Delta Opens The Floodgates On Nonstop Saver Coach Award Space Between JFK And Tel Aviv!

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Delta’s Skymiles are referred to as Skypesos are they devalue them frequently without notice, they don’t publish an award chart, and they have stingy saver award availability.

The JFK to Tel Aviv market is Delta’s stingiest. There is practically never any saver award space in any cabin on this flight.

Which is why I was so surprised to see so much Delta award space from JFK to Tel Aviv and back for 40K miles each way. There is also availability from all other US cities.

JFK to Tel Aviv 40K award space:
November 24
December 6, 10
January 10, 17, 20, 24, 25, 26, 27, 30, 31
February 2, 5, 7, 8, 10, 22, 24, 26, 28
March 3, 6, 13, 23, 27, 30
April 5, 7, 8, 9, 10, 15, 19, 20, 22, 24, 29
May 9
June 6, 7, 13, 21

Tel Aviv to JFK 40K award space:
November 30
December 4, 7, 14, 15, 17, 20, 21, 22, 24, 27, 28
January 9, 10, 13, 19, 20, 25
February 1, 4, 5, 7, 8
March 6, 11, 14
April 8, 15, 16, 17, 19, 23, 24, 25, 26, 30
May 2, 4, 5, 6, 10, 14, 16, 17, 21, 24, 31
June 9, 24, 28

You can transfer miles from AMEX or Marriott/Starwood to Delta.

I searched for partner award space on and there were a couple of dates available for just 25K miles each way. However most of the dates did not show up on their website. If you have luck booking over the phone with Air France Flying Blue, please post the results!

You can also get a 30% bonus when you transfer Citi ThankYou points into Flying Blue miles through 8/29. Citi point transfers require that you have a Citi Premier, Prestige, or Chairman card.

For a limited time only, you can earn 60K points with the Citi Premier Card by spending $4K within 3 months:


The Citi Premier card’s $95 annual fee is waived for the first year. Plus you can earn 3 points per dollar on travel and gas and 2 points per dollar on dining and entertainment.

Will you book any awards to Israel on Delta?

HT: zagguru, via DDF

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Any benefit to booking via Virgin Atlantic? Isn’t there an MR bonus at the moment for transfers?


Can these award tickets originate in TLV? Thank you


This is not saver award space (available to partners). It is dynamic award space at low rates. Delta has been screwing around with the award inventory they release to partners in both directions, in that economy awards have occasionally been pricing lower w DL miles while business have often been pricing MUCH higher.


So with 80,000 Delta points we can fly non-stop JFK-TLV round trip? This is great!


How about business class?


I just fell out of my chair laughing


How much aprox are taxes & fees?


Some dates weee available as well on Virgin Atlantic. But must call in. 28k after the transfer bonus

Dan\'s the Man

I booked for one of the available dates for 50k which is pretty good but not as good as 40k. There’s no way I can modify or cancel and rebook is there? I don’t have Delta status.


What the difference between “Saver Coach” and regular coach?


Are there taxes in top of the 80k miles?


Thanks Dan! I’m finding similar deals from the west coast as well!


I am a n00b to the points thing – is there a way that I could book these with Chase Ultimate Rewards points?


Some great saver awards from the west coast also!

Mountain Man

I’m seeing 40k for den-tlv for dates in April.


Wow I’m so excited now I’m able to go to israel for free!!! Thank you Dan!!!


Is this also for business class?


Any way to add a week-long stop over in LHR?


Thinking of going in April. Too early for me to decide. If we do book these are they refundable? Thanks!


If you need to travel with an infant under 2 years old, then it would cost only 1000 virgin atlantic miles + $5.60 sep. 11 tax for the baby & 40,000 miles + $5.60 for the adult. However if you use airfrance miles you would save miles on the adult, but there is no way to pay with miles for the baby, & it would cost you aprox. $195 to add the baby to the reservation.


