United resumed flying 3 weekly nonstop flights between Washington DC and Tel Aviv in late October. That route appears to be underperforming expectations as United has closed sales on those flights after 12/6/20. Flights remain on sale between Washington DC and Tel Aviv starting on 3/5/21. United will continue flying nonstop from Chicago, Newark, and San Francisco to Tel Aviv.
United flies 3 weekly seasonal flights between Newark and Cape Town from October through March. This year’s flights were supposed to have resumed in late October, but that launch date was pushed to December and then January.
South Africa has banned Americans from entering, though they are now lifting those restrictions with a negative COVID-19 test. However it seems like that was too little, too late to save the tourist season as United has closed sales on their Newark-Cape Town flights through the end of the season. These flights aren’t officially cancelled, but United has been cancelling these flights about 1-2 weeks after closing sales.
I booked United Polaris saver awards to Cape Town back in January, but sadly it seems like that won’t happen this season. Hopefully this route will return for the winter 2021-2022 season!
United still plans to launch daily year-round Newark-Johannesburg nonstop service starting on 3/27.
Were you booked on any of these flights?