current applicants

Passport & Travel Documents

All applicants must submit a copy of the front page of your passport during your Mayanot application. The passport must be valid for at least six (6) months after the return date of your trip, or the airlines will not issue a ticket. Participants who receive a ticket may even be refused entry at check-in on day of departure for passports with less than 6 months of validity, even by one day! Mayanot must have a copy of your passport no later than 45 days before your trip departs or you risk forfeiting your deposit. Please scan, or take a clear picture of your passport and upload it on your applicant account.

 

Please be sure that the name that you put on your online Birthright Israel application is exactly as it appears on your passport. If it is different, even by one letter, please let our office know immediately. Having the names on your application and passport mismatched can result in your not being able to board the flight and/or a financial penalty from the airline.

 

USA Citizens

To participate on a Birthright Israel: MAYANOT trip, you must have a United States passport that is valid for a minimum of six months after the program. You do not need to obtain a visa.

 

If you need to order or renew a passport, please do so immediately as the process can take up to 6 weeks.

 

For details on ordering or renewing a passport please visit the Department of State’s Passport Services and Information site which also has a list of local passport agencies. Expedited processing may be available for an additional fee. For more information inquire at your local passport agency.

 

Israelis Citizens

If you hold Israeli citizenship, you are required to submit a copy of your Israeli passport as well. You will be ticketed on your American passport, but you will need your Israeli passport to enter into Israel. To travel you will need a valid Israeli AND US passport both with at least 6 months of validity.

 

If either of your parents are Israeli citizens you may also require an Israeli passport – please contact the Israeli consulate to check. If you require forms such as army exemption papers please be sure to contact your local Israeli Consulate to obtain them immediately.

 

Non USA / Canadian Citizens

To participate on a Birthright Israel: MAYANOT trip, you must have valid documentation and possibly an Israeli entry visa. To see if you need an Israeli entrance visa see this list. If you have not yet obtained valid documentation, please do so immediately as the process can take up to 3 months.

 

Visas may be obtained at your local Israeli Consulate. The process usually takes 7 to 10 days. You will need a completed application form, two passport photographs per visa, confirmation of travel (which you need to get from the Mayanot office), and cash or money order for the processing fee.

 

Important note about Green Cards:

Students with a Green Card or US visa holding a foreign passport valid for at least six months after your Birthright Israel: MAYANOT trip, will require a visa from the local Israeli Consulate.

 

Students with a Green Card or US visa holding a foreign passport that has expired or is about to expire can renew it for a reasonable fee at the country’s local consulate. This process can take weeks (Russia) to months (Ukraine).

 

Students who do not hold a valid foreign passport or a Green Card must apply for an INS travel document – either a reentry permit for permanent residents (valid for 2 years), or a refugee travel document (valid for 1 year). This may take 3 months or more, though there are agencies that can expedite this process for a fee of several hundred dollars. After receiving the INS travel documentation, students will then need to obtain a visa from the Israeli Consulate as described above. If this situation applies to you and you are interested in participating on Birthright Israel: MAYANOT’s program you must begin this process now.

Health & Travel Insurance

We are pleased to recommend CTAS Travel Insurance

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It is mandatory for all Birthright Israel participants to have travel insurance, valid in Israel, for the duration of the trip. (Click here to see Birthright Israel’s FAQ’s on insurance. See “Application” section.)

 

Whether you already have extended health coverage in the US, or you purchase a plan for this trip, you will be required to submit this information as part of your medical form in your Mayanot application. This will include the name of your insurance company, policy number and contact information for the company.

 

Your travel/medical insurance must be valid in Israel throughout the entirety of your trip. Of course, if you plan to extend your trip – you will want to ensure that you are covered for that time period as well.

 

If you do not have medical/travel insurance and are purchasing it for the sole purpose of this trip, you may want to consider a plan with supplementary coverage for continuation of treatment/care in your home country if required when you return home.

 

While Mayanot Israel will provide basic medical insurance for the duration of your trip in Israel only, this does NOT cover medical care for any pre-existing conditions, medical evacuation, alcohol related issues, coverage when you return home if needed, travel to and from Israel, lost or stolen items, delayed luggage, trip cancellation on your part due to emergency, etc. For this reason a comprehensive medical/travel insurance plan is critical.

