Extend your stay in Israel with Gil Travel


ALERT: PLEASE DO NOT CALL FOR EXTENSION REQUESTS. Extension requests are being processed by EMAIL ONLY.

Extension requests must be received at least 7-10 business days prior to US departure (Depending on Air Carrier).

** IMPORTANT: Your passport must be valid for 6 months after your return date, including your extended return date.

What are the General Terms and Conditions of Birthright flight extensions?

You can find them here.

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What is my group’s flight itinerary?

You need to contact your Trip Organizer for this information.

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How much will it cost me to extend my trip?

There is a cost to change your return flight home. That is determined by each airline. To see the cost for your airline please click here:

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How can I pay for my extension?

You can pay with credit cards only, no airline frequent flyer miles are accepted.

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Once I submit the extension request form, how long will it take to hear from Gil Travel?

Once we receive your extension request form (, we will try to confirm your request within ten business days.

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Once I submit my application, will I be asked to confirm the return flight?

No, once you submit the application, you agree to let us confirm your return flight on the return date you provided if the rate matches the quoted fee of your airline (See details here). Please be aware that we consider flights from 00:00 to 23:59 on the provided date. You will only be asked to re-confirm a return flight if the quoted fee is not available and a higher fee is offered by the airline, or if there is no flight availability on the provided date.

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I have submitted my form. Is my flight automatically confirmed?

Your flight is NOT confirmed until you have received an email confirmation from a Gil Travel representative with new flight information. We recommend that you wait until you receive an emailed confirmation of your new travel itinerary prior to purchasing your own domestic travel as extension requests are not guaranteed.

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When I enter my name into the extension request form, I am not recognized by the system. What do I do?

Please check with your Trip Organizer and try again later.

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How do I ensure my friend and I have the same flight on the return?

You will need to fill out the “Travel With” field of the extension request form with the name (or names) of those with whom you wish to extend. They must do likewise. We will make every effort to confirm your request and book you with your travel partner(s).

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What is the maximum number of days I can stay in Israel?

Please see the terms and conditions for your specific carrier’s maximum stay restrictions on the extension request page. Gil Travel cannot make any exceptions to extend your flight longer than the maximum stay allowed by the airline.

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Can I depart the US/Canada earlier than the scheduled group departure?

No. You will have to depart with your group.

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Do I need to have a confirmed flight home or can it be an open ticket?

You must have a confirmed return flight. Open returns are not allowed.

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Can I stop in Europe on the way home to the US/Canada?

No, stopovers are not allowed on Birthright ticket.

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Can I return to a different city?

No. No exceptions.

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How do I cancel the domestic flight if I am returning back with my group?

If you want to cancel the domestic segment of your return flight, you need to submit the “Extension Request Form” even if you are not extending and are returning with the group. In the process, you will be asked to select a date for Extension Date Choices. Although you are not extending, it does require you to fill this part in so please just write the next date after your group leaves Israel. What you enter into Comments is the most important part. Under “Additional Comments” please write: I would like to return with the group, but I would like to CANCEL MY RETURN DOMESTIC FLIGHT FROM XXX to XXX.
Finish filling out the rest of the form and once we process the cancellation, we will email you. It is a minimum of $90 to cancel the flight (subject to airline approval,) but if the cost will exceed $90 we will contact you via email before we charge you. Please note that you will be required to pre-authorize your credit card for the amount indicated under the terms and conditions for an extension on your particular airline, but you will ultimately not be charged more than $90 without your prior authorization.

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Can I change my extension a second time if my plans change?

Once you have booked an extension, subsequent changes will be subject to an additional extension fee. We will try to complete second changes within ten (10) business days. All changes are subject to availability.

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Can I extend while I am in Israel?

After departure, the following airlines must be contacted directly by the participant:

  • Air Canada – 03-607-2111
  • Austrian Airlines – 03-905-8049
  • Brussels Airlines – 1-700-703-292 or [email protected]
  • Delta Airline – 03-513-8000 ext 3
  • El Al Israel Airlines – 03-977-1111
  • Iberia Airlines – 03-606-1555 or [email protected]
  • Lufthansa Airlines – 03-905-8049
  • Swiss Airlines – 03-905-8049
  • United Airlines – 03-511-6777

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Can I upgrade my seat to business class?

Upgrades are not permitted.

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How do I request a special meal?

You can request a meal with your Trip Organizer.

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Can I book hotel reservations or a domestic flight (USA) before my extension request is confirmed?

No. Please wait until the airline confirms your request and you receive a confirmation email

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Did we answer your questions?

Contact [email protected] for all unanswered questions.

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