AA, El Al, Delta And United Announce Change And Fare Difference Waiver For Travel To Or From Israel; Roundup Of Cancelled Flights

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Update: American has cancelled their flight to Tel Aviv for tonight and extended their waiver period.


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  • American is waiving change fees and the difference in fare on tickets to or from Tel Aviv from May 12-25. You can change to flights through June 15th without any difference in fare. If you change to flights after May 17th change fees will be waived, but you will owe the difference in fare.
  • Delta is waiving change fees and the difference in fare on tickets to or from Tel Aviv from May 11-13. You can change to flights through May 17th without any difference in fare. If you change to flights after May 17th change fees will be waived, but you will owe the difference in fare.
  • El Al is waiving change fees and the difference in fare on tickets to or from Tel Aviv from May 11-19. You can change to flights through May 31st without any difference in fare. If you change to flights after May 31st change fees will be waived, but you will owe the difference in fare.
  • United is waiving change fees and the difference in fare on tickets to or from Tel Aviv from May 11-25. You can change to flights that depart through June 15th (the return can be later) without any difference in fare. If you change to flights after June 15th change fees will be waived, but you will owe the difference in fare.

Of course if your flight is cancelled by the airline, you can request a full refund. That’s why I always recommend waiting until near flight time before making a change or cancelling if you prefer a refund.

Bear in mind that if you received a permit to travel to Israel, you must do so within the allotted time frame, or else you will have to request another permit.

Roundup of cancelled flights:

  • 5/11 United flight 140 from Chicago to Tel Aviv
  • 5/11 Delta flight 232 from JFK to Tel Aviv
  • 5/11 Delta flight 234 from JFK to Tel Aviv
  • 5/11 United flight 90 from Newark to Tel Aviv
  • 5/12 American flight 146 from JFK to Tel Aviv
  • 5/12 United flight 91 from Tel Aviv to Newark
  • 5/12 United flight 84 from Newark to Tel Aviv
  • 5/12 United flight 90 from Newark to Tel Aviv
  • 5/12 United flight 954 from San Francisco to Tel Aviv
  • 5/12 Delta flight 233 from Tel Aviv to JFK 
  • 5/12 Delta flight 235 from Tel Aviv to JFK 
  • 5/13 United flight 84 from Newark to Tel Aviv
  • 5/13 United flight 90 from Newark to Tel Aviv
  • 5/13 Delta flight 232 from JFK to Tel Aviv
  • 5/13 Delta flight 234 from JFK to Tel Aviv
  • 5/13 United flight 141 from Tel Aviv to Chicago
  • 5/13 United flight 85 from Tel Aviv to Newark
  • 5/13 United flight 91 from Tel Aviv to Newark
  • 5/13 American flight 146 from JFK to Tel Aviv
  • 5/13 American flight 145 from Tel Aviv to JFK
  • 5/14 United flight 84 from Newark to Tel Aviv
  • 5/14 United flight 90 from Newark to Tel Aviv
  • 5/14 United flight 140 from Chicago to Tel Aviv
  • 5/14 American flight 146 from JFK to Tel Aviv
  • 5/14 American flight 145 from Tel Aviv to JFK
  • 5/14 United flight 955 from Tel Aviv to San Francisco
  • 5/14 United flight 85 from Tel Aviv to Newark
  • 5/14 United flight 91 from Tel Aviv to Newark

Expect more cancellations to follow. If you are trying to fly between the US and Israel this week, El Al may be your best bet.


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yelped

If the flight is cancelled will they give refunds?

Bob

Will this also work if booked with Aeroplan points ?

AH

I think aeroplan always lets you cancel for free

Chana

Delta just cancelled my flight for tonight and I got a refund!

Bob

Exclamation mark is for canceled flight or for refund ?

Will this work if I book flight not or only if previously booked ?

Mogul

Can you change of you already checked in?

Yed

Here goes ELAL:
יום רביעי 12 במאי 2021
א’ סיוון תשפ”א

סוכן יקר,

אל על עומדת בקשר רצוף עם גורמי הביטחון ורשות שדות התעופה ופועלת בהתאם להנחיות נוכח המצב הבטחוני.

בנוסף למדיניות הגמישה הקיימת בשינויים וביטולים של כרטיסי טיסה.