 

Some people have US medical insurance that covers them for overseas, however they seldom include travel cover. This should cover the cost of lost/stolen/delayed baggage, cameras, phones, etc. In addition, if you are purchasing a connecting domestic flight, this should cover your costs should your flight be cancelled or delayed due to bad weather.

 

If you do not have an existing travel insurance policy – you have complete freedom of choice as to where you purchase this insurance, but you MUST provide us with proof of coverage otherwise you may not be permitted to join the program.

 

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TO PURCHASE TRAVEL INSURANCE CLICK HERE

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SIM Cards & Phones

Every participant must have a phone that works in Israel during the trip.

In addition to the need to be contactable in case of emergencies this will be the only way family and friends will be able to reach you while you are on the trip.

 

So what are my options?

Some US phone plans allow for calling and data in Israel. If yours does not, Mayanot strongly encourages all participants to rent an Israeli cell phone or SIM card for your trip.  We recommend a local cell phone company that provides cell phones and SIM cards with UNLIMITED data and calls to Birthright participants for a very reasonable price.

 

What about Wifi?

All Mayanot buses have WiFi routers, but there is generally a limit to the amount of users at any given time. Most of the hotels have wifi access in the Lobby only, and the speed may also be less than desired. This might be OK if all you want is email, but for Instagram, Facebook, or general browsing you’re probably going to get frustrated. So if you’re addicted to your phone, or want to be able to share your experiences with friends and fam back home, we highly recommend an unlimited data plan.

 

So what’s next?

When you’re confirmed on a trip you’ll be sent an email about the phone. Please be sure to reserve a phone or SIM card as soon as possible and no later than 5 days before departure. After reserving a cell phone or SIM card you will receive it upon arrival in Israel. To order a phone or SIM card you will need your BRIUSAID# (that’s the number under your name on your Mayanot application page) and your group code* starting with MY-.

 

Important Notes

  • The cell phone and SIM card rates may change if you keep the phone after the Birthright Israel: MAYANOT trip ends. Please contact the rental company directly if you plan on extending your stay.
  • All phones and SIM cards are rented from the rental company and not Mayanot. If you lose your phone/SIM card or have any other issues with your phone/SIM card please be sure to contact the rental company directly and immediately. Mayanot takes no responsibility for rented phones/SIM cards.

* Your flight details and group code will be sent to you when you are placed on a trip.

Packing lists

SUGGESTED PACKING LISTS

 

Winter List 

 

Summer List

 

Note about Passports

Please make sure you have a passport and any required travel documents to go on the trip. If your passport is not in your possession (i.e. locked in a bank) please be sure to get it a week before your scheduled departure.

 

If you have both an Israeli and a US passport, you will need to bring both.

 

Note about Spending Money and Gratuity

Although this is a free trip, and all sites, activities and attractions are included, we suggest bringing approximately $350 to $400 USD spending money in cash which can be changed at the airport. We provide 2 meals a day as part of the program, so we suggest budgeting approximately $12-15 per day for lunch.

 

Additionally, you may want some money for souvenirs and snacks throughout the trip.

 

It is also customary in Israel to tip the Tour Guide and Driver. They accompany you 24/7 throughout your trip, going above-and-beyond to give you the experience of a life-time! If you feel their energy and efforts contributed to the success of your trip then a gratuity of $70 (total, inclusive of all staff) is an acceptable way of showing appreciation. This is in addition to the suggested spending money mentioned above.

 

Do not rely on ATM machines as they can be difficult to find, but almost all stores in Israel
accept credit cards. Travelers Checks are difficult to cash so we recommend NOT bringing them.

Airline info

(For information about the hotels Birthright Israel: Mayanot groups stay at, including contact info, click here.)

 

Birthright Israel: MAYANOT groups travel with an assortment of airlines.

We have listed them at the bottom of this page.

 

Meeting Mayanot at the Airport

You are required to arrive at the airport at least four hours before your scheduled flight to Israel. You will be met at the airline check-in area by a Mayanot representative who will present you with your plane ticket and who will instruct you how to proceed through the security screening and check-in processes. When you arrive to the airline check-in area, simply locate the Mayanot staff members. They will be holding a sign, and they will be looking for you too!

