Frequent Flyer Guide to US (even for this summer)

With the rising cost of airfare – there is only one real solution to vacation travel to the US – use free tickets. Since I know many readers of this blog have 100,000’s of miles sitting in their accounts, I decided to summarize the options available for using them for trips to the States (including all the way to Hawaii!).

And, since I am a “method blogger”. I decided to report my emotions, memories and experiences of the search process. I called all the relevant airlines to find free tickets to the states. I challenged myself by trying to find space for travel this summer. And I did.

So, use the following to plan your free trip. Remember the four universal rules of booking free tickets:

1. Best to book exactly 330 days in advance.

2. Must be flexible with dates

3. Be creative with routings

4. Don’t call ElAl

If you read this blog for the frequent flyer info – there are some good posts about Turkish Airlines and its partnership with American, how to get a free ticket just by signing up for a Visa card, free travel on British, Continental leaving Delta for United and the Star Alliance, yet another AA change, another post on ELAL and more.

Mileage Program

Airlines (leaving Israel)

Miles for Economy Ticket

Summer Availability

Total Price

US Destinations

ElAl
Nosea
Matmid

ElAl

1400 points (1800 LA)

Fuggetaboutit

$499

New York, Miami, LA

United
Mileage Plus

Air Canada,
Austrian. Lufthanasa, SAS,
Swiss, TAP, Turkish (Star Alliance
Partners)

75,000

Limited

$94

All US
(includes Hawaii and Alaska)

American Airlines AAdvantage

American Airlines, ElAl, British,
Iberia, Malev, Royal Jordanian (Star Alliance)

75,000 (AA award) or 90,000 (One World Award) or 40,000 if
you can get yourself to Europe in the winter
(even Cyprus)

Nope, even if you are willing to fly via Amman. No advanced level.

$76

All US

on AA award. 14,000 actual miles on OneWorld
award.

Delta SkyMiles

Delta, Air France,
Alitalia, Czech, KLM,
Continental

80,000 (90,000 on Continental)

Yes ā€“ only at Skysaver level
(110,000 to 160,000 miles)

$35

Mainland US

Continental OnePass

Same as Delta

70,000

Yes ā€“ only at EasyPass level
(140,000 miles)

$33

Mainland US

Israir

NO PROGRAM


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