Alaska Airlines Mileage Plan has introduced a new frequent flyer relationship with El Al.
Earning Alaska Airlines miles for travel on El Al starts July 1. It will presumably be possible to redeem Alaska Airlines miles for travel on El Al at some time in the future. Often it takes longer to get the IT in place for redemptions than for mileage-earning.
A U.S. frequent flyer partnership makes a ton of sense for El Al since they’ve been on a U.S. expansion tear. Service includes Boston, Chicago O’Hare (March 2020), Las Vegas (June 2019), Los Angeles, Miami, Newark, New York JFK, Orlando (July 2019) and San Francisco (May 2019). Alaska offers a significant presence in San Francisco and a meaningful presence in Los Angeles, though less help from other cities.
You can currently search for El Al award space on the Qantas Frequent Flyer website or at Expertflyer. El Al uses the ‘X’ fare bucket for business class award space, ‘P’ for premium economy awards, and ‘E’ for economy awards.
If you do fly El Al remember to book an inflight marriage kit in advance or birthday celebration!