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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 69976 times)

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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

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Re: @Yehuda's Israel/Eurotrip Honeymoon
« Reply #45 on: January 29, 2014, 12:08:04 PM »
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.
PUTPAC. 23 hours is not so little to check out a city.....
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Re: @Yehuda's Israel/Eurotrip Honeymoon
« Reply #46 on: January 29, 2014, 12:40:17 PM »
PUTPAC. 23 hours is not so little to check out a city.....

Wow 25 min wait time. Yuch. Anyway, if I'm going to make stops to see the city, shouldn't it be cities that I wanted to go to anyway? While I wait on hold, I'm going to see if there are any options for flights to some of the other cities on my list.

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Re: @Yehuda's Israel/Eurotrip Honeymoon
« Reply #47 on: January 29, 2014, 12:42:05 PM »
Life isn't about checking the boxes. Nobody cares.

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Re: @Yehuda's Israel/Eurotrip Honeymoon
« Reply #48 on: January 29, 2014, 12:52:20 PM »
http://www.dansdeals.com/archives/20506

Wow, that was amazing. I've actually seen that post, but forgot about it. Wow, I'm already on the phone with them!

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Re: @Yehuda's Israel/Eurotrip Honeymoon
« Reply #49 on: January 29, 2014, 12:54:12 PM »
You should have this bookmarked! It's one of the best things I've picked up here.
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Re: @Yehuda's Israel/Eurotrip Honeymoon
« Reply #50 on: January 29, 2014, 01:23:26 PM »
lol

Okay, I'm on the phone with them now. It's funny how I'm finding flights better than she is, but she's helping me figure out how to combine it all under a 60K biz flight - which apparently I could have done if I clicked "Multiple Destinations or Point by Point". And technically, it can all happen ----

LGA-BOS-FRA-MUC-TLV all on business and for 60K and $72 per person

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Re: @Yehuda's Israel/Eurotrip Honeymoon
« Reply #51 on: January 29, 2014, 01:27:04 PM »
Sounds crazy to me. That's a lot of stops
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Re: @Yehuda's Israel/Eurotrip Honeymoon
« Reply #52 on: January 29, 2014, 01:43:40 PM »
Sounds crazy to me. That's a lot of stops

I agree that it's a lot of stops (especially since a day ago I wanted to go direct), but there are 2 legs that I can't seem to find direct on business:

NYC-EUROPE
EUROPE-TLV

Because of that, I need a stopover before and after Europe... but I'm still searching!

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Re: @Yehuda's Israel/Eurotrip Honeymoon
« Reply #53 on: January 29, 2014, 01:48:23 PM »
Sounds crazy to me. That's a lot of stops
Me in his shoes, I would stop in each city for 23 hours, enjoy life! Now with 2 kids a vacation is so much more complicated.
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Re: @Yehuda's Israel/Eurotrip Honeymoon
« Reply #54 on: January 29, 2014, 02:01:03 PM »
Me in his shoes, I would stop in each city for 23 hours, enjoy life! Now with 2 kids a vacation is so much more complicated.

The 23 hours thing isn't so clear cut/easy. I spoke to the rep and you basically have to take a flight before midnight of the same day you arrive. So when you arrive at 1PM and the last flight out is 10PM, it's not so many hours once you consider getting out of the airport/to your site visit and getting back to the airport to do whatever checkin/security is necessary. (I assume something is necessary once you leave the airport.)

How's this other idea I just found:
EWR-ZUR-TLV Sounds a lot better, right? Only issue is that EWR-ZUR has only economy saver (but it's a United flight), so I would have to do Plan B. Is it worth the risk?

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Re: @Yehuda's Israel/Eurotrip Honeymoon
« Reply #55 on: January 29, 2014, 02:03:40 PM »
The 23 hours thing isn't so clear cut/easy. I spoke to the rep and you basically have to take a flight before midnight of the same day you arrive. So when you arrive at 1PM and the last flight out is 10PM, it's not so many hours once you consider getting out of the airport/to your site visit and getting back to the airport to do whatever checkin/security is necessary. (I assume something is necessary once you leave the airport.)

How's this other idea I just found:
EWR-ZUR-TLV Sounds a lot better, right? Only issue is that EWR-ZUR has only economy saver (but it's a United flight), so I would have to do Plan B. Is it worth the risk?
How many miles would that be Economy?

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Re: @Yehuda's Israel/Eurotrip Honeymoon
« Reply #56 on: January 29, 2014, 02:04:21 PM »
The 23 hours thing isn't so clear cut/easy. I spoke to the rep and you basically have to take a flight before midnight of the same day you arrive. So when you arrive at 1PM and the last flight out is 10PM, it's not so many hours once you consider getting out of the airport/to your site visit and getting back to the airport to do whatever checkin/security is necessary. (I assume something is necessary once you leave the airport.)

How's this other idea I just found:
EWR-ZUR-TLV Sounds a lot better, right? Only issue is that EWR-ZUR has only economy saver (but it's a United flight), so I would have to do Plan B. Is it worth the risk?
AFAIK this is BS. ask in the UA award thread.
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Re: @Yehuda's Israel/Eurotrip Honeymoon
« Reply #57 on: January 29, 2014, 02:08:45 PM »
How many miles would that be Economy?

Well it's 30K for that leg but under Plan B you book the regular 60K and are assigned a coach seat until biz avail. opens up.

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Re: @Yehuda's Israel/Eurotrip Honeymoon
« Reply #58 on: January 29, 2014, 02:12:04 PM »
Hey there! I am using DansDeals Forums.

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Re: @Yehuda's Israel/Eurotrip Honeymoon
« Reply #59 on: January 29, 2014, 02:19:01 PM »
Well it's 30K for that leg but under Plan B you book the regular 60K and are assigned a coach seat until biz avail. opens up.
And lets say biz doesn't open up? Do you get 30k back? What's their cancellation policy?