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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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Have you searched for saver availability on united.com yet?
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One way/Round trip: RT
Non-stop/Maximum stops/Any: Any
From: NYC, ORD
To: TLV
Departure dates: 5/22/13 or 5/23/13
Return dates: 5/28/13
Class: First or Business
Seats: 1
Alliance/Airline: OneWorld (AA mile) or *A (UA Miles)

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Round trip
Non-stop/Maximum stops/Any: Preferably Non stop but max one stop each way
From: MIA, FLL
To: TLV
Departure dates: One week in from 12/29/13-1/19/14 OR one week anytime in february 2014 NOT during winter break
Return airports: MIA,FLL
Return dates: One week in from 12/29/13-1/19/14 OR one week anytime in february 2014 NOT during winter break
Class: Any
Seats: 2
Alliance/Airline: ANY

We are trying to get there obviously for a good price and are willing to open up new credit card for miles if that will help.  THANKS!

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I'm about to book 4 tix nyc>bud. using united miles on Lufthansa. Total 240k plus $540. Is this worth it? Any better way to book? Better to buy tix?
TIA
ETA: And now when I go book It's also showing the $300 Service Fee
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i was looking to book to book form nyc to fll for the week of may 19 using 15k BA miles, there was no availability for the whole week. is it just too early and it wil open up soon or there really is nothing?

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i was looking to book to book form nyc to fll for the week of may 19 using 15k BA miles, there was no availability for the whole week. is it just too early and it wil open up soon or there really is nothing?
Dates?

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Multi City/Round trip::
Non-stop/Maximum stops/Any: Any

From: SIN
To: TLV
Departure dates: 6/30

From: TLV
To: YUL
dates: 7/14

From:YYZ
To: SIN
dates: 8/4

Class:Coach (business if no other option)
Seats: 2 Adults - 3 Children (2-10)
Alliance/Airline: Any

« Last Edit: April 07, 2013, 03:22:50 PM by Cbs »

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I'm about to book 4 tix nyc>bud. using united miles on Lufthansa. Total 240k plus $540. Is this worth it? Any better way to book? Better to buy tix?
TIA
ETA: And now when I go book It's also showing the $300 Service Fee
It's the service fee when booking within 21 days.
Probably cheaper to buy tickets

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Multi City/Round trip::
Non-stop/Maximum stops/Any: Any

From: SIN
To: TLV
Departure dates: 6/30

From: TLV
To: YUL
dates: 7/14

From:YYZ
To: SIN
dates: 8/4

Class:Coach (business if no other option)
Seats: 2 Adults - 3 Children (2-10)
Alliance/Airline: Any
5 seats is always rough but in July Aug it's almost impossible to fly direct routes.
Sin tlv jun 30 you have a lot of availability on United
Tlv YUL with flying blue klm you have 5 available +yq 280$
YYZ sin you have availability on Aug 5 flying with ac to Copenhagen and then to sin with sq
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I need help finding tickets to LA for my brothers bar mitzvah, so far I've been looking, but haven't been able to find much. TIA, any help would be great!

Round trip:
Non-stop/Maximum stops/Any: Ideally nonstop, maximum 1 with at least 2 hours in between (so no problems switching)
From: Jfk/LGA
To: LAX/BUR
Departure dates: July 4 (all day), or July 3 (after 3pm)
Return dates:July 17
Class: cheapest
Seats: 2
Alliance/Airline: Delta (61k) , American (100k), Star Alliance (56k) British (38k) or one world
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You didn't write how many/which Star miles you have.
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I need help finding tickets to LA for my brothers bar mitzvah, so far I've been looking, but haven't been able to find much. TIA, any help would be great!

Round trip:
Non-stop/Maximum stops/Any: Ideally nonstop, maximum 1 with at least 2 hours in between (so no problems switching)
From: Jfk/LGA
To: LAX/BUR
Departure dates: July 4 (all day), or July 3 (after 3pm)
Return dates:July 17
Class: cheapest
Seats: 2
Alliance/Airline: Delta (61k) , American (100k), Star Alliance or one world
flying out jul 4 you have seats available on aa business with a stop in ord for 25k each
Return you have on Tuesday jul 16 with a stop in coach for 12.5k

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flying out jul 4 you have seats available on aa business with a stop in ord for 25k each
Return you have on Tuesday jul 16 with a stop in coach for 12.5k

Can't fly on July 16 :/
cool thanks!

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Non-stop/Maximum stops/Any:1 preferred, but 2 possible.
From: SFO
To: MNL
Departure dates: May 9/10
Return dates: May 18-20
Class: Coach
Seats: 2
Alliance/Airline: United/Star Alliance (135K), Delta/Sky Team (132K)

Can't find any saver awards with reasonable trip durations (i.e. under 20 hours)

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I am looking for enough delta or united miles to buy two round trip tiks to israel from ny.