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...

El Al Appears To Be Cancelling All Flights Until September!

With Israel's borders closed to foreign nationals through at least July 31st, and El Al in a pilot dispute, the airline remains in hibernation...

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...

El Al Settles, Then Cancels Settlement With Defamed Passengers Of Flight #002 Who Were Tricked Into Flying To Greece For Shabbos

Oh El Al. If you're not denying me the right to publish anything from hours-long interviews with executives (twice now!), stealthily blocking award space from...

How Bad Is El Al’s Blocking Of Business Class Award Space For Partner Airlines?

In October 2017 I wrote about how it was technically possible to use Qantas points on El Al, but I noted about the extremely difficult...

When An El Al Flight Diverted To Halifax For A Medical Emergency, A Bochur Steps Up To Save The Day

El Al flight 26, operated by one of El Al's aging Boeing 777s, took off from Newark on September 18th at about 9:30pm. Chabad Houses...

Final Day To Book Awards Before Qantas Program Devaluation; Updated Comparison Award Chart For Travel On El Al To Israel

Update: The new award chart will go into effect 9/17 at 10am EDT. Book your premium cabin award tickets now before rates go up!...

Who Is Responsible For The Disappearance Of El Al NYC-Tel Aviv Awards Via Qantas Points? Here Are The Workarounds You Can Use!

Read this first: Everything You Need To Know About Booking El Al Awards With Qantas! A few weeks ago I wrote about how El Al...

El Al Goes Dynamic, Removes The Ability To Search For Standard Award Tickets; Here’s What It Means For Matmid And Qantas Members

In 2015 Delta removed their award charts. They dynamically price their award tickets based on demand and sales that they run. United will do...

El Al’s London King David Lounge Has Closed And Is Now A Priority Pass Art And Lounge; Is Paris Next?

El Al's King David Lounges are one of their competitive advantages. In Tel Aviv the only other lounge option are the Dan Lounges, which...

Everything You Need To Know About Booking El Al Awards With Qantas!

“All about” posts take an in-depth look into various topics. See all of them here. Have a topic you want to read more about? Sound off in...

Qantas Adds The Ability To Book Same Day Award Tickets! New Comparison Of Qantas And El Al Award Rates With Taxes And Fees Included!

Related posts (Read these first!): Qantas Adds The Ability To Book El Al Award Tickets From 2 More US Cities! 1 Week Left For Dirt...

Bid On Last Minute El Al Flights From Tel Aviv To NYC Or San Francisco From $450 Round-Trip!

El Al offers auctions to bid on last minute flights from Tel Aviv to NYC Or San Francisco. In today's auction which is ending soon,...

How To Search For El Al Awards With Qantas Points; The Trick To Booking From 15 Airports That Aren’t Bookable Online!

“All about” posts take an in-depth look into various topics. See all of them here. Have a topic you want to read more about? Sound off in...

Take Advantage Of Fantastic Qantas Values For El Al Travel; Comparison Chart For Redeeming El Al Vs. Qantas Points With A 20% Or 44%...

Update: Thanks to the 20% and 44% bonuses for AMEX transfers to Qantas, I've updated the comparison chart below to include points required based...

AMEX Points Now Transfer To Qantas! Get Targeted For Transfer Bonuses And Fantastic Values For Travel On El Al!

You can now transfer AMEX points to Qantas points at a 1:1 ratio! Points transfer instantly. This new transfer option is great news for travel to...

El Al Will Fly Nonstop Between Tel Aviv And Tokyo For The First Time!

El Al's Dreamliners are allowing it to do exactly what Boeing promised, making "long and thin" routes that had previously not been viable into...

Buy An El Al Ticket Between San Francisco And Tel Aviv And Buy A Companion Fare For Just 100 Matmid Points Or $100 Plus...

Buy An El Al Ticket Between San Francisco And Tel Aviv And Buy A Companion Fare For Just 100 Matmid Points Or $100 Plus...

Alaska Airlines Will Partner With El Al For Mileage Earning And Award Redemption!

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...

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