The following information is for participants who are not joining Birthright Israel Plus.
The travel agency handling extensions from the US/Canada prior to departure is Gil Travel. They require at least 10 business days prior to your departure date to process your request. If you do not extend your return date prior to leaving the US/Canada (exceptions noted below) the airlines may be able to assist you once you have arrived in Israel.
Extensions are NOT guaranteed. It is NOT recommended that you make post-trip plans until you have a confirmed return date from Israel. All requests should be submitted to the airlines more than 72 hours before the group’s return date. Check with your Trip Organizer for specific extension details for the airline with which you are traveling, as other restrictions may apply.
Contact Gil Travel
If you are going to extend your stay in Israel prior to departure for flights originating from Canada with Air Canada, you can make your extension request by completing the Request for Extension Form and emailing it directly to Air Canada (firstname.lastname@example.org)
If you will not be using your return ticket to US/Canada, you must inform your Trip Organizer immediately. This will prevent additional airline charges. If you do not contact the airline before your scheduled return date and neglect to arrive for the scheduled departure you will forfeit your deposit held for your trip.
Air Canada: In Tel Aviv: 03-6072111. Hours of operation Sun-Thu 8:30AM-5PM Israel time.
Austrian: In Tel Aviv: 03-9058049, Sun-Thu 9AM-5PM Israel time.
Brussels Airline: Email Israel@brusselsairlines.com or call 03-5185262, Sun-Thu 10AM-1PM Israel time (ask for Assaf or Tanya).
Delta: In Tel Aviv 03-5138000 ext 3, Sun-Thu 9AM-5PM Israel time.
EL AL Israel Airlines: In Tel Aviv 03-9771111, 24 hours a day.
Iberia: Email request more than 3 business days before confirmed group departure Taglit.email@example.com or contact in Tel Aviv 03-6061555, Sun-Thu 9AM-5PM Israel time.
LOT Polish Airlines: Airline representative In Tel Aviv is CL AL Aviation: 03-5214222 Sun-Thu 9:30AM-5PM Israel time.
Lufthansa: In Tel Aviv: 03-9058049 Sun-Thu 9AM-5PM Israel time.
Swissair: In Tel Aviv: 03-9058049 Sun-Thu 9AM -5PM Israel time.
United Airlines: In Tel Aviv 03-5116777, Sun-Thu 8:30AM-5PM Israel time.
If you have any questions regarding the above, please contact your Trip Organizer directly. A list of all Trip Organizers and their contact information can be found on our website (www.birthrightisrael.com) by going to THE TRIP page and the Find a Trip Organizer section. Birthright Israel is not responsible for flight changes made for new return dates.