Update: Currently valid dates have been updated below.
Originally posted on 10/31:
United’s Israel website has fares from just $421 when you originate in Tel Aviv and fly to select US cities. This won’t work on the US version of United.com.
In order to book these:
- Do not sign into your mileage account if you are based in the US, use the guest checkout option. You can add your mileage number afterward.
- Leave Israel as the country for your billing address at final checkout. You can enter the rest of your address as normal.
- If you get an error, you can try selecting “other form of payment” and choose “pay in person”. Choose either airport counter or United ticket office and click on purchase. This places the ticket on hold for a day and issues a confirmation number. Once you have the confirmation number, you can find your booking under “My trips” and click purchase now to pay with a credit card online.
- This is only valid when originating in Israel. Not valid when originating in the US.
- Flights are refundable for 24 hours from the time or purchase.
- Limited seats are available on each date.
- Always search for 1 seat and then work the search up to the number of seats you need in order to book as many seats on sale as you can.
- Use a card like Sapphire Preferred or Sapphire Reserve to earn 2 or 3 Chase points per dollar spent and get free travel/medical insurance, trip/luggage delay protection, and more!
Tel Aviv to ZFV (see below for how this works to Newark) $421-$477 outbound dates:
November 14, 20, 21, 22, 23, 26, 27, 28, 29
December 15, 16, 17, 18, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24, 25, 26, 27, 28
January 10, 11, 13, 14, 15, 17, 18, 21, 22, 23, 24, 25, 28, 30, 31
February 4, 5, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 17, 18, 19, 21, 25
March 2, 3, 4, 5
ZFV to Tel Aviv (see below for how this works to Newark) $421-$477 return dates:
November 16, 17, 18, 19, 24, 25, 26, 28, 29, 30
December 1, 5, 7, 8, 9, 28, 29, 30, 31
January 9, 10, 11, 12, 16, 17, 18, 19, 23, 24, 25, 26, 29, 30, 31
February 1, 2, 6, 7, 9, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24, 25, 26, 28, 29
March 7, 8
This fare is not valid on nonstop United flights to Newark, but it is valid to ZFV, the downtown Philadelphia train station via Newark. You’ll fly nonstop from Tel Aviv to Newark, collect your bags, and take them onto an Amtrak train. Amtrak does not have checked luggage, so you bring your bags onto the train.
Nonstop flight TLV-EWR, plus an Amtrak ride:
There are 2 Amtrak routes from Newark Airport to Philadelphia. The Northeast Corridor and the Keystone. You can match up where you train will stop based on the time that United gives you for your train and the Amtrak schedule for the Northeast Corridor or the Keystone.
If you just want a cheap one-way ticket from Tel Aviv to Newark you can book this and not bother with the train or the return ticker.
If you want to use the return back to Tel Aviv you’ll need to take the train so that your return ticket doesn’t got cancelled.
You can collect your ticket from the Amtrak quik-trak machine in Newark and have the conductor on the train scan your ticket. You can exit the train at Metropark, some 13 minutes from Newark, rather than go all the way to Philadelphia.
On the return you can call Amtrak for your confirmation number and type that number into the Amtrak quik-trak machine on any station, such as Metropark, along the way from Philadelphia to Newark. Have a conductor scan your ticket and you should be good to go. Take a selfie on the train just in case there are any issues to show a United agent that you were on the train.
Note that in general Amtrak’s systems don’t always sync up with United’s, so even if you do go to ZFV, you may need to tell United that you were on the train if there are problems with your ticket.
You can take an earlier train, though that will also entail telling United that you took an earlier train as their system likely won’t sync up with Amtrak’s.
If you have booked a ticket to ZFV, share your tips in the comments!
Many other cities are available as well without any Amtrak business.
Here are some of them with sample valid dates for cities like Tel Aviv to Boston, Cleveland, Dallas, Jacksonville, Las Vegas, Los Angeles, Phoenix, Pittsburgh, Seattle, and more from $421-$477 round trip:
Tel Aviv to US cities outbound dates:
November 14, 22, 23, 26, 27, 28
December 22, 23, 24, 25, 26, 27, 28
January 11, 14, 17, 18, 21, 23, 24, 25, 28, 31
US cities to Tel Aviv $427-$444 return dates:
November 17, 19, 24, 25, 26, 28, 29, 30
December 1, 8, 9
January 10, 11, 17, 18, 19, 24, 25, 30, 31
February 1, 2, 7, 21, 22
Many other cities have these sale fares as well, post what deals you find!
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