Update: We broke this news on Friday, though Alaska Airlines wasn’t supposed to announce it until today, so their El Al partner page was taken offline shortly after this article was posted until this afternoon.
The news is now official and the press release clarifies that in addition to being able to earn points on either airlines when taking their flight, you will also be able to redeem El Al Matmid points for Alaska Airlines flights in the future. Hopefully there will be some decent values available with that redemption option, but I’m not holding my breath 😉
Have any questions for Alaska Airlines about the partnership? Hit the comments!
Partnering with Alaska was one of my strong recommendations when I spoke with El Al Matmid executives about how to improve their program, so I’m thrilled to see it finally come to fruition. Hopefully this is the just the start to many new airline partnerships.
You will be able to earn valuable Alaska miles on El Al flights as follows:
An El Al business class flight from Newark to Tel Aviv from July 7-15 costs $3,658 in J class. You would earn 11,384 miles for the base miles flown plus a 125% bonus for a total of 25,614 miles for this discounted business class ticket.
An El Al premium economy class flight from JFK to Tel Aviv from July 16-24 costs $2,398 in P class. You would earn 6,813 miles for this discounted premium economy ticket (60% of miles flown).
An El Al coach class flight from JFK to Tel Aviv from September 8-16 costs $1,019 in U class. You would earn 2,838 miles for this discounted coach ticket (25% of miles flown).
You can also earn Alaska Airlines elite status with the base miles+class of service bonuses, though not on the additional bonus.
You can call El Al to give them your Alaska Airlines mileage number to accumulate Alaska miles for your El Al flight instead of Matmid points.
You will be able to redeem Alaska miles for El Al flights as well, but those rates have not yet been announced.
You can transfer Marriott points to Alaska at a 60K:25K ratio. You can also earn miles from cards like the Alaska Airlines Visa® Business credit card from Bank of America that currently has a highest ever signup bonus of 40,000 miles. Read more about the offer and the best uses of Alaska miles here.
Currently the best way to redeem for El Al tickets is with Qantas points, that can be transferred from Barclays, Capital One, Citibank, or Marriott. You can also earn Qantas points on El Al flights.