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Choosing an airline for Israel
« on: October 31, 2019, 03:49:24 PM »
After today's warning article about El Al (Link below) I am more determined to post my question (please direct me to post if it exists).

I need to start travelling from TLV to NYC (preferably EWR) fairly frequently (4-8 yearly). I am looking for economy direct flights. I don't see a good choice besides for El Al (even with all it's issues).

El Al has great schedules and lots of flights (especially to Newark).

United is usually more expensive and out of TLV flies mid-day (terrible) or 11:30pm which is not as good IMO as the 12/1am options of El Al. They also have worse return times (for example flying out of NY on Thursday afternoon/evening to arrive for Shabbos isn't possible with United).

Delta seems to have one flight per day and it's to JFK (much less convenient) and the Motzei Shabbos flight is often astronomically expensive and, like United, you can't fly from NY on Thursday for Shabbos. I also had a horrendous encounter with my last Delta flight to Israel with my family (I did get 5 $200 GCs after writing a long complaint letter but I can at least conclude that bad service can be had with Delta too).

So what real choice do I have? Purposely take a layover in Europe to fly a better airline?







p.s. Article link: (https://www.dansdeals.com/points-travel/airlines/el-al/el-al-settles-cancels-settlement-defamed-passengers-flight-002-tricked-flying-greece-shabbos/#comment-1430512)

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Re: Choosing an airline for Israel
« Reply #1 on: October 31, 2019, 03:58:33 PM »
Fly LY
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Re: Choosing an airline for Israel
« Reply #2 on: October 31, 2019, 04:17:17 PM »
UA 84 is perfectly fine on Thursday

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Re: Choosing an airline for Israel
« Reply #3 on: October 31, 2019, 04:18:38 PM »
LY is probably less reliable on a Thursday then UA

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Re: Choosing an airline for Israel
« Reply #4 on: October 31, 2019, 05:53:18 PM »
UA 84 is perfectly fine on Thursday

You lose Thursday as a work day.

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Re: Choosing an airline for Israel
« Reply #5 on: October 31, 2019, 05:58:02 PM »
You lose Thursday as a work day.
Can't rely on LY getting you to TLV on a Thursday afternoon/evening flight.
Save your time, I don't answer PM. Post it in the forum and a dedicated DDF'er will get back to you as soon as possible.

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Re: Choosing an airline for Israel
« Reply #6 on: October 31, 2019, 06:56:58 PM »
Can't rely on LY getting you to TLV on a Thursday afternoon/evening flight.
This. I fly 6 or 7 times a year from YYZ on Thursday, would never take LY
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Re: Choosing an airline for Israel
« Reply #7 on: November 01, 2019, 08:29:10 AM »
Pretty sure Delta has added a second daily flight to TLV

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Re: Choosing an airline for Israel
« Reply #8 on: November 01, 2019, 01:58:19 PM »
Kanfei Nesharim?

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Re: Choosing an airline for Israel
« Reply #9 on: November 01, 2019, 02:04:33 PM »
I'm not who you think I am.

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Re: Choosing an airline for Israel
« Reply #10 on: November 01, 2019, 02:14:44 PM »
Kanfei Nesharim?
do they have a FF program?

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Re: Choosing an airline for Israel
« Reply #11 on: November 01, 2019, 02:15:41 PM »
do they have a FF program?

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Re: Choosing an airline for Israel
« Reply #12 on: November 01, 2019, 02:19:50 PM »
Pretty sure Delta has added a second daily flight to TLV
It's seasonal.
Save your time, I don't answer PM. Post it in the forum and a dedicated DDF'er will get back to you as soon as possible.