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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.



Author Topic: Need help finding a ticket? Post here! Award ticket edition (Master thread)  (Read 916198 times)

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Re: Need help finding a ticket? Post here! Award ticket edition (Master thread)
« Reply #7050 on: October 24, 2015, 11:08:59 PM »
trying to get to Israel for my mother's first yartzeit. I have alot of avios but not having luck finding anything decent.
if anyone can help, I would be willing to pay something if i use the itinerary...

Round trip
Non-stop/Maximum stops/Any: willing to make a stop
From: NYC
To: TLV
Departure dates: nov 18 or 19 (but 19 is a thurs. )

Return dates: 25,26, 28(motzai shabbos), 29 (latest to be back by sun afternoon0
Class: Coach
Seats: 2
Alliance/Airline: I have alot of avios

thanks for any help!

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Re: Need help finding a ticket? Post here! Award ticket edition (Master thread)
« Reply #7051 on: October 26, 2015, 02:29:38 AM »
LAX-NYC
One way
Business class
Nov.15 (Red eye)
Looking for lie-flat and i see nothing less than 45k.
You'll probably have to wait till within a day or two to find anything at all,  but keep an eye on AA first,  for 32.5. 

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Re: Need help finding a ticket? Post here! Award ticket edition (Master thread)
« Reply #7052 on: October 26, 2015, 07:57:25 PM »
Hi

i'd appreciate if anyone can help me

One way/Round trip: One Way
Non-stop/Maximum stops/Any: any
From: nyc area
To: tlv
Departure dates:  Nov 29 (give or take 1-2 days)
Class: Business/First
Seats: 1
Alliance/Airline: I have 72K American Airlines miles, 230K Chase UR Points, 50K BA Avios.

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Re: Need help finding a ticket? Post here! Award ticket edition (Master thread)
« Reply #7053 on: October 28, 2015, 04:38:08 PM »
I need a ticket week of December 31 from Sydney Australia  to NYC. Cheapest on aa is 120k! Buying with cash is over 1k! Any way to get a ticket for a decent price?

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Re: Need help finding a ticket? Post here! Award ticket edition (Master thread)
« Reply #7054 on: October 29, 2015, 07:08:53 PM »
One way
Non-stop
From: GRU
To: NYC (preferably EWR)
Departure dates: 12/27, slight possibly of 12/28
First/Business
Seats: 1
160K Chase UR, 80K Starwood, 160K AAdvantage, lots of AMEX - I found AAnytime  for 150K, but I'd like a better deal.  Thanks!

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Re: Need help finding a ticket? Post here! Award ticket edition (Master thread)
« Reply #7055 on: October 30, 2015, 11:38:08 AM »
One way/Round trip:  Round Trip
Non-stop/Maximum stops/Any: Any
From: PHX or AZA
To: NRT, HND, GMP, ICN
Departure dates: March 7-20
Return airports: PHX or AZA
Return dates: April 7-20
Class: First/Business
Seats: 2
Alliance/Airline: Anything that I can transfer AMEX or CHASE points

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Re: Need help finding a ticket? Post here! Award ticket edition (Master thread)
« Reply #7056 on: November 01, 2015, 08:55:13 PM »
round trip
LAX - CPH
Dec 23 - jan 3 (a day before or after on either end is fine)
2 people
business is preferred but can be economy if necessary
have a few 100k on amex
about 100k on starwood
and about 60k with chase

so far, all im seeing is with united 70k for the way there with lufthansa (business saver)

looking for a friend. if this is very complicated, he may be willing to pay someone to figure it out for him (my knowledge is pretty basic)
thanks

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Re: Need help finding a ticket? Post here! Award ticket edition (Master thread)
« Reply #7057 on: November 03, 2015, 10:14:15 AM »
One way/Round trip:  One way
Non-stop/Maximum stops/Any: Any
From: TLV
To: MIA, FLL, PBI
Departure dates:December 13 - 17
Class: Economy
Seats: 1
Alliance/Airline: Any.  Have UR, MR, M&M (limited). Looking for best deal.  TIA

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Re: Need help finding a ticket? Post here! Award ticket edition (Master thread)
« Reply #7058 on: November 03, 2015, 10:16:35 PM »
Round trip
UP to 1 Stop
From NY
TO: LHR

11/04/2015-11/09/2015
Economy
2 Seats

Anybody?

Have UR, MR, SPG, United

TIA

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Re: Need help finding a ticket? Post here! Award ticket edition (Master thread)
« Reply #7059 on: November 04, 2015, 01:41:29 PM »
Round trip
UP to 1 Stop
From NY
TO: LHR

11/04/2015-11/09/2015
Economy
2 Seats

Anybody?

Have UR, MR, SPG, United

TIA

There are UA saver awards available but your going to pay a bit because it's last minute
there's a nonstop from newark and the rest are stopovers
would cost 120k miles and $395

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Re: Need help finding a ticket? Post here! Award ticket edition (Master thread)
« Reply #7060 on: November 05, 2015, 12:58:33 AM »
Looking for round trip to Australia
01/24/2016-02/01/2016
2-3 seats
Economy class
Any amount of stops is fine
I have, SPG, United, Avios, UR, MR, Delta, Thank you Points.
Any help will really be appreciated.

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Re: Need help finding a ticket? Post here! Award ticket edition (Master thread)
« Reply #7061 on: November 05, 2015, 11:39:16 AM »
Looking for round trip to Australia
01/24/2016-02/01/2016
2-3 seats
Economy class
Any amount of stops is fine
I have, SPG, United, Avios, UR, MR, Delta, Thank you Points.
Any help will really be appreciated.
there's saver award on 1/26 the way back is wide open for 2/2 2/3 2/4
ewr-mel and ewr-syd
sq will set you back 110k per segment

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Re: Need help finding a ticket? Post here! Award ticket edition (Master thread)
« Reply #7062 on: November 05, 2015, 12:31:20 PM »
need help finding las to tlv one way for 2 in business on Nov 11 on any alliance
thanks

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Re: Need help finding a ticket? Post here! Award ticket edition (Master thread)
« Reply #7063 on: November 05, 2015, 12:46:46 PM »
need help finding las to tlv one way for 2 in business on Nov 11 on any alliance
thanks
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Re: Need help finding a ticket? Post here! Award ticket edition (Master thread)
« Reply #7064 on: November 05, 2015, 01:26:21 PM »
Follow the wiki
What do you have
united, amex aa, chase, thank you, spg, lufthansa, ba,and so on