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Points Used:

UR: 133K
MR: 40K
SPG: 90K
AA: 148K
UA: 95K
Hyatt: 4 free nights
Marriott: 146K and 2 free nights (still waiting for some points to post and then change cash res. to points)
IHG: ~130K (still haven't decided which hotel in Belgium to stay at)
Melia: 22K
BA: 4.5K
And 1 BRG :)

Desired Locations: (Strikethrough means booked)

Israel
London
Paris
Zurich

Rome (Car rental booked FCO-FLR-PSA-VCE)
Florence
Pisa
Venice
Madrid (RT train booked to Toledo)
Barcelona
Seville
(Car rental booked SVQ-GIB-SVQ)
Gibraltar
Bruges/Ghent (Belgium) (Have to book trains within Belgium and RT to AMS.)
Amsterdam

Days Scheduled in Each Location
In no order in particular...

Rome 3.5
Florence .5
Pisa .5
Venice 4.5 including Shabbos (although others said it can be done in less time)
Israel 12
Amsterdam 2
Paris 4 including Shabbos
Dublin 1.5
London 4 including Shabbos (although others said it can be done in less time)
Zurich 1 (b/c it's the United <24 hour stopover, but I'm sure there's more than 1 day's worth of activities there)
Belgium 1
(Amount of days in the different Spain cities are short and were very calculated based on suggestions, as I wanted to save any "extra" days I had for other countries.)
Madrid 1
Seville .5
Gibraltar 1.5 including Shabbos
Barcelona 1.5
« Last edited by @Yehuda on June 08, 2014, 06:26:36 PM »

Author Topic: @Yehuda's Israel/Eurotrip Honeymoon  (Read 65443 times)

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Re: @Yehuda's Israel/Eurotrip Honeymoon
« Reply #30 on: January 28, 2014, 11:22:48 PM »
You don't get first class terminal access if you're flying in business
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Re: @Yehuda's Israel/Eurotrip Honeymoon
« Reply #31 on: January 28, 2014, 11:37:26 PM »
Okay, we're making progress!

I found a business saver (UA 50K) LGA-BOS-FRA which could work ( + the first class FRA terminal). US Airways to BOS and Lufthansa to FRA.

Then I found on ITA that Lufthansa flies direct from FRA to TLV at a time that would work, but how do I find it on united.com to see how many miles it will be?
27,500 in business class. 17,500 in economy.

For what dates are you looking?
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Re: @Yehuda's Israel/Eurotrip Honeymoon
« Reply #32 on: January 28, 2014, 11:43:47 PM »
You don't get first class terminal access if you're flying in business

Ooo ok, oh well.

27,500 in business class. 17,500 in economy.

For what dates are you looking?

It leaves LGA on 6/10 and gets to FRA on 6/11 Thanks for the mileage info. I'd have to move UR and MR/SPG over to UA to make it happen.

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Re: @Yehuda's Israel/Eurotrip Honeymoon
« Reply #33 on: January 28, 2014, 11:45:25 PM »
When do you wonna leave FRA?
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Re: @Yehuda's Israel/Eurotrip Honeymoon
« Reply #34 on: January 28, 2014, 11:48:54 PM »
Why don't you book FRA as a stop over and fly everything for 60K? (either book a RT for 120K, or HUCA until a rep is willing to get you a free stop over on a OW)
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Re: @Yehuda's Israel/Eurotrip Honeymoon
« Reply #35 on: January 29, 2014, 01:29:49 AM »
MR doesn't transfer to UA and I believe not worth transferring SPG to UA as its 2:1

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Re: @Yehuda's Israel/Eurotrip Honeymoon
« Reply #36 on: January 29, 2014, 09:21:21 AM »
MR doesn't transfer to UA and I believe not worth transferring SPG to UA as its 2:1

Thanks for the info

Why don't you book FRA as a stop over and fly everything for 60K? (either book a RT for 120K, or HUCA until a rep is willing to get you a free stop over on a OW)

I want to leave right away. FRA isn't on our to-do list, so I just want it as a stopover to TLV. There are no business savers from NYC-FRA-TLV so I need to book it in pieces. I only want OW bc we'll be going back to NY from some other country, not Israel. I also can't just book a OW NYC-TLV and then ask for a stopover, bc there are no business savers NYC-TLV...
That's why I was looking at just getting to FRA business (which exists if I stop in BOS) and then trying to get a diff flight from FRA-TLV. In addition to having trouble finding a UA flight FRA-TLV, I find that only UA (like SWA) barely charges fees, everything else (AA, BA, Lufthansa) seems to add hundreds of $ as fees.

