United Closes Sales On Some Israel And South Africa Flights

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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.

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What are the rules for visiting Israel now? Are antibody tests still sufficient?


You need a permit for entry which is hard to get and even with a permit, antibodies are not sufficient to be exempt from quarantine


There isn’t an ounce of me that believes that United will continue Washington IAD to TLV for years to come. I was confused from the beginning on how and why United would have thought that an airport that is considerably far from the predominantly Jewish areas of Silver Spring, Potomac, Rockville, Baltimore (and suburbs); a sucky flight-connecting traffic idea— as EWR already properly captures that audience, + soon to be Chicago. Look at airports stats through the years and decades; if an airport as a whole has subpar or stagnant growth (such as IAD), why would it succeed with an international niche’ 10+ hour flight market?