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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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Re: Need help finding a ticket? Post here! Award ticket edition (Master thread)
« Reply #8310 on: September 10, 2017, 03:59:23 PM »
One way/Round trip: Round Trip
Non-stop/Maximum stops/Any:Non-stop
From: NYC
To:MIA/FLL
Departure dates: November 10
Return airports:  NYC
Return dates:November 12
Class: Coach
Seats: 1
Alliance/Airline: Cheapest available

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Re: Need help finding a ticket? Post here! Award ticket edition (Master thread)
« Reply #8311 on: September 11, 2017, 07:05:01 AM »
How many JAL miles for a one way ticket NYC-DXB Emirates First Class? And would I be able to fit in a flight back to Istanbul?

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Re: Need help finding a ticket? Post here! Award ticket edition (Master thread)
« Reply #8312 on: September 13, 2017, 06:16:54 PM »
One way/Round trip: Round trip
Non-stop/Maximum stops/Any: Non-stop
From: ZRH
To: NYC (JFK preferred)
Departure dates: October 17, 2017
Return dates: October 22, 2017
Class: Any
Seats: 6
Alliance/Airline: Any
Need 6 seats but only have 110K MR.  Would like to get at least one seat if not more with miles.  Everything I have found so far has fees, YQ, etc that make using miles totally inefficient.  TIA

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Re: Need help finding a ticket? Post here! Award ticket edition (Master thread)
« Reply #8313 on: September 13, 2017, 08:07:56 PM »
One way/Round trip: Round trip
Non-stop/Maximum stops/Any: Non-stop
From: ZRH
To: NYC (JFK preferred)
Departure dates: October 17, 2017
Return dates: October 22, 2017
Class: Any
Seats: 6
Alliance/Airline: Any
Need 6 seats but only have 110K MR.  Would like to get at least one seat if not more with miles.  Everything I have found so far has fees, YQ, etc that make using miles totally inefficient.  TIA
Doesn't AA not have fuel surcharges even when using BA? And MR doesn't transfer to AS, right? Best option may be SQ with United flights. Two RT tickets.

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Re: Need help finding a ticket? Post here! Award ticket edition (Master thread)
« Reply #8314 on: September 14, 2017, 09:34:49 AM »
Doesn't AA not have fuel surcharges even when using BA? And MR doesn't transfer to AS, right? Best option may be SQ with United flights. Two RT tickets.
AC on LX doesnt have YQ and is a transfer partner of MR. You should be able to get 1 RT for 110k

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Re: Need help finding a ticket? Post here! Award ticket edition (Master thread)
« Reply #8315 on: September 17, 2017, 08:05:10 PM »
One way/Round trip:
Non-stop/Maximum stops/Any:
From: ord. Mia. Lga. Ewr. Atl. Phl. JFK.
To: tlv
Departure dates. Oct 16 or 17.
Return airports. Same as leaving
Return dates: Oct 29 or 30
Class: Any
Seats: 1
Alliance/Airline: any but Jordanian.

Have 150k chase ur points
50 k starwoods.

Trying to help a fsmily friend get there.
Any advice?

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Round trip:
Non-stop/Maximum stops/Any: 1 max
From: EWR, PHI (JFK if the savings are significant)
To: GRU
Departure dates: Oct 29, 30
Return airports:  PHI, GRU (Doesn't have to be same as departure.  Also, could be JFK or LGA if the savings are significant)
Return dates: Nov 5, 6
Class: Prefer business.  Economy if nec (premium econ?)
Seats: 2
Alliance/Airline: Air Canada