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...

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...

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