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

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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 any non-Shabbos dates have business class award space to/from Tel Aviv.

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

  • November 22 (3 saver award seats available)
  • December 31 (8 saver award seats available)

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

  • November 24 (8 saver award seats available)

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

  • December 23 (At least 9 saver award seats available)

The Tel Aviv to Newark flight is on United’s brand new 77W Polaris planes with direct aisle access for every business class seat. The Newark 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.

Sample 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 85K standard rate which will go up to 95K in November. 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 37.5K in coach or 57.5K 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. Note: Effective for bookings made on or after 12/7, Singapore rates will increase to 45K in coach and 69K in business class.

–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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Silicon Valley

Noone is Silicon Valley works (during Xmas break)


Will plan B work for flights from nyc to HNL?


Not seeing any availability on Dec. 25 from TLV-Newark in J. Was keeping track of that flight for months. Checked earlier today and checked now.


Oops, misread the post. Thought it said 25, not 23. Please delete both comments. Thanks!


How do you know if your united account is linked with a United explorer card or not?


If I transfer starwood points to aegean, how can i ensure that the award will be available once i am ready to book the ticket. do I call before or after transfer of points?


I’ve booked already economy plus seat on December 23 from TLV to Newark. What’s my best option to upgrade to Polaris?
Thanks Dan