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(If you are looking to purchase a paid ticket, please post here)

FAQs:

Q: How can I use my credit card points to book a USA-TLV ticket?
A: Please read Dan's very helpful and informative guides found here and here

Great tool to see the mileage cost for a route http://www.awardhacker.com

Q: Do I have to pay a lot of money when using miles for a ticket?

A: Sometimes. For more information read this

Q: How do I find award availability?
A: For Star Alliance (United, AirCanada, Lufthansa, Swiss, and others) see this guide

For OneWorld (AmericanAirlines, BritishAirways, Iberia, Malev, and more) You can use BA's award search engine (you need to have a free BA account to access the engine). In addition, you can use Qantas' engine (free account needed as well), which will (to an extent) search Elal. As of this posting, the Elal business flights that show up are coach, and vice verse.

For Delta and AirFrance, use their respective sites. While not perfect, they are quite manageable for the casual searcher.

And of course, many of us here will take time out to help someone who is trying to learn.

Q: All this searching is making me crazy. Is there an easier way?
A: Yes, but it might cost you. Check out AwardNexus.com, KVStool.com, and expertflyer.com.

Q: I see AirCanada availability, but when I call AirCanada they say I can't use my United miles with them. Aren't they partners?
A: You can only use miles with the airline that issued them. Through that airline (in our case United) they can issue a ticket on a partner (ie AirCanada). Trying to call AirCanada with United miles, is like trying to use shekels in Mexico.

Q: I can't find availability on my dates. What should I do?
A: You should try to be as flexible as possible. Can you add a stop or 2? Can you be more flexible with your dates? The airports?
If all else fails, keep trying. Availability is constantly opening up.

Q: Can someone please help me find a ticket?
A: No! Find it yourself.  ;D ;D Just kidding. Please copy the following lines, delete the non bolded parts, and fill it out in your post.

One way/Round-trip:
Non-stop/Maximum stops/Any:
From: All airports from which you can depart
To: All airports which you can arrive at. For multiple destinations, just keep adding this line
Departure dates: All possible dates that you can depart on. Please be as specific as possible.
Return airports:If different from 'To' line. Delete this line for One-way tickets
Return dates: Delete this line for One-way tickets
Class: First/Business/Coach/Any
Seats: Total number of people traveling over the age of 2
Alliance/Airline: What airline or alliance are you looking to fly with

IF you have any airline status or credit cards (Ie, United CC or status) that gives extended seat availability, please add that. Would be helpful to find you correct availability.

An additional note about using miles for direct flights from NYC-TLV

NYC-TLV is only served by 3 carriers non-stop, United, Delta, and El Al. Saver availability on Delta is non-existent. Saver availability on United is rare but sometimes available close-in. It is almost never available on or near holidays or holiday weekends, or around yomim tovim. Any award space that opens will be snatched up immediately so you have to constantly be checking if you hope to snag it if/when it opens. El AL awards are more readily available but prohibitively expensive using Matmid points (El Al's frequent flyer program) but may be able to be booked using Quantas points (transfers from Citi & Amex) at a much more reasonable rate.

This leaves the following options if no saver availability:

The Chase travel portal will let you use Ultimate Rewards, or a combination or UR and cash to book flights. If you have a Sapphire Reserve or a Sapphire Preferred, the redemption rate will be 1.5 cents per point or 1.25 cents per point respectively, instead of the regular 1 cent per point without them. (A, Ink cash or Ink Preferred will also give you the 1.25 cpp redemption rate.)

The Amex travel portal will let you redeem points at 1 cent per point towards the cost of air travel. If you have a grandfathered Business Platinum card, you will get 50% of the points you redeem back around a month after you book the ticket. If you have a non-grandfathered card, you will get 35% of your points back. (This is only available when redeeming points for tickets on your selected American carrier in economy class or on any airline in business or first class.)

The Citi travel portal also lets you redeem points at 1 cent per point towards travel and seems to have better pricing on El Al in business class.

Alternatively, you can sell your points (not here on DDF) and use the cash to buy regular tickets. This is usually the best option for people without either a Chase Sapphire Reserve or grandfathered Business Platinum who are flying economy.

Those are your only options for nonstop travel. For options with a stopover and more information in general, see https://www.dansdeals.com/points-travel/milespoints/the-ultimate-israel-mileage-award-chart/

This keeps on getting asked over and over. Besides Dan's comprehensive list of how to get to, or from, TLV here is a short list of options for travel to or from NYC in Y:
Lowest point per RT is FB 50K (less with promo, but YQ of ~$500 unless you can find unicorn DL availability), AA 80k (AA metal for transatlantic), AC 80k (LX or LO for low YQ) and UA 85k. Half that for OW.

