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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.
Remember, fares like this are usually booked quickly, so I’m not sure how long this will last!
How To Book It
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!
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.
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!
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.
Beijing is normally even more expensive. Flights in February start at ~$930.
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?
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!
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.