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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:
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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.

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Re: Need help finding a ticket? Post here! Award ticket edition (Master thread)
« Reply #8340 on: October 09, 2017, 10:35:39 AM »
r/t
delta-i know there insane
spg-the 50k whats the best to tranfer into, i would go outbound with stopover if i can get a good deal.

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Re: Need help finding a ticket? Post here! Award ticket edition (Master thread)
« Reply #8341 on: October 09, 2017, 11:18:29 AM »
r/t
delta-i know there insane
spg-the 50k whats the best to tranfer into, i would go outbound with stopover if i can get a good deal.
Coach or business?

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Re: Need help finding a ticket? Post here! Award ticket edition (Master thread)
« Reply #8342 on: October 09, 2017, 11:43:33 AM »
Coach or business?

would try business if a good deal and timing make sense

i was able to find one way AA-mad-tlv for 70k

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« Reply #8343 on: October 09, 2017, 11:44:55 AM »
would try business if a good deal and timing make sense

i was able to find one way AA-mad-tlv for 70k
That's a decent use of AA miles

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Re: Need help finding a ticket? Post here! Award ticket edition (Master thread)
« Reply #8344 on: October 09, 2017, 12:10:08 PM »
That's a decent use of AA miles

40k for aa coach

what program may be good to check out using my 50k spg points?

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« Reply #8345 on: October 09, 2017, 12:13:23 PM »
40k for aa coach

what program may be good to check out using my 50k spg points?
No good use

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Re: Need help finding a ticket? Post here! Award ticket edition (Master thread)
« Reply #8346 on: October 09, 2017, 12:19:06 PM »
not worth tarnsfering amex into elal>?

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Re: Need help finding a ticket? Post here! Award ticket edition (Master thread)
« Reply #8347 on: October 09, 2017, 01:20:11 PM »
is RJ a good / safe choice jfk-tlv business>70k?

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Re: Need help finding a ticket? Post here! Award ticket edition (Master thread)
« Reply #8348 on: October 09, 2017, 01:29:51 PM »
is RJ a good / safe choice jfk-tlv business>70k?
It is OK, I few RJ to TLV  a couple of times, decent biz class, pretty safe, no issues.
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Re: Need help finding a ticket? Post here! Award ticket edition (Master thread)
« Reply #8349 on: October 09, 2017, 01:32:11 PM »
It is OK, I few RJ to TLV  a couple of times, decent biz class, pretty safe, no issues.

70k one way, good value?
i like the $12 in fees

kosher option on plain?

business seems up to date

do they have a lounge? i have pass card , it will be a 3 hr or so layover.

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« Reply #8350 on: October 09, 2017, 09:58:38 PM »
70k one way, good value?
i like the $12 in fees

kosher option on plain?

business seems up to date

do they have a lounge? i have pass card , it will be a 3 hr or so layover.
Yes, 70k is good.
Biz class is decent.
2 priority pass lounges, here is the link   https://www.prioritypass.com/en/Lounges/Middle-East/Jordan/Amman/Amman-Queen-Alia-International
yes they offer kosher meals, make sure to preorder to be safe, here is the list of meals they offer
Special Meals offered on board long haul flights:

Bland Meal
Diabetic Meal
Gluten Free Meal
High Fiber Meal
Low Calorie Meal
Low Cholesterol , Low Fat
Low Protein Meal
Low Sodium No Salt
Non Lactose Meal
Western Vegetarian Meal
Indian Vegetarian Meal
Seafood Meal
Kosher Meal
Hindu Meal
Moslem Meal
Children Meal
Baby Meal
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Re: Need help finding a ticket? Post here! Award ticket edition (Master thread)
« Reply #8351 on: October 10, 2017, 08:39:12 PM »
I am trying to book a business class ticket with my grandfathered 50% back amex business plat card, but I am getting a few different answers from the agents and I wonder if anyone here knows the answer. I am trying to go jfk-tlv in march in business class.  if I book now and when it gets closer to the time of departure I am unable to go, do the points go back into my account?? thanx in advance!

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Re: Need help finding a ticket? Post here! Award ticket edition (Master thread)
« Reply #8352 on: October 10, 2017, 08:52:56 PM »
I am trying to book a business class ticket with my grandfathered 50% back amex business plat card, but I am getting a few different answers from the agents and I wonder if anyone here knows the answer. I am trying to go jfk-tlv in march in business class.  if I book now and when it gets closer to the time of departure I am unable to go, do the points go back into my account?? thanx in advance!
first of all why are you dealing with an agent when you are booking with points? Second of all when you book with BP it is as if you re redeeming for cash so after 30 days you will get the 50 percent back. If you have to cance your ticket you deal with the airline. So they will charge a fee and then give you the rest as travel bank. You will not get your original points back.

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Re: Need help finding a ticket? Post here! Award ticket edition (Master thread)
« Reply #8353 on: October 16, 2017, 01:04:32 AM »
One way/Round trip: One way
Non-stop/Maximum stops/Any: 1 stop
From: BKK
To: JFK
Departure: 11/24/17
Return dates: N/A
Class: J or F
Seats: 2
Alliance/Airline: Any safe comfortable and reliable airline.

I have SPG, AS, AA, BA, DELTA.   Willing to go 110K per ticket.  I have 1 CX F booked but since the date is not flexible I am trying to find a backup plan.  I could transfer 90K SPG and get 160K UA (after combining with my UA account which has 35K) and then flying through TG and CA but I am not a big fan of CA and hate to fly redeye.   Any other suggestions?  I did not see many openings on EK openings recently with AS booking, unfortunately.

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Re: Need help finding a ticket? Post here! Award ticket edition (Master thread)
« Reply #8354 on: October 16, 2017, 01:26:12 AM »
One way/Round trip: One way
Non-stop/Maximum stops/Any: 1 stop
From: BKK
To: JFK
Departure: 11/24/17
Return dates: N/A
Class: J or F
Seats: 2
Alliance/Airline: Any safe comfortable and reliable airline.

I have SPG, AS, AA, BA, DELTA.   Willing to go 110K per ticket.  I have 1 CX F booked but since the date is not flexible I am trying to find a backup plan.  I could transfer 90K SPG and get 160K UA (after combining with my UA account which has 35K) and then flying through TG and CA but I am not a big fan of CA and hate to fly redeye.   Any other suggestions?  I did not see many openings on EK openings recently with AS booking, unfortunately.
As on cx?