 

Meal Requests & Seating

If you have a special meal request,  such as vegetarian or gluten free, we will submit the request on your behalf to the airline. However you will need to contact us directly, via email,  at least 7 business days before your trip. Please send all meal requests to devorah@mayanotisrael.com. Please note, if you order a special meal, the airlines (aside from El Al) do NOT provide kosher meals. Should you need a special meal that is also kosher (if available), please specify that in the email. Otherwise, all meals are kosher.

 

In order to request a specific seat, you must  do this at the airport on the day of departure. Requesting a seat cannot  be made in advance.

 

  •  To extend your flight so that you can stay in Israel after your trip please click the “Flight Extensions”tab.
  • For information regarding Visa requirements please scroll down.

 

Links regarding Visa requirements

It’s important to check if you’ll need a Visa for transit if you are assigned to a flight with a stopover. Holders of US and Canadian passports DO NOT require Visa’s to enter Switzerland and the Ukraine. Holders of Israeli passports (without dual citizenship) will be required to have a visa to travel through the Ukraine (but not Switzerland). All other passport holders should click on the applicable link below to find out if they require a Visa. You will not be able to travel without the Visa. Failure to obtain a Visa will result in you being flown directly back to the US and forfeiting your deposit (plus any additional fees that may be imposed).

 

 

Israel Consulate offices in North America

(for participants requesting visas or army exemption papers) 

Atlanta 404-487-6500 http://atlanta.mfa.gov.il
Boston 617-535-0200 http://embassies.gov.il/boston/Pages/default.aspx
Chicago 312-297-4800 http://chicago.mfa.gov.il
Houston 713-627-0149 http://houston.mfa.gov.il
Los Angeles 323-852-5500 http://embassies.gov.il/la/Pages/default.aspx
Miami 305-925-9400 http://miami.mfa.gov.il
New York 212-499-5400 http://www.israelfm.org
Philadelphia 215-546-5556 http://philadelphia.mfa.gov.il
San Francisco 415-844-8885 http://embassies.gov.il/san-francisco/Pages/default.aspx
Washington, DC 202-364-5527 http://www.israelemb.org/washington/pages/default.aspx

 

USA: 1-800-223-6700
Israel: 03-977-1111
Web: www.elal.com
 
Baggage Restrictions
Click here for carry-on.
Click here for check-in.
USA: 1-877-359-7947
Web: www.swiss.com
 
Baggage Restrictions
Click here for carry-on.
Click here for check-in.
USA: 1-888-247-2262
Israel: 03-607-2111
Web: www.aircanada.com
 
Baggage Restrictions
Click here for carry-on.
Click here for check-in.
USA: 1-800-772-8462
Israel: 03-795-1920
Web: www.iberia.com
 
Baggage Restrictions
Click here for carry-on.
Click here for check-in.
USA: 1-800 221-1212
Israel: 03-513-8000
Web: www.delta.com
 
Baggage Restrictions
Click here for carry-on.
Click here for check-in.
USA: 1-888-247-2262
Israel: 03-607-2111
Web: www.aeroflot.com
 
Baggage Restrictions
Click here for carry-on.
Click here for check-in.
USA: 1-800-231-0856
Israel: 03-511-6777
Web: www.continental.com
 
Baggage Restrictions
Click here for carry-on.
Click here for check-in.
USA: 1-800 399-5838
Israel: 1-80-937-1937
Web: www.lufthansa.com
 
Baggage Restrictions
Click here for carry-on.
Click here for check-in.
USA: 1-800-843-0002
Israel: 1-80-937-1937
Web: www.austrian.com
 
Baggage Restrictions
Click here for carry-on.
Click here for check-in.
USA:1-800-428-4322
Web: www.Usairways.com
 
Baggage Restrictions
Click here for carry-on.
Click here for check-in.
USA: 1-800-241-6522
Web: www.united.com
 
Baggage Restrictions
Click here for carry-on.
Click here for check-in.
USA: 1-877-747-1191
Web: www.transaero.com
 
Baggage Restrictions
Click here for carry-on.
Click here for check-in.
Web: www.alitalia.com
 
Baggage Restrictions
Click here for carry-on.
Click here for check-in.
USA: 1-800-874-8875
Web: turkishairlines.com
 
Baggage Restrictions
Click here for carry-on.
Click here for check-in.
USA: 1 866-308-2230
Web: brusselsairlines.com/
 
Baggage Restrictions
Click here for carry-on.
Click here for check-in.

