Won’t Last! Round-Trip ~$368 to Tel Aviv, ~$465 to Beijing!

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Via The Points Guy, you can fly from New York (JFK) to Tel Aviv for ~$368 or to Beijing for ~$465 round-trip in coach class.

These flights are on Transaero, a Russian airline.  And you’ll have to connect in Moscow.

I found these fares on Kayak, but folks on FlyerTalk report being able to find similar fares on Airfare.com.

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~$368 From New York to Tel Aviv Round-Trip Is a Great Deal!

Remember, fares like this are usually booked quickly, so I’m not sure how long this will last!

How To Book It

Link:   Kayak

Link:   Airfare.com

Go to Kayak to search for flights from New York to Tel Aviv or Beijing. I was able to find available dates in February and March, but more may be available!

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You’ll Have a LONG Connection in Moscow, but the Price Is Right!

You’ll pay ~$368 to Tel Aviv and ~$465 to Beijing.  Even if you book through Kayak, the purchase is processed by Airfare.com.

According to their cancellation policy, you have until 11:59 pm Eastern Time on the day you bought your ticket to cancel without penalty.

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You Could Book Now and Change Your Mind by Tonight to Get a Full Refund

But keep in mind, Transaero is in deep financial trouble.  They just got a bail-out from the Russian government, so I’d be very cautious about booking a ticket with them without paying for additional travel insurance!

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Be Aware That Transaero Is Having Financial Issues!

But if you’re feeling lucky, this might be a good deal for you!

Deal or No Deal?

To compare, the price of a ticket from New York to Tel Aviv in February is over $700.   So you’ll save at least ~$330 on this ticket.  This is a great deal if you were already planning a trip to Tel Aviv, or are just looking for a cheap trip for your next vacation.

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The Cheapest Regular Tickets Cost ~$715 or More

Beijing is normally even more expensive.  Flights in February start at ~$930.

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You’d Save Even More on Flights to Beijing

I tried a few dates for Beijing but couldn’t find any as low as folks on FlyerTalk report.  But check to see if you can find flights that work for you!

Book Quick, but…

If you’re looking for a cheap ticket to these cities, you should book this quickly.  Low fares don’t last long.  Read my post on how to be careful when booking low fares.  

Note:   Do NOT book non-refundable hotel or other travel plans until you receive a confirmation WITH an e-ticket number.  And remember:  DO NOT call the airline!

What If You’re Not in New York?

Remember, if you’re not in New York, you could use points (like British Airways Avios) to get there.  British Airways Avios are ideal for short-haul flights because they only charge 4,500 points 1-way for flights less than 649 miles, and 7,500 points for flights up to 1,149 miles.

Or if you have the Southwest Companion Pass, you could fly to New York very cheaply.  That’s because with the Companion Pass, your companion flies with you for almost free on both paid and award tickets.

At worst, you could try to find a cheap paid ticket from your home airport to New York.  But it would have to be very cheap for this to make sense!

Which Card to Use?

Consider using your Chase Sapphire Preferred (which earns 2X points on travel) or Barclaycard Arrival Plus card (which earns 2.2% back on travel).

There’s nothing better than finding a low fare and getting bonus points for the ticket!  And neither of these cards charge foreign transaction fees.

Although it looks like the charge will come from Airfare.com (which is based in the US), you wouldn’t want a nasty foreign currency fee if the ticket happens to be processed by Transaero!

Bottom Line

You can fly round-trip from New York to Tel Aviv or Beijing very cheaply (~$368 or ~$465) on Transaero, but I’m not sure how long this deal will last!  Book through Kayak or Airfare.com.

This is a very good deal!  But I would definitely consider buying additional insurance, because Transaero is in financial trouble.

Please leave me a comment if you book this ticket and let me know about your experience.

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8 responses to “Won’t Last! Round-Trip ~$368 to Tel Aviv, ~$465 to Beijing!

  1. Just a word of caution – if I were you, I would be VERY careful booking any Transaero (UN) flights at this time. The company recently had to ask for Russian government guarantees to secure a consolidated loan that should theoretically help the company to survive and continue to operate through difficult times – this has been all over news in Russia but also covered in some international media – here, for example – http://www.eturbonews.com/53871/second-largest-russian-airline-asks-urgent-government-bailout

    Please don’t get it wrong – this DOES NOT necessarily mean that the company is going bankrupt, but unfortunately it might well do 🙁 There are some opinions expressed that if the situation in Russian economy continues to deteriorate, the company might collapse well before summer 2015.

    Bottom line is the following: if you book Transaero tickets now (and those fares are indeed great!), don’t book other components of your trip in a non-refundable way.

    Hope that helps!

  2. When cheap price happen, does it matter if book 4 adult tickets vs 2 adult and 2 child.
    The cheaply fare is available for all adults but not available for the child.
    Would it matter if a child (2-11) using an adult ticket?

    Thanks.

    Cancel last Etihad deal for HK in Sept due to kids still in school. ($4 adult ticket for @$1k, WOW)

  3. Do Americans need a transit visa to route via Moscow? I think they do and they’re not cheap nor easy to obtain.

  4. Got 2 tix for october for Tel Aviv… also bought trip insurance for around $40… it doesn’t hurt to be extra cautious … hopefully we won’t have to use it.

  5. Chase Sapphire Preferred card (and I believe some other Chase cards) COVER financial insolvency as part of their Trip Insurance coverage. So even if you book a flight for months away from now (when the normal 60 day credit card dispute might not do the trick) you’d still be covered.

  6. Will Chase still cover something like this though, where we already know the airline is experiencing financial difficulties and may go bankrupt? (Many travel insurers won’t cover airlines with financial difficulties let alone already bankrupt)….

  7. I just posted a valid question that wasn’t approved by you… I can’t find a definitive answer so hoped you’d help!

    If I book this flight, knowing the airline is in financial difficulties, therefore Chase also knowing the airline is in financial difficulties, will it still be covered?

    I’m not sure why you’d not want to post a valid question on your helpful site, where others will also be wondering the same….

  8. @John,

    US Citizens do not need a Russian visa if they don’t plan to leave an airport and if the connection is less than 24 hrs (so make sure that flight from Moscow departs from THE SAME airport the other flight arrives to and the wait time does not exceed 24 hours! – Moscow has at least 3 active international airports – VKO, DME and SVO – and Transaero (to the best of my knowledge) operates from ALL of them!)

    If you want to leave an airport and walk around Moscow (which might be a good idea for a ~1 day stopover) you’ll need a visa – I heard it is a PITA to obtain one, but I don’t have a first-hand experience (as I have Russian passport). You’ll probably need to get in touch with one of “travel agencies” affiliated with the Russian Embassy (fully unofficially owned by a father-in-law or a niece of a deputy ambassador), pay them $50-$100 to get an “invitation” and use it to apply for a Russian visa.

    BTW, on a side note, especially for those traveling to Israel – if you are a dual US/Israeli citizen, you DON’T need a Russian visa as Russia is a visa-free country for citizens of Israel.

    You can look up all possible combinations of passports in Timatic.