El Al Adds Refund Form For Cancelled Tickets!

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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 to or from the US that are cancelled or significantly delayed.

I called on El Al to start issuing refunds a couple of weeks ago.

This is certainly a step in the right direction, but it’s easy to just put up a form. Let’s hold out on the celebrations until refunds are actually issued…

Are you waiting on a refund from El Al?

HT: yandmk


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A

That’s because they got a $400 million bailout from the Israeli govt. They better refund. Lol

Doop

Have they accepted the bailout?

Mike

That’s because Dan demanded it!

donkey

Ahem… If they can only get an American to write their English-language forms!! I can hear the trying-to-be-american israeli accent loud and clear while reading the form.

Odelia

The form has some grammar/formatting issues but is perfectly legible. Getting an American to write a form when 90% of El Al employees are furloughed and the entire world is quarantined is hardly anyone’s priority.

Ss

Should I fill out this form ? Bec I’m waiting the outcome of my cc dispute.

Ana Santa Ana

My credit card sided with EL AL. I have no idea why because they have not provided a response. I paid $1743 for a ticket for September 2020. I canceled! Citicard has charged back the full amount. They do not provide me a reason, other than they’ve sided with merchant

Eli Ali

Dan, if airline doesn’t cancel flight but I choose to cancel a biz class ticket and pay the $200-$300 refund fee, is that also eligible now for refunds? Thanks

TA support.

Travel agent here.

No.

You chose to cancel a flight, it’s on you.
There is no way an airline would refund back to cc, as they converted your ticket to airline credit, which cannot be reversed.

Good luck getting any refund other than airline credit.

Ahmed

even if the ticket can officially be refunded for a fee? thanks

anti ta

Just d a chargeback

TA support.

Try, but chances are Elal will fight the chargeback with clear proof passenger cancelled flight voluntarily.

TA #2

I don’t think that was the question.

If the fare rules allow a refund for a fee than the ticket CAN be refunded minus the cancellation fee.

Mike

Don’t ask the airline to refund, you didn’t pay them, you paid to the order of the Agent, he didn’t deliver the goods he couldn’t get you there, give me back my money. Let the Agent get the money back from the Airline. That’s how I filed a dispute with my bank.

Mike

Even if the cancellation was after Israel has posted the they are not letting anybody cross the border?

Stuck in NJ

What happens if my flight wasn’t cancelled but was not allowed to fly due to isreal regulations?

Yochai

Not eligible for a refund

Steve

The refund form indicates that if your ticket was purchased via a travel agent, you must contact yiur travel agent for the refund

m65

can i use this form for tlv-bud-tlv flight?

Mother\'sDayMom

I already disputed the charge with AMEX. Should I also complete the form?

DJ

It’s only if you booked through the Elal website. It’s says otherwise contact your travel agent

yaakov

Anyone have success in entering their information?
Because all I get is:
We have not been able to find any booking in our system under the information you provided. Please validate your entry and try again

Yaakov Rabin

I got the same message. I cancelled on Elal website for TLV/LON at height of Corona when Elal started changing flight schedules, and they offered cancellation on the website. Does that mean that this refund page is not for me? What does Dan say? Or anybody for that matter?

Carl Sherer

As Dan said, it’s easy to put up a form. Your refund? Manyana….

yaakov

Worked!
Your flight ticket cancellation request was successful. The refund will be made when the request is processed.

Asks

Don’t get too excited. I put in “ABCDEF” as booking code and i got the same message 🙁

Tavster

Lol

Rutie

Dan,

Is there a way for your to check if they enabled OTAs the option of issuing refunds?

Dov

TA are still blocked to process refunds

Steve Moses

Expedia:
I could not cancel my ElAl flight because I could not get through to Expedia despite many hours of holding on, on the phone. When I contacted ElAl, which was still open at that point, they told me to contact Expedia; they [ElAl] would do nothing for me. Recently I was able to get through to Expedia. Expedia told me that they were unable to anything, because ElAl was closed. Can’t anyone take responsibility? Dan, can we get legislation that regulates entities like Expedia, so we can hold them accountable, just like the airlines that they are the agent for?

Thank you.

Yehuda

I had the same issue with Amex.
I had purchased four tickets for around March 15th.
l try to cancel 2 hours before the flight but
El al said I have to be in touch with the issuer I.E.AMEX
Was on hold with Amex for hours before my flight departed and could not cancel or do anything . after each 45 minutes amex would automatically hang up.

The flight ended up departing (although I’m not sure how as I could not find any information about the flight until after the flight had departed.)

In the end I called AMEX 2 weeks later and filed a dispute saying that I had canceled the flight and had not gotten my refund.

I was immediately given an interim credit on my account
A week later the dispute was closed and finalized.

So I don’t know about Expedia but AMEX is certainly coming through with these flights.

Ana Santa Ana

Citicard gave me a temporary refund, they then charged me back.

Eli Ali

Try getting through to orbitz and they may be able to connect you to someone from Expedia. It’s the same company. I had an orbitz ticket and when they needed to refund it they had to connect me internally to Expedia. (Not an Ella ticket)

Father

Dan,
I bought a round ticket for my daughter coming home from seminary, she was supposed to return to Israel April 20, elal canceled the flight. I paid for the ticket $1400 Worth in Chase Sapphire points, chase is willing to reimburse me $344 for the second leg of the trip, is that fair?

not dan but answering

yes

Jim Burton

I have close to $10K in cancelled flights with ElAl. This is not a way to earn customer loyalty, and certainly not a way to treat loyal customers. I filled out the form and got the message they will refund me when refunds are processed. This is meaningless. It means they will refund us when their offices are open again. Nothing changed, it’s just a way to get the DOT off their back.

