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A Chart of How Many Miles You Need for an Award Ticket to Israel (Hint: The Best Option is to Fly to Jordan)

After I posted my Unified Award Chart a little while back showing how many miles it takes on US airlines to every region around the world, I received a few requests to do the same for flights to Israel, since Israeli flights have their own quirks.

Below is the table for how many miles it takes for an award ticket to Israel. A few things to note:

– The best option is to fly over using Flying Blue miles on Delta metal, as Flying Blue considers Israel to be part of Europe (whatever). It’s only 25,000 miles in coach for the one-way ticket, and you can transfer 20,000 Starwood points to get those miles. I wouldn’t use that for the return because they’ll tack on a ridiculous amount of fuel surcharges. The other drawback is that Delta’s availability isn’t great (understatement).

– If you go the Flying Blue route, you’ll need a flight home and the best bet there is to use Avios miles on Air Berlin, as it’s only 30,000 Avios points for the return flight. Avios doesn’t charge fuel surcharges on Air Berlin, so if you don’t have Flying Blue miles (or Starwood; or Membership Rewards points, which also transfer to Flying Blue) this is the best option.

– If you’re doing a longer trip to that region from New York, the actual best choice is to use LAN kilometers to fly to Amman, Jordan, on Royal Jordanian. LAN only charges the equivalent of 35,000 miles roundtrip in coach for the nonstop flight to Amman (100,000 in business class). You can transfer Starwood points to LAN, meaning it’s only 30,000 Starwood points for a roundtrip ticket to Jordan. That’s a great deal. To check availability I would call American Airlines, since LAN’s call center can be hit-or-miss (I’m being generous). You could add on a leg from Amman to Tel Aviv for 6,000 miles roundtrip (12,000 LAN Kilometers).

AirlineMiles for Roundtrip Coach TicketMiles for Roundtrip Business Class TicketOther Airlines You Can Redeem OnCan You Book One-Way Award Ticket?
Alaska Airlines80,000 (Air France, KLM, Delta)120,000 (Air France, KLM, Delta)(American, British Airways BUT they require more miles)Yes
American Airlines90,000135,000Air Berlin (Berlin, Cologne, Dusseldorf, Munich), British Airways (London), El Al, Iberia (Madrid) (Air Berlin does not have surcharges, though you're better off using Avios miles to redeem on AB)Yes
British Airways Avios60,000 (on Air Berlin - no surcharges)120,000 (on Air Berlin - no surcharges)Other partners require more miles.Yes
Delta Air Lines80,000120,000Aeroflot (Moscow), Air France (Paris, Marseille, Nice), Alitalia (Rome), KLM (Amsterdam). Czech (Prague)No
Flying Blue (Air France/KLM)50,000 (they consider Israel to be part of Europe). Your best bet is to book a one-way TO Israel on Delta metal -- no fuel surcharges.100,000 miles (again, you can book TO Israel for 50,000 miles on Delta metal with no surcharge)Alitalia (Rome), Czech (Prague), Aeroflot (Moscow)Yes
Hawaiian Airlines80,000 (on Delta)160,000 (on Delta)Only DeltaNo
LAN124,000 KMs (62,000 miles) on Oneworld partners. Consider flying on Royal Jordanian from New York to Amman - it's only 70,000 KMs (35,000 miles or 30,000 Starwood points) round trip with no surcharges.308,000 KMs (154,000 miles) on Oneworld partners. (100,000 to Amman on Royal Jordanian from New York)All Oneworld airlines (and they don't charge surcharges on BA)No
United Airlines80,000120,000Star Alliance Airlines:
Aegean (Athens); Austrian (Vienna); Brussels Airlines (Brussels); LOT Polish (Warsaw); SAS (Copenhagen); SWISS (Zurich); Turkish (Istanbul)
US Airways80,000120,000Star Alliance AirlinesNo
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  1. Just read the blog how many miles to go on a returnn trip to Israel.
    What I did not see in the blog is: From where. I live on the West coast, Calif.
    so, does your attached chart cover that?

  2. You forgot about AMM-TLV using AA miles (or Avios).