Trip Notes: Flying Business Class On An El Al Dreamliner From JFK To Tel Aviv, My First El Al Flight!

I have flown to Israel as an adult on airlines like American, Continental, Delta, Lufthansa, Swiss, United, and USAirways and been on thousands of...

El Al Says Goodbye To Canada, Eh?

El Al will stop flying to Toronto this fall, ceding the Canadian market to Star Alliance member Air Canada. Canada's flag carrier offers year-round...

Delta Bails On Boston-Tel Aviv In The Winter, While El Al Triples Down

Delta is battling JetBlue to transform Boston into a global hub. As part of that strategy, they announced on 10/3/21 that they would add...

[El Al Reinstates 2nd Newark Flight With Morning Departure From Israel] Exclusive: Here’s What El Al Is Saying About The Newark To JFK Flight...

Update, 4/27: El Al shares the following statement, "Beginning June 12, the arrival time of EL AL flight LY 25, TLV to EWR, has been...

El Al Has A New CEO After Just One Year; Here’s My Advice To Her

Last week, El Al CEO Avigal Soreq announced that he would be stepping down after just 1 year at the helm. It didn't take long...

El Al Adds In-Flight iPads With Artscroll Learning Content

El Al announced that they will carry iPads fully loaded with Artscroll's library between NYC and Tel Aviv. The iPads will features the entire...

El Al Will Trial Sanctioned Minyanim On Long Haul Flights, But What Else Can Be Done To Solve Potential Issues?

In 2018, then secular owned El Al accused chareidim of physical violence which led to the flight being delayed and later diverted due to...

Finally: El Al Joins TSA PreCheck!

TSA PreCheck makes flying much easier. Shorter lines, no need to remove your shoes, belt, jacket, or hat. You can keep your laptop and...

El Al Adds Online Changes And Holds, Will Once Again Sell Inaugural Flights To Chicago And Tokyo

El Al was supposed to launch service to Chicago and Tokyo in the spring of 2020 before the Olympics. Then COVID hit, the Olympics...

EL AL: Fly From Tel Aviv To Miami For $599 Or 39.9K Chase Points Round-Trip

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...

EL AL Finally Allowing Travel Agents To Process Refunds For Cancelled Flights

EL AL, along with many other airlines, took away the ability for travel agents to process refunds on cancelled flights in March of 2020. But...

[Update: Confirmed!] Will El Al And Etihad Codeshare And Have Mileage Reciprocity?

Update, 7/1/21: El Al and Etihad have launched codeshare sales on each other's flights, which will further expand starting in August. Additionally the airlines confirm...

Redeem El Al Matmid Points For $1 Each Off Of Airfare This Month, Fly Round-Trip From JFK-Tel Aviv For 592 Points+$101 Round-Trip!

El Al is offering the ability to redeem Matmid points at a value of $1 each off economy airfare. El Al normally charges executives 1,760...

El Al Finally Reopens Israeli Call Center!

El Al closed their call centers when they suspended service last March. For a while it was nearly impossible to reach them, but they reopened...

El Al Offering Free Tickets To First Degree Relatives Of Those Who Passed Away From The Tragedy In Meron

It's with a heavy heart and many tears that I've watched the gut-wrenching videos and pictures of the tragic crush in Meron that has...

Israel News: All Students Can Enter, Ben Gurion Railway Station Reopens, El Al To Fly Nonstop To Phuket!

Chaim V'Chessed reports that Israel is finally reopening to all students. That includes single students and new students who have been locked out of...

Israeli Government Will Prepay For $210 Million Of El Al Tickets!

While airlines across the globe received truly massive bailouts with few strings attached, the Israeli government hasn't offered that kind of assistance to their...

[Final Day To Transfer Points] AMEX Points Will No Longer Transfer To El Al Matmid Points In 2021

Update: Today is the final day to transfer points to El Al. Will you transfer any points? El Al says that they are "replacing" this...

Should You Apply For El Al’s New US Credit Card? Here’s Why It’s A Hard Pass For Me

Airlines around the globe have tapped the lucrative US credit card market to sell tens of billions of dollars worth of miles to major...

In Surprise To Nobody, El Al’s CEO Will Step Down

El Al CEO Gonen Usishkin announced today that he will step down by January with a goodbye letter that says it does not identify...

El Al Targeted Offer: Save Up To $1,500 Off Flights! Fly Round-Trip From The US To Tel Aviv From $398 Coach Or $1,698 Business!

El Al is offering some truly incredible deals to targeted Matmid members, with fares that I haven't seen since the $336 round-trip El Al...

[Update: Permit Granted, Board Will Be Replaced] Goodbye Borovitz, Hello Rozenberg: El Al Will Soon Be Under New Management

Update: The state of Israel has given final approval for Eli Rozenberg to control El Al. There is a condition attached that he must...

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...

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