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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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I hope this is the right thread to ask, and sorry if this is an amateur question.

What's the least amount of points/miles possible to use in any airline to fly from Europe to NYC round trip ?

(I am looking for Brussels NYC but I want to get a general idea)

(I am trying to figure out when/at what price its even worth to try to use miles/points in couch verses buying )

thanks in advance
     

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I hope this is the right thread to ask, and sorry if this is an amateur question.

What's the least amount of points/miles possible to use in any airline to fly from Europe to NYC round trip ?

(I am looking for Brussels NYC but I want to get a general idea)

(I am trying to figure out when/at what price its even worth to try to use miles/points in couch verses buying )

thanks in advance
   

The best would be to fly with UA.
If you are looking to fly business class then book with Aeroplan to fly on UA that will be 45k points each way(amex transfers to them)
For economy United will be same price. 30k each way
If you fly on UA there's no fuel.

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Round trip:
up to 1 stop
From: cvg, day, ind, cmh, lex, sdf
To: phx or aza
Departure dates: 5/19/15 (flexible)
Return airports: same as From
Return dates: 5/26/15 (or later)
Class: coach
Seats: 2
Alliance/Airline: Cheapest :)

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Looking to fly from PHI to Los Angeles

Round Trip
Up to 1 stop
From PHI to LA
Departure dates: 6/14/15 (flexible)
Return dates: 6/22/15 (flexible)
Class: coach
2 Adults & 2 Children
I have enough BA Avios points and SPG points

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Looking to fly from PHI to Los Angeles

Round Trip
Up to 1 stop
From PHI to LA
Departure dates: 6/14/15 (flexible)
Return dates: 6/22/15 (flexible)
Class: coach
2 Adults & 2 Children
I have enough BA Avios points and SPG points
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Round trip
nonstop or 1 stop
Depart :NYC area airports(LGA,JFK,EWR)
Going to Seattle
Depart onAug 16, 2015
Return to NYC
Return on Aug 20, 2015
I have plenty of points on American, Southwest, United and some delta points
Economy class
2 or 3 people
Any help will be appreciated!!!

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Round trip
nonstop or 1 stop
Depart :NYC area airports(LGA,JFK,EWR)
Going to Seattle
Depart onAug 16, 2015
Return to NYC
Return on Aug 20, 2015
I have plenty of points on American, Southwest, United and some delta points
Economy class
2 or 3 people
Any help will be appreciated!!!
keep checking AA and UA because a flight can open any time, southwest I would only book if there is some kind of sale because there points and based on the price of the ticker
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thanks so much for the advice. I will do as you suggest. You guys are the best!!

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i know my question may be obvious, is there any way to book a ba flight lhr-nyc without fuel charges?

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Looking to book 2 economy nyc-phx jun28 return las-nyc July 5




I have ba aa Amex United delta chaseFlexible with the destination can be be vise versa.

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Need help finding OW award for 2 from NBO-SFO
Date- Jul 14
Class F or J
Miles - any

Thanks

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Can't seem to find availability for:

Origin:  Pref. BWI, but IAD/PHL/EWR ok.
Destination:  Pref. MAD, but BCN is ok.
Depart June 21 or 22.

Return pref. from BCN to BWI, but any of the above work.  On July 1.
Economy both ways.
Have MR and UR and AA and BA.
Thanks!

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Can't seem to find availability for:

Origin:  Pref. BWI, but IAD/PHL/EWR ok.
Destination:  Pref. MAD, but BCN is ok.
Depart June 21 or 22.

Return pref. from BCN to BWI, but any of the above work.  On July 1.
Economy both ways.
Have MR and UR and AA and BA.
Thanks!
The closer it gets, the better the availability...
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Would appreciate some help booking this trip...

2 PAX
LAX - TLV R/T (just 1 stop preferred over more)
Lie Flat Biz/First (for long/overnight legs)
Departing Sunday, September 20th (to arrive no later than the morning of YK) or Motzaei YK (to arrive no later than Erev Shabbos morning)
Returning Motzaei Simchat Torah (in Israel or Chu"L) to arrive ASAP
Have a lot of Chase UR, a decent amount of Amex MR, same for BA Avios, Unite and American, and some El Al, Delta, Air France and Alitalia miles
Would like to use points/miles as efficiently as possible
Willing to reward whoever helps me make this happen
Thanks in advance


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