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Re: KSML (Kosher Airline Meals) Master Thread UA TLV-SFO
Class: Y!

GS Manager and Hamasbia Mashgiach came to my seat to call me to the J Galley.
"Hi is it your Birthday" (someone must have told them, Wife claims no responsibility)
"We have these 2 platters of fruit and cakes for you to enjoy, feel free to let us know when you want them"
No Kosher tape or anything, guess that's why the Mashgiach came on board?

December 20, 2017, 07:04:40 AM
Re: Year In Review: 2018 Edition

Total:   129,006 mi
Average:   2,150 m

December 27, 2018, 06:51:24 AM
Re: Year In Review: 2018 Edition
All this year?

Yes, all in 2018
Airlines: UA, ET, TK, LH, LX, LY, AW, JE, FA, BA, A3, AI

December 28, 2018, 01:28:56 AM
Re: Year In Review: 2018 Edition
Trip reports X25 PLEASE!
Most of the important information I've commented in other threads, eg. South Africa, Barcelona lounge KSML, EWR Art lounge KSML, Schmoozy in TLV
LAS: Conferences and meetings (do you want to hear about the packed kosher lunch) Ace of Steaks is great
Other US locations: Do we need a report  ;D
South Africa - nothing that isn't covered in that thread, or I haven't updated in the wiki
Moscow, London, Berlin, Athens, Zurich, Frankfurt, Istanbul, Delhi - I think others have covered
Lagos and Accra - true, been a few times, needs a report
Bogota - ok, will try work on a report
KTM - yip, will try report, didn't go as a backpacker and advice for business is certainly different
TLV: Is a new report required?

December 28, 2018, 01:35:42 AM
Re: KSML (Kosher Airline Meals) Master Thread NRT depends on the ground handling company
ANA HND-SYD J served food food from Ungers in MEL
Qantas-HND SYD served me a Stogels Long Life box (not the frozen that I got on TK from SIN) which even the crew were shocked at the contents

July 23, 2019, 10:21:49 AM
Re: KSML (Kosher Airline Meals) Master Thread
NRT depends on the ground handling company
ANA HND-SYD J served food food from Ungers in MEL
Qantas-HND SYD served me a Stogels Long Life box (not the frozen that I got on TK from SIN) which even the crew were shocked at the contents
Qantas was just 3 weeks ago
ANA was in April

July 23, 2019, 11:02:00 AM
Re: DDF DO: NYC Edition?
Great DO, what a turnout!!!
Nice to ne in NYC and meet some of you.
FA on UA90 didn't understand why I declined the KSML in C "there isn't Kosher food in the lounge, you must be starving"
Dino rib was the best pre flight meal ever!

August 30, 2019, 09:30:49 AM
Re: The funny/strange/interesting/random pictures thread Oy Africa
January 02, 2020, 03:19:24 AM
Re: South Africa Master Thread
Car rental/car hire from Cape Town/CPT: has anyone been able to waive CDW and/or make use of primary car rental insurance benefit on a Chase card – or secondary car rental insurance on AmEx?

- Budget website for CPT airport says CDW is mandatory and can't be waived.

- AVIS website for CPT airport says CDW is optional.

- Any other suggestions? Worth it to just splurge on car rental company's insurance?
Rented from Avis, Hertz and Europcar in 2019 - got CDW waived with Chase from all 3 but they did put a "hold" on my card at Europcar.
However it depends how you book the rental. If you booked with CDW included at time of booking you'll have a hard time revising the rental.

January 03, 2020, 05:59:26 AM
Re: South Africa Master Thread
Worth going or overrated?
Been a few times and still think basically all the same chicken with a different sauce.
Thank you @cdlaz ! For AVIS, did you book at the counter, or online? (I have a reservation online in advance of upcoming travel - not prepaid, no option to waive CDW online, but booked through AVIS Preferred and next to CDW reservation says "FREE.")
Online but from the US site.

