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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 only) 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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One way/Round-trip: RT
Non-stop/Maximum stops/Any: 1
From: TLV
To: JNB
Departure dates: JULY 23 (FLEX)
Return dates:AUG.6 (FLEX0
Class:BUSINESS
Seats:2
Alliance/Airline:ANY
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Looking for tickets back from Banff to EWR.  I saw on the Aeroplan it was 25,000 plus 250 CAN but wasn't sure if it was for one ticket or 2 and don't want t transfer points to an airline until I know details.

One way/Round-trip: OW
Non-stop/Maximum stops/Any: 1
From: YYC
To: EWR
Departure dates: JULY 3
Class:Any
Seats:2
Alliance/Airline:ANY

THANKS!

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Traveling with a baby, trying to make the trip a bit less stressful.

One way/Round-trip: R/T
Non-stop/Maximum stops/Any: Max 1 stop (can do a long layover with day trip  if needed)
From: SFO/SJC/OAK
To: TLV
Departure dates: June 21/22/23 
Return date: July 4/5/6
Class: Business
Seats: 1
Alliance/Airline: Preferably UA (I'm 1K) or other *A. I have SPG points, Chase and AMEX to transfer and also some SQ.

Thanks a lot in advance!

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Willing to pay for help!!

One way/Round-trip: ROUNDTRIP
Non-stop/Maximum stops/Any: preferably direct, up to one stop.
From: NYC (Phl as well)
To: TLV
Departure dates: July 25/26 (slightly flexible)
Return airports: NYC (phl)
Return dates: August 6/7 (slightly flexible)
Class: Any
Seats: 3 plus baby under 2
Alliance/Airline: Any

I have approx 100k UR
                     110k Delta
                     153k SPG
                     30k Amex
                     I have the united card so expanded availability.
Thanks
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Willing to pay for help!!

One way/Round-trip: ROUNDTRIP
Non-stop/Maximum stops/Any: preferably direct, up to one stop.
From: NYC (Phl as well)
To: TLV
Departure dates: July 25/26 (slightly flexible)
Return airports: NYC (phl)
Return dates: August 6/7 (slightly flexible)
Class: Any
Seats: 3 plus baby under 2
Alliance/Airline: Any

I have approx 100k UR
                     110k Delta
                     153k SPG
                     30k Amex
                     I have the united card so expanded availability.
Thanks
Outbound available on LH using UA for 42.5k on 7/25.

Use 90k SPG to get 270k Marriott to get 132k UA + 7 night certificate To cover 3 tickets. maybe try one way return
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Need help finding a ticket? Post here! Award ticket edition (Master thread)
« Reply #8750 on: June 10, 2018, 12:36:03 AM »
Hello looking for 2 tickets

Multi City
Stops: 2
From: YUL
To: LW
Departure dates: June 21
Return: WAW to YUL June 26
Class: Business
Airline: I have 200 aeroplane and 125 BA

Thanks

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Outbound available on LH using UA for 42.5k on 7/25.

Use 90k SPG to get 270k Marriott to get 132k UA + 7 night certificate To cover 3 tickets. maybe try one way return

Thanks so much!
Any major differences between LH and Austrian? Same availability better timing for me...

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Thanks so much!
Any major differences between LH and Austrian? Same availability better timing for me...
747 vs 767 on the transatlantic.
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Outbound available on LH using UA for 42.5k on 7/25.

Use 90k SPG to get 270k Marriott to get 132k UA + 7 night certificate To cover 3 tickets. maybe try one way return

You've been a tremendous help and I really appreciate it.
Any ideas/options for the one way return?
Thanks a million.

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Outbound available on LH using UA for 42.5k on 7/25.

Use 90k SPG to get 270k Marriott to get 132k UA + 7 night certificate To cover 3 tickets. maybe try one way return

BUMPING: can really use help on the return...
Can fly back to NYC/PHL

Thanks.

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Non-stop/Maximum stops/Any: Non-stop preferred, up to 1 is ok.
From: NYC
To: TLV
Departure dates: very flexible. 10/13 - 12/2 -> (8-10 day long trip, the closer to 10/13 the better)
Return dates: see above
Class: Any
Seats: 2
Alliance/Airline: I have enough chase and SPG to get my hands on. I do not currently have the united card but can if that will help with avail.
TIA!!!!

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Not sure if this is the right place to post, but I'm trying to figure out the cheapest way to go from NYC to CHI 8/16-19 for family of 7. We are willing to split to two flights. It may just make more sense to buy tickets, but I figure someone probably knows something that I don't. Thanks in advance!
One way/Round-trip: ROUNDTRIP
Non-stop/Maximum stops/Any: Non-stop
From: NYC
To: CHI
Departure dates: August 16 (later in day is better)
Return airports: NYC
Return dates: August 19
Class: Any
Seats: 7, but can be split over two flights
Alliance/Airline: Any
 Currently have ~223K TY points, 150K AA, and 85K AMEX MR. AAdvantage card as well.

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Not sure if this is the right place to post, but I'm trying to figure out the cheapest way to go from NYC to CHI 8/16-19 for family of 7. We are willing to split to two flights. It may just make more sense to buy tickets, but I figure someone probably knows something that I don't. Thanks in advance!
One way/Round-trip: ROUNDTRIP
Non-stop/Maximum stops/Any: Non-stop
From: NYC
To: CHI
Departure dates: August 16 (later in day is better)
Return airports: NYC
Return dates: August 19
Class: Any
Seats: 7, but can be split over two flights
Alliance/Airline: Any
 Currently have ~223K TY points, 150K AA, and 85K AMEX MR. AAdvantage card as well.
Outbound every flight before 1:30pm has at least 6 seats available on AA for 12.5k Return is tougher.
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Is ANA still a viable tool to use to book Star Alliance miles  tickets to Israel? Any better than aeroplan? Im wondering if its worth throwing in 1000 miles into the account to see whats available through ANA? Any thoughts?

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Is ANA still a viable tool to use to book Star Alliance miles  tickets to Israel? Any better than aeroplan? Im wondering if its worth throwing in 1000 miles into the account to see whats available through ANA? Any thoughts?
Don't need a 1,000 miles in the account anymore to search. What are you hoping to see that you can't with Aeroplan? If you can find United space, then you might as well book with Aegis for even less miles and no YQ on United.