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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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Re: Need help finding a ticket? Post here! Award ticket edition (Master thread)
« Reply #540 on: February 26, 2012, 12:17:39 AM »
One way/Round trip: RT
Non-stop/Maximum stops/Any: 1
From: All airports from which you can depart: JFK/LGA/EWR
To: All airports which you can arrive at. CZM
Departure dates:  7/9/2012
Return airports:  JFK/LGA/EWR

Class: Coach
Seats: Total number of people traveling over the age of 2: 10 Adults 1 infant
Alliance/Airline: Any airline, membership reward points

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Re: Need help finding a ticket? Post here! Award ticket edition (Master thread)
« Reply #541 on: February 26, 2012, 02:45:51 AM »
One way/Round trip: RT
Non-stop/Maximum stops/Any: 1
From: All airports from which you can depart: JFK/LGA/EWR
To: All airports which you can arrive at. CZM
Departure dates:  7/9/2012
Return airports:  JFK/LGA/EWR

Class: Coach
Seats: Total number of people traveling over the age of 2: 10 Adults 1 infant
Alliance/Airline: Any airline, membership reward points
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Re: Need help finding a ticket? Post here! Award ticket edition (Master thread)
« Reply #542 on: February 26, 2012, 04:03:46 AM »
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Re: Need help finding a ticket? Post here! Award ticket edition (Master thread)
« Reply #543 on: February 27, 2012, 04:23:00 PM »

One way/Round trip: RT
Non-stop/Maximum stops/Any: any would like to have a full day stopover in some European country on the departure only.
From: All airports from which you can depart: TLV
To: All airports which you can arrive at. JFk/EWR/LGA
Departure dates:  6/17/12
Return Airports: JFK/EWR/LGA
Return Date: 8/22/12

Class: Coach
Seats: Total number of people traveling over the age of 2: 2 Adults 1 infant
Alliance/Airline: Any airline, UR points, continental, united..etc....


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Re: Need help finding a ticket? Post here! Award ticket edition (Master thread)
« Reply #544 on: February 27, 2012, 09:15:18 PM »
Roundtrip

From: DTW, YQG
To: YYJ
May 6-May 10 or April 29-May 3
Class: Any
Seats: 2
Alliance/Airline: AA, Delta, CO
looking for the shortest trip with no more than 35,000 miles per ticket.

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Re: Need help finding a ticket? Post here! Award ticket edition (Master thread)
« Reply #545 on: February 27, 2012, 11:12:24 PM »
Round trip
Non-stop/Maximum stops/Any: 2
From: TLV
To: ORD
Departure dates: 5/14, 5/15, 5/16 - preferably 5/15
Return airports: same
Return dates: 5/28, 5/29, 5/30 - preferably 5/29
Class:Business
Seats: 2
Alliance/Airline: AA miles, UA/CO miles
i would be willing to do one way on star alliance and one way on one world

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Re: Need help finding a ticket? Post here! Award ticket edition (Master thread)
« Reply #546 on: February 27, 2012, 11:15:12 PM »
Bump!
80K CO/UA/UR in coach:

04/23 US2653, CLE-CLT, 1:45pm-3:20pm
1:50 connection in Charlotte
04/23 LH429, CLT-MUC, 5:10pm-7:50am+1
1:30 connection in Munich
04/24 LH688, MUC-TLV, 9:20am-2:05pm

09/23 CO91, TLV-EWR, 10:40pm-4:50am+1
1:35 connection in Newark
09/24 CO1705, EWR-CLE 6:25am-8:00am
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Re: Need help finding a ticket? Post here! Award ticket edition (Master thread)
« Reply #547 on: February 28, 2012, 12:58:29 AM »
 :-[ I'm sorry, that was plain old rude!  :-[

Thank you very much for taking the time to help me i really appreciate it!

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Re: Need help finding a ticket? Post here! Award ticket edition (Master thread)
« Reply #548 on: February 28, 2012, 03:34:10 PM »
i have 110,000 MR points, and just got accepted for the chase sapphire and continental onepass cards, so potentially in 2 weeks or less i can have 100,000 points. (i may also get approved for the united one so maybe another 50,000 there too)
i also have 60,000 qantas miles.

round trip, preferrably round the world

DEP: April 1 /  EZE - SYD
RTN: April 29 / SYD - EZE

how do i do it best?
cheapest? or business?
what are my best options?
btw this will be my first award ticket from credit cards!
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Re: Need help finding a ticket? Post here! Award ticket edition (Master thread)
« Reply #549 on: February 28, 2012, 07:18:55 PM »
Round trip
Non-stop/Maximum stops/Any: any
From: TLV
To: ny
Departure dates: 3/10/12 or 3/11/12 (early morning- has to make a wedding sunday night)
Return airports: same
Return dates:  3/21/12 or 3/13 or 3/14
Class:coach
Seats: 1
Alliance/Airline: oneworld/aa miles

