Star Alliance member Brussels Airlines issued an interesting fare for business class travel between the UK and Israel. For as little as £427 (~€497) you can book a roundtrip in business class from Edinburgh to Tel Aviv with a change of plane in Brussels. Even you are willing to spend more than 24 hours in Brussels on the outbound leg, the price drops to £366 (~€426). By adding a stopover, you can get similar prices with departure from Birmingham, London and Manchester.
While you cannot expect lie-flat seats on this route, the price is fairly similar to an economy with a lot of added perks.
With a stopover in Brussels, the following prices are possible with departure from:
- Edinburgh at £366 (~€426)
- Birmingham at £366 (~€426)
- Manchester at £368 (~€428)
- London at £370 (~€430)
Our availability calendar highlights all possible flight dates at £427 (~€497) for trips up to 28 days. It will forward you to Brussels Airlines with your selected flight dates. You will find detailed information for the stopover flights in the Search & Book section.
All flights in question are Airbus A320 family services with Brussels Airlines European business class. You will get an empty middle seat and better service, as well as free bags, lounge access and extra mileage. What you won’t get is extra leg-room (apart from the aforementioned empty middle seat) our extra reclining seats.
Search & Book
The fare rules for this flight give no sales period. A minimum stay of one night from Saturday to Sunday is necessary to get the lowest fare. You can find availabilities in November and December 2023.
Google Flights helps to find additional flight dates. We recommend booking premium tickets directly with the airline for various reasons.
Why is booking with an airline better than with an online travel agency?
More often than not, online travel agencies offer lower fares than airlines do. We still recommend booking with the airlines directly. There are two main reasons for that:
Better Customer Service
In case any problems like delays, cancellations or missed connections arise, you can communicate directly with the airline. The airline has to take care of you because you have a contract with them.
If a travel agency issues your ticket, you may have to reach out to them first. You also depend on your OTA to forward information like flight changes instead of receiving them directly from the airline. In many cases, you may get a prime exhibition of responsibility shifting rather than problem-solving.
This especially applies to premium tickets. You don’t want to spend more than €1,000 to wind up with some budget OTA’s telephone hotline in case anything goes wrong.
Baggage and Other Fees
Economy fares not including hold luggage are industry standard by now. In most cases, travel agencies charge much higher baggage fees than the airlines themselves. If bags are not included in your fare, airlines are often the cheaper alternative.
This also applies to other things like food services, insurances or priority treatment. In almost all cases, you pay less for additional amenities when booking on the airlines’ website.
Adding a Stopover
Spending more than 24 hours in Brussels allows you to drop a significant amount of fees and taxes. You can do this by using our Go2 tool or Brussels Airlines’ multistop search.
Most multistop search masks restrict searching for multistop tickets to trial and error. To save time, you can search for roundtrips on Google Flights at the regular fare and keep the displayed dates for both
BRU - TLV and
TLV - EDI segments. Then search for
EDI - BRU a day prior to
BRU - TLV, just like in the example above.
Since Google Flights does not preview flight dates from London or Manchester you might have to haggle a bit. The most convenient way is searching for roundtrips in the ITA Matrix. Add a
minconnect 24:00 filter for the outbound leg and switch the display to calendar.
Your stopover must be at least 24 hours long, but may be even longer.
Brussels Airlines issues tickets for all flight segments in business class P. Star Alliance frequent flyers can earn the following on a ticket from Edinburgh:
- 8,102 Kilometers on Air China PhoenixMiles
- 5,540 Miles on Miles&More
- 5,540 Award Miles + 480 Points on Miles&More 2024
- 4,990 Award Miles + 998 PQP on United MileagePlus
- 4,990 Miles on Thai Royal Orchid Plus
- 4,990 Miles on Singapore KrisFlyer
- 4,990 Miles on Air Canada Aeroplan
- 3,494 Miles on ANA Mileage Club
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