Thanks, I just used my 80K delta miles (I had exactly that amount) and bought an award ticket. $49 with taxes


If you book with miles can you cancel for free within 24 hours? Also with charge for redepositing the miles? I don’t see anything on the website to explain this


I meant also with NO charge, sorry


To Florida a few weeks ago they were charging me a fee to charge a mileage ticket. I would assume cancellations are the same

jason hirsch

I am only seeing the 40K if you book one way, but not RT. Odd.

bernie zweig

is air france a partner with delta?

Dan\'s the Man

FYI- the flight date that I was looking for was further reduced from 40K miles to 35K miles so be sure to look to see if rates went down further for your dates!

Dan, There’s a reason my screen name is “Dan’s the Man” – You really are the MAN! I followed your suggestion to call Delta to see if I could be refunded miles for my JFK – TLV flight. I had originally booked it for 50K and it was showing 40K today. I checked again before I called and saw that it was now down to 35K. I asked the Delta rep about refunding me the miles as I wasn’t looking to change my date or flight. He put me on hold and said the only way I could be refunded the miles would be if I paid a $150 change/cancellation fee per ticket. I asked if I could speak to a supervisor. The supervisor said the same thing. Then I asked about if it would be possible to change to Economy Comfort (as opposed to Economy Uncomfortable 🙂 as Dan says) he said let me see what happens when I put it through. He came back and said he could do it without the fee since I’m upgrading and that I would get 5K back per ticket and pay no fee for Economy Comfort (since Economy Comfort is currently pricing as 45K). So since there are 2 of us I got back 10K miles and now have a better seat, more legroom, priority boarding, etc and got a refund of 10K miles. Thanks so much Dan. I probably wouldn’t have even called as I assumed it wouldn’t be worth it because of the change fee. Thanks for your help over the years. If not for guidance over the years I wouldn’t be to able to go on this trip to take my son to Eretz Yisrael. I’ve been able to take advantage of many of your good deals over the years!


Wow 70k for two in comfort economy. Enjoy




Can anyone recommend a good way to get to Thailand with miles? I have avios, delta, amex, and marriot.


Can you book for me and I will pay you back later? ():-)




You know, on second thought, I don’t want to trouble cause I know you are busy, just post your credit card details here and I’ll save you the trouble. I’m kinda short on cash right now, but I’ll give your grandfather the money when I am in Chicago next. Or if that doesn’t work I can give it one of your relatives in Seattle when I am there for the Megado to complete once again my 3 alliance Elite trifecta


its not real saver, not showing on N class on GDS by doing direct accses
airfrance will must likely not have the availbility over the phone


got 9 seats on GDS

** DL – DELTA AIR LINES ** 284 TU 14MAY 0000
21 DL 469 N9 TLV JFK1155P 510A+1 0 333


What’s deltas cancelation policy on awards?


Cancel fee? Change fee?
No fee within x from booking or x from departure?
I have delta miles
Good to use at some point …

tracht goot

Thanks Dan!
This is gonna be my first time flying direct!
How about Baggage allowance?
I see that to Israel 1st bag free. Second bag in 100$ (50 ow). Amex delta gold any help?


Hi Dan, I’m a newbey at this website(I know where was I) and saw this delta deal. We have been saving delta miles for years so that we can go to Israel but we were still short with both myself and my wife at 80,000 miles until this deal happened. We booked our flight and all ready to go but wanted to thank you very much!!!


Called Flying Blue and Virgin after I saw availability on Delta’s site for the saver award and Virgin is not seeing it at all and Flying Blue quoted me 40k each way plus the 49 in taxes roundtrip. Any explanation for why Virgin wouldnt have it while Delta and FB have it and also why FB wouldn’t have it at the 25k rate if it’s a Delta Saver?


Is this award still available


Is this still available. When I looked on Delta now, the flights were 120k points!
Please direct me how to find this or when we may expect something like this again