Please add any other information to this wiki that you feel might be useful.



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That's not domestic.
I know, I'm just staying a fact.

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Could use some help on finding flights using starpoints.

One way/Round trip: RT but could just buy return ticket if needed
Non-stop/Maximum stops/Any: Preferably no stops
From: NYC
To: ZRH
Departure dates: 4/21
To: TLV
Departure dates: 4/25
Return airports: return direct TLV to NYC
Return dates: 5/5
Class: Coach
Seats: 1
Alliance/Airline: Star Alliance


TA priced this out at ~$1500.
« Last Edit: March 20, 2013, 12:47:58 PM by springles »

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One way/Round trip:  Roundtrip
Non-stop/Maximum stops/Any: 1
From: All airports from which you can depart  PIA, BMI
To: All airports which you can arrive at. For multiple destinations, just keep adding this line  PVR
Departure dates: All possible dates that you can depart on. Please be as specific as possible. 12/7
Return airports: If different from 'To' line. Delete this line for One way tickets
Return dates: Delete this line for One way tickets - 12/14
Class: First/Business/Coach/Any - Coach - want to use 35K miles
Seats: Total number of people traveling over the age of 2 - 3
Alliance/Airline: What airline or alliance are you looking to fly with  - American/One World

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One way/Round trip: one way
Non-stop/Maximum stops/Any: Any
From: All airports from which you can depart: TLV
To: All airports which you can arrive at. For multiple destinations, just keep adding this line: all NYC
Departure dates: All possible dates that you can depart on. Please be as specific as possible. august 11, 12, 13
Class: First/Business/Coach/Any: Coach
Total number of people traveling over the age of 2: 14 seat
Alliance/Airline: i have points with spg and amex so any place i can transfer points in

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Want to use Avios to fly from NYC to MIA/FLL
May 1/2 - 5
Can't seem to find anything in coach or business. Any suggestions?
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Want to use Avios to fly from NYC to MIA/FLL
May 1/2 - 5
Can't seem to find anything in coach or business. Any suggestions?

If it isnt available on AA.com, you're SOL.

Keep checking.
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nyc-hnl april 14
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lax to nyc- april 25

in business or first
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One way/Round trip: Round Trip
Non-stop/Maximum stops/Any: Any (Try to make them someplace interesting  ;) )
From: ORD
To: TLV
Departure dates: Anytime after Pesach
Return dates: About a 10-14 days after departure
Class: Coach or Business (coach preferred
Seats: 1 Person
Alliance/Airline: Star Alliance (Using United Miles) or One World (Using BA Avios)
« Last Edit: March 25, 2013, 06:51:44 PM by chucksterace »
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Literally anytime after pesach? There a hundreds of options.
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Literally anytime after pesach? There a hundreds of options.

Fine, preferably within a week after Pesach, so by April 9th.
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Bunch of options.

Here is one in Business with a 10 hour stopover in Brussels on the way there.

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Need help with an award ticket for nyc-eze for succos, (sep 17 - sep 29)
I have 100K+ Amex MR, 100K spg, and 190K Delta skypessos.
What would be the best way to go about it?
I need three tickets, and found availability on AF FB for the way back for 25K each... (would transfer MR for that)
What are my options for the way there? or is there anything better for the way back too?

TIA

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Need help with an award ticket for nyc-eze for succos, (sep 17 - sep 29)
I have 100K+ Amex MR, 100K spg, and 190K Delta skypessos.
What would be the best way to go about it?
I need three tickets, and found availability on AF FB for the way back for 25K each... (would transfer MR for that)
What are my options for the way there? or is there anything better for the way back too?

TIA
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One way/Round trip:  Round Trip
Non-stop/Maximum stops/Any: Any
From: BWI, DCA, IAD
To: PLS
Departure dates: 6/19
Return airports: N/A
Return dates: 6/24
Class: Any
Seats: 3
Alliance/Airline: Any/all

Looking to use 80K AmEx Membership Rewards points, and looking for advice on the best way to make that happen.  Any and all assistance is appreciated!

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Re: Australia Master Thread
« Reply #1964 on: April 03, 2013, 02:17:50 PM »
NEW TO THIS SO SORRY IF PLACED IN THE WRONG THREAD
LOOKING TO GO TO OZ FROM JFK AROUND NOVEMBER TIME HOW CAN I GET 4 FIRST CLASS SEATS
THEY SEEM TO BE HARD  TO GET!HAVE ENOUGH MILES ON BOTH AA AND DELTA