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Re: Master Thread: Getting To Israel Using AMEX Membership Rewards Points
« Reply #15 on: January 07, 2011, 01:04:06 AM »
Plus hundreds of dollars in fuel surcharges.

Either find a way to trade for AA miles or Starpoints to fly on El Al without surcharges or stick with another airline to Israel.
El Al's fees on bonus tickets is 345 to 352 (besides last min. booking that can be additional 75 a way)

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Re: Master Thread: Getting To Israel Using AMEX Membership Rewards Points
« Reply #16 on: January 07, 2011, 01:06:55 AM »
But you can't compare US Bank with Amex when it comes to customer service and benefits.
that's true, but for "el al" they are still the best

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Re: Master Thread: Getting To Israel Using AMEX Membership Rewards Points
« Reply #17 on: January 07, 2011, 02:17:06 AM »
that's true, but for "el al" they are still the best
Perhaps for spending, but then again for spending you should be using SPG (or something like AMEX Premier for travel, gas, and groceries with 3x or 2x points).

For churning AMEX gives 50K for opening a card.  What is HAS giving you?
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Re: Master Thread: Getting To Israel Using AMEX Membership Rewards Points
« Reply #18 on: January 08, 2011, 09:46:04 PM »
quick question. i want to transfer my amex points because i want to cancel my card. i want to fly to israel in the next couple of months but i dont have concrete dates. which is better to transfer to, continental or ana -  which one has a better chance of having availability? thanks

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Re: Master Thread: Getting To Israel Using AMEX Membership Rewards Points
« Reply #19 on: January 09, 2011, 12:41:26 AM »
They have the same availability. If you dont travel on us or co then ana will charge a fuel surcharge

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Re: Master Thread: Getting To Israel Using AMEX Membership Rewards Points
« Reply #20 on: January 09, 2011, 02:48:48 AM »
ANA will be less miles but will only be worthwhile if you are able to find availability on CO or US.
Otherwise CO gives you many many more flight options without fuel surcharges and allows for free date, route, and airline changes.
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Re: Master Thread: Getting To Israel Using AMEX Membership Rewards Points
« Reply #21 on: February 05, 2011, 08:36:17 PM »
is there possibility of more availability on *alliance than what comes up on CO site?

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Re: Master Thread: Getting To Israel Using AMEX Membership Rewards Points
« Reply #22 on: February 05, 2011, 08:43:36 PM »
is there possibility of more availability on *alliance than what comes up on CO site?
More like a probability.  The site is far from exhaustive.
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Re: Master Thread: Getting To Israel Using AMEX Membership Rewards Points
« Reply #23 on: April 06, 2011, 01:38:49 PM »
whats the deal with the swiss airline voucher. would it work to tlv, does it charge taxes, and what is the availability

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Re: Master Thread: Getting To Israel Using AMEX Membership Rewards Points
« Reply #24 on: April 07, 2011, 01:01:52 AM »
How does one check skyteam availability? I'd love to get a delta flight direct from jfk through alitalia at 50K a ticket. Delta shows plenty of availability but at much higher mileage than their low of 80 (I think it was 130). Also what would the fees be like for such a ticket?

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Re: Master Thread: Getting To Israel Using AMEX Membership Rewards Points
« Reply #25 on: April 07, 2011, 01:03:37 AM »
How does one check skyteam availability? I'd love to get a delta flight direct from jfk through alitalia at 50K a ticket. Delta shows plenty of availability but at much higher mileage than their low of 80 (I think it was 130). Also what would the fees be like for such a ticket?
Try airfrance.com
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Re: Master Thread: Getting To Israel Using AMEX Membership Rewards Points
« Reply #26 on: April 08, 2011, 03:36:53 PM »
Doesn't let me search anything but flyingblue flights (klm/air france).

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If someone has 100k amex points and they can be sold roughly for $1600, then wouldn't it be better to sell the points and buy a ticket to israel from a travel agent? Many times of the year you can get a flight to Israel for a few hundred dollars less then $1600. Am I wrong? Are there advantages to using the points to book a flight that outweigh the few hundred dollars you can save by selling the points?

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If someone has 100k amex points and they can be sold roughly for $1600, then wouldn't it be better to sell the points and buy a ticket to israel from a travel agent? Many times of the year you can get a flight to Israel for a few hundred dollars less then $1600. Am I wrong? Are there advantages to using the points to book a flight that outweigh the few hundred dollars you can save by selling the points?
100K AMEX can be more than enough for a business ticket worth $$$$$
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Plus hundreds of dollars in fuel surcharges.

Either find a way to trade for AA miles or Starpoints to fly on El Al without surcharges or stick with another airline to Israel.
can anyone please explain how to fly el al w/o fuel surcharges?