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Re: Need help finding a ticket? Post here! Award ticket edition (Master thread)
« Reply #550 on: February 29, 2012, 05:14:26 PM »
Roundtrip

From: JFK (preferred, but EWR is doable)
To: TLV
Prefer non-stop, max stops: 1
March 14-20
Class: Coach
Seats: 1

Currently have: 57K Continental, 97K SPG, 27K Delta, 80K AA, 103K BA Avios

I have no idea how to figure out my options, so any assistance would be greatly appreciated - thanks!

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Bump - anyone? Please help!

Roundtrip

From: JFK (preferred, but EWR is doable)
To: TLV
Prefer non-stop, max stops: 1
March 14-20/21
Class: Coach
Seats: 1

Currently have: 57K Continental, 97K SPG, 27K Delta, 80K AA, 103K BA Avios

I'm confused and overwhelmed by all of the options, so any assistance would be greatly appreciated - thanks!

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Bump - anyone? Please help!

Roundtrip

From: JFK (preferred, but EWR is doable)
To: TLV
Prefer non-stop, max stops: 1
March 14-20/21
Class: Coach
Seats: 1

Currently have: 57K Continental, 97K SPG, 27K Delta, 80K AA, 103K BA Avios

I'm confused and overwhelmed by all of the options, so any assistance would be greatly appreciated - thanks!

Not exact dates but here goes:


Outbound - Thursday 15 March 2012 (34.5k BA or 45k AA)
22:30, 03/15/2012 RJ0262 JFK-AMM; 22:15, 03/16/2012 RJ0340 AMM-TLV

Inbound- Friday 23 March 2012 (40k CO)

10:45, 03/23/2012 TK785 TLV-IST; 17:40, 03/23/2012 TK11 IST-JFK


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Round trip:
Stops - as few as possible
From: lax
To: tlv
Departure dates: I have to be there latest mid afternoon on March 29th, so I can leave 29th or 27th if I need to
Return airports: same
Return dates: March 31st (after shabbos) or April 1st
Class:Any
Seats: 1, maybe 2
Alliance/Airline: I have 100K+ miles on AA, CO, BA and - close to 600K UR points

I love you guys!

Just to update - I splurged on the only thing available, got round trip in first (lie flat) on continental/ united, for 300K, which I transferred from UR.
UR has been good to me, got 70K in bonus points last month :)

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One-way
From: TLV
To: CDG
Prefer non-stop, max stops: 1
April 15-16
Class: Coach
Seats: 2
Have Amex and UR points

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Roundtrip

From: JFK
To: FCO
Prefer non-stop, max stops: 1
April - 3 To 23 Flexibile
Class: Coach
Seats: 1
I have AA Miles

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Hi, wondering if someone can help me out here.  If I'm posting in the wrong thread, please let me know where this belongs..

I need to book tickets for acquaintances coming in to NYC from Mel. Austr. after Pesach and to return before Shavuos.

Now, the first factor I need to take into consideration is, that they want to stop in LA for a few days on the way to NYC (most flights anyways stopover in LA, so its just a matter of having a longer stopover).  The second factor is that they want to be in Detroit MI for 2 weeks sometime - preferably in the beginning of their stay.

So before I embark on searching for a ticket, I'm trying to figure out if in such a case as this one -where you may have a few stopovers, is it cheaper to buy miles and then just use 2 stopovers on the way in to NYC (one in LA and one in Detroit) for as long as you like?
If so, which mileage program?

Also, an advantage with mileage is that its all on only one ticket/reservation = less confusion.

Or is it cheaper to buy a RT ticket MEL-NYC-MEL with the regular connection in LA extended to a few days (does that cost ex$tra?), and then buy a separate domestic ticket NYC-Detroit?

In summary, is it cheaper to buy?  Or cheaper to buy miles and use them?

Thanks!

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looking for a one way
From: JFK (nonstop) or PHL (1 stop)
To: GRU
Departure dates:. March 18
Class: First/Business
Alliance/Airline: One world / sky team
up to 100K on Sky team and 75K on one world

Thanx

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Return trip
From: BRU
To: NYC
Departure dates:. March 15 (after 15:00)
Return: march 18
Class: economy
Alliance/Airline: aadvantage miles
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