HOT! Delta: Fly Chicago To Tel Aviv For Just $640.97 Round Trip With Tax!


Update #3, 11/12: This deal is alive once again for $640.97 round-trip from Chicago or $709.77 from NYC with the workaround method below in Update #1!
HT: MEIR613, via DDF

Update #2, 11/10: Dead!

Update #1, 11/09: There is a sale right now from NYC to Chicago. You can book a one-way for $43.80 on Spirit (if you enjoy fees) or for $68.80 on Delta.
For example you can book a Delta ticket on 12/04 from LGA to Chicago for $68.80 and then book a separate ticket for Chicago-Tel Aviv from 12/04-12/12 or 12/04-12/18 for $640.97 for a total of $709.77. Delta will check your luggage all the way through to Tel Aviv.
Your flight to Israel would be via Chicago and JFK but the return would just be the nonstop in JFK as I explain below.
That’s a savings of over $450 per person compared to just flying nonstop from JFK both ways.

Thus a sample itinerary would be:
12/04, Delta 5941, LGA-ORD, 11:15 AM-12:57 PM
12/04, Delta 3371, ORD-JFK, 3:05 PM-6:22 PM
12/04, Delta 268, JFK-TLV, 9:10 PM-2:40 PM
12/18, Delta 269, TLV-JFK, 12:40 AM-5:45 AM
And you can throw away the final leg back to Chicago if you just want to get off in JFK, even if you have luggage.

Again, you do need to fly to Chicago to pick up the flight. If you miss the Chicago-JFK flight your entire itinerary will be canceled!


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

-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.

The flight is from Chicago to Tel Aviv via JFK and earns 12,835 Delta miles.

If you’re from NYC you can take a one-way flight to Chicago on American using 7,500 BA Avios or 12,500 miles on other airlines to pick up the flight.  You can’t just pick up the flight from JFK.

However on the return you can fly nonstop to JFK, where everyone must pick up all of their bags and go in line to recheck them, so you can just take your bags and leave the airport without any problems.

If you are from other cities like Cleveland, Detroit, Pittsburgh, or even Kansas City it’s just 9,000 BA Avios (which can be transferred from all 3 major transferable point currencies, Membership Rewards, Ultimate Rewards, and Starwood) to fly round-trip to Chicago.

The outbound flight must take place between 11/22 through 03/14.
You can stay in Israel for up to 30 nights.

There are tons of available dates, here are just some sample valid dates:
12/04-12/18 (Chanukah)
02/17-03/04 (Purim)
03/13-04/08 (Pesach)

To help find other valid dates check the Orbitz box to search “3 days before and after” to help find other valid dates.

Or you can read about using ITA Software and use their awesome month-long calendar search to help find cheap flights.

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Which airline


You think united will match soon?


is this a mistake??????


Dan, I’m looking for the dates 18-26 chi to TLV and back. The price u mentioned above isn’t coming up, do I have to do something for it?


Read the post.


Who knows.

1. Use Orbitz 3 day flex search to find other valid dates.
2. Read my article on ITA for how to search an entire month at a time for valid dates.


Tried your dates on orbitz did not work. On Delta worked


I just rechecked all of the sample dates I gave on Orbitz.
Every one of them still worked.


Booked – Thanks Dan!



Wondering Jew

Is there any downside to not catching the return flight from JFK to Chicago?


why wouldnt delta just let you on the connection in nyc going out without actually flying from jfk to chicago & then back to jfk?


The rule for the outbound flights doesn’t guarantee that it will come up at $640. I just used the ITA search, and all dates in late December are still expensive.


@Wondering Jew:
Besides for not getting the miles for flight you wouldn’t take?

Because they charge a premium to fly nonstop.

Who said anything is guaranteed?
I gave the overall range and you have to work within it using the tools I mentioned to find valid dates.


Or you could buy a 1-way to Chicago for <$80


Nothing for pesach?

Tani Pollak

Im trying to schedule for 1/2-1/21 and it is not working. Any help?

Tani Pollak

In regards to my last comment…I didi the +/- 3 days as per your previous suggestion, and the only available filght at the price you mentioned was flying Motzaei Shabbos a few days later than I would prefer and coming back too late. While this is a fantastic deal and I thank you for alerting us to it, not all dates work

Tani Pollak

**not motzaei shabbos…on shabbos itself


How about Miami to chicago

The real Tani Pollak

Tani Pollak did not posts those.. sorry. Yiriel Liss is Tani Pollak and Yiriel is trying to make me look like a fool!
Sorry about this


What is orbitz cancellation policy?


