Air Travel -- a word of explanation: Basically everything you need on this pilgrimage tour in included, the only exceptions as noted above. You will note that Air Fare is not included. This saves everyone money. Trinity's goal is to make Holy Land Pilgrimage possible for as many as possible -- and for reason we are really serious about trying to keep the cost affordable. We have compared prices of our pilgrimage with many others over the years -- and we are consistently less expensive when all the factors are included. We have included just about everything in the package (even lunches and tips which many tours leave out.)
But we have quite deliberately not included airfare. Years ago groups got a substantial discount when you bought a block of tickets at the same time -- today most airlines seem to prefer to deal with people individually over the internet. Group discounts seem to have largely disappeared. Our experience is that we get very good prices on tickets buying tickets directly -- about 3-4 Months before departure. If we included Air Fare, we would need to build in some margin for error as ticket prices fluctuate daily. Since Trinity is arranging this pilgrimage on a break-even basis we really have no room for speculation on ticket prices. So, Airfare is separate.
Here is how we do it: About 4 months before departure we start sorting out possible flights. We then contact all who have registered for the pilgrimage and work with them to get them booked on the best flights for their departure city. We do try to get everyone on the same trans-Atlantic flight or on a couple flights with similar arrival times to make the logistics easiest. British Air and Air Canada were the best options on our 2015 pilgrimage. In the past, El Al and Al Italia have also been good choices. Once we have made our choice of preferred flights we will be in touch with all of those who are booked. Some of you are old hands at booking flights online and will just do it yourself. Others might like some help with that and if so we will gladly assist.
What will it cost? At present, direct return flights through Toronto -- are in the range of C$1,000 to C$1,500. (Even cheaper tickets are possible, though usually they have stop(s) en-route. I saw a ticket for $770 not that long ago -- with 2 stops. Vicars's most recent ticket purchase -- an Air Canada direct flight from Toronto to Tel Aviv was $930 including all taxes!)