January 05, 2020, 12:24:25 AM
Re: Israel (Not) Reopening To Foreigners,2297,L-5775222_184,00.html

   פרופסור גמזו אישר מתווה כניסה לארץ ל-17 אלף סטודנטים ותלמידי ישיבות

פרויקטור הקורונה, פרופסור רוני גמזו, אישר את כניסתם לארץ של 17,000 סטודנטים ותלמידי ישיבות שיגיעו לתקופת לימודים ממושכת. ההגעה תתאפשר רק ללומדים במוסדות שאושרו על ידי משרד הבריאות. הנכנסים, בהם לא רק סטודנטים ותלמידי ישיבות, אלא גם משתתפי תוכניות מסע ונע"לה, יידרשו בבידוד לאורך שבועיים בעת הגעתם. כניסתם תתפרס על פני השבועות הקרובים והפעימות יתואמו עם משרד הבריאות ורשות ההגירה והאוכלוסין.

(אדיר ינקו)

Seems like good news for those that need it

August 03, 2020, 03:58:17 AM
Re: Israel And The UAE Are Heading Towards Peace Seems like there will be more hotels in Abu Dhabi than in most other cities according to the attached notice

September 09, 2020, 02:30:49 PM
Re: Ex-TLV Routes and Flights Discussions
FLYDUBAI to start B/W DXB TLV flights from Nov. 26
KSML not yet offered

November 04, 2020, 03:31:43 AM
Re: Ex-TLV Routes and Flights Discussions LY flight to Morocco on Tuesday will be 555 - Hamsa Hamsa Hamsa (for those that get the hint)
December 20, 2020, 12:40:31 PM
LY - TLV-JFK direct $566 April-Oct 2021 eg. 8-22 Aug
Seen on skyscanner

January 13, 2021, 02:41:41 PM
ERROR FARE Cancun-TLV April $69-73 TAP 2/3/4 April only

January 17, 2021, 02:15:52 PM


First flight will operate eastbound from New York on May 6, tickets will be on sale Jan. 25
Route will offer enhanced connectivity from the North East as part of American and JetBlue’s strategic alliance

FORT WORTH, Texas — Beginning May 6, American Airlines will launch new daily year-round service from; Tel Aviv; Israel (TLV) to New York (JFK); on a Boeing 777-200. Flights will be available for purchase beginning Jan. 25.


Onboard customers can choose to travel in Flagship Business, Premium Economy or Main Cabin. WIFI and inflight entertainment are available throughout the aircraft. Customers can also pre-order kosher meal service in flight in every cabin. Kosher wine will also be available in all classes of service.


American’s return to TLV marks a significant milestone as part of the new strategic alliance between JetBlue (NASDAQ: JBLU) and American Airlines Group Inc. (NASDAQ: AAL). The partnership offers customers enhanced connectivity and access to the biggest network in the Northeast. This alliance will be integral for both carriers as they rebuild operations in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic.


“It is a great privilege for American Airlines to return to Tel Aviv,” said Tom Lattig, Vice President EMEA Sales and Distribution, American Airlines. “The safety and comfort of our customers and team is always our top priority, and we look forward to serving our customers on this important business, leisure and cultural route.”


American also intends to launch new service from TLV to its largest hub, Dallas-Fort Worth (DFW) later this year, which will provide several connections throughout the U.S. There will be additional details on DFW service at a later date.


For more information about American or to make a booking please click here. Our Hebrew-speaking reservations team are also on hand to assist, please call: 03-7219-497, or for more details about our worldwide reservations team please click here.

