El Al: US -> Tel Aviv, Israel. Less than $420. Roundtrip, including all Taxes

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This will not last. Do not call the airline! It’s an obvious mistake. Few sample cities that this works for includes New York, Boston, Miami, Dallas, Chicago. Check yours.

Tel Aviv Beach In the Winter. Photo: yanivba, used under Creative Commons License (By 2.0)

We will repeat, if you cannot get it to work, do not call the airline. Use a different online booking engine.

[Update 8/6/2012 @ 1:45PM – the fare has been pull. The deal is dead!]

[Update 8/6/2012 @ 5:4PM — we have been fielding questions in regards to what to do should this not be honor:

You can file a complaint with the Department of Transportation:

Use 399.88 as guidance: (“Therefore, if a consumer purchases a fare and that consumer receives confirmation (such as a confirmation email and/or the purchase appears on their credit card statement or online account summary) of their purchase, then the seller of air transportation cannot increase the price of that air transportation to that consumer, even when the fare is a “mistake.”)

Please visit this site: http://airconsumer.ost.dot.gov/escomplaint/es.cfm if you want to file a complaint. Thanks to jfkeze on Flyertalk putting this up]

[Update 8/6/2012 @ 9:45PM – per El Al USA’s Official Twitter – https://twitter.com/ELALUSA/status/232596600017526784, El Al will honor all tickets]

Sample Date:

  • January 17th – 23rd. Valid for travel from October 26th – December 16th or December 24th – March 24th, 2013. Use ITA Software Matrix Airfare Search and flexible month search to see availability.

Routing:

  • Sample from NY
  • JFK – ZRH (Zurich) – TLV (Tel Aviv) – LHR (London) – JFK;  JFK – ZRH/LHR on American and ZRH – TLV on Swiss. LHR – TLV segment on El Al

Mileage:

  • 11,363 miles. For American Airlines frequent fliers, the JFK-ZRH/LHR + any segments operated by El Al will earn 50% mileage credit. Provide the checkin staff with your AA number if you want mileage.

Booking:

  • Use dates found on ITA Software Matrix Search and book on Expedia.com. Vayama.com, Orbitz.com, Webjet, Cheaptickets also might work. If it does not work on one, use another.

Background Information:

  • Visa: US Citizens – not required. Other nationals, check the TIMATIC Visa Database
  • Currency: Israeli Shekel (ILS) $1USD = 3.81 ILS

Tips for saving when using credit cards at international destinations:

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29 Responses to "El Al: US -> Tel Aviv, Israel. Less than $420. Roundtrip, including all Taxes"

  1. David says:

    Booked two in March. We’ll see!

  2. Carol says:

    can you book stop overs each way. fare rules say you can but I can;t figure out how

    • TFD says:

      @Carol. If the fare rules say you can, it probably will work if you play around with it enough. Use multi-city booking option to see if it will price out correctly. That’s the best way. We haven’t played with it at all to see if that works. Part of our team is going for New Years, so we been trying to book just a normal itinerary for now.

  3. Carol says:

    GREAT thanks for the info

  4. ben says:

    how can you book this? via elal’s site? They don’t have these fairs there.

  5. Kevin says:

    Hi, having trouble loading the ita software website. Any other options to search for flights? Thanks in advance for your help!

  6. Kevin says:

    Thanks, I’ve been trying all those for over an hour, but the only website that shows is ita. Is there any availability for 4-6 nights in November from ORD or JFK? If so, would you be so kind as to post the connections and I’ll book it ASAP!

    Thanks for any help if you can!

  7. Carol says:

    I booked ord-tlv feb 6-12. thru the airlines website. already have seats 369.00

  8. Melissa says:

    most of the prices have gone up. do you know if any websites still have cheap tickets?

    thanks,
    melissa

  9. David says:

    Im so angry I didnt jump on this..so close….at least they still offered it when i found them though all the sites were “sold out” please please let us know again

  10. M G says:

    it was a mistake, each ticket has a Fuel charge of $295 per direction total $590, and this was missing by mistake on the El Al tickets

  11. Rachel says:

    Booked flights for my parents to visit for Thanksgiving! Do you know if there’s any precedent for them to cancel the tickets or refund?

    • TFD says:

      @rachel there is always a chance they will cancel (e.g., the british airways mistake to india a few years ago). however, with the new dept of transportation regulations, less so.

  12. Rebecca says:

    Is this still available anywhere? I know expedia is over

  13. James says:

    Their official Twitter says they will be honored!

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