אל על תאפשר ללקוחות אשר מועד המראתם עד ה- 19.05.21 לשנות למועד חלופי עד לסוף חודש מאי 2021 ללא הפרשי מחיר ועל בסיס מקום פנוי.

אנו ממליצים להתעדכן בשינויים בלוח הטיסות באתר אל על ובמערכות שלכם.

על מנת לאפשר ללקוחותינו לשמור על קשר עם משפחותיהם גם במהלך הטיסה, אל על תאפשר שימוש ללא עלות בשרות ה- WhatsApp בטיסות בהן יש WIFI .

שנדע ימים בטוחים ושקטים.

סניף ישראל

MIG

_From ELAL:_

Wednesday, May 12, 2021
1 Sivan 5741

Dear Agent,

El Al is in constant contact with the security forces and the Airports Authority and acts in accordance with the guidelines in light of the security situation.

In addition to the existing flexible policy on changes and cancellations of airline tickets, El Al will allow customers whose departure date is until 19.05.21 to change to an alternative date until the end of May 2021 without price differences, and on the basis of available space.

We recommend keeping up to date with changes in the flight schedule on the EL AL website and in your systems.

In order to allow our customers to keep in touch with their families even during the flight, El Al will allow free use of the *WhatsApp* service on flights that have WiFi.

Let us know safe and quiet days.

Israel branch

Abe

I am on AA146 today from JFK-TLV. I am hoping they cancel so that I can get a refund. What are the chances they cancel and what time would they actually cancel?

iahphx

Given the situation, that’s not a very generous travel waiver period. I’m glad Covid already cancelled my TLV trip for next week!

NTorch

When did Delta cancel its no change fee on International Flights policy?

concerned citizen

will delta cancel there jfk-tlv tonight?

BrooklynDan

Everyone should know that, that if they get a different flight, they will need to fill out new travel waiver information, and may need an updated covid test if they’re now leaving more than 72 hours after their previous covid test.

D A W

Delta in TLV told me this morning (Israel time) that all flts in and out of TLV are cancelled till 16 may. But that will change daily

Mogul

Currently on ua85 which was diverted to Frankfurt still sitting on the ground for over 2 hours, what are my options in terms of a partial refund etc…?

YB

I have an american airlines ticket can i get change fee waived even if i cancel before they do?

Yitz

What’s the likelihood of El Al canceling their flight as well?

Abe

AA extended travel waiver through June 15 buy they still refuse to cancel AA146 for tonight.

fs

just got text that this flight AA146 for tonight was cancelled.

Naftuli H Erlich

AA145 Friday May 14 cancelled

asok

AA 146 JFK-TLV May 13 1215am is now cancelled as well

IsraelTraveler

In Israel now and scheduled to fly AA back to US this motzei shabbat – chances that I know before shabbos seem pretty slim. Will be interesting to see what AA will do since I bought a webspecial mileage fare and already used my outbound ticket to TLV.

NHE

I got a email the flight was canceled

Moe

DONT CANCEL! WE NEED YOU MORE THAN EVER HERE!
For the support, emotional, financial, and more.

A Sooper

Just received a canceled fligth email for flight from TLV to EWR Friday 14th

david MUNIC

would air lines reduce their price on flights to israel due to the current situation ?

Joey

all UA flights on Friday 5/14 from US also canceled

joel

meaning that 5/15 leaving israel will not be flying….

Danfan+

“American is waiving change fees and the difference in fare on tickets to or from Tel Aviv from May 12-25. You can change to flights through June 15th without any difference in fare. If you change to flights after May 17th change fees will be waived, but you will owe the difference in fare.”

Not clear to which flights can i change without any difference in fare, June 15th or May 17th?

D A W

Delta’s Israel reservations office is very helpful. Unlike the US, you can actually speak to a person pretty quickly. 03 513 8000. You will need a new Covid test within 72 hrs before your actual departure, not your originally scheduled departure. Plan accordingly.

Orrin d

HaShem wants us to celebrate Shavuot here.

YB

I have a flight with UA next week back to Israel. Is there any way to get them to put me on an El Al flight if they cancel?

Jon C

I have had a few flights cancelled on me because I’m trying to get back there myself. I asked an agent this very question and she said she couldn’t rebook me on El Al. Let me know if you figure out how please

Joey

It has been done and possible. All it takes is a willing agent…

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