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Destination Guides And Trip Planning / Re: Orlando Master Thread
« on: April 16, 2021, 04:59:10 AM »
Anyone been recently (not over Pesach or during Yeshiva Week) and can update the wiki?
Have a conference there in a week

Up In The Air / Re: Ex-TLV Routes and Flights Discussions
« on: April 08, 2021, 02:30:45 PM »
What about business class?
TLV-MIA rt business 2500 I only searched a few dates in June

Up In The Air / Re: Ex-TLV Routes and Flights Discussions
« on: April 08, 2021, 02:09:45 PM »

Correction 2nd price is for TLV-LAX - updated above
Pricing seen on gotogate

AA price war June-Sept dates
TLV-MIA rt direct $518
TLV-LAX rt (via JFK) %20

Up In The Air / Re: Ex-TLV Routes and Flights Discussions
« on: April 08, 2021, 01:42:27 PM »
AA is fighting back - price war TLV-MIA
$518 TLV-MIA rt
$520 TLV-LAX rt (via JFK)
June-Sept dates

Is this also a problem jfk-tlv ?
Is there a lab in the NYC area that gives results with Hebrew on the report?
The issue was 2 fold - 1) didn't say negative, 2) the destination required a report with everything also in English

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"

PSA: Make sure that you get the correct wording of your PCR test to leave Israel.
Someone I know was denied boarding last night

1) Document details (section headings) weren't in English
2) Didn't say negative

This test was done at a regular Clallit but they weren't able to print via the website or app thus the secretary printed it.  Seems like she printed the wrong format.

There weren't 4 hours before the flight which would have been enough to get tested at the airport and receive a printed result before boarding.  Oh well, 2 more days before the next flight to her destination.

Up In The Air / Re: KSML (Kosher Airline Meals) Master Thread
« on: April 06, 2021, 02:26:24 AM »
Class: J
(Week before Pesach)

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.

Credit Cards And Finance / Re: Credit Card Retention Bonuses
« on: March 16, 2021, 01:20:34 PM »
Ok, if so, any tips? Called and send you want to cancel?
Called and said the card is good, I'm going to be travelling soon, which was true but actually didn't use my amex in the end, and asked if they could "ease the pain"
I had used it for some dell purchases in Dec/Jan before I called them which prompted the agent to say "I see you're using you Amex offers"

Credit Cards And Finance / Re: Credit Card Retention Bonuses
« on: March 16, 2021, 06:53:22 AM »
Was your spend last year over 15,000? No offers on my first call..
Certainly not, maybe a few K, was very surprised!

Up In The Air / Re: KSML (Kosher Airline Meals) Master Thread
« on: March 15, 2021, 09:36:23 AM »
What caterer/hechsher are the meals on LH out of FRA? Still Sohar like the DPs in this thread from 2019?
Today LH FRA-EZE my colleague was served

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.

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

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