Fewer American Express Points Now Required for Bonus Tickets and Upgrades
NEW YORK, Jan. 31, 2012 – EL AL Israel Airlines and American Express have significantly reduced the number of American Express Membership Rewards points that are necessary to exchange for an EL AL bonus ticket or upgrade to Israel. The new exchange rate applies to economy, business, and first class. This reduction in points is effective immediately and is permanent.
From New York (JFK/Newark), a roundtrip economy class ticket is now worth 70,000 American Express membership rewards points (equivalent to 1,400 Matmid points). For business class, a roundtrip ticket now requires 150,000 membership rewards points (or 3,000 Matmid points) and the same discount applies to exchanging points for a first class ticket.
To exchange points for an upgrade from economy to business or business to first class, there is also a huge savings that is offered. From New York (JFK/Newark), each one way upgrade requires 35,000 membership rewards points (or 700 Matmid points) and from Los Angeles 38,000 membership rewards or (750 Matmid points) are necessary.
From Los Angeles, a roundtrip economy ticket requires 90,000 American Express Rewards points (or 1800 Matmid points). A bonus business class ticket is earned by exchanging 200,000 Membership Rewards points (or 4,000 Matmid points). The reduced exchange rate is also available for first class tickets from Los Angeles.
Matmid Frequent Flyer Club members earn bonus tickets and upgrades to premium classes, priority seat selection, and other exclusive member-only promotions. They also have the opportunity to enroll for free in the EL AL GlobaLY program, whereby EL AL is donating the equivalent of 5% of earned points to charitable organizations: Taglit/Birthright, The Association for the Wellbeing of Israel’s Soldiers and the Make-A-Wish Foundation of Israel, helping to bring deserving individuals from around the world to Israel.
In addition, free Matmid Frequent Flyer Club enrollment is available to American Express Cardmembers. For more information or to transfer membership rewards to a Matmid account, visit www.membershiprewards.com/elal or call American Express at (800) 297-3276. To contact EL AL Matmid directly, call (212) 852-0721.
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*$349 applicable taxes and fuel surcharge p/ticket on all EL AL bonus tickets are not included. ($349 includes all government taxes, the September 11th security fee of $2.50 per US enplanement, up to $5 one-way and $10 roundtrip, as well as airline fuel surcharges.) Economy travel is subject to airline baggage fees of $70 for the second checked bag. Bonus ticketing within 72 hours of departure is subject to $50 fee per ticket. Upgrade travel is subject to the fare rules applicable to the underlying ticket. All tickets are subject to availability on select EL AL flights. Travel dates and limited routing changes are permitted, subject to any price and/or point redemption differentials. Cancellation penalties of up to $75 and other restrictions may apply.