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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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Re: Need help finding a ticket? Post here! Award ticket edition (Master thread)
« Reply #7290 on: February 08, 2016, 12:13:43 PM »
Hi, I was hoping someone could help me.  I have 100k MR and 200k UR

I am looking to fly to Israel.

From: PIT, YYZ, PHL, NYC, CLE, DTW
To: TLV
Departure dates: 4/10 or 4/11
Return airports: Same as departure
Return dates: 4/17 or 4/18
Class: cheapest
Seats: 1

Thank you to anyone who can help. 

Alliance/Airline: Any
From JFK you can fly for as low as $517 on Aeroflot and $817 direct ELal
sell the miles and buy the ticket

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Re: Need help finding a ticket? Post here! Award ticket edition (Master thread)
« Reply #7291 on: February 09, 2016, 02:38:17 AM »
Looking to fly sat night /sun from TLV to SAN in Business with only one stopover.  Any airlone
"Not all who wander are lost"

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Re: Need help finding a ticket? Post here! Award ticket edition (Master thread)
« Reply #7292 on: February 11, 2016, 11:24:19 AM »
NYC- FLL/MIA Feb 12 in the AM
no stops or 1 stop (no ap change)

Offering global entry/PP for suggestion that is taken.




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Re: Need help finding a ticket? Post here! Award ticket edition (Master thread)
« Reply #7293 on: February 12, 2016, 10:41:21 AM »
One way/Round trip: Round Trip
Non-stop/Maximum stops/Any: Any
From: OMA (this is the hard part, Omaha, NE)
To: DUB (Dublin, Ireland)
Departure dates: July 1 (evening), 2, 3, 4, 5
Return airports: OMA
Return dates: July 8, 9, 10
Class: Any
Seats: 2
Alliance/Airline: Any

Have Delta Gold, Delta SkyMiles, Avios and UR points to use.

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Re: Need help finding a ticket? Post here! Award ticket edition (Master thread)
« Reply #7294 on: February 13, 2016, 01:35:04 PM »
Round trip
Non-stop
From: TLV
To: ZRH
Departure dates: August 21 (motzei shabbos)
Return dates: August 25
Class: Coach
Seats: 2
Alliance/Airline: SWISS/ELAL

TIA!

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Re: Need help finding a ticket? Post here! Award ticket edition (Master thread)
« Reply #7295 on: February 14, 2016, 12:40:34 PM »
Hi

Is there a way to book an award flight on Virgin American with a chase transfer partner?

Thanks

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Re: Need help finding a ticket? Post here! Award ticket edition (Master thread)
« Reply #7296 on: February 14, 2016, 07:52:30 PM »
Hi!

I never bought tickets with points before, see below all points I have, anyone can guide me?

Round trip
Non-stop
From: NYC
To: LON
Departure dates: 3/2-3/2016
Return dates: 3/6-7/2016
Class: Coach
Seats: 2 adults (1 2-month baby)
Alliance/Airline: see below..
American express 300,000 plus
United 60,000 plus
Delta 30,000 + 77,000
AA 60,000 +
BA 60,000 plus
SPG 30,000 plus

Regular tickets cost around $900 each, worth to use any of these points instead?

Thanks in advance!

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Re: Need help finding a ticket? Post here! Award ticket edition (Master thread)
« Reply #7297 on: February 15, 2016, 09:04:29 AM »
Is there an MR transfer partner can I book AA J NYC-LAX for 25k or less?

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Re: Need help finding a ticket? Post here! Award ticket edition (Master thread)
« Reply #7298 on: February 15, 2016, 02:17:48 PM »
Q: Can someone please help me find a ticket?
A: No! Find it yourself.  ;D ;D Just kidding. Please copy the following lines, and fill it out in your post.

One way/Round trip: Either
Non-stop/Maximum stops/Any: Nonstop
From: EWR - Newark Airport
To: Western Europe - (Italy, Spain, Germany, Sweden)
Departure dates: Between April 19-April 22

Return dates: April 27-May1
Class: First/Business/Coach/Any
Seats: 1
Alliance/Airline: Any

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Re: Need help finding a ticket? Post here! Award ticket edition (Master thread)
« Reply #7299 on: February 15, 2016, 02:18:55 PM »
Q: Can someone please help me find a ticket?

One way/Round trip: Either
Non-stop/Maximum stops/Any: Nonstop
From: EWR - Newark Airport
To: Western Europe - (Italy, Spain, Germany, Sweden)
Departure dates: Between April 19-April 22

Return dates: April 27-May1
Class: First/Business/Coach/Any
Seats: 1
Alliance/Airline: Any

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Re: Need help finding a ticket? Post here! Award ticket edition (Master thread)
« Reply #7300 on: February 15, 2016, 03:00:43 PM »
@Steph.It really would help if you'd be more specific. Western Europe has alot of airports  ::)

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Re: Need help finding a ticket? Post here! Award ticket edition (Master thread)
« Reply #7301 on: February 15, 2016, 04:23:51 PM »
Round trip
Non-stop
From: LON
To: JFK
Departure dates: 3/2
Return dates: 3/9
Class: Coach
Seats: 2 adults

American express 275,000
Amex 250,000

I checked AA and BA its 80k points plus $800 gosh

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Re: Need help finding a ticket? Post here! Award ticket edition (Master thread)
« Reply #7302 on: February 15, 2016, 04:31:14 PM »
Virgin Atlantic is 60k using MR Travel ($608)

Round trip
Non-stop
From: LON
To: JFK
Departure dates: 3/2
Return dates: 3/9
Class: Coach
Seats: 2 adults

American express 275,000
Amex 250,000

I checked AA and BA its 80k points plus $800 gosh

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Re: Need help finding a ticket? Post here! Award ticket edition (Master thread)
« Reply #7303 on: February 15, 2016, 06:14:01 PM »
One way/Round trip: OW
Non-stop/Maximum stops/Any: Non-stop
From: MIA, FLL
To: JFK, LGA
Departure dates: 2/29/16
Class: Coach
Seats: 1
Alliance/Airline: AA, BA -  Amex and Chase points avail

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Re: Need help finding a ticket? Post here! Award ticket edition (Master thread)
« Reply #7304 on: February 15, 2016, 07:17:47 PM »
One way
Stops:Any
From: LGA/JFK/ISP
To: MIA/FLL
Departure dates: 03/03/2016 - after 10:00 AM, before 3:00 PM
Class: Any
Seats: 2
Alliance/Airline: Any

I have 60K UR