The news came out today that United will be connecting Washington, DC with Tel Aviv, Israel as a non-stop flight next year! This will be their fourth non-stop flight from the US to Tel Aviv (2 from Newark and 1 from San Francisco) and it is definitely good news for everyone who does not like to connect through Europe on their way to Israel.
Unfortunately, as of right now, the aircraft they will be using is not the same as their Newark – Tel Aviv flight but there is still time to change that!
United Is Launching Washington, DC to Tel Aviv
This new non-stop flight with United Airlines from Washington DC (Dulles) to Tel Aviv will be launching May 22, 2019. This will be three-time per week service, Wednesday, Friday, and Sunday from Washington and the flights will be Tuesday, Friday, and Sunday on the return.
It will depart from Dulles at 10:30PM and arrive at 4:30PM the following day. The return from Tel Aviv will depart at 12:20AM and arrive in Washington at 5:50AM the same day.
The only real bad part about this new flight (besides the inferior business class setup of the 2-4-2 seating configuration) is that you need to go through Dulles to take it (I am really not a fan of having to fly out of Dulles!). 🙂
Booking the New United Airlines Washington, DC to Tel Aviv with Miles
United charges 42,500 miles one way in economy and 75,000 miles one way in saver business for this route. The best route to go with awards is with Aegean Airlines and their Miles+Bonus program (see this post for all the details about finding and booking with them). They only charge 30,000 miles one way in economy and 45,000 miles one way in business!
The bad part is that as I was writing this post, the great availability on the United flight in saver business has disappeared. This is in keeping with their other flights to Tel Aviv also. It is quite rare to find business class award space but it can be found. The best solution is to look very far out.