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Biz Class ATL to TLV (Thanksgiving 2016)
Hello, I’m new to the site and forums. I’ve never been to Tel Aviv and interested in traveling there during Thanksgiving (leave Nov. 23 and return Dec. 1). Right now, business class fares are running ~$3,000 round-trip on Delta (via New York) and Turkish Airlines (via IST). First question: is that too much for a round-trip business class fare to TLV? If I fly BA business class, I can drop the price to ~$2,400 rt with the AARP and BA Visa 10% discount; and I’d earn the 3x Avios promotion, presumably. However, the BA route requires a 7+ hour layover in London and I would arrive into TLV around midnight the second day (Nov. 25). Second question: is $2,400 a good price for a longer journey and to travel in BA business class (I understand that Lucky is not a fan of their product)? Or….should I just book an Economy ticket, which is running ~$850-900 rt from ATL? I’ve never flown Turkish Airlines, and the last time I flew BA business class was in the late 90s! I wonder if <$3,000 business class is a good value or not. Thanks for any help.
I went to Tel Aviv about 4 years ago and flew through Toronto. I’d recommend that route any day as Air Canada flies their dreamliner. Another benefit is with them, you’d have a quick 2 hour flight to Canada, and then one long 10 hour flight. With British, you have a 7 hour flight then a 5 hour flight.
Lucky reviewed Air Canada here [URL]http://onemileatatime.boardingarea.com/2016/05/31/air-canada-business-class-787-review/[/URL]
I’d say that under $3,000 is a good deal. Tel Aviv rarely goes on sale.
The only benefit of flying Delta for you, would be accruing the miles. Paid business class would get you 90% of the way to elite status on Delta, which if you are based in Atlanta might benefit you significantly on future trips.
Back on 11/1/14 for travel on 6/1/15 I bought 3 business class roundtrip tickets to TLV on Aeroflot through GetawayASAP after finding the price on Skyscanner . Price per person was $2,281 (in my opinion a fantastic value for the JFK-SVO-TLV-SVO-JFK) route. On the Aeroflot website the price was 70% more. Back then I was checking the prices regularly, and the cheapest one was around $3k roundtrip (interestingly on ElAl,which has an inferior business class product).
Thank you, rickyw and Daniel B., for your input. I’m not familiar with either GetawayASAP or Skyscanner. While I would like the shortest duration and fewest number of connections from ATL, the BA offer seemed compelling if only for the fact that it drops the price by $600 with the AARP and BA Visa offers.
I think that’s a decent price to TLV, and while ClubWorld is no one’s favorite product (unless you’re suffering from an abundance of national pride), it is priced appropriately. And it’s certainly better than economy.
You can also upgrade to F for a reasonable number of Avios, availability permitting, which can be an interesting option.
[USER=2302]@AT in Atlanta[/USER]. I agree with you (and rickyw and Tiffany), the BA ticket is a good deal. I mentioned my experience just to show what kind of prices I found when I booked my tickets. By the way, Skyscanner is like Kayak and similar websites, I just like it because on at least two occasions I found better deals then anywhere else, including interestingly ITA Matrix. On Skyscanner, you can click on the airline/travel agency’s name which offers that fare, then you are taken directly to that website and can actually buy the ticket (which you cannot do on ITA Matrix).