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Up In The Air / Re: Zrh-TLV RT in J $369 per person (2 pax min)
« on: September 25, 2019, 08:16:02 PM »
You can always buy an extra seat for yourself, just label it properly.
Not so easy IME.
Probably better to buy for someone else, do online check in and hope no one is on standby.

Up In The Air / Re: HOT! Direct flights NYC-MAD from $211 round trip!
« on: September 01, 2019, 12:45:04 PM »
@Dan can we get a DDMS?

Up In The Air / Re: HOT! Direct flights NYC-MAD from $211 round trip!
« on: September 01, 2019, 10:47:00 AM »
Has anyone managed to get the 3x to YUL? It appears that you may be able to get a price of $240 or so with a checked bag for the return if only you can get the flight to YUL to price properly.

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

Anyone can point me to the thread where I can claim a hat tip for a deal I posted?

Up In The Air / Re: Booking El Al with Qantas - master thread
« on: August 29, 2019, 07:00:36 AM »
you need to call slap to select seats
New method for when HUCA doesn't work?

@Dan DDMS worthy or only Ex NYC?  8)

Up In The Air / Re: Flying to Israel via Norwegian / EasyJet
« on: August 28, 2019, 09:06:04 PM »
I'm looking for tix to Israel, and found that I can get to Israel by flying Norwegian to London and then Easy Jet to Tel-Aviv. I think the overall price was like $150 per leg.

Having never flown with either before, I imagine that this is kind of like flying spirit - i.e. $150 to get on the plane, but closer to $500 when you are all said and done - I am also flying with my family - not a solo backpacker here.
Re Norwegian: You can usually book the higher fare for about $80-120 more and get a suitcase, seating and even a KSML.
If you book through a travel agent, the extras will be included automatically though the fare will be higher then that of just a seat.

Easyjet is it's own game. A standard suitcase from London to Tel-aviv will run $50-80.

Economy starting $432

PE is about $840

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

Up In The Air / Re: Wizzair Master Thread
« on: August 24, 2019, 05:04:13 PM »
Leaving TLV what terminal does it leave from? Is it the same if I don't have bags to check?
Usually terminal 1, check your boarding pass.
No difference with or without bags.

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