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...

[Update: El Al To Close Call Centers, Extend Service Suspension] Roundup Of Airlines Cancelling Or Reducing Service To/From Israel Due To Coronavirus Restrictions

Update: El Al has announced that they will be extending their service suspension through May 2nd and that their call centers will be closed...

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...

El Al Delaying Launch Of Chicago And Tokyo Flights, Expands Flight Change Waiver, Extends Elite Status

El Al has made several announcements following Israel's new quarantine requirements. The launch of service to Chicago will be delayed until 6/28 The launch...

WOW! Israel Will Require Mandatory Quarantine For Everyone Arriving From Abroad, Tourists And Students Will Be Denied Entry Without Method Of Home Quarantine

Update: The Times of Israel is reporting that home quarantine rules for all Israelis returning from abroad are in effect immediately, but that non-Israelis...

No, Israel Hasn’t Enacted A Quarantine On US Arrivals…Yet.

Update, 3/9: A quarantine for all international arrivals has been announced. I've been getting endless messages from readers asking if airlines will be refunding their...

Air France, Alitalia, Austrian, Iberia, Lufthansa, And Swiss Suspend Flights To/From Israel

Update: Air France has now suspended Israel flights from March 10th through at least March 27th. Airlines are suspending flights to Israel in the wake...

[Updated With Connecting Flight Information] Israel Bans Entry To Visitors From 5 European Countries Over Coronavirus Fears, Will America Be Next?

Update: Israel has clarified that passengers connecting in Mainland China, Italy, or South Korea are subject to a 14 day home quarantine and/or denied...

Israel Bans Visitors From Italy; El Al Suspends All Flights To Italy And Thailand, Delays Their Japan Service Launch

Israel, home to the harshest coronavirus bans on the planet, is now turning away non-Israelis arriving on flights from Italy. Israelis who have visited...

Israel To Its Citizens: Don’t Travel Abroad; Returnees From Italy Will Be Subject To 2 Week Coronavirus Quarantine

Israel has taken some of the strongest measures in the world against the spread of Coronavirus within its borders. That has included banning non-Israelis who...

After Israel’s Hard-line Coronavirus Ban, Cathay Pacific Suspends Flights To Tel Aviv

Earlier this week, Israel announced some of the harshest coronavirus bans in the world. Non-Israelis who have visited China, Hong Kong, Macau, Singapore, or...

Ends Today: 15K Wyndham Points For $175; TRYP Jerusalem Or Hawaiian Timeshare Suite For Just $87.50/Night!

Update: Today is the final day to purchase leftover Daily Getaways. You can still purchase this deal and lock in 7.5K hotels for just...

Last Chance To Take Advantage Before El Al Devalues Matmid Yet Again

Update 2: If you have Matmid points, you'll want to use them before they are devalued at 5pm on Sunday, 3/31. If you have...

Swiss Will Fly You To Tel Aviv, But Remains “Neutral” By Replacing Tel Aviv With Esh Sheikh Muwannis On Their Inflight Map

Swiss flies 2 widebodies every day between Zurich and Tel Aviv and is one of the few airlines with lie-flat business class seats between...

The Newest Starwood Hotel In Israel Is Now Bookable With Points! Roundup Of SPG/Marriott Hotels In Israel

The W Tel Aviv-Jaffa was originally supposed to open in the fall of 2015. That date has slipped many times as Starwood’s website has...

On Kashrus In Israel And Today’s Interesting Waldorf Astoria Jerusalem Email Ad Campaign

I love Israel and have flown there some 5 times over the past decade, but some things always make it a pain. Renting a...

My Advice Of Activities To Do On A First Trip To Israel, What Is Your Perfect Israel Itinerary?

I've been privileged to travel to Israel 5 times so far. The first time was as a lap child. My father, (who turns 60 today,...

All About Getting To Israel Using Starwood Starpoints: 2018 Ultimate Guide

“All about” posts take an in-depth look into various topics. See all of them here. Have a topic you want to read more about? Sound off in...

Air India Now Selling The First Ever Commercial Flights To Israel Via Saudi Arabian Airspace

Air India is now selling tickets nonstop between Tel Aviv and Delhi. For the first time in Israel's history, Saudi Arabia is permitting a...

Three Days Left To Lock In SPG Category 5 Point Stays In Israel!

On Tuesday, March 6, the Sheraton Tel Aviv and the Elma Arts hotel in Zichron Yaakov, Israel, will both climb from category 5 to a category 6 as...

Jerusalem’s Newest Luxury Points Hotel Will Be An Intercontinental; Roundup Of Point Hotels In Israel

Last October I wrote about the new hotel being developed near the old Sheraton Plaza hotel in Jerusalem. At the time it was still...

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