El Al and Japanese carrier ANA announced they will begin a codeshare partnership in Spring 2024.
More excitingly, the airlines also announced plans to sign a Frequent Flyer Program agreement with reciprocal frequent flyer benefits and premium customer benefits.
Frankly, I’m a bit surprised that El Al is partnering with Star Alliance carrier ANA and not OneWorld carrier JAL. With multiple existing OneWorld codeshare and frequent flyer partnerships and with AA being so weak in the Israeli market, I just assumed that El Al would eventually join OneWorld and renew their AA partnership in the future. Of course that can still happen even with this news, as airlines can generally partner with airlines in any alliance.
While Qantas has decent rates for El Al flights, they are blocked from booking most awards. Alaska and Etihad have more booking options, but can be pricey.
On the other hand, ANA has 2 lucrative award charts. One of them, the incredible Star Alliance round-the-world chart, wouldn’t apply to El Al.
However the zone based chart is also very good and works for alliance and non-alliance partners. It allows you to book round-trip flights between North America and the Middle East for 65K miles in coach or 104K miles in business class.
While a round-trip is required with ANA, the miles needed to book are less than half of what Etihad charges to book travel on El Al!
You can transfer points from AMEX to ANA at a 1:1 ratio.
ANA awards are bookable on their website after logging in:
Arigato gozaimasu to ANA if they can pull off redemptions like that for travel on El Al!