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Wednesday, October 01, 2014

American Airlines ending frequent flier relationship with El Al

This is bad news for people like me who, while accumulating miles on American and other OneWorld partners, often end up doing their award travel on El Al. American and El Al are ending the relationship.
Effective November 1, 2014, flights taken on El Al will not accrue AAdvantage miles due to the discontinuation of American's frequent flyer relationship with EL AL.
All award travel on EL AL must be booked and ticketed by October 31, 2014. Travel is valid one year after ticket date, and must be completed by October 31, 2015. No changes to the EL AL segments are allowed during that period.
Note that the cut off is relatively sudden (that notice wasn't there a few days ago). I wonder if it's because Qatari Airways, Malaysian and Royal Jordanian are part of American's program (the first two are relatively recent additions) or because El Al was so stingy about letting you accrue miles on American.  Also, I wonder how this affects their code share relationships (which are extensive), and whether El Al will manage to put together a relationship with another group. Hmmm.


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