Rare United Polaris Business Class Saver Award And Upgrade Space Nonstop Between North America 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 any non-Shabbos dates have business class award space to/from Tel Aviv.

You can also connect from other cities to these flights on the same award ticket.

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

  • December 3, 2019: (At least 9 saver award/upgrade seats available for all members)
  • December 4, 2019: (4 saver award seat for all members, 7 saver award seats available for Platinum/1K elites, at least 9 upgrade seats)
  • December 29, 2019: (No seats for all members, at least 9 saver award seats available for Platinum/1K elites, at least 9 upgrade seats)
  • December 30, 2019: (At least 9 saver award/upgrade seats available for all members)
  • January 1, 2020: (At least 9 saver award/upgrade seats available for all members)
  • September 23, 2020: (2 saver award seat for all members, at least 9 saver award seats available for Platinum/1K elites, at least 9 upgrade seats)

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

  • December 5, 2019: (At least 9 saver award/upgrade seats available for all members)
  • October 7, 2020: (4 saver award seat for all members, at least 9 saver award seats available for Platinum/1K elites, at least 9 upgrade seats)

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

  • December 17, 2019: (No saver award seat for all members, at least 9 saver award seats available for Platinum/1K elites, at least 9 upgrade seats)
  • December 24, 2019: (No saver award seat for all members, at least 9 saver award seats available for Platinum/1K elites, at least 9 upgrade seats)
  • December 25, 2019: (4 saver award seat for all members, at least 9 saver award seats available for Platinum/1K elites, at least 9 upgrade seats)
  • December 26, 2019: (3 saver award seat for all members, at least 9 saver award seats available for Platinum/1K elites, at least 9 upgrade seats)

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

  • December 27, 2019: (At least 9 saver award/upgrade seats available for all members)

United’s Tel Aviv flights operate with Polaris seating that have direct aisle access for every business class seat. You can choose from solo seats or seats for people traveling together.

United 777-300 Polaris Class

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. United now also charges 1,500-3,000 extra miles for tickets bought close-in to the flight date. 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.
  • Air Canada Aeroplan 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 Marriott (60K:25K ratio) can take 2-20 days.
  • Avianca Lifemiles charges 42.5K in coach or 78K in business class one-way. There are no fuel surcharges for any flights. Points transfer instantly (1:1 ratio) from AMEX, Capital One, or Citi. Transfers from Marriott (60K:25K ratio) can take 2-20 days.
  • Aegean charges a 35K miles in coach or 55K miles in business class one-way. They don’t charge fuel surcharges for United flights. Transfers from Marriott (60K:25K ratio) can take 2-20 days.
  • Turkish charges a mere 32K miles in coach or 47K miles in business class one-way. They don’t charge fuel surcharges for United flights. Transfers from Citi (1:1 ratio) take about a day and transfers from Marriott (60K:25K ratio) can take 2-5 days. Note that it can be difficult for Turkish agents to find partner award space, so always call before transferring.
  • Singapore charges 45K in coach or 76.5K 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 about day for points to show up. Transfers from Marriott (60K:25K ratio) can take 2-20 days.
  • 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 Marriott to ANA (60K:25K ratio) can take 2-20 days.

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Biglar

As a general question – does every partner airline “see” award space equally or is it necessary to check multiple programs when looking for award travel. TY

TK AV

Generally they should all see the same though practically speaking some aren’t as good as the others.

Thanks!

Thank you for the alert Dan, I booked one of the TLV-SFO seats through Aegean. They have a small 20 euro cancellation fee if plans change.

Very bummed that they changed the price from 45,000 to 55,000 without notice.

SR

I’m a bit confused on the partner airlines section.

I have points at United and I have points from Chase. If I want to get a business ticket for 47K miles on Turkish (BOS – TLV or EWR – TLV), what’s the process?

Gimmel

Do you mean using United points or Turkish points? If it’s Turkish, you can’t. You don’t have the right points to transfer to them. If you mean using United points to book a Turkish flight, than transfer from chase to United, go to United.com and search for flights that you want. Book those flights.

SR

The above says you can get a 1-way biz flight on Turkish for 47K miles.

I have miles on United and I have points from Chase. I don’t have points on Turkish.

How can I transfer my miles from United or points from Chase in order to get the 47K Turkish ticket?

Josh

I wish you can check for my elderly mother if there are Business availability on January 27th NYC-TLV and on February 5th TLV-NYC.
If there aren’t any seats available, are there chances they will add seats in the future?
I have ANA miles to pay for her ticket.
Also, due to her situation she can’t fly regular Economy, Do you think Premium Economy makes a big difference?

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