Added to post.

@Tani Pollak:
The best thing is to use ITA to find valid dates.

You can search on Orbitz or use 20K Avios from Miami or 15K Avios from West Palm.

It’s in the post :)


Wild this work from tlv to Chicago?


Are these tickets upgradeable to business class? Are business fares discounted as well?


i understand the prmium – but if everyone is getting off the original plane & getting on the jfk tot lv plane, cant you show up & say I have a confirmed booked seat on the jfk to tlv leg & please let me on.

will they simply say no too bad even though you have a seat?

Wondering Jew

@ Dan,

Are there any other downsides? You would just not get the miles for that leg





@Wondering Jew:


so you are flying to ORD just to turn around and fly back to JFK


I wanna fly from NYC Nov/21/12 return from tlv Dec/3/12 can I get the ticket for $709 for the special??


is it guaranteed the luggage comes off on the return in jfk – maybe it is checked asll the way to chicago, just like the way there it is all the way to tlv?


Are these fares upgradable? It seems they are booking them in T class?..


Correct. But just on the way there.

Use the search tools I wrote about in the post.

It is guaranteed. You need to pick up all your bags personally and bring them past customs.
And that point you can either leave the airport or go back into line to recheck them to Chicago.



so there is no way to get on that plane in JFK IF YOU PURCHASE THIS TICKET but dont fly to chicago!



That’s correct.


hard sell if you live in LA. Thats a 2 stop overs..Dan suggestions of how to minimize stop overs if you live in LA?


2 US stopovers is hardly the end of the world. You can order kosher food to be delivered at JFK and ORD :D

You can use 20K Avios to get to Chicago round-trip. That and $640 is a great deal, even if you have to do an extra stop in Chi-town. It’s better than in Ukraine or Turkey :)

Yiriel Liss

I BOOKED THEM! Thank you so much dan! Flight booked from Chicago to TLV 1/6-1/21! I am in NY and will have to take an $110 flight from here to chicago but all in all $750 to israel is fantastic! Thank you so much!
Guten Shabbos to all!


Live in Baltimore. Will travel to Philly or NY/Newark. Any good rates to Tel Aviv in January? Thanks Dan.


Is this also good for lag bomer?


@Yiriel Liss:

You can fly BWI-ORD for just 9K Avios round-trip!



@Dan: you’re right..I would be traveling with my wife and kids and thought there might be better way


Do you know if this is a limited-time offer, or will it be available for a while?


These things never last long. Book now and you can cancel until tomorrow.


how do you book


How many stops is it till iSrael??


Is there direct flight from chicago to tel aviv???
How many hour flight frm jfk to chicago??

David H.

I’m seeing a flight with one stop (26 hrs total) on Delta or Orbitz websites for $835. Nothing for $641


Can I skip the Chicago portion?

Chani S.

Can I book a round trip and then pay $250 to change the return date back to USA?

cant wait to hear more

hi dan, thank you so much! wondering if this would work going from tlv to jfk


Delta can theoretically reroute your return flight through a different city, but they don’t have many hubs to
Work with.

David H.

I found flight for $645 with 13 hour stopover in Amsterdam.


Can you stay for several months-say like- until April or do you need to return sooner?


Have sapphire points. Any best way to use to go from baltimore to tlv? Thanks


Transfer 9K to BA which buys a round-trip to Chicago.


Darn. Shabbat is so soon. Why’d they give us this break so close to Shabbat.


You can book the ticket to Chicago anytime.
Book the Israel ticket now and you can cancel until tomorrow.

Yiriel Liss

Dan- quick question. I know that you said in the post that on the flight back to JFK we have to pick up our bags and recheck them to chicago. Therefore, if I wanted to just pick up my bags and leave the airport in JFK, I would be able to do that. My friend and I therefore booked tickets from Chicago, (and booked from JFK-chicago one way) assuming that on the return TLV-JFK trip, we could just pick up our bags and leave. My friend called Delta, however, and the lady said that this cannot be done as the return ticket says Chicago and tehrefore the bags will be shipped there. Is this really the case? What do you suggest?


@Yiriel Liss:
She’s wrong.

