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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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YQ on AA metal is very low ~ $20

You're right, AS YQ is under $20 though I believe QF has pretty high YQ for AA metal.
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Thanks. Do you know how many miles that would cost ?

Should be around 25k miles, though it often doesn't show on the website, you would need to call in.
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Thanks! Booked thru AS

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Can anyone plz try to help me find a ticket for this summer?
I looked, but I could not find anything normal...
Any help would be GREATLY APPRECIATED!!

Round-trip
Up to 1 stop - Can even be one long stop (as long as during AM hours - So I can leave the airport...)
TLV - KEF
Departing Aug 18 - 28
Returning 8 or 9 days after departure
Coach
2 Passengers
I have mainly chase, also some Delta, AC, and CapOne.
Ramat Eshkol Sukkos (and summer) Rental

$100 if you refer me to someone who takes it!!

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  • Location: Chicago
One way/Round-trip: Round Trip
Non-stop/Maximum stops/Any: 1
From: Chicago ORD/MDW
To: TLV
Departure dates: August 14, 2024
Return airports:Chicago ORD/MDW
Return dates: September 3rd or 4th, 2024
Class: First/Business/Coach/Any
Seats: Total number of people traveling over the age of 2
Alliance/Airline: EL AL

I have almost 300,000 points from Chase and a lot of United points except that United hasn't been reliable flying to Israel.  I'd prefer to travel business class if there is a way to combine my chase and United points.  I'd appreciate suggestions.  Thank you in advance!!!

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Bumping this up can someone please help
Me find a award flight to Bangkok?


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Would love some assistance Please

One way/Round trip: Round Trip
Non-stop/Maximum stops/Any: 1
From: NYC
To: BKK
Departure dates: 07/07
Return dates: 07/24
Class: Busines/ First
Seats:  2 adult
Alliance/Airline: Any

I have Chase and capital one points. Could be one way


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Would love some assistance Please

One way/Round trip: Round Trip
Non-stop/Maximum stops/Any: 1
From: NYC
To: BKK
Departure dates: 07/07
Return dates: 07/24
Class: Busines/ First
Seats:  2 adult
Alliance/Airline: Any

I have Chase and capital one points. Could be one way

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Bumping this up can someone please help
Me find a award flight to Bangkok? I have Chase and capital one points. Could be one way

AC Aeroplan has partner awards avail.

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Hi,

Any help appreciated...I found United availability but very pricey....looking for ANA but cant find anything. I have AMEX and UR.

One way/Round trip: Round Trip
Non-stop/Maximum stops/Any: 1
From: NYC
To: Tokyo
Departure dates: 07/16
Return dates: 07/30
Class: Busines/ First
Seats:  2 adult
Alliance/Airline: Any

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Stop in mad is 30k British plus 150

Where do you see that ? I have a hold on AA flying Iberia out of MAD  30k +130. I anyways want to go to Madrid

Only concern is, will Iberia honor my AA Platnium pro?

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June 16 NYC- Anywhere in Europe business class for 2 have chase points so far couldn't find anything normal points priced if anyone can help me out id appropriate it.

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One way/Round trip: OW
Non-stop/Maximum stops/Any: 1
From: TLV
To: Preferably Was if not ewr
Departure dates: 06/18
Class: Economy
Seats:  1
Alliance/Airline: Any
UR/Cap1 points

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One way/Round trip: RT
Non-stop/Maximum stops/Any: 1
From: NYC
To: LON
Departure dates: 07/03 (after 5pm)
Return dates: 07/07 (after 5pm)
Class: Economy / Premier Economy / Business
Seats:  2
Alliance/Airline: Any
Points: Chase / United

Anyone have any good ideas? United with points for economy is a lot and no good options for Business. I would consider a stop if that would enable me to find Business on the way there in another European country especially if it's a long enough stopover to spend some time seeing the city.

Right now the best option seems to be Norse Atlantice premium economy for $1600. If I could use Chase UR at 1.5 cents per mile I would do it but you can't book Norse using Chase UR.


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One way/Round trip: RT
Non-stop/Maximum stops/Any: 1
From: NYC
To: LON
Departure dates: 07/03 (after 5pm)
Return dates: 07/07 (after 5pm)
Class: Economy / Premier Economy / Business
Seats:  2
Alliance/Airline: Any
Points: Chase / United

Anyone have any good ideas? United with points for economy is a lot and no good options for Business. I would consider a stop if that would enable me to find Business on the way there in another European country especially if it's a long enough stopover to spend some time seeing the city.

Right now the best option seems to be Norse Atlantice premium economy for $1600. If I could use Chase UR at 1.5 cents per mile I would do it but you can't book Norse using Chase UR.

For the outbound there's premium award availability with VS 6pm, stacks with the 30% bonus transfer from Chase.
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For the outbound there's premium award availability with VS 6pm, stacks with the 30% bonus transfer from Chase.

Thank you. It's a good deal mileage-wise (especially with the 30% UR bonus!). It's just has a really fee of $477! 

Anyone have any good options?


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Non-stop/Maximum stops/Any: up to 1
From: jfk, lga, ewr, PHL
To: FCO
Departure dates: June 23,2024
Class: cheapest
Seats: 1
Alliance/Airline: any

Thanks for any help!

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Non-stop/Maximum stops/Any: up to 1
From: jfk, lga, ewr, PHL
To: FCO
Departure dates: June 23,2024
Class: cheapest
Seats: 1
Alliance/Airline: any

Thanks for any help!

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RT or Multi City
Non-stop/Maximum stops/Any:
From: Prefer BOS.  Alternate: NYC, PHL, YUL, YYZ, IAD
To: JNB
Departure dates: 9/7 after 10pm (BOS only). 9/8 anytime, any airport
Return airports: prefer CPT. Alternate: JNB

Return dates: 9/18, 9/19 (must arrive in BOS no later than noon on Fri 9/20)
Class: First/Business
Seats: 1
Alliance/Airline: 210k sky miles, 900k UR

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One way/Round trip: OW
Non-stop/Maximum stops/Any: 1
From: TLV
To: NYC
Departure dates: Aug 18-28 (flex)
Class: Business
Seats:  2
Alliance/Airline: Any
MR/Citi/UR

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Non-stop
From: ORD
To: LHR
Departure dates: 8/18
Return dates: 8/23
Class: First/Business/Coach
Seats: 3
Alliance/Airline: Any

Iím finding a Biz way there, coach way back flight for 90,000 + $656 per person thru Cathay miles. I havenít had a JAL account so canít book thru there. Only have Amex and Chase points (and some United) so canít book thru Alaska or AA.

Thoughts on value here? Worth the transfer of 270,000 MR plus ~$2000?  Just a coach roundtrip would cost over 450,000 UR if I booked thru Chase. Just looking for a ďyouíre not crazy to transfer and book thisĒ assuranceÖ

Thanks!

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  • Location: Monsey, NY
One way/Round trip: Round Trip
Non-stop/Maximum stops/Any: Any
From: TLV
To: NYC Airports + PHL + All nearby airports
Departure dates: August 4 2024, +/- 3 Days
Return airports: TLV
Return dates: September 4 or 5 2024
Class: Coach
Seats: 1
Alliance/Airline: Don't know, I have 115,000 Chase UR Points.

If anyone can help with finding me Award seats, since I am new to this whole points thing. Thanks!
I think I might've found a good deal at Delta 68,000 + 103.55, but I have no idea how to get my points over to there or if it's even possible