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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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One way/Round trip: Round Trip
Non-stop/Maximum stops/Any: 1 stop (maybe 2)
From: CLT
To: PVG
Departure dates: 5/2
Return dates: 5/9
Class: Business
Seats: 2
Alliance/Airline: Any
Outbound with ua 2 stops is available taking you via lax
Return with aa 1 stop in ord (but only 110k aa miles seat available

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ua doesn't transfer to any other programs. But Mr transfers to ana 1-1

Whats "Mr"?

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From; NYC
To; TLV
One way ticket
Date; july 20 (motzei Shabbos), or july 21-23
Non-stop
Class; coach
Seats;1
Alliance/airline; aadvantage 45k miles

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Only the close-in fee is waived.

But, of course, YMMV.

So I booked a flight going through Frankfurt, but I'm not really happy with it. I'm waitlisted for a direct flight too, but now I feel like checking the site every two hours for availability! I'm probably going to go nuts. Besides, I'll probably have to pay $75x2 in change fees so minimum of $150.

Should I just hire a professional?
I remember when a coke was a nickel, and you could buy VRs in OD.

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Outbound with ua 2 stops is available taking you via lax
Return with aa 1 stop in ord (but only 110k aa miles seat available
thanx .that much i saw i was wondering if there was something else i didnt see.

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So I booked a flight going through Frankfurt, but I'm not really happy with it. I'm waitlisted for a direct flight too, but now I feel like checking the site every two hours for availability! I'm probably going to go nuts. Besides, I'll probably have to pay $75x2 in change fees so minimum of $150.

Should I just hire a professional?

For what?
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The only problem is that its not available...
Did you see them available?

Then book on Business....

Mean to say, book it on one ticket, no need to divide, a mistake I made, would have cost me around 10k less

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For what?

To book the award ticket and be responsible for the constant searching. Assuming that's what these people charge for.
I remember when a coke was a nickel, and you could buy VRs in OD.

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 Multi city
Leg 1: JFK or LGA to LAS 7/21/13
Leg 2: LAS to DEN 7/29/13
Leg 3: DEN to JFK or LGA 8/4/13

Prefer non stop but will do one stop

Class: Business
Seats: 1
Alliance/Airline: United or Star Alliance

Thank you

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Multi citi
iAd may21 to cnx
May27 cnx to mxp
June 4th mxp to iAd

I really want to fly first

I have 300 united miles

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Hi if anyone can please help me with this odd itinerary I would greatly appreciate it!

Round trip/multi city
Dont care much about stops but if need to stop I would rather it be a long stop. Just need to arrive with adequate time before shabbos.
From: NYC or maybe even airports nearby..
To: Venice (or Rome if I arrive earlyish so I can take a train to venice before shabbos)
Departure dates: thursday June 13th only
Return airports: either Barcelona, Geneva or Zurich.
Return dates: Sunday June 23 only
Class: As cheap as possible
Seats: 2
Alliance/Airline: I don't really care. But I have tons of MR points and two separate united accounts with about 75,000-79,000 in each

So in short I am going on a euro trip would like to be in venice for my first shabbos and either one of those 3 cities for my second (and last) shabbos and then work my trip around that. (I have a basic itinerary plan as of now) (Or maybe even paris for the second shabbos but that is sort o last choice) any other idea for that shabbos may also work...
I looked on tons of different sites (I'm not completely clueless:)) and I can't really find much, so any help would be greatly appreciated. Thanks in advance.

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Also any suggestions on how to book this flight for way cheaper (or with miles)?
Thank again!

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I was wondering if anyone out there has experience in booking a Virgin Australia flight using Flying Blue points (via Delta)? Can it be done? and does that mean I can book one way?

thanks in advance!

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I was wondering if anyone out there has experience in booking a Virgin Australia flight using Flying Blue points (via Delta)? Can it be done? and does that mean I can book one way?

thanks in advance!

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