Flight extensions

We encourage you to take advantage of being in Israel and to extend your stay after the program. Please see Mayanot’s post-trip options page for some great post-trip opportunities in Israel! To see your airline’s baggage restrictions or contact information to reserve a special meal please visit the airlines tab.

 

So, you want to extend your stay in Israel… what’s next?

  1. Firstly, extensions can only be booked once you have been confirmed on a trip via email from Mayanot.
  2. Each airline has a different policy regarding extensions. So for a start, check that the extension options for your airline is relevant for you. Information regarding each airlines’ extension policy can be found further down on this page.
  3. If you want to extend then make sure to get your times right! Acceptance of the Birthright Israel gift means you must remain on your trip until the very end of the program. You may NOT book any extension flight or programs that would take place before the very end of your Birthright Israel: Mayanot trip (i.e the departure date and time of your group from Israel). Early departure will result in you forfeiting your deposit.
  4. Please note that once the trip is over you will no longer be under the responsibility of Birthright Israel or Mayanot. So if you do extend then make sure to also extend your travel and medical insurance. Then make your plans to stay with fam, new friends from your trip, explore more on your own or check out one of our post trip options.
  5. OK, you’ve made all your plans, so how do you actually change your ticket?! So, extensions that are booked at least 15 days prior to your departure from North America are made through Gil Travel only! Please check their website for procedures, deadlines, airline costs for extensions, FAQ etc. Please make sure to specify any important requests you may have in the comments section, such as not traveling on Shabbat. For Gil Travel click here. If you’ve missed the 15 day deadline then you will only be able to try and organize your extension once you arrive to Israel, and according to each airline’s policy as outlined above in point number 2.
  6. It is essential that you also purchase travel insurance as soon as you are confirmed on a trip (see the insurance tab). This will ensure sure that any medical expenses, flight cancellation/interruption, baggage loss/damage, and much more will be covered.
  7. For any questions about extensions, you can view Gil Travel’s FAQ page here, or call them on 1800-223-3855.

CLICK HERE FOR GIL TRAVEL’S EXTENSION PAGE

 

CLICK HERE FOR GIL TRAVEL’S FAQ PAGE

 

Now for the small (but still important) print:

  • Birthright Israel and Mayanot bear no responsibility for any changes that are [or are not] made for your return flight. These changes are made on your own accord and are your sole responsibility.
  • Once you arrive in Israel, if you decide you will not fly back on the original (or new extended) return date, it is your responsibility to contact the airline. Participants who are a no-show to the airline risk having their return ticket “NULL and VOID” and will be responsible to buy a one way ticket return.
  • Extensions are NOT guaranteed. It is NOT recommended for you to make on-going plans prior to departure until you have been notified by Gil Travel by email that your return ticket from Israel is confirmed.
  • You, as the traveler, must ensure that you are in possession of a valid passport with an expiration date of 6 months or more from the intended return date.
  • Please carefully review each airline requirements and fees.
  • Birthright Israel airline tickets are issued in a specific class of service – economy. The airline you are traveling with may not have available seating in the class of service on the date you wish to return. In this case you will either have to settle for a different date, or if offered by the airline may choose to pay a higher than usual fee to get the return date of your choice. In some cases the airline may simply not allow an extension to be made.
  • It is highly recommended that you arrange your extension through Gil Travel at least 15 days prior to the departure of your Birthright trip, if possible. Simply, the later you leave it the less chance seats will be available on the date you want to return. Also, although some change fees may appear to be lower if you wait to make the change in Israel note that  a) you have no guarantee of finding the extension you want, b) it’s very time consuming to do in Israel, c) due to the limitations in class (described above) it may actually end up costing you a LOT more to get the date you want, or you may not be able to extend at all!

