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Extending your Ticket

Want to extend your stay in Israel after the 10-day Birthright Trip is over? Great!

We urge our participants to extend their ticket before departing rather than waiting until you arrive in Israel. Although some airlines permit flight extensions to be made in Israel, it can be a time-consuming process, and seats are limited. Here are some tips for planning your extension:


Before your Trip

All extensions made before your departure must be done through Gil Travel. They require 15 business days before your departure to process your trip extension request. Here is the link to the extension form on their website:


In Israel

When you are on the ground in Israel, to make an extension you must contact the airline directly (see below for Airline Information). 

Here's what the airline needs to process your request:

  • your E-ticket number

  • Passenger Name Record (PNR)

  • list of desired return dates

  • credit card information

  • a local telephone number in Israel

  • your email address. 

Some things to keep in mind:

  • Extensions are NOT guaranteed and can be expensive. 

  • We do NOT advise that you plan post-trip travel until you've reserved a new return flight. 

  • Extension can be made for up to 90 days maximum.

  • Stopovers are not permitted.


Please note: If you have confirmed an extension and then cancel or change your trip, you will be forfeiting your extension, including all fees paid to Gil Travel and the airline. Birthright Israel is not responsible for extensions processed with Gil Travel or with the airlines. Extensions are the individual’s responsibility.


Cancelling/Forfeiting Your Return Ticket


You are able to cancel your return ticket and plan the return flight to your home country on your own.

You must notify us in advance or you may lose your $250 deposit. Forfeiting your return flight is different from extending your return flight. By forfeiting your return ticket you will be canceling your return flight altogether and will be responsible for arranging your own flight home from Israel.


To forfeit the return flight in the Birthright Israel App::

  • You can now cancel your own return flight from the Participant App

  • Return flights can be cancelled after departure from the home country and up to 48 hours before the return flight from Israel to avoid losing your deposit

  • Cancel Return Flight option is on the following screen and flows as follows: 

  • Clicking on CANCEL MY RETURN FLIGHT opens a Pop Up mini window for you to follow and confirm the action.

INTERNATIONAL TRAVEL LAW: Your passports must be valid for 6 months from your final scheduled day in Israel. No exceptions! You must fly with the group from the scheduled gateway airport.  If you change your trip AFTER booking your extension, your extension will be forfeited. 

Before your Trip
In Israel
Cancelling Return Flight
Plan Ahead
You can generally extend your ticket up to 2-3 months from the date you depart depending on the rules of the airlines.

You will be on an organized group flight, which means you can only change the date of the return. You can not change the route on the ticket to include another destination. You will not be allowed to extend your ticket on the front end and meet the group in Israel.

Airline Rules & Regulations 

Each airline has different rules in terms of how long a ticket can be extended for and what it will cost you. Get to know about your airline’s flight extension policies. Please find your airlines information below:

Aeroflot - Clal Aviation. Tel: 03-5214222, Sun-Thu 09:30-17:30,


Air Canada - 03-6072111, Sun-Thu, 08:30-17:00 LT, Israel


Austrian Airlines - 03-9058049,Sun-Thu 09:00 - 17:00, Israel time. 

To cancel your return flight only send email to


Belaviya - Clal Aviation. Tel: 03-5214222, Sun-Thu, 09:30-17:30,


British Airways - (For Brazil-Through Airline representative VEP)-  Phone: +5511 3062 3219, 24/7,; 


Brussels Airline - Email completed extension document to  TLV.GROUPS@DLH.DE, Sun-Thu 09:00 - 17:00 (IST).

To cancel your return flight only send email to


Delta Air Lines - 03-5138000 Ext. 3, Sun-Thu, 09:00 - 17:00 Israel time. 

To cancel your return flight only send email to  


Deutsche Lufthansa AG - 03-9058049, Sun-Thu 09:00 -17:00, Israel time. 

To cancel your return flight only send email to  


Deutsche Lufthansa AG  (For Brazil-Through Airline repesentative VEP) – Phone: +5511 3062 3219, 24/7,; 


EL AL Israel Airlines

Gil Travel Extension Form

or El Al Call Center (24/6) 1-800-223-6700

To cancel your return flight only send a message with your First and Last name to EL AL via WhatsApp by this link:

Airline Information
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