Israel is reopening to Americans on Sunday, but nobody has told American Airlines to close off their award bargains for flights between JFK and Tel Aviv.
There’s wide open round-trip availability starting at 55K miles each way in lie-flat business class from now through March. You can also book coach awards for 30K and premium economy for 40K miles each way. Taxes add $50 round-trip.
Availability has excellent nonstop between JFK and Tel Aviv and is available on limited dates nonstop between Miami and Tel Aviv.
Only want a one-way award? There’s wide open one-way availability at 60K-74K miles each way in lie-flat business class. You can also book coach awards for 33K and premium economy for 44K miles each way.
To find the lowest priced dates, search for the cheapest one-way awards in both directions and then search for those dates in a round-trip search.
Best of all, American no longer charges any fees to cancel your trip and refund your miles! That’s a huge advantage of using miles over cash in an era where countries like Israel seem to change their mind about being open to tourists every other day.
These are web special awards that are only available with AA miles. You can’t change dates, but you can refund them.
Connections are available from other cities as well:
American offers 2 potential business class products on their 777-200s that will fly to Tel Aviv, reverse herringbone or a business class with mixed rear facing and forward facing seats. The reverse herringbone is more common, but you won’t know which cabin you’ll actually get until a couple of days before the flight. If you see notches on some of the seats in the seat map, then you’ll know you have been assigned the business class with rear facing seats.
I haven’t flown the rear facing product, but the reverse herringbone is a perfectly fine business class seat and from what I understand the rear facing product is decent as well. I do miss United’s Polaris more luxurious bedding though.
AA 777-200 reverse herringbone seating:
Need more AA miles?
- The CitiBusiness AAdvantage Platinum World Mastercard is offering 65,000 AA miles for opening the card and spending $4,000 in 4 months.
- The Citi AAdvantage Platinum World Elite Consumer Mastercard is offering 50,000 AA miles for opening the card and spending $2,500 in 3 months.
- The Citi AAdvantage Executive World Elite Consumer Mastercard is offering 50,000 AA miles for opening the card and spending $5,000 in 3 months.
- The Citi AAdvantage MileUp Consumer Mastercard is offering 10,000 AA miles and a $50 statement credit for opening the card and spending $500 in 3 months.
- Read more about these cards here.
You can also transfer 60K Marriott points into 25K AA miles. Alas, no bank points currently transfer into AA miles.
Will you book an American award to Israel?