You can go to Priceline and click on “Multi-Destination.”
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Search for a flight from Newark to Tel Aviv on 1/29 for example. Then click on the + sign just after the flight date to add another segment. In the next segment search for a flight from Tel Aviv to Boston on 2/7 for example.
That will yield this flight for $809:
The outbound flight is a nonstop flight from Newark to Tel Aviv. The return flight is from Tel Aviv to Boston but it connects in Newark. Your checked bags will be tagged to Boston, but US law requires that everyone pickup their luggage in Newark and bring it past customs. After that you can then leave the airport and skip the last leg or you can recheck your baggage to your final destination.
In other words you can fly nonstop both ways for $809.
If you just booked nonstop flights on United, the cheapest option is $1,019, so this method save $210 per passenger.
Of course if you originate in Boston you can fly for just $593. You can skip the last leg, but you can’t skip the first leg, so if you’re in NYC you’ll have to get yourself to Boston to take advantage of that pricing.
This is called hidden city ticketing, and of course the airlines don’t love that. Some airline reps will lie to you and say that your bags will go straight to Boston even though they will not. They will be tagged to Boston, but everyone has to pick them up in Newark.
I don’t suggest anyone do this every month or tell the airline that you’re going to skip the last flight, but tons of people save money by buying tickets with hidden city ticketing every day without problems. Then again, using hidden city ticketing is something that you’ll be doing at your own risk. If you want to play it safe you’ll credit the miles earned from this flight to a partner airline, rather than your United mileage account
The reason this works is because you split the difference between the cost of a Boston-Tel Aviv ticket and a Newark-Tel Aviv ticket.
Many of the same dates that work for cheap tickets to Israel in this post will also work with this strategy. So just try a sample date that works for United there and just search using the NYC-TLV-BOS format as shown above.
Have you used hidden-city ticketing to save money on airfare?