(EXPIRED) Wide open award space to Israel on Delta

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View from the Wing notes that Delta is making as many as 8 business class award seats (and possibly more) available to partners on routes to Tel Aviv, Israel toward the end of 2021. The best deal is booking via Air France Flying Blue, which would cost 72,000 miles one-way. Combined with the ability to find availability for 8, this could certainly be an attractive option for those looking to travel with a number of passengers to Israel.

The Deal

  • Delta has saver business class award space for multiple passengers, in some cases as many as eight or more people on flights to Tel Aviv through the December holiday period. Book via Air France / KLM to pay just 72,000 miles per passenger.

Quick Thoughts

While not necessarily the cheapest mileage deal to get you to Tel Aviv from North America, booking via Air France is the best deal for booking these nonstop Delta flights. I believe Turkish Miles & Smiles would be fewer miles yet, though you may not find 8 seats on a United nonstop (and therefore would likely need to connect in Europe when booking Star Alliance through Turkish). By booking Delta through Air France, you could easily fly a large family together on many days for a reasonable number of miles.

Since Air France / KLM Flying Blue is an Amex transfer partner, Chase transfer partner, Citi transfer partner, and Capital One transfer partner (in addition to having their own credit card via Bank of America), it should be relatively easy for most readers to put together the miles for a flight.

Obviously the main concern here is what happens if you are unable to make the trip. I probably wouldn’t make a speculative transfer to book any international premium cabin flight at the moment, but if you already have miles tied up in Flying Blue this certainly might make sense.

Note that Virgin Atlantic charges 130K for the same flights, so it won’t be attractive to book via that program.

Obviously you can also book via Delta. View from the Wing notes a price of 100K one-way. For those with a lot of Delta SkyMiles on hand, that might be one of the better values you’ll get for premium cabin international travel via Delta even if it is a poor deal in comparison to Air France.

H/T: View from the Wing

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