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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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Thank you

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One Way
Non-stop
From: EWR/PHL
To: YYZ
Departure date: 5/23
Class: Coach
Seats: Total number of people traveling over the age of 2: 1
Alliance/Airline: What airline or alliance are you looking to fly with: Any

AA doesn't have MileSAAver Availibilty, and UA doesn't have Saver award avail. Are there any other mileage options?

Any help is greatly appreciated!

Thank you!

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Im having a tough time figuring out how to book on british for american flights..Im trying to go non stop from
NYC- MIA.. JUne 6- JUNe 11.. how do i know if available? british wont display? and is eco web special considered super saver award ?

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Im having a tough time figuring out how to book on british for american flights..Im trying to go non stop from
NYC- MIA.. JUne 6- JUNe 11.. how do i know if available? british wont display? and is eco web special considered super saver award ?
Does it show up in AA as saver mile award?
Always praying for delayed baggage.

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Yes it does i see some direct flights as Mile sAAver  but on british its only displaying 1 flight which is a stop over  june 11 mia-lga

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Call them up or try changing dates a couple of times and see if it'll show up.
Always praying for delayed baggage.

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Hi,
Im looking for a flight from nyc to london then the next day to Prague and then back to nyc. Anyone have any ideas of which airline miles i can use and maybe make the stop in london considered a stop over on my flight to Prague, without the crazy surcharges?

Departing: NYC - London June 17 (red eye), London - Prague June 19, Prague - NYC June 20

I have AMEX MR and Chase UR points can fly any airline, 1 seat in coach.

The best ive found was 25k chase points to london, cash flight for $30 to Prague, 21k chase points to nyc.

Thank you

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one way
london t washington IAD
1 adult
in the next few days
have all points

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Hi Everyone, first post here so please show mercy. Thanks in advance!!

Round trip
Max stops: 1 (each way)
From: JFK/EWR/LGA/PHL
To: ATH, LIS
Departure dates: July 3 (after 6pm) July 4th (landing min 3 hours before shabbos), July 6 (at least after 11pm) July 7
Return dates: July 17 or 18
Class:  Any
Seats: 2

I have 150k Amex MR and 132,000 United miles (am not a Mileageplus member, but wife is, however she has 0 miles on her account).

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Multi City
Non-stop/Maximum stops/Any: Any
From: LAX or SAN
To: London
Departure dates: Anywhere from June 16-20
Second flight: From London to Warsaw - June 24, must arrive by early afternoon. (Note - I am open to booking this leg by cash on a low cost carrier if it makes more sense to do so)
Third flight: from PRAGUE to either LAX or SAN on June 30 or July 1
Class: Would like business/first, but in recognizing miles cost will likely be very high, open to Economy also.
Seats: 1
Alliance/Airline: Open

Any help would be appreciated on this trip. I have a lot of Chase UR points, as well as about 160k Delta miles and about 50k jetblue miles.

Also, FWIW, I'd be open to booking a simpler ticket RT from LAX/SAN to London, and just booking short hops from london to warsaw and from prague back to london. I've seen these domestic legs for about $100 each on Ryanair, and they are only 2.5 hour flights or so. I'm really just trying to figure out what the best option is to maximize my points.

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Don't really know anything about award tickets
Need a flight for 2-4 people from Newark or philedelphia to Chicago leaving evening June 20 returning June 24or 25 .
What is the best(cheapest method) I have united chase ur  Amex aa, and ba
Thank so much

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Longtime Dan's deals reader. New to the forums.
Girlfriend and I are planning her first trip to Israel. Hoping to get engaged while there.  She has AMEX Platinum Consumer, I'm not much of a traveler (other than Israel) so only have Advantage miles.

Round Trip
1 stop
From: CHI
To: TLV
Departure dates: September 14
Return dates: September 28
Class: coach/economy
Seats: 2
Alliance/Airline: No preference but currently only have AAdvantage number with 64K miles
Girlfriend has 449K Amex points. Also has 430K Marriott Bonvoy points.

Looking for any help with tickets and hotels in TLV, Jerusalem, Haifa, Dead Sea. Really want her to fall in love with Israel!

« Last Edit: June 13, 2019, 08:13:11 PM by zhenya13 »

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Hi,
Looking to fly for July 4th weekend
Round trip direct
From: Newark nj
To: Vancouver
Departure dates: July 3-7 round trip
Class: economy
Seats: 2
Alliance/Airline: Open (have ba miles)

Any help would be appreciated on this trip.

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Is it safe for a woman traveling alone to fly Royal Jordanian to Israel, with a stopover in Amman?
This is using AA miles.