Rare United Polaris Business Class Saver Award Space Between Newark Or San Francisco And Tel Aviv!

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United has excellent nonstop award availability between North America and Israel in coach, especially for United cardholders who have access to greatly expanded award availability. However nonstop business class award space between North America and Tel Aviv is notoriously scarce, so it’s news when flights are available.

There is business saver award space from Newark to Tel Aviv on:

  • December 28: (No saver award seats, but 2 upgrade seats are available)
  • December 29: (At least 9 saver award/upgrade seats available)
  • December 30: (At least 9 saver award/upgrade seats available)
  • December 31: (At least 9 saver award/upgrade seats available)

There is business saver award space from Tel Aviv to Newark on:

  • December 19: (At least 9 saver award/upgrade seats available)
  • December 20: (7 saver award/upgrade seats available)
  • December 21: (No saver award seats, but 4 upgrade seats are available)
  • December 22: (At least 9 saver award/upgrade seats available)
  • December 23: (At least 9 saver award/upgrade seats available)
  • December 24: (At least 9 saver award/upgrade seats available)
  • December 25: (At least 9 saver award/upgrade seats available)
  • December 26: (At least 9 saver award/upgrade seats available)
  • December 29: (No saver award seats, but at least 9 upgrade seats are available)

There is business saver award space from San Francisco to Tel Aviv on:

  • December 18: (4 saver award/upgrade seats available)
  • December 19: (No saver award seats, but 2 upgrade seats are available)
  • December 26: (No saver award seats, but 3 upgrade seats are available)
  • December 28: (At least 9 saver award/upgrade seats available)
  • December 29: (At least 9 saver award/upgrade seats available)
  • December 30: (At least 9 saver award/upgrade seats available)
  • December 31: (At least 9 saver award/upgrade seats available)
  • January 1: (No saver award seats, but 5 upgrade seats are available)
  • January 2: (No saver award seats, but 2 upgrade seats are available)
  • January 3: (No saver award seats, but at least 9 upgrade seats are available)
  • January 29: (No saver award seats, but 2 upgrade seats are available)
  • January 30: (3 saver awards/7 upgrade seats available)

There is business saver award space from Tel Aviv to San Francisco on:

  • December 20: (5 saver awards/upgrade seats available)
  • December 23: (2 saver awards/at least 9 upgrade seats available)
  • December 24: (No saver award seats, but 2 upgrade seats are available)
  • December 25: (At least 9 saver award/upgrade seats available)
  • December 26: (At least 9 saver award/upgrade seats available)
  • December 27: (No saver award seats, but 7 upgrade seats are available)
  • December 28: (No saver award seats, but 6 upgrade seats are available)

Select Newark flights above are on United’s brand new 77W Polaris planes with direct aisle access for every business class seat. All Newark-Tel Aviv flights now also feature Covenant kosher wine in business class, so be sure to sure to ask your flight attendant or the on-board international service manager for a glass.

Business class seats include United’s newly launched Polaris business class service with Saks Fifth Avenue bedding and pillows. Savvy travelers will also request a Saks Fifth Avenue mattress pad, gel cooled pillow, slippers, and pajamas, as those are not proactively offered by flight attendants as there aren’t enough of them for everyone.

Upgrade awards:

You can always waitlist for an upgrade award, but the dates above have flights that are confirmable now by calling United.

If you have a paid ticket, the cost of an upgrade varies based on your ticket’s fare class as follows:

In other words, it will cost 35K United miles plus $600 for a one-way upgrade from most discounted coach tickets to business class.

Business saver class award booking options:

-You can transfer miles from Chase Ultimate Rewards to United (1:1 ratio) instantly. United charges 42.5K one-way in coach or 75K one-way in business class for United flights to Israel. Awards can be cancelled for free within 24 hours. United never collects fuel surcharges. After 24 hours, non-elites will pay $75 to cancel awards more than 60 days before a flight or $125 within 60 days of a flight. Awards can be booked online.

You can also redeem 75K United miles for business class even when there is only coach available. Read this post for how to do that via “Plan B”.

Having a Chase United Club or Explorer card greatly expands the saver award space that you can book. United.com only shows the lowest available award rate when you’re logged in, so a cardholder may see a 42.5K rate while a non-cardholder will see the 95K standard rate. Cardholders also have the ability to book the last seat available in any class with Standard/Everyday awards.

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-Air Canada charges 40K in coach or 82.5K in business class one-way. There are no fuel surcharges for United flights. Points transfer instantly (1:1 ratio) from AMEX. Transfers from Starwood (20K:25K ratio) can take 2-10 days. Awards can be booked online. There is currently a bonus for transfers from Starwood and from AMEX.

–Aegean charges a mere 30K miles in coach or 45K miles in business class one-way and you’ll need even fewer Starpoints than that thanks to the Starwood 20K:25K transfer ratio. Factoring in a 25% discount that’s effectively 24K Starpoints in coach or 36K Starpoints in business class one-way. They don’t charge fuel surcharges for United flights. Transfers from Starwood can take 2-10 days. You must call Aegean to book at +30-21-0626-1000

Singapore charges 45K in coach or 69K in business class one-way. There are no fuel surcharges for United awards. You can transfer points from AMEX, Chase, or Citi at a 1:1 ratio, but it will take a day or 2 for points to show up. Transfers from Starwood (20K:25K ratio) can take 2-10 days. You must call Singapore to book at 1-312-843-5333.

–ANA charges 65K miles in coach or 104K miles in business class round-trip, one-way awards aren’t available. There are no fuel surcharges for United awards. It can take 1-3 days to transfer points from AMEX to ANA (1:1 ratio) and transfers from Starwood to ANA (20K:25K ratio) can take 2-10 days. Awards can be booked online, though flights with connections may need to be booked over the phone.


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When booking with ANA miles, you need to have 96 hours advance booking for an international flight.The application deadline has passed for requesting ANA International flight awards (no later than 96 hours before boarding). Please amend your dates or time and try again. (E_A01P03_0002)

Not that I\'m likely to fly business class, but

Which Covenant wines are mevushal? Have they introduced something new since posting https://covenantwines.com/blog/what-is-kosher/ ? Or are they serving the new brands Covenant refers to, “THE TRIBE and MENSCH”?

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