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FAQs: (if you are looking to purchase a ticket, please post here)

Q: How many miles will my USA-TLV ticket cost?
Q: How can I use my credit card points to book a USA-TLV ticket?

A: Please read Dan's very helpful and informative guides found here and here

Great tool to see mileage cost for a route http://www.economicalexcursionists.com/travelTools/
Q: Do I have to pay a lot of money when using miles for a ticket?

A: Sometimes. For more information read this

Q: How do I find award availability?
A: For Star Alliance (United, AirCanada, Lufthansa, Swiss, and others) see this guide

For OneWorld (AmericanAirlines, BritishAirways, Iberia, Malev, and more) You can use BA's award search engine (you need to have a free BA account to access the engine). In addition you can use Qantas' engine (free account needed as well), which will (to an extent) search Elal. As of this posting, the Elal business flights that show up are coach, and vice verse.

For Delta and AirFrance, use their respective sites. While not perfect, they are quite manageable for the casual searcher.

And of course, many of us here will take time out to help someone who is trying to learn.

Q: All this searching is making me crazy. Is there an easier way?
A: Yes, but it might cost you. Check out AwardNexus.com, KVStool.com, and expertflyer.com.

Q: I see AirCanada availability, but when I call AirCanada they say I can't use my United miles with them. Aren't they partners?
A: You can only use miles with the airline that issued them. Through that airline (in our case Continental) they can issue a ticket on a partner (ie AirCanada). Trying to call AirCanada with United miles, is like trying to use shekels in Mexico.

Q: I can't find availability on my dates. What should I do?
A: You should try to be as flexible as possible. Can you add a stop or 2? Can you be more flexible with your dates? The airports?
If all else fails keep trying. Availability is constantly opening up.

Q: Can someone please help me find a ticket?
A: No! Find it yourself.  ;D ;D Just kidding. Please copy the following lines, and fill it out in your post.

One way/Round trip:
Non-stop/Maximum stops/Any:
From: All airports from which you can depart
To: All airports which you can arrive at. For multiple destinations, just keep adding this line
Departure dates: All possible dates that you can depart on. Please be as specific as possible.
Return airports:If different from 'To' line. Delete this line for One way tickets
Return dates: Delete this line for One way tickets
Class: First/Business/Coach/Any
Seats: Total number of people traveling over the age of 2
Alliance/Airline: What airline or alliance are you looking to fly with

IF you have any airline status or credit cards (Ie, United CC or status) that gives extended seat availability, please add that. Would be helpful to find you correct availability.

Please add any other information you feel might be useful.

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We just decided that we want to go to my shvuger for Shavuos in Yerushalayim and I need a flight, preferably from Lakewood for a family of 9 in First Class, must be direct and and with a good hashagacha (we only eat Badatz). We have 24,000 BA Miles, 2,345 CO Miles, Shoprite Rewards, HUD & WIC. My shver has some AA miles but he probably won't wanna give them to us. I am sure that Dan can find us some good options cause otherwise what is the point of his website. no?

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We just decided that we want to go to my shvuger for Shavuos in Yerushalayim and I need a flight, preferably from Lakewood for a family of 9 in First Class, must be direct and and with a good hashagacha (we only eat Badatz). We have 24,000 BA Miles, 2,345 CO Miles, Shoprite Rewards, HUD & WIC. My shver has some AA miles but he probably won't wanna give them to us. I am sure that Dan can find us some good options cause otherwise what is the point of his website. no?
How many crunch & munch rewards do you have?
Save your time, I don't answer PM. Post it in the forum and a dedicated DDF'er will get back to you as soon as possible.

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How many crunch & munch rewards do you have?

You are confusing Lakewood and Williamsburg

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We just decided that we want to go to my shvuger for Shavuos in Yerushalayim and I need a flight, preferably from Lakewood for a family of 9 in First Class, must be direct and and with a good hashagacha (we only eat Badatz). We have 24,000 BA Miles, 2,345 CO Miles, Shoprite Rewards, HUD & WIC. My shver has some AA miles but he probably won't wanna give them to us. I am sure that Dan can find us some good options cause otherwise what is the point of his website. no?
   you forgot to factor in my yesh coupons and vouchers for the kolel supermarket,very valuable!!!!

