Goodbye Borovitz, Hello Rozenberg: El Al Will Soon Be Under New Management

Eli Rozenberg purchased a controlling stake of El Al 2 weeks ago in a public offering that didn't attract any other serious bidders. The controlling...

El Al Opens Form To Choose Between A Refund Or 125% Voucher, Which Will You Choose?

I wrote last week about El Al offering vouchers worth 125% of the price paid for a flight. At the time, you had to...

El Al Dirty Pool: After Eli Rozenberg Is Said To Be Replacing El Al’s Board, The Board Fights Back One Last Time

Last month I wrote about how El Al was playing dirty. Eli Rozenberg made an offer to recapitalize the airline and the controlling Borovitz family...

El Al To Travel Agents: We Will Be Back In The Air In October, 125% Credit Voucher For Cancelled Flights

El Al operations have been suspended since March 27th, but they have told travel agents that they will begin a limited schedule in October. Starting...

Mazel Tov: 26 Year Old Eli Rozenberg Is Reportedly The New Controlling Shareholder Of El Al!

Globes is reporting that Eli Rozenberg is now the controlling shareholder of El Al. The airline put its' shares up on the public market today....

While El Al Idles, United Launches Chicago-Tel Aviv Service; Airlines Smell Blood In The Skies

El Al operations have been suspended since March 27th. That will come back to haunt them. Delta and United have been gobbling up market share in...

El Al Appears To Be Cancelling Most Flights Through October 24th

With Israel's borders closed to foreign nationals through at least September 30th, El Al has closed sales for all flights (except Athens) through October...

[Update: Flight Landed!] El Al Gets Permission For Its First Flight Over Saudi Arabian Airspace To Abu Dhabi; The Shocking Reason It Will Fly...

Update: El Al's flight 971 flew over Saudi Arabia to Abu Dhabi, cutting the flight time from over 7 hours to just 3 hours...

El Al Will Reportedly Operate The First Ever Commercial Flight From Israel To The United Arab Emirates Next Week!

The AP is reporting that the first ever commercial flight between Israel and the United Arab Emirates will fly next week and it will...

[Update: Now Confirmed] El Al Is Cancelling All Flights Until October

Update, 8/18: El Al has finally officially confirmed that they are cancelling all flights through September 30th. Meanwhile, their competitors are operating sold out...

So You Want To Rescue El Al? Be Prepared For A Dirty Fight

El Al is broke. Their operations have been suspended since March 27th and all flights have been wiped off the schedule until October. They're being sued...

Israel Grants Permit To Eli Rozenberg To Buy El Al, But Will El Al Sell?

Globes is reporting that Israel has approved Eli Rozenberg's application to buy a controlling stake in El Al. Getting that permit was a precondition for...

Is It Fair For Schools To Force Students To Pay Cash For Tickets On An Airline With No Active Flights And $400MM In Outstanding...

Earlier this week I shared my advice on which airline students hoping to study in Israel for the year should use for maximum flexibility,...

30 Year Old Eli Rozenberg Tenders Offer To Buy Controlling Stake In El Al For $75 Million

Globes is reporting that Eli Rozenberg has tendered an offer to buy El Al. The offer is $75MM for a 45% share of the airline....

[Update: Now Confirmed] El Al Appears To Be Cancelling All Flights Until September!

Update: As speculated below, El Al has now confirmed that all flights are suspended through August 31st. Originally posted on 7/5: With Israel's borders closed to foreign...

$400MM Class Action Filed Against El Al For Refusing Refunds, Have You Received A Refund Yet?

A $400MM class action suit has been filed against El Al for refusing refunds on cancelled flights. With no end in sight for Israel's lockdown,...

Ouch! Israel Will Now Allow Airlines To Delay Issuing Flight Refunds For Years

Last week Israel agreed to potentially take control of El Al if a private buyer can't be found for the struggling carrier. El Al owes...

Will El Al Will Be Nationalized Again Or Should It Be Allowed To Fail And Start With A Clean Slate?

El Al's board has finally agreed to accept the government's bailout terms. The headlines all say the airline will be nationalized are misleading. A $250MM loan...

After Pilot Dispute, El Al Calls Their Bluff And Suspends All Flights Indefinitely

El Al has been at the negotiating table for months with their labor unions to extract concessions that would allow for the airline to...

Will You Accept A 120% Future Travel Voucher From El Al In Lieu Of A Cash Refund?

The Marker is reporting that El Al will offer travelers the option of accepting a travel voucher equal to 120% of the ticket price...

