Air France Flying Blue Award Search (Login required to search for award flights)
Flying Blue is the joint program of SkyTeam member Air France and KLM. They consider Tel Aviv to be part of Europe which can make for some decent deals.
-You can transfer AMEX, Chase, or Citi points to Flying Blue at a 1K:1K ratio or Starpoints to Flying Blue at a 20K:25K ratio.
You can view credit card offers by hovering over the “Credit Cards” tab. You can then click on “Credit Cards From All Banks“ to find card offers via the logo of the bank you’re looking for.
-Flying Blue charges fuel surcharges on their own flights but not on Delta flights. However availability is significantly better on their own flights than on Delta flights. When there is Delta availability though it’s significantly cheaper to book the Delta flights with Flying Blue miles than with Delta Skypesos.
-They normally charge 25K miles each way in coach and 62.5K miles each way in business class to Israel but they run rotating monthly promo awards throughout the year that are valid for select cities.
-Promo awards are only valid on Air France or KLM.
-Promo awards are nonrefundable and non-changeable.
-Promo awards require Air France/KLM Flying Blue miles. You can’t use Delta miles for these awards and you can’t transfer Delta miles to Flying Blue.
-With the current offer you can fly in October or November between JFK and Israel, Europe, or Russia for 18,750 miles each way in coach.
However the current offer only allows flights from JFK to Paris/ORY. Flights can connect from any airport in Paris to Israel, Europe, or Russia.
Unfortunately, there are only flights from Paris/CDG to Tel Aviv. If you’re just trying to get to Israel that will be a pain in the neck as you’ll have to transfer from ORY to CDG, but you can opt for a flight with a long layover that will give you plenty of time to enjoy the sights, sounds, and food in the city of lights during your connection:
JFK to Tel Aviv 18,750 miles valid dates:
November 9, 12, 13, 14, 16, 19, 22, 23, 25, 27, 28, 29, 30
Tel Aviv to JFK 18,750 miles valid dates:
November 4, 7, 11, 23, 28, 29, 30