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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 #8880 on: August 13, 2018, 05:02:14 PM »
PSA: LOOK BEFORE YOU ASK.
As well provide the results of your research.
You prefer to use a specific program, Did you look if that's availible?
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Re: Need help finding a ticket? Post here! Award ticket edition (Master thread)
« Reply #8881 on: August 13, 2018, 06:12:18 PM »
Yes, I did look. If I would have found, I wouldn't have posted....

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Re: Need help finding a ticket? Post here! Award ticket edition (Master thread)
« Reply #8882 on: August 21, 2018, 03:04:30 PM »
looking for r/t nyc tlv in business

october 16 or 17 return october 20 or 21 prefer direct (united currently has availability on the outgoing) i do not have united explorer card

i am willing to return with a stopover on an exceptional product.. 

Would also book a plan b for the return if possible.

I have enough miles/points in every program to cover. i just dont have the time.

I am looking for someone to assist me in the process of researching and booking this award and giving me the options. 

i am willing to pay in $ or miles. 

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Re: Need help finding a ticket? Post here! Award ticket edition (Master thread)
« Reply #8883 on: August 27, 2018, 02:51:49 PM »
looking for a one way for 2 people from tlv to nyc on october 6 late flight or oct 7 morning shortest stop over
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Re: Need help finding a ticket? Post here! Award ticket edition (Master thread)
« Reply #8884 on: September 04, 2018, 06:21:17 PM »
One way/Round-trip: Round Trip
Non-stop/Maximum stops/Any: prefer 1 stop in Amsterdam outbound
From: NYC
To: TLV
Departure dates: 10/28/18 flexible - 11/14/18 flexible
Class: Business or First
Seats: 2
Alliance/Airline: Any, Membership rewards and Ultimate Rewards available

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Re: Need help finding a ticket? Post here! Award ticket edition (Master thread)
« Reply #8885 on: September 06, 2018, 12:53:06 PM »
One way
any stop
From: nyc all airports
To: tlv
Departure dates:9/20 or
Class: First/Business/Coach/Any
Seats:1
Alliance/Airline: any

or i would leave late9/19
basically not traveling on shabbes or yomtov

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Re: Need help finding a ticket? Post here! Award ticket edition (Master thread)
« Reply #8886 on: September 13, 2018, 02:47:31 PM »
One way/Round-trip: Round Trip
Non-stop/Maximum Stops: nonstop preferred, one stop is ok
From: NYC
To: HKG
Departure dates: 10/10/18 to 10/18/18 or 10/119/18
Class: Business or First
Seats: 1-6
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Re: Need help finding a ticket? Post here! Award ticket edition (Master thread)
« Reply #8887 on: September 16, 2018, 03:40:50 PM »
One way/Round trip: OW
Non-stop/Maximum stops/Any: Any
From: All airports from which you can depart: Any in Europe
To: All airports which you can arrive at. NYC
Departure dates: All possible dates that you can depart on.. 09/30
Class: First/Business/Coach/Any: F or J.
Total number of people traveling over the age of 2: 1 - possibly two.
Alliance/Airline: What airline or alliance are you looking to fly with Any.

Was unable to find anything in saver using UA / AA / DL (under 280,000) / AS etc..

Needs to be something that can get back to NYC 4pm or earlier.

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Re: Need help finding a ticket? Post here! Award ticket edition (Master thread)
« Reply #8888 on: September 16, 2018, 09:44:21 PM »
Canít believe you need help booking!!

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Re: Need help finding a ticket? Post here! Award ticket edition (Master thread)
« Reply #8889 on: September 17, 2018, 06:52:52 AM »
Canít believe you need help booking!!

Was unable to find anything in saver using UA / AA / DL (under 280,000) / AS etc..

Still hoping for last minute availability to open up, nothing yet. Checked AF too.

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Re: Need help finding a ticket? Post here! Award ticket edition (Master thread)
« Reply #8890 on: September 27, 2018, 02:21:03 PM »
Looking for a one way jfk to cape town in j
October 8, on south african. I booked one ticket weeks ago with 75k ac miles, but since then nothing opened up! Any other way I can find this $8000 ticket on miles?
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Re: Need help finding a ticket? Post here! Award ticket edition (Master thread)
« Reply #8891 on: September 27, 2018, 02:24:47 PM »
Looking for a one way jfk to cape town in j
October 8, on south african. I booked one ticket weeks ago with 75k ac miles, but since then nothing opened up! Any other way I can find this $8000 ticket on miles?
keep checking UA availability opens for a few hours every now and then, other wise you can fly out of IAD (I did that this past summer, booked a separate ticket for 10k with UA)
and you'll get their new product!
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Re: Need help finding a ticket? Post here! Award ticket edition (Master thread)
« Reply #8892 on: September 28, 2018, 04:53:46 PM »
One way/Round-trip: Round Trip
Non-stop/Maximum stops/Any: nonstop
From: NYC
To: mco
Departure dates: dec 18 returning 21
Class: any
Seats: 2
Alliance/Airline: Membership rewards avail

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Re: Need help finding a ticket? Post here! Award ticket edition (Master thread)
« Reply #8893 on: September 30, 2018, 12:12:25 AM »
if there are any united 1k/premier/cardholders that can tell me if flight #1056 ewr-sfo 11/10 8pm has saver availability and how many miles, i would very much appreciate it.
thanks in advance

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Re: Need help finding a ticket? Post here! Award ticket edition (Master thread)
« Reply #8894 on: September 30, 2018, 12:17:28 AM »
if there are any united 1k/premier/cardholders that can tell me if flight #1056 ewr-sfo 11/10 8pm has saver availability and how many miles, i would very much appreciate it.
thanks in advance
no saver.
Economy is 12.5k
Biz is 60k
FYI you can also check yourself using UA expert mode
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Re: Need help finding a ticket? Post here! Award ticket edition (Master thread)
« Reply #8895 on: September 30, 2018, 12:21:23 AM »
no saver.
Economy is 12.5k
Biz is 60k
FYI you can also check yourself using UA expert mode
thx
im not familiar with expert mode

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Re: Need help finding a ticket? Post here! Award ticket edition (Master thread)
« Reply #8898 on: October 04, 2018, 10:35:48 PM »
Hi

Looking to go to Israel next Sukkos;
When do tickets for next Sukkos (Oct 5 +- 2019 )go on sale?
I will have 100k Chase Saphire and 100k Ink
Suggestions on best way to use them?
Round trip
Non-stop/ or 1 stop
From: NYC or EWR
To: TLV
Coach
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Alliance/Airline: any

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Re: Need help finding a ticket? Post here! Award ticket edition (Master thread)
« Reply #8899 on: October 08, 2018, 08:33:53 PM »
Trying to go OW LAX-TLV with a stopover in CDG or LHR.

I want 3 economy seats and 1 business class

Using AF, I found the following:

1 business ticket LAX-hidden city, with a stop in Paris: 61k +$249
3 economy tickets LAX-CDG (same first leg as above): 27k+ 67.02 each

4 economy tickets CDG-TLV: 15k+$61.79 each

So in total, it's 1 ticket mixed cabin for 76k +$311, and 3 economy tickets for 42k +$129

Would you book, or keep looking, and why?

I've got a ton of points spread across UR, MR, and Marriott.