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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?
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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.

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THANKS!

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aeroplan didn't show up anything
ANA probably would be better for an itin with a long stopover

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thanks will try!

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need skyteam/delta rewards help
i have a reservation on hold

From: tlv
To:nyc
Departure dates:Aug. 05 - midnight
Return dates: Aug. 28 - evening
Class: Economy
Seats: 2
Alliance/Airline:skyteam- delta

for 145k
i cant seem to fig. out how to search delta to have my return nyc-tlv go via europe, i.e. stop in LHR/ATH/PRG for a day or 2?
which would make my return
From: nyc
To:LHR/ATH/PRG
Departure dates:Aug. 28

from :LHR/ATH/PRG
to:tlv
Departure dates: aug. 30
Class: Economy
Seats: 2
Alliance/Airline:skyteam- delta

hope im clear
TIA

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need skyteam/delta rewards help
i have a reservation on hold

From: tlv
To:nyc
Departure dates:Aug. 05 - midnight
Return dates: Aug. 28 - evening
Class: Economy
Seats: 2
Alliance/Airline:skyteam- delta

for 145k
i cant seem to fig. out how to search delta to have my return nyc-tlv go via europe, i.e. stop in LHR/ATH/PRG for a day or 2?
which would make my return
From: nyc
To:LHR/ATH/PRG
Departure dates:Aug. 28

from :LHR/ATH/PRG
to:tlv
Departure dates: aug. 30
Class: Economy
Seats: 2
Alliance/Airline:skyteam- delta

hope im clear
TIA

Did you try using the multi-city tab?

How did you put it on hold without the return?

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First off, I'd like to thank you for not abusing this thread, and first checking yourself, and also presenting your issue in a clear and concise way.

Of the three cities you mentioned, PRG is the only one with a direct flight to TLV.
However, Delta's search engine doesn't show OK (czech) availability. They usually have something within a day or two of what you need, and you sounded flexible....
The DL direct JFK-PRG is a red-eye, and so is the OK PRG-TLV, so maybe keep that in mind when booking.

My advice, would be to sign-up for an expertflyer account and use that to check the OK availability, and then call DL to book it. When you call, they probably will just use the search engine, and you need to tell them its not on there etc, and if they still say no, either hang up call again, or ask for a manager.

One last thing is, that because its using OK seats, even if they say they can hold it longer, you will lose the hold overnight (maybe midnight eastern?).

Good luck!
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First off, I'd like to thank you for not abusing this thread, and first checking yourself, and also presenting your issue in a clear and concise way.

Of the three cities you mentioned, PRG is the only one with a direct flight to TLV.
However, Delta's search engine doesn't show OK (czech) availability. They usually have something within a day or two of what you need, and you sounded flexible....
The DL direct JFK-PRG is a red-eye, and so is the OK PRG-TLV, so maybe keep that in mind when booking.

My advice, would be to sign-up for an expertflyer account and use that to check the OK availability, and then call DL to book it. When you call, they probably will just use the search engine, and you need to tell them its not on there etc, and if they still say no, either hang up call again, or ask for a manager.

One last thing is, that because its using OK seats, even if they say they can hold it longer, you will lose the hold overnight (maybe midnight eastern?).

Good luck!
thanks
signed up for EF
1) nothing on OK!
2) can i do the same for KL  via AMS? Does my flt from NYC have to be on delta?
 what would i tell delta when I call?
how would i extend my layover, (not take the 1st available connection, and wait a day or two in between?)
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Delta allows stopovers on an award ticket, so its about finding availability and then booking (online or on the phone).
The search engine should theoretically find KLM seats, so as aussie mentioned, try the multi-city tab, and see what happens. One thing to note is that a MC won't show you how many miles it will cost, therefore...
You can also search on DL.com by one ways, but keep in mind that the mileage is based off RT, so don't freak out about the prices.
If you find availability into AMS, but not TLV, EF may show KLM (not sure, but think so) so call up etc, but they definitely don't show DL award availability.
Also, I believe there are 2 KLM flights from JFK, and one DL each from JFK and EWR (EWR will need to be a different search on DL.com).
You can fly any ST member, but there has to be low availability on the partners.
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Try AF via CDG.

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Thanks again!
Just to clarify if I find a flt on another skyteam airline, delta WOULD book it for me??

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Assuming its available at their low level.
(If its on EF- yes.)

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Did you try using the multi-city tab?

How did you put it on hold without the return?
Sorry didn't see ur post!
I booked a RT direct but I would prefer to stop in europe for a day or 2 on the return!
I'll try multi city whn I'm @ a computer! Thanx

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Thanks again!
Just to clarify if I find a flt on another skyteam airline, delta WOULD book it for me??
Correct.
Sun 8/28, JFK-PRG, DL210, 7:40pm-10:00am+1 day

Tues, 8/30, PRG-AMS, OK618, 5:15pm-6:50pm
Tues, 8/30, AMS-TLV, KL461, 9:05pm-2:25am

Also flights available to LHR if you want...

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From: NYC
To: TLV
Departure dates: OCtober  3 -6
Return dates: october 23-25
Class: business
Seats: 2
preferably STAR Alliance with 1 stop max

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As I got so many responses, I decided to try once again my luck:

YYZ-CDG on 6 or 7 September

CDG-YYZ 14, 15 or 16 September

1 seat, preferably First, otherwise Business class, max 1 stop.

Thanks