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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 doesn’t charge fuel surcharges for El Al flights.
Infants are free (besides taxes). They also get a regular checked baggage allowance of 23 kg.

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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 #1215 on: February 19, 2020, 07:44:34 AM »
Looks like they will be flying 787-8 on some of there JFK-TLV routes. My flight switched from 787-9 to 8

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Re: Booking El Al with Qantas - master thread
« Reply #1216 on: February 20, 2020, 01:39:35 PM »
elal website now allows you to book seats for flights booked through qantas !

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Re: Booking El Al with Qantas - master thread
« Reply #1217 on: February 20, 2020, 02:09:08 PM »
elal website now allows you to book seats for flights booked through qantas !
After blocking Qantas from booking available Awards seats they allow themselves not to be that stingy and that few that they let through to select their seats

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Re: Booking El Al with Qantas - master thread
« Reply #1218 on: February 21, 2020, 08:29:11 AM »
I’ve been doing a ton of searching and it looks like Miami to Tel Aviv nonstop is only available going on Wednesdays and returning on Thursdays. Has anybody seen any different?

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Re: Booking El Al with Qantas - master thread
« Reply #1219 on: February 21, 2020, 11:41:20 AM »
Can anyone post their booking reference number for an ORD-TLV flight on ElAl they booked via Qantas. Having so much trouble booking a flight, it's so frustrating.

Finally was able to confirm a business class seat was available, but agent (sms agent) was not able to book. She said that "classic flight rewards with Elal can only be made for flights between israel and Asia/South Africa/India/New York/Toronto/Los Angeles/Athens/Cairo and selected city in West Europe and East Europe."

Now, obviously the agent is mistaken. Problem is, this was via SMS as Dan suggested but they are still unable to book it. "Our fares do not permit this routing"

I told her it is possible to book this route, but she still couldn't do it. She suggested I get booking reference from someone who has successfully booked this route so she (or any agent) could look into it and figure out how they did it.

If anyone has, and they don't mind sharing, can you post or PM me your booking reference number?


UPDATE - I was able, finally, to book the flight. Took at least a dozen times trying. Finally got an agent (over the phone, not sms) who was able to do it. Never got a confirmation email but it was there under my bookings on the qantas website. Had an elal reference number, so I contacted elal (via whatsapp) who was able to see it in their system. However, the points were never deducted from my Qantas account and I was not able to login to the elal website with that reference number. So I was worried.

Contacted qantas again, who said the agent did not finish the process and it had not been ticketed. Said they are doing it now and should receive a confirmation in 24-48 hours.
Of course after 48 hours, still nothing. Contacted them again and next agent said same thing...it was never finished but they will do it now and to wait 24-48 hours. I said "i'll hold." :)

10 minutes later I got the actual confirmation and points were deducted. Was then able to check it on the elal website and even change my seat/meals.

Bottom line - took FOREVER to get this one way flight done. Completely ridiculous.

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Re: Booking El Al with Qantas - master thread
« Reply #1220 on: February 21, 2020, 01:11:41 PM »
UPDATE - I was able, finally, to book the flight. Took at least a dozen times trying. Finally got an agent (over the phone, not sms) who was able to do it. Never got a confirmation email but it was there under my bookings on the qantas website. Had an elal reference number, so I contacted elal (via whatsapp) who was able to see it in their system. However, the points were never deducted from my Qantas account and I was not able to login to the elal website with that reference number. So I was worried.

Contacted qantas again, who said the agent did not finish the process and it had not been ticketed. Said they are doing it now and should receive a confirmation in 24-48 hours.
Of course after 48 hours, still nothing. Contacted them again and next agent said same thing...it was never finished but they will do it now and to wait 24-48 hours. I said "i'll hold." :)

10 minutes later I got the actual confirmation and points were deducted. Was then able to check it on the elal website and even change my seat/meals.

Bottom line - took FOREVER to get this one way flight done. Completely ridiculous.
Seems like they have regressed to the early days when no one knew about the QF-LY partnership
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Re: Booking El Al with Qantas - master thread
« Reply #1221 on: February 21, 2020, 01:24:03 PM »
Seems like they have regressed to the early days when no one knew about the QF-LY partnership

To be fair, this was for an ORD-TLV ticket, which is not available on the website, so maybe it's more complicated than most. But it shouldn't be. (and it should be bookable on their website by now)

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Re: Booking El Al with Qantas - master thread
« Reply #1222 on: February 23, 2020, 05:32:45 PM »
For infant booking, does it come on its own reservation? I added an infant to a previous booking, and its basically its own booking with its own booking reference number. My wife also shows up on that booking (even though her actually ticket is on a separate booking together with me).

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Re: Booking El Al with Qantas - master thread
« Reply #1223 on: February 23, 2020, 06:38:56 PM »
For infant booking, does it come on its own reservation? I added an infant to a previous booking, and its basically its own booking with its own booking reference number. My wife also shows up on that booking (even though her actually ticket is on a separate booking together with me).
Perfectly fine.

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Re: Booking El Al with Qantas - master thread
« Reply #1224 on: February 23, 2020, 11:03:36 PM »
Does anyone know how often availability changes?

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Re: Booking El Al with Qantas - master thread
« Reply #1225 on: February 24, 2020, 12:39:55 AM »
Does anyone know how often availability changes?
Yes, between every minute and never!!

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Re: Booking El Al with Qantas - master thread
« Reply #1226 on: March 01, 2020, 05:15:07 PM »
I remember there being DDMS posts about NY availability not showing up on qantas.com. Is that still an issue?
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Re: Booking El Al with Qantas - master thread
« Reply #1227 on: March 01, 2020, 05:16:26 PM »
I remember there being DDMS posts about NY availability not showing up on qantas.com. Is that still an issue?
No, but availability in general dropped significantly

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Re: Booking El Al with Qantas - master thread
« Reply #1228 on: March 01, 2020, 05:29:44 PM »
No, but availability in general dropped significantly
Ok but what you find on the website is accurate?
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Re: Booking El Al with Qantas - master thread
« Reply #1229 on: March 05, 2020, 04:35:13 PM »
Does SMS help if the LY flight doesn't show up on Qantas?