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On The Road / 5,000 Bonus IHG Points with any stay
« on: December 08, 2020, 05:59:39 AM »
Must pay with IHG credit card.

Terms and conditions
You must book using IHG Rewards Club Credit Card or an IHG Rewards Club Premium Credit Card holder.

In order to qualify for this Promotion, stays must be made between 1 November and December 31, 2020 (both dates inclusive) (the “Promotion Period”).  Stays can be booked anytime before or during the Promotion Period. 

Card holders using an IHG Rewards Club Credit Card or IHG Rewards Club Premium Credit Card from Creation Financial Services Limited to pay for their qualifying stay will receive an additional 5,000 IHG Rewards Club bonus points on their first qualifying stay during the Promotion Period at any IHG Hotel and Resort worldwide. The 5,000 bonus points can only be earned for the first qualifying stay during the Promotion Period.  Bonus points can only be earned once per card holder and any additional stays during the Promotion Period will not earn bonus points. The 5,000 Bonus Points card holders earn from this Promotion are separate from and in addition to the base points earned from credit card spend on IHG transactions. Bonus points will only be awarded to the IHG Rewards Club account registered to the main cardholder and cannot be earned by an additional cardholder.

This Promotion is subject to standard IHG Rewards Club membership terms and conditions and earning structure, which can be obtained by visiting

A qualifying stay is defined in the IHG® Rewards Club membership terms and conditions as one night or consecutive nights at the same hotel, regardless of frequency of check-in/out on a points eligible rate (“Qualifying Stay”). Bookings made through third-party websites and travel agency rates do not qualify for this Promotion.  For additional details on Qualifying Rates, please see the full IHG Rewards Club membership terms and conditions.

Only one room per member per Qualifying Stay will be awarded the applicable bonus points, or other benefits (if any) available under the Promotion. If more than one member checks into the same room, only one member is eligible for the applicable bonus points or other benefits (if any) available under the Promotion. IHG Rewards Club Members with a Miles earning preference will not be eligible to earn bonus points for this Promotion.

The bonus points earned during the Promotion can be used towards Reward Nights, can be redeemed for merchandise or for other redemption opportunities. Bonus points earned during the Promotion are not Elite status qualifying.

Please allow up to 6 weeks for Promotion bonus points to be credited to your account. For new IHG Rewards Club Credit Card accounts opened during the Promotion Period, please allow up to 6 weeks after the end of the Promotion Period for bonus points to be credited.

IHG reserves the right of final interpretation of this Promotion. This Promotion is not from Creation Financial Services Limited. Creation Financial Services Limited is not responsible for the provision of, or failure to provide, the stated benefits and services. Bonus points will post directly to your IHG Rewards Club account and will not appear on your credit card statement.

IHG reserves the right to remove a member's bonus points or cancel a member’s account if fraudulent use of the Promotion is detected. To the extent permitted by applicable law, IHG Rewards Club reserves the right to cancel, terminate, suspend and/or modify the Promotion at any time with or without notice. To the extent permitted by applicable law, IHG reserves the right of final interpretation of this Promotion. Members must make any promotional enquiries by 60 days from the end of the Promotion Period.

Up In The Air / TLV-JNB round trip $340 plus earn 10,000 miles!!!
« on: February 10, 2020, 06:56:25 PM »
Ethiopian Air is having a great deal on the TLV-JNB route. Prices start at $340 from now until at least September. Almost every date I checked had the deal!!!
You can use Google flights to find the fare and book with PL/Expedia/ (which seems to be $10 cheaper than the OTA's).

Here are a few things about the fare that make it a great deal
  • Short stopovers (1-2 hours)
    2 checked bags per ticket
    Meals included on all flights
    Best of all: this books into "O" class that earns 100% miles on Aegean. With the miles from just this flight and the signup bonus of 1000 miles you end up with about 10,000 Aegean miles.

That means that if you book with UR points it would cost you only 23.5k points to fly round trip TLV-JNB with bags and meals AND you would get 10,000 Aegean miles.

That is a great deal!

Up In The Air / TLV-NYC on AZ from $430 round trip all the way to JULY!
« on: October 27, 2019, 05:36:48 PM »
Alitalia flights from TLV-JFK are pricing from $430 RT all the way to the summer!
The latest departure I saw was June 30.

The trick is that the flights are all carried out by Alitalia but the long haul segments are sold as AF/KL code-shares.

Seems to be bookable on a bunch of small OTA's through Momondo/Skyscanner , also seeing it on Priceline for slightly more.


Up In The Air / TLV-EWR Direct round trip flight (possibly) $422
« on: October 27, 2019, 04:45:17 PM »
Flights from TLV to ZFV connecting in EWR are pricing at $422 round trip!
At the very least this is a great TLV-EWR one way direct fare.
This can possibly be used as a round trip direct flight if the EWR-ZFV legs can be dropped.

Check Google flights for dates and click through to
Almost any date will work for the entire winter as long as the duration isn't more then 3 months.

There are many open questions to answer:
Can the train legs be dropped entirely? (probably not).
Can you check in for the train ride at EWR and then ditch the EWR-ZFV leg so that you only have to take the train for the return?
Can you get on the train one stop before EWR so that you don't have to pick it up at ZFV?