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Re: @Yehuda's Israel/Eurotrip Honeymoon
« Reply #37 on: January 29, 2014, 09:29:08 AM »
Thanks for the info

I want to leave right away. FRA isn't on our to-do list, so I just want it as a stopover to TLV. There are no business savers from NYC-FRA-TLV so I need to book it in pieces. I only want OW bc we'll be going back to NY from some other country, not Israel. I also can't just book a OW NYC-TLV and then ask for a stopover, bc there are no business savers NYC-TLV...
That's why I was looking at just getting to FRA business (which exists if I stop in BOS) and then trying to get a diff flight from FRA-TLV. In addition to having trouble finding a UA flight FRA-TLV, I find that only UA (like SWA) barely charges fees, everything else (AA, BA, Lufthansa) seems to add hundreds of $ as fees.
There is lots of avail FRA - TLV with stopovers.
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Re: @Yehuda's Israel/Eurotrip Honeymoon
« Reply #38 on: January 29, 2014, 09:31:03 AM »
Also did you check Brussels or LOT if they have avail, you have to check them on AC.
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Re: @Yehuda's Israel/Eurotrip Honeymoon
« Reply #39 on: January 29, 2014, 10:12:29 AM »
Also did you check Brussels or LOT if they have avail, you have to check them on AC.

Ooo didn't realize that's what you meant, yes I see that availability. That won't be just 60K (it'll be 50+17.5) and I won't have enough miles... Also, isn't that gna be annoying though? NYC-BOS-FRA-EX-TLV? Is that just what I'm going to have to do to go business?

Can you help with AC search? I can't find a way to view award avail. and it also only shows flights going FRA-YYZ-TLV lol

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Re: @Yehuda's Israel/Eurotrip Honeymoon
« Reply #40 on: January 29, 2014, 10:42:42 AM »
Here's an option:

The same NYC-BOS-FRA for 50K UA + $5 fees
and then FRA-TLV on Elal for 30K AA plus $93 fees and $25 ticketing fee (will try to get waived, if possible)

Everything is business. (FRA-TLV was just 10K more for business over economy)

With Zaidy's money, paying a total of $246 shouldn't be a big deal...

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Re: @Yehuda's Israel/Eurotrip Honeymoon
« Reply #41 on: January 29, 2014, 10:47:16 AM »
Not true. You can do a OW JFK-BOS-FRA-TLV for 60K, as long you're not stopping more then 24 hours (4 hours domestic)

About the annoying part you have to decide what you want, there would be people enjoying such trip, checking out 3 city's just as a btw.......

just sign up for a AC mileage account and you'll be able to search.
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Re: @Yehuda's Israel/Eurotrip Honeymoon
« Reply #42 on: January 29, 2014, 10:55:03 AM »
AA to Europe oj plus trailing domestic seems like best idea for getting to Europe. Also Avios from Europe to tlv should be easy to find dive you're traveling around and could just adjust your departure point

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Re: @Yehuda's Israel/Eurotrip Honeymoon
« Reply #43 on: January 29, 2014, 11:03:09 AM »
Not true. You can do a OW JFK-BOS-FRA-TLV for 60K, as long you're not stopping more then 24 hours (4 hours domestic)

About the annoying part you have to decide what you want, there would be people enjoying such trip, checking out 3 city's just as a btw.......

just sign up for a AC mileage account and you'll be able to search.

How could I book that? That kinda combination would never show up on united.com
If we keep each stop so short, we can't really check out the 3 cities ;) It's kinda funny bc I have like 10 stops we'd like to see but those aren't the ones that work well with getting to TLV.

I'll look into AC now.

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Re: @Yehuda's Israel/Eurotrip Honeymoon
« Reply #44 on: January 29, 2014, 11:22:16 AM »
Still can't figure it out... I made an aeroplan account, but nothing changes in the search results on AC.com