You may have a few questions about how you will travel to your destination. There are two ways to begin your journey—traveling on a supervised flight or unsupervised travel. Learn more below about how travel planning works with BBYO Passport.
Available for summer experiences in Israel, and western United States.
A supervised flight is offered separately from program land costs. Ticket costs vary greatly by destination and dates and are available on individual program pages. Flight costs that are listed on the program webpage is an approximate flight price and not the actual cost. The supervised flight cost and flight details will be released in the spring. The confirmation of a flight booking through BBYO Passport is subject to having enough monies paid into your account to cover the cost of the flight above the $250 deposit and, insurance amount, if applicable. All flight fees are subject to the same payment schedule confirmed in the terms you accepted for participation or within 2 business days of adding the fee. NOTE: Following the final payment deadline, space and rates on supervised flights can no longer be guaranteed. Contact us for additional details. BBYO reserves the right to adjust the price of the flight by up to 5% based on the exchange rate and airline fuel fee fluctuations beyond our control. Participants reserve the right to cancel the flight and receive a full refund in the event of a price increase if they so wish.
Most supervised flights depart from JFK Airport in New York City. In some cases, a supervised flight may also depart from Newark, Atlanta, Boston, or Miami. We strongly recommend participants book their connecting flights after the supervised flight details are announced.
Our programs fly a range of reputable international air carriers. Airlines vary by year and are selected according to schedule, availability, and cost. In some cases, we will use a combination of airlines for programs that involve multiple countries.
All connecting flights are included in the supervised flight for programs that connect Europe and Israel or connect within Europe. For teens connecting programs within the United States, families are responsible for making their own connecting travel arrangements based on the guidance we will provide in the spring.
For Summer 2021, participants will not be able to make their own flight arrangements to Israel. Teens will be required to join one of our supervised group flights which are organized by our team. This flight often departs from the New York City area, and we may also provide group flights from other North American cities according to demand (e.g. LAX, SFO, ORD, BOS, NYC, YUL, and MIA). Flight arrangements will be released in late spring and you are responsible for your teen’s transportation to and from the departure location. Learn more about our supervised flights.
- During registration, teens can submit a meal request for the airline (this request will not carry over to the program meals). Meal choices, other than kosher, will not have a kosher supervision on most airlines. Airlines are not able to accommodate food allergies.
- Seating is pre-assigned by the airline on our supervised flights, and special requests can be made at check-in but not ahead of time.
- If desired, participants are responsible for obtaining reward points via the airline using the ticket information obtained at check-in.
Detailed airport arrival and departure instructions will be sent well in advance. For the departure day, there is a designated meeting spot for each supervised flight where participants will meet our staff. For participants traveling to the supervised flight airport via a connecting flight, be advised that staff are not able to escort participants from/to their domestic gates.
For Summer 2021, participants will not be allowed to extend their stay in Israel beyond the program length, as they will need to arrive and depart with the group.
Each airline has its own rules and separate age thresholds for mandatory "unaccompanied minors," and additional fees may apply. For families booking a flight, refer to your chosen airline for information, and contact us well in advance if special arrangements need to be made with our staff. Last-minute requests for staff supervision of "accompanied minors" cannot be guaranteed.
Group bookings are created differently from individual reservations. There are many pros, including discounted rates and the ability to hold our tickets at a stable price while families confirm their travel. Each airline holds a limited number of seats at a group rate and group status. They also help ensure that teens who register later or additional staff needed can still join the flight.
While we gain these perks, it is important to note that we often lose the ability to hold seats, change routes, or even fly direct.
If you prefer greater flexibility, then another option is to purchase your reservation directly from the airline where you might be able to change your route, upgrade your seat, explore prices, and get a refund.
Choosing flights is a rather complicated process. Our team takes the time throughout the year to carefully plan, evaluate, review, and reassess each of our flight holdings as the year progresses.
Applicable for Stand UP Washington, DC, and for anyone opting out of a Supervised Flight option.
For families who book their own flights to/from our destination airport, we will coordinate a mutually agreeable plan for meeting and returning your teen. Additional airport transfer costs may apply for flights booked outside of a pre-specified arrival/departure window (to be announced in the spring)
Each airline has their own rules and separate age thresholds for mandatory "unaccompanied minors," and additional fees may apply. For families booking a flight, refer to your chosen airline for information, and contact us well in advance if special arrangements need to be made with our staff. Last minute requests for staff supervision of "accompanied minors" cannot be guaranteed.