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...

Booked A WOW Flight To Israel? Save 20% On An El Al Flight!

WOW Air shut down overnight last week and several airlines made offers to get stranded passengers home. If you purchased a WOW flight for travel...

Last Chance To Take Advantage Before El Al Devalues Matmid Yet Again

Update 2: If you have Matmid points, you'll want to use them before they are devalued at 5pm on Sunday, 3/31. If you have...

El Al Announces Their First 787-8 Routes And Plane Configuration

Last week El Al confirmed that they will fly nonstop between Chicago and Tel Aviv. I've long said that the route seems tailor made...

El Al Is Testing Out Sale Fares That Are Only Valid For Friday Flights

El Al doesn't operate flights on Shabbos, but they do operate flights that land close to Shabbos and take off shortly after Shabbos. El Al...

Confirmed: El Al Will Launch Chicago-Tel Aviv Nonstop Service In March 2020

Update: El Al has now confirmed that they will begin nonstop service between Chicago and Tel Aviv with 3 weekly flights starting in March...

Fly Nonstop Between NYC And Tel Aviv For 33.6K Points In Coach, 50.4K Premium, Or 62.4K Business When You Transfer Citi Points To Qantas!

Earlier today I wrote about the 25% bonus for transferring points from Citi to Qantas. You can also transfer Marriott points to Qantas at a...

El Al Adds Service To Their 9th North American Destination! Roundup Of The 95 Weekly Nonstop Flights Between North America And Tel Aviv

El Al confirmed today that they will operate nonstop rotating 777/787 service between Orlando and Tel Aviv starting 7/2/19. Flights are not yet on...

El Al Adds Service To Their 8th North American Destination! Roundup Of The 93 Weekly Nonstop Flights Between North America And Tel Aviv

El Al announced today that they will fly nonstop 787 service between Las Vegas and Tel Aviv starting 6/14/19. Curiously though, the service will...

El Al: Fly Business Class From Europe To Bangkok Or Hong Kong With Free Stopovers In Israel From $1,569 Or 104K Sapphire Reserve Points...

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

Looking Into The Positive Side Of The El Al Flight #002 Fiasco: An Inspirational Shabbos, Thanks To Chabad Of Athens

Related posts: The Captain Of El Al’s Flight #002 Lied To And Tricked His Own Passengers; It’s Time To Realize The Risks Of Taking...

After Lawsuit Is Filed, El Al CEO Admits There Was No Physical Violence On Flight #002

Please read these posts first: The Captain Of El Al’s Flight #002 Lied To And Tricked His Own Passengers; It’s Time To Realize The...

Did El Al Invent Charedi Violence To Shift The Blame Away From The Airline’s Mistakes? A Timeline And The ATC Audio Where El Al...

Read this first: The Captain Of El Al’s Flight #002 Lied To And Tricked His Own Passengers; It’s Time To Realize The Risks Of Taking...

The Captain Of El Al’s Flight #002 Lied To And Tricked His Own Passengers; It’s Time To Realize The Risks Of Taking These Flights

Update: Several videos have been added to the end of this post. There are has been zero evidence of any sort of physical violence that El Al claimed had occurred, nor has El Al clarified on which of their 2 problematic flights the alleged violence occurred. The real heroes of this story once again are Rabbi and Rebbetzin Hendel of Chabad of Greece. You can donate directly to their efforts here.

HOT! El Al: Fly Nonstop From Toronto To Tel Aviv For $600 Round-Trip In Coach, $1,105 In Premium Economy, Or $2,669 In Dreamliner Business

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

United Strikes Back Against El Al In San Francisco: Round 2!

United started flying between San Francisco and Tel Aviv on 3/30/16 with 3 weekly 787-8 (788) flights. The flight was so successful that it was...

Comparison Chart: Redeeming For El Al Flights With Qantas Points Versus El Al Matmid Points

For a long time, the best way to book award travel on El Al was with American miles. That relationship crumbled 4 years ago...

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