El Al Appears To Be Cancelling All Flights Until October

Update: El Al haw now closed sales of all flights through September 30th, effectively giving up on the peak High Holiday/Sukkos season. Originally posted on...

Israel Grants Permit To Eli Rozenberg To Buy El Al, But Will El Al Sell?

Globes is reporting that Israel has approved Eli Rozenberg's application to buy a controlling stake in El Al. Getting that permit was a precondition for...

Reader Questions: What Plane Will American Fly And How Many Miles Will I Need For American’s New Tel Aviv Flight?

The most surprising Israel flight news this month was that American will fly nonstop from JFK to the holy land. They plan to launch service...

Is It Fair For Schools To Force Students To Pay Cash For Tickets On An Airline With No Active Flights And $400MM In Outstanding...

Earlier this week I shared my advice on which airline students hoping to study in Israel for the year should use for maximum flexibility,...

Israel Is Expected To Grant Entry Permission For Foreign Students; Are Some Institutions Insisting On Students Flying El Al?

Chaim V'Chessed reports that Israeli Interior Minister Aryeh Deri and Health Minister Yuli Edelstein announced that foreign students will receive permission to enter the...

Israel Won’t Open Borders To Foreign Nationals In August

As expected, Israel will not open their borders to foreign nationals in August.  There are exceptions, including returning married students, people attending the wedding of a...

Reader Question: Which Airline Should I Use To Book Travel For My Child Hoping To Study In Israel This Year?

DansDeals reader and CEO of Shmais.com Levi Hodakov reached out to me last week to figure out how to send his daughter to seminary in...

[Update: Now Confirmed] El Al Appears To Be Cancelling All Flights Until September!

Update: As speculated below, El Al has now confirmed that all flights are suspended through August 31st. Originally posted on 7/5: With Israel's borders closed to foreign...

Ouch! Israel Will Now Allow Airlines To Delay Issuing Flight Refunds For Years

Last week Israel agreed to potentially take control of El Al if a private buyer can't be found for the struggling carrier. El Al owes...

Israel Adds More Exceptions To Ban On Foreign Nationals

Israel closed their borders to foreign nationals back in March. Unfortunately with COVID-19 cases trending up and setting new daily records there, that ban isn't...

United Is Now Selling Seats Nonstop From Chicago To Tel Aviv, While El Al Raises The White Flag; Plus, Scheduling Explained

A few days ago I wrote about the launch of United's newest nonstop route to Tel Aviv, from their hometown of Chicago. United will start...

Finally! United Will Launch Nonstop Service Between Chicago And Tel Aviv!

This has been a long time coming! United just announced that starting in early September they will fly 3 times weekly between Chciago and Tel...

Will El Al Will Be Nationalized Again Or Should It Be Allowed To Fail And Start With A Clean Slate?

El Al's board has finally agreed to accept the government's bailout terms. The headlines all say the airline will be nationalized are misleading. A $250MM loan...

After Pilot Dispute, El Al Calls Their Bluff And Suspends All Flights Indefinitely

El Al has been at the negotiating table for months with their labor unions to extract concessions that would allow for the airline to...

DansDeals Readers Share What It’s Like To Fly To Israel And Go To A Quarantine Hotel

There have been several interesting reports of flying to Israel on the DansDeals Facebook Group. I figured that it would be worth sharing a...

Will You Accept A 120% Future Travel Voucher From El Al In Lieu Of A Cash Refund?

The Marker is reporting that El Al will offer travelers the option of accepting a travel voucher equal to 120% of the ticket price...

Israel Won’t Open Borders To Foreign Nationals In July

The Jerusalem Post is reporting that Israel will not open their borders to foreign nationals in July. Previously the ban was extended to June...

It Doesn’t Sound Like Americans Will Be Visiting Israel This Summer…

Israel is currently banning foreigners from entering the country until July 1st. That deadline has been extended multiple times. Prime Minster Netanyahu said in a...

[Updated] Another Etihad Plane Is En-Route To Israel Without Palestinian Authorization, This Time In Full Etihad Livery

Update: The flight has landed at Ben Gurion airport! You can listen to a clip of the ATC audio below. The image is from the...

El Al Appears To Be Cancelling Some Flights Through March 2021 And Beyond

With Israel's borders closed to foreign nationals through at least June 30th, El Al remains in hibernation mode. The airline is negotiating with the...

This Morning’s Strike At Ben Gurion Is Just Another Reason Why You Should Avoid Thursday Evening Flights To Israel

At 3am this morning I got messages from several readers about a sudden IAA (Israel Airports Authority) strike that threatened to halt outbound and...