January 21, 2021, 11:14:00 AM
Re: iPhone Master Thread - Buy & Sell Selling 3 X iPhone 11 64GB unlocked
Selling price 2200 ILS each
Location Israel: Pickup in Ariel or Efrat

February 22, 2021, 02:43:45 AM
Re: Israel Reopening Ben Gurion, Still Closed To Most Foreigners
1. For this with teudat machlim or teudat chisun, no ishur is required
2. I don't think you need a test to leave
HOWEVER your destination country may require a test, some need it 72 hours before departure והמחמירים before arrival.
There is also talk of mandatory rapid testing before all departing flights

March 04, 2021, 09:54:20 AM
Re: Israel Reopening Ben Gurion, Still Closed To Most Foreigners

Gosh - jumped over into the office?!

March 04, 2021, 09:54:47 AM
Re: Israel Reopening Ben Gurion, Still Closed To Most Foreigners
Please post any data points you here of people showing up at the airport with no approvals

I flew EWR-TLV on Thursday
PCR test done in NYC, was checked at UA checkin, unable to upload it or check in via the app. Needed an agent to verify it at the counter.  That was all.
Usual, Clear, TSA-PRE, took a few mins, very empty.
No Polaris lounge yet. The agent stamped my boarding pass to get "free drinks, as many as you want at the bar"
Now for the fun....
Boarding was at gate C123 however, first there was a line, took me 38 minutes, of documents checks at gate C121.
There, all they wanted to see was my Israeli Passport and the "Entry form" Note, not the email wording, rather, the PDF which is a printout of all the fields entered in the form.

THERE WERE 2 denied boarding: 1) Expired Israeli passport - he was shouting "so what, I'm an Israeli citizen, they'll deal with me in Israel, don't worry about it United" 2) Didn't have the entry form.

Arrival in Israel, passports control via the automated machines, luggage claim, seemed like everyone had bags scanned by customs. PCR test, note: save time and get an "appointment before" via: with code "free1" (there were also staff walking around in the luggage claim area telling people to register for a test) and get a QR code.  PCR test took a few mins.

Total 43 mins from landing to leaving the airport with a cab

March 14, 2021, 05:46:20 AM
Re: Israel Reopening Ben Gurion, Still Closed To Most Foreigners
Thanks for the great info!
Where is the arrivals PCR done?  Do you have to go all the way to Tamar gate like with the departures test?  And how strict are they about the appointment time (i.e. if the flight is delayed, do I have to make a new appt.)?

Were there additional document checks in Israel (PCR results, etc.)?
PCR tests were done in the "tent" next to zone G of arrivals. ie, exit customs and turn left (can't go right, it's boarded up)
Not strict, I entered my scheduled arrival time.  I think for now (may change in the future) it's to save time entering your details at one of the desks/booths.  I had a QR code already in my phone and was directed to the very short line to get stickers printed for the test.

No documents at all, no Vaccination certificate or entry form.  Maybe it's all connected via the passport and ID number. If so, well done to the Israeli government offices on streamlining.

March 14, 2021, 08:48:41 AM
Re: Israel Reopening Ben Gurion, Still Closed To Most Foreigners
That was quick - 15 minutes and the English translations are on the meuchedet App

My DP, used the local Macabi, made appointment via the app. When taking the test she asked why, I said for work (not a lie, travel was for work) and results in 10 hours. English test result in the app, no email or special translation. Only catch is to make sure they have your correct English name in file. If not, it needs to be updated in the כוכב system. UA check in at TLV accepted the מכבי pcr in English. Free, 10 min walk from home.

March 17, 2021, 06:11:27 PM
Re: Israel Reopening Ben Gurion, Still Closed To Most Foreigners
When landing in tlv do you have to pay to take a covid test?
No, you register on - enter personal information, make an appointment around the time of your flight arrival and print a QR code- all this saves waiting in line to register for a test
On the check out page you'll see "The discount code for arrivals to Israel is: free1"

April 07, 2021, 08:17:43 AM
Re: Ex-TLV Routes and Flights Discussions AA is fighting back - price war TLV-MIA
$518 TLV-MIA rt
$520 TLV-LAX rt (via JFK)
June-Sept dates

April 08, 2021, 01:42:27 PM