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One way/Round trip: round
Non-stop/Maximum stops/Any: any
From: nyc area
To: tlv
Departure dates: june 26
Return airports: nyc area
Return dates: about aug 15th will prob change later
Class: business
Seats: 1
Alliance/Airline: star alliance im using continental/united miles

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One way/Round trip: Round Trip
Non-stop/Maximum stops/Any: two
From: All airports from which you can depart: ord
To: All airports which you can arrive at. For multiple destinations, just keep adding this line: tlv
Departure dates: All possible dates that you can depart on. Please be as specific as possible. september 18
Return dates: Delete this line for One way tickets: september 21 at night, or the 22nd
Class: First/Business/Coach/Any: business
Total number of people traveling over the age of 2: 1
Alliance/Airline: What airline or alliance are you looking to fly with: star alliance

thanks!!!
« Last Edit: June 06, 2011, 08:22:14 PM by goodenglewood »

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One way/Round trip: Round Trip
Non-stop/Maximum stops/Any: two
From: All airports from which you can depart: ord
To: All airports which you can arrive at. For multiple destinations, just keep adding this line: tlv
Departure dates: All possible dates that you can depart on. Please be as specific as possible. september 18
Return dates: Delete this line for One way tickets: september 21 at night, or the 22nd
Class: First/Business/Coach/Any: business
Total number of people traveling over the age of 2: 1
Alliance/Airline: What airline or alliance are you looking to fly with: star alliance

thanks!!!
For the Departure, there is availability through ATL, so ORD-ATL-FRA-TLV. stop in FRA for only 1:10, the stop in ATL would be either 4:20, or....11 minutes. If you did a basic search, you probably found the LOT flight, but I sure don't blame you for not wanting to fly LOT.

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could someone help with a award ticket
« Reply #22 on: June 07, 2011, 11:54:10 AM »
i need a ticket from nyc to tlv on the 21 or 22nd of june, using continental mileage..... i cant seem to find find a flight with less than 2 stops....

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i need a ticket from nyc to tlv on the 21 or 22nd of june, using continental mileage..... i cant seem to find find a flight with less than 2 stops....
Biz, Coach?

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In business on Swiss:

New York Kennedy (JFK)
to Zurich (ZRH)
 Dep. 17:50
Arr. 08:05
stop(s) 0
Tue. Jun 21, 2011
Wed. Jun 22, 2011
Duration: 8h 15 min
Aircraft: 333
Meal: Complimentary meal
LX17 Business

Change plane in Zurich
Time To Connect: 14h 40 min.

Zurich (ZRH)
to Tel Aviv (TLV)
Dep. 22:45
Arr. 03:30
stop(s) 0
Wed. Jun 22, 2011
Thu. Jun 23, 2011
Duration: 3h 45 min
Aircraft: 332
Meal: Complimentary meal
LX256 Business

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I needed economy, but i found it, so thanks anyways

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I like the idea of this thread.

I do think there should be a few rules/additions:
1. Absolutely no making $$$ off of people's help!! If someone is paying you/giving you something to help them find an award ticket/regular ticket, you shouldn't be asking for free help. If you don't know what you are doing, don't take their $$$/ gifts.

2. Please do something, anything. Tell us what you found, why you don't like it etc.

3. The least someone can do is actually spell out what they need. There are very nice people on here who are willing to help, and the least you can do is tell us how many people and economy etc.
In addition, I've helped numerous people, and once I tell them that the date they want with no stopovers isn't available, all of a sudden they are flexible. Please don't do that. We aren't idiots. We will try and find what you ask for, but please tell us what is flexible and what isn't. Yes, we know that you have to be there for the wedding, but asking for 4 tickets without a stopover is a little nuts. SPELL IT OUT.

4. If you are asking for a friend, maybe encourage them to join the forums...

5. If you find it yourself, post it AS SOON AS YOU DO. Why should I be searching and trying to help you pointlessly, because you are too lazy to update everyone?


Agree/disagree?
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One way/Round trip: round
Non-stop/Maximum stops/Any: any
From: nyc area
To: tlv
Departure dates: june 26 (if nothing what is closest either earlier or later but really want the 26th)
Return airports: nyc area
Return dates: about aug 15th will prob change later
Class: business
Seats: 1
Alliance/Airline: star alliance im using continental/united miles

i couldnt find anything. any help? thanks

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ANYONE THAT CAN HELP ME FIND THE FOLLOWING, I WOULD BE INDEBTED. TIA

One way/Round trip: ROUNDTRIP
Non-stop/Maximum stops/Any: NON-STOP
From: ORD
To: MIA,FLL OR PBI
Departure dates: JUNE 27
Return airports: ORD
Return dates: JUNE 30
Class: CHEAPEST
Seats: 2
Alliance/Airline:UNITED/CONTINENTAL MILES/ *A

TIA!!
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Did you check United.com? They are the only *A airline that will fly nonstop, so if you didn't check united.com, you should, and if you did, you're outta luck.
« Last Edit: June 10, 2011, 11:01:46 AM by YOSEF »