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Re: Master Thread: Getting To Israel Using AMEX Membership Rewards Points
« Reply #75 on: July 04, 2011, 11:12:25 AM »
I read that as sad or something. I meant with a smiley.

Hover over it, it's clearly an embarrassed emoticon.
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Re: Master Thread: Getting To Israel Using AMEX Membership Rewards Points
« Reply #76 on: July 04, 2011, 11:16:03 AM »
Hover over it, it's clearly an embarrassed emoticon.

Indeed. I'm feeling more of a sheepish grin type of embarrassed right now, though.

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Re: Master Thread: Getting To Israel Using AMEX Membership Rewards Points
« Reply #77 on: July 11, 2011, 10:23:28 AM »
So is Air Canada Aeroplan with MR points the way to go after Continental to avoid fuel surcharges (as long as you're not flying Air CAnada themselves)? Is it also 80/120K to Israel?

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Re: Master Thread: Getting To Israel Using AMEX Membership Rewards Points
« Reply #78 on: July 11, 2011, 11:19:47 AM »
Y/J/F
AC: 80/135/190
CO: 80/120/170
US: 80/120/180
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Re: Master Thread: Getting To Israel Using AMEX Membership Rewards Points
« Reply #79 on: July 11, 2011, 01:14:30 PM »
Y/J/F
AC: 80/135/190
CO: 80/120/170
US: 80/120/180

But what options are we left with for MR points? Just AC and CO (for now)?

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Re: Master Thread: Getting To Israel Using AMEX Membership Rewards Points
« Reply #80 on: July 19, 2011, 10:43:09 AM »
But you can't compare US Bank with Amex when it comes to customer service and benefits.

Asher, Just to muddy the waters somewhat, Diners Club offers a better redemption rate to Matmid than does Amex MR.

Amex           70 points = 1 Matmid point
Diners Club 50 points = 1 Matmid point

i.e. Diners Club (which is a branded MASTERCARD, accepted everywhere, with CDW protection, buyers protection and more)
is 40% cheaper than using American Express!

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Re: Master Thread: Getting To Israel Using AMEX Membership Rewards Points
« Reply #81 on: July 19, 2011, 10:45:13 AM »
Asher, Just to muddy the waters somewhat, Diners Club offers a better redemption rate to Matmid than does Amex MR.

Amex           70 points = 1 Matmid point
Diners Club 50 points = 1 Matmid point

i.e. Diners Club (which is a branded MASTERCARD, accepted everywhere, with CDW protection, buyers protection and more)
is 40% cheaper than using American Express!
If you can get one...

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Re: Master Thread: Getting To Israel Using AMEX Membership Rewards Points
« Reply #82 on: July 19, 2011, 10:45:40 AM »
Asher, Just to muddy the waters somewhat, Diners Club offers a better redemption rate to Matmid than does Amex MR.

Amex           70 points = 1 Matmid point
Diners Club 50 points = 1 Matmid point

i.e. Diners Club (which is a branded MASTERCARD, accepted everywhere, with CDW protection, buyers protection and more)
is 40% cheaper than using American Express!
Sure, but Matmid stinks and Diners Club cards haven't been offered for years.
I got mine right before they stopped taking applications back in '07 (maybe '08?) or so.
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Re: Master Thread: Getting To Israel Using AMEX Membership Rewards Points
« Reply #83 on: July 31, 2011, 06:09:14 PM »
I want to go to Israel (4 people in total). I searched all the direct flights and can't find a cheap reward ticket. Does anyone have any idea which airline i can search with that may have cheaper award even if it means a stopover?

Travel dates are 8/16 or 8/17 to 8/28

Thanks for your help.

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Re: Master Thread: Getting To Israel Using AMEX Membership Rewards Points
« Reply #84 on: July 31, 2011, 07:04:41 PM »
I want to go to Israel (4 people in total). I searched all the direct flights and can't find a cheap reward ticket. Does anyone have any idea which airline i can search with that may have cheaper award even if it means a stopover?

Travel dates are 8/16 or 8/17 to 8/28

Thanks for your help.
If you're looking for multiple business or first class seats, your best bet is usually LH or BA.

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Re: Master Thread: Getting To Israel Using AMEX Membership Rewards Points
« Reply #85 on: July 31, 2011, 07:29:51 PM »
If you're looking for multiple business or first class seats, your best bet is usually LH or BA.

I am looking for economy

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Re: Master Thread: Getting To Israel Using AMEX Membership Rewards Points
« Reply #86 on: August 15, 2011, 08:10:49 PM »
I am trying to book a trip to Israel from LA for next summer using amex points. I want to transfer into ANA and fly continental.  Ideally, I'd like to fly the family (6 tickets) business class, but I assume its impossible to get 6 business class mileage tickets on the same flight.

I checked the Continental site for availability and all the tickets are either 75000 or 150000. My travel dates are flexible.
What strategy can I use to redeem a lower point reward?
The continental site will only allow booking of tickets for travel up to July 17th. How can I  book round trip tickets , at the cheapest reward level,  that extend beyond the current date allowed by Continental?

Thanks

Moshe

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Re: Master Thread: Getting To Israel Using AMEX Membership Rewards Points
« Reply #87 on: February 08, 2012, 11:53:56 AM »
I am trying to get my family of 3 to Israel from NYC using AMEX MR points in April/May (post pesach), but I have noticed that alot of the airline policies have changed over the last several months. I have 200K MR points but I was also hoping not to get flooded with fuel surcharges. I have 150K BA points but as we know those fuel charges are the worst.

Does anyone have any good ideas for getting from NYC-TLV with 200K MR points and not paying $500+ on fuel charges? I tried the flying blue promo but the only return dates in May were on Shabbos. ANA was only 60K miles with decent availability but they told me no flights booked through them will be less than $600 in fuel charges.

Any help is much appreciated!!

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Re: Master Thread: Getting To Israel Using AMEX Membership Rewards Points
« Reply #88 on: February 08, 2012, 12:18:10 PM »
200,000 sells for at least $3,500. Coach tickets to Israel in that period are a bit over $900.
Miles are best utilized for premium classes where the dollar to mile price ratio is much bigger, hence unless you're looking for complicated stopovers or extra flexibilty it is rarely worthwhile to use miles.
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Re: Master Thread: Getting To Israel Using AMEX Membership Rewards Points
« Reply #89 on: February 08, 2012, 01:48:42 PM »
200,000 sells for at least $3,500.
Curious where you get 1.75 cpm