Israel Voids All Entry Permits For Unmarried Foreign Students!

Israel was one of the first countries to ban foreign nationals due to coronavirus. Recently they started easing restrictions, allowing in foreign students and people...

Israel Won’t Open Borders To Foreign Nationals In June

Globes is reporting that Israel will not open their borders to foreign nationals in June. Previously the ban was extended to June 15 and...

[Updated With Extended Foreigners Ban And Cancellations] Roundup Of Airlines Cancelling Service To/From Israel Due To Coronavirus, And When Service Is Scheduled To Restart

Update, 5/20: Israel has extended their ban on foreigners and mandatory quarantine for returning citizens through at least 6/15. Returning residents can apply for...

El Al Has Started Processing Refunds For Cancelled Flights!

A few weeks ago, I called out El Al for not issuing refunds on cancelled flights, in violation of US law. El Al said they...

Israel Ends Forced Hotel Quarantines For Israelis Returning From Abroad

Since April 1st, Israel has required Israelis returning from abroad to be taken to a hotel for a 2 week quarantine  That requirement is now...

Enough Is Enough: The Time Is Now For El Al To Issue Refunds For Cancelled Flights And Stop Violating DoT Policy!

Up until April 3rd, several airlines cancelling flights were refusing to issue cash refunds. JetBlue and United were 2 of the worst domestic offenders...

Israel Will Now Allow Airlines 90 Days To Provide Refunds For Cancelled Flights

The Israeli government has approved a temporary amendment to their aviation law to allow airlines 90 days to issue cash refunds for flights that...

Israel Temporarily Suspends All Flights To Israel; Return To Regular Flight Schedule Not Expected Until September

Update: Israel approved measures on Sunday to force all arriving passengers into quarantine hotels and flights should be allowed to resume, though several have...

United Extends Ticket Validity To 2 Years, Ends 1 Year Wait For Refunds; Tel Aviv Flight Changes Mean You Can Now Get A Refund!

Typically airline tickets must be used within 12 months of when they're issued. United announced that tickets purchased between 5/1/19-3/31/20 are valid for...

American Will Delay Its Return To Tel Aviv By An Entire Year Due To Coronavirus

American's exit from Israel had its drama and its return has had its fair share as well. American pulled out of the Tel Aviv market...

Israel Will Force All New Arrivals Into Quarantine Hotels

Effective immediately, Israel will test all arrivals from abroad for coronavirus and force them to stay in a designated quarantine hotel or designated quarantine...

United Will Remove Most International Flights, But Will Continue Key Flights, Including Israel

Many readers have written to me that United will be cancelling all service to/from Tel Aviv. The US Embassy in Israel's site says the...

Air Canada: Due To Israeli Law, All Changed Or Cancelled Flights To Or From Israel Can Get A Refund

Many airlines have been trying to avoid issuing refunds for flights changed or cancelled due to coronavirus. While asking for a supervisor might help, other...

Israel Will Enter Lockdown For At Least 7 Days Starting Tomorrow

Prime Minister Netanyahu announced that Israel will go into lockdown for at least 7 days, starting tomorrow. You can still leave the house for food,...

Israel Closes Borders: Foreign Nationals Are No Longer Able To Enter The Country. Book Your Flight Home Now!

Update: Effective immediately, Israel's borders are closed unless you are a citizen or year-round resident of the country. Visitors can no longer enter even if...

Israel Now Requiring Visitors To Apply For A Permit Before Flying To Israel: Airbnb, Dorms, And Hotels Not Valid For Home Quarantine

The state of Israel is now requiring foreigners flying to Israel to submit this form to their local Israeli consulate 5 days before their...

El Al Will Suspend Most Flights Worldwide, Israeli Schools Cancelled, Don’t Expect Student Reentry After Pesach

With 80% of El Al's workforce on unpaid leave, YNet is reporting that El Al will be suspending service on most routes starting next...

United Cancelling Select Flights Between The US-Israel And Italy Due To Coronavirus

Update: This post has been updated with additional information from United about the exact dates of the flight cancellations and reductions.

Air France, Air Serbia, Alitalia, Arkia, Austrian, Delta, Iberia, Lufthansa, Swiss, Turkish, Virgin Atlantic, And WizzAir Cancelling Select Flights To/From Israel In March

Update 5: Air Serbia is cancelling flights to/from Belgrade and Tel Aviv on March 12, 20, and 30. Changes can be made one time without...

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