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Airfare deals are typically only available on limited dates. We recommend you use Google Flights to find dates to fly, then book through an online travel agency such as Orbitz or Expedia, which allows you to cancel flights without penalty by 11pm Eastern Time within one day of booking. However, if you’re using The Platinum Card® from American Express, you’ll need to book directly with the airline or through the Amex Travel portal to get 5x MR points. Remember: Fares may disappear quickly, so book right away and take advantage of Orbitz or Expedia’s courtesy cancellation if you’re unable to get the time away from work or family.
From UNESCO-recognized cultural attractions and phenomenal cuisine to gorgeous beaches and a vibrant nightlife scene, Tel Aviv, Israel offers something for every type of traveler. And if you book now, your next trip there might cost a little less. We’re currently seeing fares from a handful of cities including Boston (BOS), Chicago (ORD), Miami (MIA) New York (JFK) and Washington DC (IAD) to Tel Aviv (TLV) from just $609 round-trip. The low fares are valid for travel from October 2018 through February 2019 and are being offered by several full service carriers, but you’ll find the most availability with Turkish Airlines which has received solid reviews from TPG staff.
Use Google Flights to search for your preferred departure and destination and then book directly through the airline or through an OTA such as Expedia or Priceline. Do note that when booking Turkish Airlines flights directly, you can hold reservations for 24 hours, but the airline doesn’t offer free cancelations. However, if you book Turkish through an OTA like Expedia, the flight can be refunded within 24 hours regardless of the airline’s policy.
Airlines: Aeroflot, Delta and Turkish Airlines
Routes: BOS/IAD/JFK/MIA/ORD to TLV
Cost: $609+ round-trip in economy
Dates: October 2018 – February 2019
Booking Link: Orbitz, Expedia or directly with the airline
Pay With: The Platinum Card® from American Express (5x on airfare), Chase Sapphire Reserve, Citi Prestige (3x on airfare plus excellent trip delay insurance) or Chase Sapphire Preferred (2x on travel)
Here are a few examples of what you can book:
Boston (BOS) to Tel Aviv (TLV) in October for $609 round-trip on Turkish Airlines via Expedia:
Chicago (ORD) to Tel Aviv (TLV) in December for $609 round-trip on Turkish Airlines via Expedia:
Boston (BOS) to Tel Aviv (TLV) in January for $612 round-trip on Delta:
Washington DC (IAD) to Tel Aviv (TLV) in January 2019 for $618 round-trip on Turkish Airlines via Expedia:
New York (JFK) to Tel Aviv (TLV) in October for $632 round-trip on Aeroflot via Expedia:
Maximize Your Purchase
Don’t forget to use a credit card that earns additional points on airfare purchases, such as The Platinum Card® from American Express (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.
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With some great bonus categories, the American Express Gold Card has a lot going for it. The card offers 4x points at US restaurants, at US supermarkets (up to $25,000; then 1x), and 3x points on flights booked directly with airlines or through amextravel.com. It is currently offering a welcome bonus of 35,000 bonus points after you spend $2,000 in the first three months.
- Earn 35,000 Membership Rewards® Points after you spend $2,000 on eligible purchases with your new Card within the first 3 months.
- Earn 4X Membership Rewards® points at U.S. restaurants. Earn 4X Membership Rewards® points at U.S. supermarkets (on up to $25,000 per year in purchases, then 1X).
- Earn 3X Membership Rewards® points on flights booked directly with airlines or on amextravel.com.
- Earn up to $10 in statement credits monthly when you pay with The Gold Card at Grubhub, Seamless, The Cheesecake Factory, Shake Shack, and Ruth's Chris Steak House. This is an annual savings of up to $120. Enrollment required.
- $100 Airline Fee Credit: up to $100 in statement credits per calendar year for incidental fees at one selected qualifying airline.
- Choose to carry a balance with interest on eligible charges of $100 or more.
- No Foreign Transaction Fees.
- Annual Fee is $250.
- Terms apply.
- See Rates & Fees