My dream of visiting Israel finally became a reality thanks to using miles and points. Air France/KLM’s Flying Blue frequent flyer program considers Israel part of Europe rather than the Middle East. An economy ticket to Israel from New York’s JFK airport in the USA was only 25,000 miles each way. This was an incredible value except I didn’t have ANY Fly Blue points. No worries, Flying Blue is an American Express’ Membership Rewards transfer partner with a 1:1 exchange. I had accumulated a ton of Amex points and transferring them from my Amex Platinum account to Flying Blue took just seconds online.
Traveling to Israel became an opportunity for me to also visit Jordan and Kuwait. Flying back to JFK from Kuwait City, Kuwait was an additional 15,000 points for a total of 40,000 points for the return but it saved travel costs and the complications of backtracking to Israel. The cost of my round-trip flights was 65,000 Flying Blue/Amex points plus $137.09 in taxes. The flights were at least $1,000 at the time I booked.