I’ve written a post in the past with three reasons that I haven’t yet reviewed EL AL, and the two main ones are that their mileage redemption rates are high and their first & business class product looks pretty lousy.
A couple of weeks ago I wrote a follow-up post about considering flying EL AL, talking about just how overpriced their first class awards are, despite the fact that their first class looks like a sub-par business class. For example, a one-way first class award from Tel Aviv to Los Angeles would cost 187,000 Membership Rewards points.
Well, the good news is that the post generated a lot of discussion, including some good ideas from readers about how to try EL AL first class without breaking the (mileage) bank. Charlie mentioned how a one-way first class ticket from Tel Aviv to London costs $1,500 or so. While that’s still not cheap, I’d rather do that then redeem so many points for a ticket, so that was my plan for flying EL AL first class.