EL AL and Etihad Reciprocal Mileage Earning and Redemption Rates EL AL and Etihad Reciprocal Mileage Earning and Redemption Rates

EL AL and Etihad Reciprocal Mileage Earning and Redemption Rates

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EL AL and Etihad first established a codeshare agreement back in 2021. However, mileage earning rates (for paid flights) and redemption rates (for award flights) are now live in both programs. And the ability to book these award tickets is available as of March 9, 2023.

With a recent overhaul to Etihad Guest redemption rates, it's worth looking at this partnership with fresh perspective.

Earning Etihad Guest Miles on EL AL Flights

Etihad clearly outlines its earning table for flights on EL AL metal. At the high-end, Etihad Guest members earn an impressive 175% of miles flown for business class C and I fare classes. Meanwhile, members only earn 25% of miles flown for economy N, G, O, and U fare buckets.

CabinBooking ClassMiles Earned
BusinessC, I175%
BusinessD, Z130%
PremiumQ, B115%
EconomyY, M100%
EconomyK, V75%
EconomyS, L, H50%
EconomyN, G, O, U25%

Redeeming Etihad Miles on EL AL

Effective March 9, 2023, EL AL award flights are now bookable through Etihad Guest. Here's the full Etihad Guest award chart for EL AL flights:

DistanceTel Aviv to...EconomyPremium economyBusinessFirst
0–500 milesLarnaca6,0007,50010,00014,000
501–1,000 milesAthens12,00013,00020,00027,000
1,001–1,500 milesDubai, Rome15,00019,00030,00040,000
1,501–2,000 milesBerlin, Moscow23,00025,00040,00054,000
2,001–2,500 milesParis, London, Madrid28,00031,00050,00067,000
2,501–3,000 milesDublin, New Delhi34,00037,00060,00080,000
3,001–4,000 miles-45,00049,00080,000107,000
4,001–5,000 milesJohannesburg, Bangkok, Phuket60,00062,000100,000134,000
5,001–6,000 milesBoston, New York, Tokyo67,00074,000120,000160,000
6,001+ milesMiami, Los Angeles75,00090,000140,000200,000

A couple of aspects jump out in this award chart:

  • Flights up to 500 miles are quite reasonable — but quickly become unreasonable from there.
  • Premium economy awards are priced at a very reasonable premium (pun intended) to economy awards. For flights between Tel Aviv and London or Paris, you'll pay just 3,000 miles more to upgrade from economy (28k) to premium economy (31k).

Note that Alaska Mileage Plan recently added mileage redemptions on EL AL with award rates that are cheaper than these new Etihad Guest redemptions. Consider booking through Alaska instead if you have the miles.

Earning EL AL Matmid Points for Flights on Etihad Metal

EL AL has published its earning and redemption table for flights on Etihad metal. At the higher end of the earning scale, First Class P fare buckets between 2,000 and 3,500 miles will earn you 140 Matmid points. While the lowest end of the spectrum, short hop economy T fare buckets earn a tiny 5 Matmid points. The following fare classes are ineligible for points earning: S, X, O, N, and I.

Booking ClassUp to 500 Miles Flight Distance501–2,000 Miles Flight Distance2,001–3,500 Miles Flight Distance
First Class (P)60 points100 points140 points
First Class (F)40 points70 points100 points
Business Class (J)30 points50 points70 points
Business Class (C, D)25 points45 points60 points
Business Class (W, Z)20 points35 points45 points
Economy (Y, B)15 points25 points35 points
Economy (H, K, M, Q)10 points20 points25 points
Economy (L, V, U, E, G)8 points15 points20 points
Economy (T)5 points8 points10 points

Interestingly the earning table only covers flights with a distance of up to 3,500 miles. There is no clarification of what happens if you take a longer flight. For instance, flying from Abu Dhabi (AUH) to Singapore (SIN) on Etihad comes in at 3,657 miles. Therefore, it's over the earnings threshold.

Do you earn points for this flight or not? Clearly, EL AL needs to clarify this point since it eliminates mileage earning on a host of Etihad’s long-haul routes.

Redeeming EL AL Matmid Points for Flights on Etihad

EL AL has a distance-based award chart for flights on Etihad Airways. The cheapest awards are economy fares for round-trip flights between 0-799 miles, which will set you back 450 points. In contrast, the most expensive awards are business-class round-trip awards over 6,000 miles, requiring 7,000 points.

One-Way Flight DistanceAbu Dhabi to...Round-Trip Economy PriceRound-Trip Business Class Price
0–799 MilesKuwait City, Muscat, Karachi4501,000
800-1,599 MilesTel Aviv, Cairo, New Delhi8001,500
1,600–1,999 MilesChennai, Malé, Istanbul8501,800
2,000–2,999 MilesKolkata, Moscow, Rome1,0002,300
3,000–4,999 MilesBangkok, Manila, London1,9004,300
5,000–5,999 MilesTokyo2,5005,500
6,000+ MilesMelbourne, New York City, Toronto2,8007,000

Redemption Terms Overview

  • The chart is for roundtrip fares; one-way fares are based on 50% of the round-trip value.
  • Prices exclude taxes, fees, and surcharges.
  • First-class redemptions are not permitted. Points can be redeemed only for economy and business class awards.
  • Tickets must be booked via the call center at *2550 or +972-3-9771111.
  • There are no child discounts on award tickets.

Our Take

Aside from the political implications of a developing commercial relationship between the United Arab Emirates and Israel, this new relationship is exciting news. While some of these prices aren't great (and the ability to accrue EL AL Matmid points in the U.S. isn't particularly easy), there are still some decent earning opportunities — particularly if you are flying long haul in a premium cabin.

In contrast, the EL AL award pricing on Etihad is on the expensive side, though it still offers its members multiple new options for using their points. Who will benefit most most from this new partnership is hard to tell. At first glance, it looks like a win-win for both programs.

Do you plan on taking advantage of this new partnership? Let us know in the comments below.

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