For years, one of the least expensive way to get to Israel with miles has been with Air France/KLM Flying Blue Promo Awards. Those awards have been valid from rotating cities for travel to Europe or Israel from just 12.5K miles in economy.
Some things got better, such as lower potential business class award rates for JFK to/from Tel Aviv:
Unfortunately availability at that level is more sparse than before. Making matters worse, Air France has removed their flexible award calendar so you need to search every individual day to find the lowest rates. Talk about being costumer unfriendly!
Saver awards to Tel Aviv do exist though, which is more than their partner Delta can say, though they are still coupled with fuel surcharges as before:
Air France said that Promo awards would remain and technically that is true. There are new promo awards from Chicago and San Francisco to Paris.
In the past that would have been valid to and from anywhere in Europe or Israel. Unfortunately that is no longer the case. For example Chicago to/from Paris is available for travel in August and September for just 11,000 miles each way, but it’s not valid to any other cities. Chicago to Tel Aviv is the same as the regular non-promo rate.
Another one bites the dust…