On international flights into JFK everyone must pick up their bags, bring them through customs, and recheck them or leave the airport. The only exception to this are flights from places like Canada or the Caribbean where you clear US customs in the departure airport.

Now of course the tags will say JFK and ORD on them, but nobody in JFK is going to force you to recheck them to ORD.

I’m 100% positive about this.

Yiriel Liss

@Dan: thanks so much dan! much much appreciated. have truly been trying to make this work for months now. Guten SHabbos!


Thank you, Dan. I do not see how to work this getting to the USA and back home in EY. Is that not possible on this Chicago contortion?
Keep up the good work and we’ll hope for more deals soon. Congrats on your super Mishpacha magazine article.


Can I just make a ticket from TLV to JFK – ORD one way, for 1/2 the price?!


Dont forget to add on $25 for a suitcase on your flight from Jfk-Chicago.
Total $735 Dont forget sitting on the airplane an extra 5 hours plus stop over time of about 6 hours (in chicago and then again in JFK). Elal has tickets for about $1000 in the winter. Me personally Id rather pay $250 more, then waist 13 extra hours flying! and thats if you find a flight for $70 to chicago that exactly meets with your flight to Israel….


Or you can fly with air berlin for $850 and save yourself a good 10 hours flying to Chicago


Looks dead to me.

Yiriel Liss

Shavua Tov,
And with regards to the last question- we will not somehow be penalized for just leaving the airport in JFK and continuing on to Chicago?


Still trying to get answer. Can this be used to go to EY but come back in March or April?- or do you have to return to the states much sooner?

Yiriel Liss

@Kim: As far as I’m aware the deal is dead


Is it still available? And how do I booking dans deals can someone help me???

Yiriel Liss

**and not returning to Chicago


There are many Delta flights from Toronto connecting in NYC for $754, which is also a pretty good deal.


Is this deal still alive ??

Yiriel Liss

@sue: No


Then need another good deal what’s the best deal to israel?


Can this be book from Tlv – jfk and then just not continue on to Chicago ? Looking for Pesach


i think its over



Hoping this in fact is the case as my son Jeremy has booked these tickets too and plans on getting off in JFK and not going to Chicago!


Thank you so much! I successfully booked this fare. Just wanted to verify that I absolutely cannot board this flight in JFK, only Chicago? We bought tickets to Chicago already, but if we could avoid the schlep…
Also, how do we go about deplaning in JFK on the return? Do we just not board the Chicago flight? That doesn’t cause any problems?
Keep up the great work!


Everyone on the plane needs to go through immigration, pick up their bags, and bring them through customs.

After that you can just leave the airport or go into line to recheck your bags to Chicago.


@David H.:
on what airline ?


Can leave end of Dec till Jan 8-10?


Use ITA calendar search as I write in the post.


Dan, Do we still have 24 hrs to cancel if we book on orbitz?


Sometimes I wonder if people would just read the entire post if I would save money on my hosting bill due to fewer comments being necessary ;)


Saw it on original post but wanted to be sure that one detail remained :) Thanks


it was asked previously, but this time u indicate this fare can be purchased from NYC for 709, is that flying from NYC-ORD-TLV? or NYC-TLV direct for 709? cuz I cant find that fare



I’ve clarified the post update.


what`s with the luggage flying from NY to Chicago ???
wouldn`t it be a problem with the weight ????


You can check it through straight to Tel Aviv under the terms of your international ticket.
Just bring both itineraries with you.


Is it possible to check in the packages in jfk while waiting for the israel flight , lets say you leave the packages in the car until you come back from chicago ?


whats this fee ?:Carrier-imposed International Surcharge610.00


Dan, firstly thank you very much for your time and efforts.. it is greatly appreciated by many of us! I am considering booking CHI to TLV and would like to skip the first part of the flight, and only board the plane in JFK. Would that be an option or do I need to fly out of CHI?? Looking forward to hear from you.


Shlomo- This question was answered many times. You absolutely must get to chicago to start the itinerary. You can END the itinerary in NY and not board the last leg TO chicago


Hey Dan, I’m also finding some flights from LAX-TLV with one stop for $834. The layovers are kind of long but seems like a pretty good deal.


Thank you




@david/ #90
what the heck are you talking about??


1/9 1/22 850$ on expedia tickets to israel




hey dan does this deal work as well going from tel aviv to usa thanks