 

Airline Extension Information

 

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El Al Flights

You can extend your El Al ticket for up to 3 months from your departure from the US. There are 2 extension options available:

  1. Highly Recommended – You can extend your ticket prior to departure for a minimum of $140.00 – subject to seat availability in the same class/code fare of service. If the original class code/fare is not available and a higher airfare is available, fee is difference in airfare plus $90.00. Extensions in advance of your trip should be booked online as soon after you are confirmed on a trip as possible (availability will become more limited every day) through Gil Travel’s Birthright Israel Trip Extensions page. Gil Travel Agency requires that all extension requests be placed 15 business days prior to departure from the US.
  2. NOT Recommended – You can extend your ticket in Israel through El Al directly, subject to availability, at a cost of $50 subject to seat availability in same class of service. If not available change will result in $50 fee plus the difference to the next available seat in economy. Please note that at this point availability will be very limited if at all. You are therefore strongly encouraged to arrange your extension in advance as per option A above. To extend you ticket while in Israel please contact El Al directly at 03-977-1111, call center is open 24/7.
  • Stopover is not permitted.
  • NOTE: Cancellation fees are imposed to BRI for last minute cancellation or no show.

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Air Canada Flights

(For USA participants)
You can extend your Air Canada ticket for up to 90 days from your departure from the US. There are two extension options available:

  1. Highly Recommended – You can extend your ticket in advance for a fee of $390 subject to availability in the same class of service. If the original class/code fare is not available, the difference to the next higher airfare may apply plus the fee of $300.00. 

     

    Extensions in advance of your trip should be booked online as soon after you are confirmed on a trip as possible (availability will become more limited every day). Extend your stay in Israel with Gil Travel’s Israel Trip Flight Extensions. Gil Travel Agency requires that all extension requests be placed 15 business days prior to departure from the US.

  2. NOT Recommended – You can extend your ticket on the trip, subject to availability; at a cost of $300. Please contact Air Canada no later than one day before your confirmed return date to process the request.

    Once in Israel, contact Air Canada directly for all changes 03-607-2111, hours of Operation: Sun-Thu 8:30-17:00.

  • NOTE: Last minute cancellation or no show at the airport the fee is $200.00.
  • Stopover is not permitted.
  • Valid on flights AC084/AC085 only

Air France Flights

(For USA participants)
A limited number of participants (75% of the group) may extend their Air France ticket for up to 90 days from departure from the US:

  • Extension prior to departure is in the same class of service $240.00 subject to seat availability in the same class/code fare of service. If original class/code fare is not available and a higher airfare is available, subject to the higher fare.

    Extensions in advance of your trip should be booked online as soon after you are confirmed on a trip as possible here: Gil Travel’s Birthright Israel Trip Extensions. Gil Travel Agency requires that all extension requests be places 15 business days prior to departure from the US.

  • Stopover is not permitted.
  • You may NOT extend your ticket once in Israel

 

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Brussels Airlines Flights

NOTE: There are a limited amount of extensions per group.

A limited number of participants (65% of the group) may extend their Brussels Airlines ticket for up to 90 days from departure from the US. There are two extension options available:

  1. Highly Recommended – You can extend your ticket in advance for a fee of $165 subject to availability of seats in the same class of service. If the original class/code fare is not available the difference to the next higher airfare may apply plus fee of $90.  

    Extensions in advance of your trip should be booked online as soon after you are confirmed on a trip as possible here: Gil Travel’s Birthright Israel Trip Extensions. Gil Travel Agency requires that all extension requests be places 15 business days prior to departure from the US.

  2. NOT Recommended – You may be able to extend your ticket once in Israel for a fee of $75, subject to availability of seats in the same class of service. If the original class/code fare is not available, the difference to the next higher airfare may apply plus fee of $75. Please note that at this point availability will be very limited if at all. You are therefore strongly encouraged to arrange your extension in advance as per option A above.

     

    Extension/change of return after departure from the US must be done directly through Brussels Airlines. All payments via valid credit card only. Change of return date must be made more than 5 business days before group’s original return date.

     

    Hours of operation: Sun- Thu 10:00-13:00
    Email israel@brusselsairlines.com or call in Israel:+972 3 5185262, speak with Assaf or Tanya.

  • Stopover is not permitted.
  • NOTE: Tickets are non-refundable for last minute cancellation or “no show”.

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Delta Airlines Flights

You can extend your Delta ticket for up to 90 days from your departure from the US. There are two extension options available:

  1. Highly RecommendedExtension more than 35 days prior to departure is in the same class of service $240.00 subject to seat availability in the same class/code fare of service. If original class/code fare is not available and a higher airfare is available, the fee is $240.00 plus the difference to the next class code. 

