availability on Delta.com. and AirFrance.com.  Options to Israel besides Delta’s JFK flights are on Czech via Prague, KLM via Amsterdam, Air France via Paris, and Alitalia via Rome.

Using Flying Blue (Air France/KLM) miles, from 20,000 Starpoints
-If there is a promo award available on Flying Blue for your dates: Transfer enough points to Flying Blue to have 25,000 miles per ticket for coach or 50,000 miles per ticket for business, plus expect to pay fuel surcharges.
-If there is no promo award or for travel on partner airlines like Delta transfer enough points to Flying Blue to have 50,000 miles per ticket for coach or 100,000 miles per ticket for business.
Transfer Ratio: 20,000 Starpoints=25,000 Flying Blue miles. At a 1:1.25 ratio this means 20,000 Starpoints in coach or 40,000 Starpoints in business for a promo award. For regular tickets and partner ticket 40,000 Starpoints per ticket in coach or 80,000 Starpoints per ticket in business.
-Fuel Surcharges: Flying Blue no longer charges a fuel surcharge for travel on Delta to/from Israel!
For travel on airlines besides Delta, Flying Blue generally charges a larger fuel surcharge than Alitalia.

-Flying Blue allows you to redeem for one-way tickets for half the miles.

Using Alitalia miles, from 40,000 Starpoints
-If there is Skyteam availability transfer enough points to Alitalia to have 50,000 miles per ticket to Alitalia for coach or 80,000 miles per ticket for business,
Transfer Ratio: 20,000 Starpoints=25,000 Alitalia miles. At a 1:1.25 ratio this means 40,000 Starpoints in coach or 64,600 Starpoints in business.
-Fuel Surcharges: Alitalia charges a fuel surcharge for travel on all airlines, although it tends to be less than what Flying Blue charges.

Using Delta miles, from 64,000 Starpoints.
-You can also transfer to Delta Skypesos to avoid fuel surcharges, but their mileage rates are variable. Coach can be between 80,000 and 190,000 and business can be between 120,000 and 370,000.
Transfer Ratio: 20,000 Starpoints=25,000 Delta miles. At a 1:1.25 ratio this means 64,000-152,000 Starpoints in coach or 96,000-296,000 Starpoints in business.
-Fuel Surcharges: Delta does not charge a fuel surcharge for round-trip travel originating from the US on Delta but does charge fuel surcharges on select partners.
Delta charges a fuel surcharge for round-trip travel originating from select regions outside the US (Originating in Europe is surcharged, but originating in Israel is not.)

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Renting A Car In Israel? Convert Your Sapphire Preferred Visa Signature Card Into A World Mastercard!

Monday, January 16th, 2012

Update, 01/16/12: Through the help of commenters here I realized that Chase had accidentally downgraded my account from Sapphire Preferred to the plain Sapphire (which doesn’t have the benefits of the Preferred card like No foreign transaction fees, double points on airfare/car rentals/hotels, point transfers to airlines/hotels, and the 7% annual dividend) during the conversion process.
I just got home from visiting the in-laws in Kansas City and my brand new Sapphire Preferred World Mastercard was waiting for me. And yes, it is made from that great heavier metal cardstock we all know and love ;)


Originally posted on 01/06/12:

Chase Sapphire Preferred Linky

Renting a car in Israel can be a challenge.  And I’m not talking about the rental car facility being located ridiculously far from the terminal.  You are required to buy CDW and liability insurance when you rent even if your personal insurance at home covers you and the insurances they make you purchase also have high deductibles.  The rental agencies are all franchises and they love to create imaginary damages to upcharge you with at the end of your rental.  (Always take lots of pictures when you rent and get every nick and scratch signed by an agent on a paper when you rent!)

Most credit cards exclude Israel from their CDW coverage (with agencies like these I can’t imagine why…)  For a while all World Mastercards covered Israel, but then many, such as the Continental OnePass Plus world Mastercard stopped providing CDW coverage in Israel (although the Continental and United cards provide excellent primary CDW coverage in almost every other country in the world).

The Sapphire Preferred card is a Visa Signature by default, but I was able to call up Chase and have them switch it to a World Mastercard without any hassle at all.  Once I received the card I called up MasterRental and they confirmed in writing that my card does provide CDW coverage in Israel!

You still are forced to buy liability coverage in Israel, but with the Sapphire Preferred world MasterCard you will be able to decline the CDW coverage as you receive zero deductible coverage from the card free of charge.  Without a valid World Mastercard that works in Israel you pay for CDW coverage and you pay for imaginary charges as they fall within the deductible.  With a valid World Mastercard you don’t pay for CDW coverage and MasterRental will pay you back for any damages done to your rented car.

Best of all?
-The Sapphire card does not charge any foreign exchange or transaction fees so you will get the best possible rates!
-You will get 2.14 Ultimate Rewards points per dollar spent on the car rental!

The downside of making the card into a World Mastercard? My new card is not the heavy card made from metal and no longer says “Preferred” on the front, but all other benefits remain the same.

Instead of switching and losing your nice metal card, you are actually allowed to have 2 Chase Sapphire cards. You probably won’t get automatically approved for a 2nd card, but if you apply for a new card you can just tell a reconsideration rep, a credit analyst rep, or your local banker that you want a Sapphire World Mastercard and a Visa Signature card and if your credit allows (or even if it doesn’t allow but you can shift around credit lines or close other older cards in exchange) you will be able to get both cards.

The argument for needing 2 Sapphire cards should be fairly easy to make, Mastercards can come in handy if you want to shop at Sam’s Club and for renting in Israel.  Visa cards are accepted at more locations internationally than Mastercard and most dollar stores only take Visa.  Plus both cards charge no foreign transaction fees, so the need to have both should be easy to explain.  And I have been successful getting the signup bonus on the Sapphire Preferred card multiple times…

Front image (Visa/Mastercard)

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Monday, January 9th, 2012

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View compatible models on Garmin’s site before purchasing. All 4 digit models are compatible as well as selected 2 and 3 digit models.

-Just plug the card into your Garmin GPS and you’ll be good to go.
-Includes highways, interstates, and business and residential roads in metropolitan and rural areas.
-Includes turn restrictions, roundabout guidance, speed categories.
-Displays roads and names in English and Hebrew.
-Gives turn-by-turn directions.
-Speaks street names and highways when giving directions.
-Includes thousands of points of interest (Gas stations, gravesites, synagogues, restaurants, stores, lodging, attractions, etc)
-Options to avoid or to go through Yehuda and Shomron.

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