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You can transfer AMEX Or Citi points to Qantas at a 1:1 ratio, Barclays points at a 1.4:1 ratio, Capital One points at a 2:1.5 ratio, or Marriott points to Qantas at a 60K:25K ratio.

Qantas doesnít charge fuel surcharges for El Al flights.
Infants are free (besides taxes). They also get a regular checked baggage allowance of 23 kg.

QF runs regular transfer bonus promos. Be sure to transfer 500 points into your account and opt in for emails to get targeted.

Search availability on elal.com
Flights are bookable from NYC, BOS, MIA, and LAX.

SMS is the easiest way to contact Qantas. The number is 1-478-772-6827. This can be used for airports that are unavailable online.

NYC-TLV is 37.8k points each way in Y, 63k in premium economy and 78k in J.
On 9/18/19 premium economy will be going up to 70.8k and J will be going up to 90k (each way).
Cancellation fee is 6k points.
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Re: Booking El Al with Qantas - master thread
« Reply #330 on: June 11, 2019, 12:35:04 AM »
Anyone else having the business column not showing up for any flights? I only see Economy or Premium Economy. I can't even see if business is available at all.

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Re: Booking El Al with Qantas - master thread
« Reply #331 on: June 11, 2019, 12:41:02 AM »
Anyone else having the business column not showing up for any flights? I only see Economy or Premium Economy. I can't even see if business is available at all.
If it's not available on any flights the column doesn't show.
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Re: Booking El Al with Qantas - master thread
« Reply #332 on: June 11, 2019, 12:43:12 AM »
If it's not available on any flights the column doesn't show.
Thanks. Good to know. My points didn't transfer instantly, and I need it now... :(

ETA: It shows in the Qantas points history, but for some reason it is not usable yet, and I need to book a family member for a levaya...
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Re: Booking El Al with Qantas - master thread
« Reply #333 on: June 11, 2019, 12:52:13 AM »
Thanks. Good to know. My points didn't transfer instantly, and I need it now... :(

ETA: It shows in the Qantas points history, but for some reason it is not usable yet, and I need to book a family member for a levaya...
Did you log out and log in?

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Re: Booking El Al with Qantas - master thread
« Reply #334 on: June 11, 2019, 12:53:14 AM »
Did you log out and log in?
Yes. Tried incognito, too.

ETA: I was going crazy logging in and out a hundred times and figured I'll try logging in to the Australian Qantas site and it showed up there. Booked. Thanks everyone.
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Re: Booking El Al with Qantas - master thread
« Reply #335 on: June 11, 2019, 01:50:28 PM »
I'd think that all destinations were to work now, with some extra will power.

I tried really hard but to no avail. Many hours many calls super long wait times, plus I tried multiple times SMS got close once but in the end they found the flight from MIA to TLV which is a battle on its own but eventually they couldnt figure out how to actually book it.

I was also randomly disconnected multiple times. would love to hear from someone how to guide them to get it done.
Thanks in advance

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Re: Booking El Al with Qantas - master thread
« Reply #336 on: June 11, 2019, 01:52:08 PM »
Data point: my experience booking LY BOS-TLV in J with QF.

It is well known that this routing does not show on qantas.com. Others have reported being able to book it by phone, though some have had to HUCA.

I called and got an agent who said she could see availability but that she could not book it.  Said the only LY US gateways they could book were NYC and LAX.  She asked a manager and confirmed.   Click.

When I called back, I decided to try their SMS option, because estimated hold time was approaching 90 minutes.  Turned out this was a great option.  The agent first asked what kind of error message I was getting when trying to book it online.  I then explained that the routing is known not to show online but that my associates have been able to book it by phone.

After a small amount of back and forth, she was able to book it for me.  She sent me a link to a secure form for my CC payment of taxes  (AUD 47.30).   After payment was confirmed, I got the PNR, and then I went online and inputted the APIS info.  All very smooth.   

The number to text (from US only) is (478) 772-6827.

if you have any tips on how to guide them to actually do the booking Id love to know.
I was unfortunately not successful
Thanks

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Re: Booking El Al with Qantas - master thread
« Reply #337 on: June 11, 2019, 01:55:08 PM »
if you have any tips on how to guide them to actually do the booking Id love to know.
I was unfortunately not successful
Thanks
I wish I had some specific tips, but I just got lucky I guess.  It is still not ticketed, so Iím holding my breath a little bit. 

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Re: Booking El Al with Qantas - master thread
« Reply #338 on: June 11, 2019, 01:58:06 PM »
I wish I had some specific tips, but I just got lucky I guess.  It is still not ticketed, so Iím holding my breath a little bit.
Give up on that. PUTPAC.
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Re: Booking El Al with Qantas - master thread
« Reply #339 on: June 11, 2019, 02:50:50 PM »
Haven't tried yet

Successfully booked via sms.

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Re: Booking El Al with Qantas - master thread
« Reply #340 on: June 11, 2019, 04:26:08 PM »
Successfully booked via sms.
Great!

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Re: Booking El Al with Qantas - master thread
« Reply #341 on: June 16, 2019, 03:03:06 PM »
Is JNB bookble over the phone? Iím not seeing it online...

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Re: Booking El Al with Qantas - master thread
« Reply #342 on: June 16, 2019, 03:50:25 PM »
Is JNB bookble over the phone? Iím not seeing it online...
It's bookable online. Did you find an available date and it's not showing?
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Re: Booking El Al with Qantas - master thread
« Reply #343 on: June 17, 2019, 11:40:42 AM »
I am pleasantly surprised at the availability in Business in Elal though Qantas. How bad is the Business Class on the 777s? Would it make sense to work my schedule around to book on a 787 with the full lie flat seats?

Seems that none of the over night flights are on the 787.

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Re: Booking El Al with Qantas - master thread
« Reply #344 on: June 17, 2019, 12:24:17 PM »
I am pleasantly surprised at the availability in Business in Elal though Qantas. How bad is the Business Class on the 777s? Would it make sense to work my schedule around to book on a 787 with the full lie flat seats?

Seems that none of the over night flights are on the 787.
its not as bad as a typical angle flat, but the overnight flights sure do have dreamliners operating them, just the availability is more scarce on the 787 operated flights.
Maybe @cooljoe613 wants to chime in on the comfort of the 772s.
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