    Extensions in advance of your trip should be booked online as soon after you are confirmed on a trip as possible here: Gil Travel’s Birthright Israel Trip Extensions. Gil Travel Agency requires that all extension requests be places 15 business days prior to departure from the US.

  2. NOT Recommended – You can extend your ticket on the trip, subject to availability, at a cost of $150. Delta permits upsell once in Israel. If original class of service is not available, cost will be $150 for the change plus difference in airfare. Difference can range from $50.00 – $270.00. To extend while in Israel, please call 03-513-8000, ext. 3. Hours: Sunday – Thursday 9am – 5pm.
  • Stopover is not permitted.
  • NOTE: Tickets are non-refundable for last minute cancellation or “no show”.

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Aeroflot Flights

You can extend your Aeroflot ticket for up to 90 days from your departure from the US. There are two extension options available:

  1. Highly Recommended – You can extend your ticket in advance for a fee of $340. Seat subject to availability in the same class of service. If original class/code fare is not available, you may be offered the option of purchasing a different class fare. You will be responsible for the change fee and difference in price. Extensions in advance of your trip should be booked online as soon after you are confirmed on a trip as possible here: Gil Travel’s Birthright Israel Trip Extensions. Gil Travel Agency requires that all extension requests be places 15 business days prior to departure from the US.
  2. NOT Recommended – You can extend your ticket on the trip, subject to availability in the same ticket class, at a cost of $250. If the same class/fare is not available, an upgrade may be possible. This must be done a minimum of three business days prior to originally scheduled departure. To extend while in Israel, please call the airline’s handling agent, CL AL Aviation. They can be reached at 03-521-4222. Business hours are Sunday – Thursday 9:30am – 5:30pm. Do not contact Aeroflot directly once in Israel, they cannot assist with any change requests. 
  • Stopover is not permitted.

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Iberia Airlines Flights

Extensions are HIGHLY recommended prior to departure and in advance.

You can extend your Iberia ticket for up to 90 days. There are two extension options available:

  1. Highly Recommended – You can extend your ticket in advance for a fee of $290, subject to availability in the same class of service ONLY. Extensions in advance of your trip should be booked online as soon after you are confirmed on a trip as possible here: Gil Travel’s Birthright Israel Trip Extensions. Gil Travel Agency requires that all extension requests be places 15 business days prior to departure from the US.
  2. NOT Recommended – You can extend your ticket on the trip, subject to availability, at a cost of $215 plus a service fee of $15. Change is subject to availability in the same class of service at time requested ONLY. It must be requested more than 3 business days prior to departure.  Please note that at this point availability will be very limited if at all. You are therefore strongly encouraged to arrange your extension in advance as per option A above.

    To extend while in Israel, please contact Iberia directly (more than three business days prior to departure date) via email at taglit.ib@ba.com or at 03-606-1555 (Sun-Thur 9AM-5PM). 

  • NOTE: Tickets are non-refundable for last minute cancellation or “no show”.
  • Stopover is NOT permitted.

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Austrian Airlines Flights

NOTE: There are a limited amount of extensions per group.

A limited number of participants (50% of the group) may extend their Austrian ticket for up to 90 days from departure from the US. There are two extension options available:

  1. Highly Recommended – You can extend your ticket in advance for a fee of $140 subject to availability of seats in the same class of service ONLY. 

     

    Extensions in advance of your trip should be booked online as soon after you are confirmed on a trip as possible here: Gil Travel’s Birthright Israel Trip Extensions. Gil Travel Agency requires that all extension requests be places 15 business days prior to departure from the US.

  2. NOT Recommended – You may be able to extend your ticket once in Israel for a fee of $50, subject to availability of seats in the same class of service ONLY. 

     

    Extension/change of return after departure from the US must be done directly through Austrian Airlines. 

    Hours of operation: Sun- Thu 9:00-17:00
    Phone Number to call in Israel:03-905-8049.

  3. NOTE: Tickets are non-refundable for last minute cancellation or “no show”.
  4. Stopover is NOT permitted. 

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SwissAir Flights

Up to twenty (20) participants per group can extend their Swiss Air ticket for up to three (3) months from departure from the US.

