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.
Well, it looks like there’s an even better deal, as reader Paul pointed out that EL AL seems to have especially good first class fares out of London at the moment.
You can fly roundtrip EL AL first class from London to Tel Aviv for ~$1,700, which is just ~$200 more than the usual cost of a one-way ticket:
Availability is wide open across many dates:
Ultimately this seems like a great way to try EL AL first class, and more importantly, visit Israel. Like I said, I have low expectations of EL AL’s first class product based on their seats and online menus, though this still seems like a nice opportunity to try them.
Perhaps my bigger concern is hoping that I don’t get much pushback with my picture taking, given how security-focused EL AL is.
What do you guys think — should I take advantage of this EL AL first class fare to visit Israel?