Tag Archives: Israel

Flying Alitalia Business Class from Tel Aviv to Rome to London-Heathrow

Our return routing from Israel to Washington was a complicated one.  Originally, I was booked on the reverse of our inbound trip, Tel Aviv to Paris, Paris to Dulles, on Air France business class.  There was no availability on any of the morning flights out of Tel Aviv, so I… Read more »

Why I’m Not Blogging About the Rest of my Israel Trip

Why I’m Not Blogging About the Rest of My Israel Trip It’s been a few weeks since my last post about my June trip to Israel. I had had a post on what we did in Jerusalem almost all written, including a discussion of the Light Rail, which I found… Read more »

The Arthur Hotel Jerusalem, or Why I’m Glad Hilton Hhonors and the Waldorf-Astoria Let Me Down

Jerusalem is not a great city for the points or loyalty-concerned traveler. Until this spring, the only property affiliated with one of the major chains was the Crowne Plaza, which is not centrally located for tourists, but close to most of the government buildings and the convention center. When I… Read more »

Israel Trip Report: Starting Out IAD-CDG-TLV in Air France Business Class

This post is the first in a series describing my recent trip to Israel with my boyfriend. Our trip included Jerusalem and Tel Aviv Pride. Air France Flt. 39  Washington-Dulles to Paris – Charles DeGaulle, Business Class, Boeing 777-300 ER Dep. 4:06 PM   Arr. 5:15AM +1 Air France Flt. 1960 … Read more »

Trip Report: Flying Home: Alitalia Magnifica – Tel Aviv to Rome to JFK

Getting out of Israel is a schlep. As I’d noted in an earlier flight, my departing flight from Tel Aviv to Rome left at the ungodly hour of 5:15 am.  This is actually quite common for European flights, and there’s a huge bank of flights to Europe leaving between 4:30… Read more »

Trip Report: The Blah Renaissance Tel Aviv

As promised, my final Tel Aviv post – and only 2.5 weeks late. The only Marriott property in Tel Aviv is the Renaissance Tel Aviv, literally next door to the Crowne Plaza, right on the water and part of the main strip of hotels.  I booked using Marriott Rewards points. … Read more »

Trip Report: My Amazing Stay at the Intercontinental David Tel Aviv

After a fun night out on the town, including a dinner featuring more types of sausage than I’d anticipated being  served at my maiden meal in Israel, I checked out of the Crowne Plaza and grabbed a taxi to the Intercontinental David, for what was my one paid stay in… Read more »

Trip Report: Tel Aviv Hotel Overview and the Crowne Plaza Tel Aviv

  My hotel plan for Tel Aviv was a little chaotic, and was a case of “mattress hopping.”  Due to the combination of high rates, points availability, and shifting plans of my travel companions, I planned to spend my five nights in Tel Aviv in three different hotels, broken out… Read more »