There are 2 extension options available:

  1. Highly Recommended – You can extend your ticket in advance for a fee of $240 subject to availability of seats in the same class of service ONLY. Extensions in advance of your trip should be booked online as soon after you are confirmed on a trip as possible here: Gil Travel’s Birthright Israel Trip Extensions. Gil Travel Agency requires that all extension requests be places 15 business days prior to departure from the US.
  2. NOT RecommendedYou can extend your Swiss Air ticket in Israel, subject to availability, at a cost of $150. If original class/code far is not available, you can pay a fee (provided upon request) to a higher class/code fare. Please note that at this point availability will be very limited if at all. You are therefore strongly encouraged to arrange your extension in advance as per option A above. 
  • To extend while in Israel, please call 03-513-9000. Hours: Sun- Thu 9:00-17:00.
  • To cancel a return ticket once in Israel you must process request a minimum of four (4) business days prior to scheduled departure date.
  • Please be prepared to provide five (5) extension request dates in order of preference, and credit card details.
  • NOTE: Tickets are non-refundable for last minute cancellation or “no show”.

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Lufthansa Airlines

Up to 50% of the group may extend their Lufthansa ticket for up to three 90 days from departure from the US.

There are two extension options available:

  1. Highly Recommended – You can extend your ticket in advance for a fee of $140 subject to availability in the same class of service only. Extensions in advance of your trip should be booked online as soon after you are confirmed on a trip as possible here: Gil Travel’s Birthright Israel Trip Extensions. Gil Travel Agency requires that all extension requests be places 15 business days prior to departure from the US.
  2. NOT Recommended – You can extend your Lufthansa Airlines ticket in Israel, subject to availability, at a cost of $150 subject to seat availability in the same class/code fare of service. Please note that at this point availability will be very limited if at all. You are therefore strongly encouraged to arrange your extension in advance as per option A above.

    Extensions once in Israel can only be done by calling 03-905-8049 (Sun-Thur 9AM-5PM).


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United Flights

NOTE: There are a limited amount of extensions per group.

A limited number of participants (30% of the group) may extend their United Airlines ticket for up to 90 days from departure from the US. There are two extension options available:

  1. Highly Recommended
    You can extend your ticket in advance for a fee of $290 subject to seat availability in the same class of service, no upsell. Maximum 12 participants are permitted to extend their trip prior to departure.

    Extensions in advance of your trip should be booked online as soon after you are confirmed on a trip as possible here: Gil Travel’s Birthright Israel Trip Extensions. Gil Travel Agency requires that all extension requests be places 15 business days prior to departure from the US.

  2. NOT Recommended– Once in Israel extension/change of return is $200 subject to availability in the same class/code fare of service. If original class/code fare is not available and a higher airfare is available, the fee is $200 plus the difference in to the next class/code fare. Please contact United Airlines directly for all changes 03- 511-6777. Hours of operation Sun-Thu 8:30- 17:00.
  • PLEASE NOTE: Stopover NOT permitted.

 

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Alitalia Airlines

You can extend your Alitalia ticket for up to 3 months from your departure from the US. There are two extension options available:

  1. Highly Recommended – You can extend your ticket in advance for a fee of $240 subject to availability in the same class of service only. No upsell. Extensions in advance of your trip should be booked online as soon after you are confirmed on a trip as possible here: Gil Travel’s Birthright Israel Trip Extensions. Gil Travel Agency requires that all extension requests be places 15 business days prior to departure from the US.
  2. NOT Recommended – You can extend your Alitalia Airlines ticket in Israel, subject to availability, at a cost of $200 subject to seat availability in the same class/code fare of service. Please note that at this point availability will be very limited if at all. You are therefore strongly encouraged to arrange your extension in advance as per option A above.

    Once in Israel contact the handling agent for Alitalia- CLAL Aviation. 

    CLAL Aviation 03-521 4222 Sun-Thu 9:30-17:00

    DO NOT call Alitalia Airlines directly as they cannot assist with any change request.

    Extensions once in Israel can only be done by contacting the handling agent for Alitalia Airlines, CLAL Aviation. 

  • DO NOT contact Alitalia Airlines they CANNOT assist.
  • NOTE: Tickets are non-refundable for last minute cancellation or “no show”.
  • Stopover is not permitted.