EYAL L

I used chase points and still waiting for refund.. chase trace waiting for waiver to refund my points and elal do not respond

Eli

Worthless.. They figured out the scam many other airlines are doing. “We are processing your refund, but processing times are longer because of high volume”

Asks

Using “ABCDEF” as booking code, I got the message “Your flight ticket cancellation request was successful. The refund will be made when the request is processed”
HMMM….

Ari

My 2nd portion of my El Al ticket was not canceled by El Al, therefore I am not entitled to any refund. Since El Al is not flying, what are my options….
My ticket was booked in October 2019. I canceled the return portion in March. At that point they said the ticket was valid for 1 year from the booking date (or maybe the first flight which were a day apart). Since they are not flying now, do I get an extension to book it later, can I get a refund- since I want to fly next week and they are not operating?
Thanks for your time and knowledge, you have been a great source of help through these trying times..between the airlines and the rules, purchasing hard to find items and still all those great deals.
Chazak V’Amutz, Hatzlacha and stay safe.

DITZA BERGER

I bought a ticket through Priceline the flight in both directions was cancelled. Elal’s refund says it is only if the ticket was purchased through them, however, when I spoke with Priceline they said that they cannot issue a refund as that is part of their deal with the airline. How should I proceed?

eli

dispute the charge

izzy

My ElAl flight was cancelled. Couldn’t talk to anybody at either Priceline or Elal. I disputed the charge with Chase. But now after a month the charge nicely came back up as re-bill ElAl. I called to chase to dispute to which they replied that since ElAl has a ‘policy’ to issue a credit they will not reverse the charge. When I tried reasoning that it is contrary to DOT regulations they told me that they can’t dispute based on a legal interpretation. I said fine – forget the DOT regs, I paid for a service that wasn’t provided – transferred to supervisor. Said my whole shpiel again. She tried convincing me that there is nothing to do and I need to talk to the airline. I said I’m recording you that Chase states that despite me not getting the service I paid for you will not back me and reverse the charge. NOW finally the supervisor tells me that I need to do a written dispute and add any ‘additional’ information’ that wasn’t on the original dispute and they will review it.
So here we are. Let see how this goes.

Ed

My flight is May 30th, right after Shavuos. I emailed El Al a few days ago but haven’t gotten a response. I plan on going anyway as soon as I’m able to. Am I better off getting a refund now or postponing the flight?

DH

I finally called chase today to dispute my elal ticket. I waited over 2 months for my travel agent to take care of it. Chase said they would take care of it.

meir

this is a very stupid form, because it doesn’t help for people who booked thru a travel agent!! i am still waiting for a refund, i have filed 2 complaints with elal, another with chase travel (bec i used half points), and another with DOT, and have not received anything!

sarah

Is there any update to this? We have a similar situation. we booked with Chase points and money for a flight in early July

jonathan Moskowitz

HI Dan , Thanks for all your advice

IF I had a RT flight from israel in april , and used 1 leg , but the return leg last week was cancelled . What are my options? as in past , they told me since one way fares are $1800 , which was more than my RT fare , i’m not eligible for refund? ELAL is the only airline that trys that.

jerry

So, has anyone gotten any money back from El Al, anyway anyhow?

henny b

i have an elal ticket on june 11.i am not an isreali citizen.i want to know if isreals borders are not open for non isreali citizens by then and my flight is flying if i am qualified for a refund

A

No form found on the link page
Was it removed?

MS

I am working with a travel agent who booked my tickets on El Al, and I also filled out the DOT form. I got an email the other day from El Al (presumably) wanting a form filled out with bank account information for a refund. They said they are bypassing the travel agent due to Coronavirus. The travel agent said he has never seen the form before and that he was still working on the refund. Has anyone else gotten this email? I’m worried about sending bank account information over unsecured email, but it looks legitimate. I thought about emptying a secondary checking account and using that account number.

EK

Call the West Coast office. They got to me right away and handled it. 323-852-1252

LS

Hello EK – Thank you for the West Coast number – did you actually get a refund or is it still pending? I was told that they would send my information to the accounting department but of course she didn’t know how long a refund would take because of Covid -19, (it is 3 months since I cancelled) so I am wondering if anything actually happens. Again thanks for the number. LS

ploni3

It looks like the link to the form has disappeared from the website. Does anyone have a link?

Abby

They cancelled my flight in March still nothing.

Mille_Bornes

Had flight to Israel on ELAL, July 1, booked through chase travel with points. After seeing all ELAL flights cancelled thru 7/31, called chase travel yesterday but since ELAL had not updated the reservation, they couldn’t do anything yet. Emailed ELAL through the contact form (not the refund form) and filed USDOT complaint. Got a response from ELAL a few hours later saying I need to go through Chase (since it’s like a travel agent). Called chase travel today, got a different person, she saw the cancellation notice on ELAL site and immediately refunded all the points. Relief! Thanks for all the advice re waiting for the airline to cancel!

Jonisser

i booked a flight through Chase Ultimate Rewards for a June 25 flight with Elal. Paid over $4k in cash plus some points. Elal cancelled the flight and chase sent them an email requesting a refund. I also filled out the cancellation form on Elal’s website and filed a complaint through DOT. Spoke to someone in the Elal west coast office yesterday and they said that chase didn’t send the email requesting the refund the right way and they need to do it again. called chase and they said it could take a week for their back office to draft up the new email and send it out to Elal. After that could take 8-10 weeks to process the refund. Chase also told me that if i file a credit card dispute, that even if Elal did approve the refund Chase would not refund it to me because i opened a dispute. The DOT complaint i filed was a few weeks ago and DOT hasn’t gotten back to me either. I feel stuck in the middle of unfair practices by both chase and Elal that continue to drag out with no clear end in sight. Any suggestions what else i can do here?

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