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Tel Aviv is typically an expensive destination to travel to whether you’re using miles or paying in cash. However, several airlines are offering discounted fares to the beachfront city starting at just $480 round-trip. Fares are available on select dates from February through March 2017 from New York (JFK), Washington, D.C. (IAD), Miami (MIA) and Los Angeles (LAX). Both Tel Aviv and Jerusalem (a short drive from the airport) are worth visiting during the winter months, with mild temperatures and fewer tourists.

Airline(s): Air Canada, Azerbaijan Airlines, Turkish Airlines
Route(s): JFK, DCA, LAX, MIA to TLV
Cost:  From $480 round-trip in economy
Dates: February through March 2017
Booking Link: Orbitz
Pay With: The Platinum Card from American Express (5x on airfare), Chase Sapphire Reserve, Citi Prestige (3x on airfare) or Chase Sapphire Preferred (2x on travel)

Here’s an example of what you can book:

New York (JFK) – Tel Aviv (TLV) for $480 round-trip on Azerbaijan Airlines:

Washington D.C. (IAD) – Tel Aviv (TLV) for $619 round-trip on Turkish Airlines:

Miami (MIA) – Tel Aviv (TLV) for $665 round-trip on Air Canada:

Los Angeles (LAX) – Tel Aviv (TLV) for $665 round-trip on Air Canada:

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Don’t forget to use a credit card that earns additional points on airfare purchases, such as the American Express Platinum Card (5x on flights booked directly with airlines or American Express Travel), Chase Sapphire Reserve, or Citi Prestige (3x on airfare) or the Chase Sapphire Preferred Card (2x on all travel purchases). Check out this post for more on maximizing airfare purchases.

Featured image of Tel Aviv courtesy of Getty Images. 

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