El Al Israel Air Lines and Delta Air Lines recently established a “strategic partnership” that, according to the firms, would simplify travel for customers traveling between Israel and the United States.
In accordance with the agreement, frequent flier miles will be reciprocally recognized between the airlines, and travelers will be able to check their bags all the way to their destination.
According to Matteo Curcio, senior vice president of Delta for Europe, the Middle East, Africa, and India, “collaborating closely with El Al will further strengthen Delta’s connection to Israel.”
Shlomi Zafrany, vice president of commercial and industrial relations at El Al, further stated, “This partnership marks another crucial turning point in our long-term strategy and provides our customers with unmatched service.
Yishai Fleisher, the international spokesperson for the Jewish community of Hebron, tweeted, “This is big for those who fly.
Travelers will be able to accrue and exchange Delta points for El Al flights and vice versa, according to DansDeals.
Unfortunately, neither carrier is known for generous redemptions, so this is a worst-case scenario for U.S. partnerships, as both American and United offer far more affordable partner redemption rates than Delta,” the website claimed.
El Al further reported that Delta pledged to “make reasonable efforts to assist the company” in joining SkyTeam, one of the three major airline alliances in the globe.