United Polaris Review Covid Edition: Newark to Tel Aviv Polaris

Anna’s note: Israel is still closed to tourists and only Israeli citizens are allowed to enter. Please check updated travel restrictions before making any plans.

Know the Entry Requirements for Each Country

As travel resumes, it’s paramount to know each country’s requirements, even if you are just transiting through and are there for a short layover. I like IATA’s Travel Regulations Map and Kayak also maintains a comprehensive list of travel restrictions by country. 

United has its own resource where you can check international travel requirements.

Successful Booking of ROUNDTRIP Biz to Europe for 37k Miles + $93

Brussels Airlines is a partner of Etihad miles, and this is the amazing award chart for roundtrip redemptions, including 36,620 Etihad miles roundtrip in Business Class between New York and Brussels, or about a quarter of the miles United would charge for the same booking:

Brussels award space in Business Class is wide open on united.com for Summer 2017 at the moment, and Etihad miles are easy to get as a 1:1 transfer partner of Citi ThankYou Points and Amex Membership rewards, so I figured some serious investigation was in order.

How to Book a Brussels Airlines Flight

Fly to Europe in a Flat Bed for 29,000 Points Roundtrip? Sweet Spot to Fly Brussels Business

Update 5/25/16: A One Mile at a Time commenter confirms booking a Brussels Business Class roundtrip from New York to Brussels for 36,620 Etihad miles plus under $100 in taxes per person.

Brussels Airlines Now Searchable on United.com, Great Space to Europe Africa

Brussels Airlines award space is again searchable and bookable on united.com. Brussels Airlines flies flat bed Business Class award seats from Washington and New York to Brussels and beyond in Europe and Africa.

Even when the award space was not searchable on united.com, Brussels was bookable with United miles by searching on other Star Alliance carrier sites and calling United to book the award space.

Very Good Brussels Award Space Now on United.com

Brussels Airlines award space now displays on United.com!

United.com Doesn’t Display Brussels Airlines Award Space, and How You Can Solve the Problem

If you have a stash of Star Alliance frequent flyer miles, United.com is a great place to start planning your award trip, but it's far from perfect.

I've detailed in the past how United's site will display "phantom" availability. Award space displays as bookable, but when you attempt to reserve the space online you will receive an error message. Then if you try to call in to book the trip--whether with United or another Star Alliance partner's miles to book the trip (e.g.