Not to many DP's to found on the web...

Up In The Air / HOT! Direct flights NYC-MAD from $211 round trip!
« on: September 01, 2019, 05:31:57 AM »
Iberia and American Airlines have many dates selling for $247 and up for direct flights NYC-MAD.
The flights go all through the winter and well into spring. Latest flight departures are mid May.

Please note these are Basic Economy flights that don't include a checked bag. They do however include a carry-on. Regular economy is about $100 more per ticket.

You can check Google Flights to find dates that work for you and then book with American Airlines/Iberia/Expedia/Priceline etc'.

If purchasing the flights with UR points, you'd be paying as little as 16,500 points for a round trip ticket to Madrid and you'd still earn miles for the flight!

Here is how to get it even cheaper with hidden city:

Search for a round trip JFK-MAD and find cheap dates that work for you.
After you've got your dates, switch to multi city search.
Plug in the outbound and return as before.
In the third segment make the flight date the day after your return flight from MAD-JFK. Search for flights from NYC (make sure LGA and EWR are included) to BOS, PHL, MIA, YUL, YYZ.
You should be able to take another $15-50 off the total cost.

Cheapest I have seen so far was $211 for a round trip direct flight JFK-MAD!
Post what deals you find.

Sample dates:
Nov 9-18
Nov 11-18
Nov 13-21
Jan 12-20
Jan 16-26
Jan 19-26
Jan 19-27
Jan 23-Feb 2
Jan 28-Feb 9
Feb 20-27
Feb 20-Mar 2
Feb 27- Mar 9
Mar 26- Apr 8
Apr 20- 28
May 6-13
May 12-21
May 13-21

Seems like most of the next year has flights in Business class from TLV-NYC on KL/AF/AZ for $1700 round trip.
Normal stopovers both ways.
Tons of available dates.
Search on Google flights, book on AF/KL website.

Sample dates:
Sep 11-18
Oct 22 - 29
Nov 13 - 20
Feb 2 - 10
Mar 8 - 16
Apr 1 - 7
May 21 - 31
Jun 15 - 21

Seems like many dates this winter have availability TLV-NYC in full fare A class on BA/AA starting $2900.

Search Google flights for dates.
Should be fully refundable at any point so no risk in booking speculative trips.
Credit to Alaska and earn a whopping %450-575 miles depending on your status.

Some dates have a long stopover on the outbound or return.

Sample dates

Oct 3 - Oct 8
Oct 15 - Oct 29
Nov 12 - Nov 20
Nov 19 - Nov 27
Nov 25 - Dec 3
Jan 20 - Jan 29

Terms and conditions apply.
Limited to rides of 150 shekel or less.
Flights have to start in TLV and be long haul flights.
Must be booked on ELAL's website.
Full T&C's are here:

Up In The Air / TLV-BOS, ATL, IAD from $394 RT!!!
« on: February 10, 2019, 05:43:12 PM »
Flights on AF/KL/DL/AZ
Outbound flights are normal. Many return flights have long stops in Paris or Amsterdam.
Limited dates available. Use Google flights to search and book.
Goes until the end of May.

TLV-ATL Mar 13- 25 $393 (GF shows $414 but price drops when you click through to AF).
TLV-ATL Mar 11- April 4 $393 (GF shows $414 but price drops when you click through to AF).
TLV-ATL Mar 19- April 1 $393 (GF shows $414 but price drops when you click through to AF).

TLV-BOS MAY 21-29 $394
TLV-BOS MAY 16-26 $394

TLV-IAD MAR 12-26 $393 (GF shows $414 but price drops when you click through to AF).
TLV-IAD Mar 11- April 4 $393 (GF shows $414 but price drops when you click through to AF).

Must be booked on Alitalia's Israel website. Use code RED20IL by checkout.

Enjoy 20% discount on your fares from Tel Aviv to Johannesburg, Havana, Mauritius, Malé, Santiago, Rio De Janeiro, Sao Paulo, Buenos Aires, Seoul, Tokyo, New Delhi, Mexico City and USA.

Book from 7 February 2019 at 9:00 until 11 February 2019 at 23:59 for travel from 19 February until 15 April 2019* last return to Tel Aviv

Read the T&C carefully before asking questions:
For purchases on the e coupon code can be used exclusively for bookings with only 1 single adult passenger.
For reservations with more adult passengers it is possible to use the discount several times making separate purchases for single passenger.
If you need to make a booking for adult passengers traveling with children/infants, you are kindly requested to contact our Web Assistance at 03-7960766 service offered in English 24/7.
The 20% discount applies to all inclusive air fares purchased for travel in Economy or Business Class (The discount is not valid for Economy light or Young tickets).
The e-Coupon discount code can be used only on the Alitalia Israel website.

Sample dates
TLV-JFK Feb 20-26 economy - $425
TLV-JFK Feb 20-26 Premium economy $837
TLV-JFK Feb 27-March 6 Business class $1845

Some of these flights can earn up to 450% miles on Alitalia's program as explained in this post:
Beware of Alitalia's expiration rules for miles earned.

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