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

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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 in 2021, but we don’t know when exactly that will be. If I had to guess, I’d say it will be around September when they also plan to launch Dallas to Tel Aviv service.

Some readers asked what kind of plane American will use. Nobody outside of American knows the answer to that, but here are the likely options:

  • It could be the A330-200 that they used to fly from Philadelphia to Tel Aviv until the route was discontinued in January 2016.
  • It could be the 787-9 that they planned to use for Dallas to Tel Aviv this year before COVID-19 suspended the launch of that route.
  • It could be the 777-200 to get more seats on the route than the A330-200 or 787-9.
  • It could even be a dark horse, their flagship 777-300ER would make them the only player in the market offering a first class cabin, a unique competitive advantage. That’s a long-shot as their flagship plane isn’t likely to be put onto a brand new and unproven route, but it’s also a possibility for an eventual upgrade if the route is successful.
  • The smaller 787-8 seems very unlikely for this route and American’s 767 and A330-300 are casualties of the pandemic.

Another common reader question was how many miles will it cost to fly on the new route?

In general, US airlines are moving to dynamically priced awards based on pricing, but American does still have an award chart.

American’s award chart doesn’t have the Middle East as a region as they don’t fly anywhere in the Middle East. However their partner award chart does have the Middle East and American’s own chart typically mirrors the partner chart.

Below are my best educated guesses on what saver awards between JFK and Tel Aviv will cost using American miles or select partner airline miles. The first class rate will only apply if American flies the 77W on the route, which is a long-shot. We won’t have any idea about fuel surcharges until American starts selling seats on the route, but we know which airlines charge fuel surcharges for other transatlantic American flights, so I’ve included plus fuel surcharges in the chart below when applicable.

You can look at this deep dive post for transfer options to these partner airlines.

 JFK to Tel Aviv Economy One-wayJFK to Tel Aviv Premium Economy One-wayJFK to Tel Aviv Business One-wayJFK to Tel Aviv First One-way
American40K+$662.5K+$670K+$6115K+$6
Alaska40K+$18N/A, cabin not available for redemption 70K+$18115K+$18
British Airways31K+fuel surchargesN/A, cabin not available for redemption 92,750+fuel surcharges123,750+fuel surcharges
Cathay Pacific 40K+$6N/A, cabin not available for redemption 75K+$6120K+$6
Iberia32.5K each way+fuel surcharges.
Round-trip purchase required
N/A, cabin not available for redemption 75K each way+fuel surcharges.
Round-trip purchase required
112.5K each way+fuel surcharges.
Round-trip purchase required
JAL37K+$6 one-way
or
25K each way if booking round-trip travel
N/A, cabin not available for redemption 60K+$6 one-way
or
50K each way if booking round-trip travel
90K+$6
or
72.5K each way if booking round-trip travel
Qantas31.5K+fuel surcharges61.5K+fuel surcharges82K+fuel surcharges123.1K+fuel surcharges

Will you use your miles to fly on American to Israel?

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confu

AA was selling the dfw-TLV flight for 40k each way or 30k on Web specials. wouldn’t jfk be the same?

Good Vibes

The A330-200 is unlikely to be used for multiple reasons, specifically because AA put them all into long term storage until 2022.

Jack out of the Box

I certainly would try to use my old AA miles for TLV-JFK travel but frankly I don’t expect to see availability in coach on a regular basis.

Bennyc

What about Qantas?

rob

“their flagship 777-300ER would make them the only player in the market offering a first class cabin, a unique competitive advantage”

It’s only a unique competitive advantage if you have a uniquely competitive first class 🙂

Izz

Etihad miles can be a great option for American metal. Their chart is largely the old American chart.

Yankel

I booked AA first class jfk-lax using etihad points 25k one way
No fuel charges

yg

Press release said winter 2021- why do you assume september?

Meshulem

Dan what should I do?
On friday i booked a domestic a roundtrip w united from that deal u Posted abot. Today I tried moving up my return flight to an earlier flight on the same day i was originally scheduled for. I booked w UR. Untied is trying to charge me ‘difference in fair charge’ of $128 and says their doing me the favor of waiving trip change fee.
The Whole ticket costed $28
Any Ideas?

Dov

Assuming that you booked with an agency than you could void this ticket until Monday Midnight directly with the agency

KG

@dan will we be able to book this AA flight via Qantas points?

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