El Al Appears To Be Cancelling Some Flights Through March 2021 And Beyond

With Israel's borders closed to foreign nationals through at least June 30th, El Al remains in hibernation mode. The airline is negotiating with the...

El Al Adds June Flights To JFK, Los Angeles, London, And Paris

Bookable on Orbitz. Tickets purchased from Orbitz today are refundable until 11:59pm PT tomorrow. Use a card like Sapphire Preferred to earn 2 points or Sapphire Reserve to earn...

El Al Has Started Processing Refunds For Cancelled Flights!

A few weeks ago, I called out El Al for not issuing refunds on cancelled flights, in violation of US law. El Al said they...

El Al Extends Ticket Validity And Free Changes Through December 2021

El Al previously announced that customers with tickets for travel through 8/31/20 would be able to make changes to travel through 4/30/21. They are now...

El Al Adds Refund Form For Cancelled Tickets!

El Al has added a refund form on their site if your flight has been cancelled or significantly delayed. The DoT requires refunds for flights...

Israel Approves $400MM Bailout For El Al

Ynet reports that Israel has approved a $400MM bailout of El Al. The offer comes with strings attached, including requiring the lead shareholder to inject...

While El Al Is “Closed” And Refusing Refunds, 95% Of Their Fleet Has Been Converted To Cargo Operating Flights 7 Days/Week

El Al claims that they are closed and that's why they haven't issued refunds for flights cancelled over the past 2 months. That ignores...

El Al Appears To Be Pushing Back Service Resumption Yet Again, This Time Until June 28th

Related post: Enough Is Enough: The Time Is Now For El Al To Issue Refunds For Cancelled Flights And Stop Violating DoT Policy! El Al...

Roundup Of El Al Flights Operating While They Are “Closed”

Bookable on Priceline. Tickets purchased from Priceline today are refundable until tomorrow at 11:29pm ET. Please see this post for directions on how to cancel...

Enough Is Enough: The Time Is Now For El Al To Issue Refunds For Cancelled Flights And Stop Violating DoT Policy!

Up until April 3rd, several airlines cancelling flights were refusing to issue cash refunds. JetBlue and United were 2 of the worst domestic offenders...

El Al Appears To Be Pushing Back Service Resumption Yet Again, This Time Until May 31st

El Al previously suspended all commercial service from March 27 through April 4. They later extended that suspension through May 2nd and closed down their...

El Al Selling Rescue Flight Tickets On Its Longest Flight Ever, Between Tel Aviv And Melbourne

Bookable on Orbitz. Tickets purchased from Orbitz today are refundable until 11:29pm PT tomorrow. Use a card like Sapphire Preferred to earn 2 points or Sapphire...

El Al Will Temporarily Suspend All Scheduled Flight Operations!

Israel's Channel 12 is reporting that El Al will suspend all scheduled flight operations after tonight through at least April 4th. They hope to...

El Al Adds To Flight Cancellations, Will Fly 4 Or Fewer Flights Per Day

Update: El Al has cancelled flights to Johannesburg and Toronto as described below.  El Al now plans to fly either 0 or 1 flight...

El Al Will Suspend Most Flights Worldwide, Israeli Schools Cancelled, Don’t Expect Student Reentry After Pesach

With 80% of El Al's workforce on unpaid leave, YNet is reporting that El Al will be suspending service on most routes starting next...

El Al Delaying Launch Of Chicago And Tokyo Flights, Expands Flight Change Waiver, Extends Elite Status

El Al has made several announcements following Israel's new quarantine requirements. The launch of service to Chicago will be delayed until 6/28 The launch...

Israel Bans Visitors From Italy; El Al Suspends All Flights To Italy And Thailand, Delays Their Japan Service Launch

Israel, home to the harshest coronavirus bans on the planet, is now turning away non-Israelis arriving on flights from Italy. Israelis who have visited...

Reader Question: How Do I Avoid El Al Fees For Seat Assignments On Qantas Booked Flights?

Several readers have asked what they can do about being told there is a $20 fee for getting seat assignments or even requesting mehadrin...

[Update: Now Bookable] El Al To Trial Nonstop Test Flights Between Tel Aviv And Melbourne!

Update: You can now purchase these tickets! Tickets purchased from Priceline today are refundable until at 11:29pm ET tomorrow. El Al will fly from Tel...

In Wake Of Gaza Rocket Attacks, El Al And Lufthansa Group Offering Free Changes Or Cancellations; Insane Video Of Near Miss On Route 4

Update: Lufthansa Group airlines (Austrian, Brussels, Eurowings, Lufthansa, or Swiss) have added their own Israel travel waiver for flights through 11/16. Travel can be rebooked...

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