20,000 Starwood Starpoints transfer into 25,000 Flying Blue (Air France and KLM’s joint loyalty program) miles.
That is all you will need to have to get to Israel or any other “European” destination in March or April!
In that article he pointed ways of getting to Israel for 40,000 Starpoints or less (Via transferring Starpoints to JAL, British Airways, LAN, or Flying Blue)
Now S.B.S. points out (via fellow Clevelander “Beaubo”) that the Flying Blue program has special reduced mileage awards released every 2 months called “Web@wards.” These awards are 50% off the regular rate.
For March/April there is a Web@ward to/from Chicago or Toronto and Europe Zones 1, 2, or 3.
This is how Flying Blue defines Europe:
Europe 1: Belgium, France, Germany, Great Britain, Ireland, Netherlands, and Switzerland
Europe 2: Austria, Denmark, Finland, Italy, Malta, Norway, Portugal, Spain, and Sweden
Europe 3: Albania, Algeria, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Estonia, Greece, Hungary, Israel, Libya, Latvia, Lithuania, Morocco, Poland, Czech Republic, Romania, Western Russia, Slovakia, Slovenia, Turkey, Tunisia, Ukraine, and Yugoslavia
The cost for the round-trip ticket is just 25,000 Flying Blue miles!!!
That’s right, open 2 free Starwood AMEX credit cards and you’ve got a mileage ticket to Israel!
As Flying Blue considers Israel to be part of Europe (zone 3), it qualifies as a valid origin or destination.
Even better, unlike with most carriers, you can book one way award tickets with Flying Blue, so if you want to go one-way it will be just 12,500 Flying Blue miles!
The Web@wards to/from Chicago and Toronto can only be flown with KLM via Amsterdam. Web@wards are not valid on Skyteam partners such as Continental or Delta (although nonstop travel to Israel on those carriers is allowed on the regular 40,000 Starpoints/50,000 Flying Blue miles award to Europe zone 3.)
There is also a March/April Web@ward for Los Angeles to/from London nonstop on Air France for just 12,500 miles OW/25,000 miles RT.
Taxes and fuel surcharges, which can be hefty on international carriers, are extra.
Unfortunately, you cannot search online for mileage availability on Flying Blue unless you have the required miles in your account.
The best bet for checking availability will be by calling Flying Blue at 1-800-375-8723
Coming soon: How you can check for mileage ticket availability on dozens of airlines.