El Al Initials Agreement With American Airlines

Reed Travel Features

TEL AVIV -- Israel's flag carrier, El Al, initialed a cooperative service agreement with American Airlines to create a reciprocal code-sharing program.

American agreed to place its AA designator code on El Al nonstop, roundtrip flights from Chicago and Newark, N.J., to Tel Aviv, beginning Nov. 1.

Selected American Chicago-Los Angeles or Chicago-Miami flights as well as others between Newark and either Chicago, Los Angeles or Miami will bear El Al's code, LY.

The new connecting flights will offer preissued boarding passes, and both carriers will offer frequent-flyer miles.

El Al also upgraded other marketing arrangements and conveniences.

The airline signed agreements with Minneapolis-based Radisson Hotels Worldwide and Avis Rent A Car for frequent-traveler benefits.

Hotel stays will earn 20 points; car rentals will earn 20 if outside Israel, 30 within the country, toward the carrier's Matmid, Loyal Traveler or Buy/Fly clubs.

El Al offers American Express card users discounts on side trips, accommodations and car rentals.

In Israel, El Al opened its fourth early check-in facility.

The new location is at Tel Aviv's Ben Gurion Airport, Terminal 2, and is open daily from 5 p.m. to 11 p.m.; it is closed on the Jewish Sabbath and holidays.

Other early check-in services in Israel are available in Tel Aviv, Jerusalem and Haifa. Similar facilities in the U.S. are in Brooklyn, N.Y., and in Los Angeles.

Ticketholders can check their baggage and receive their boarding cards the night before departure. Passengers doing so are required to arrive at the airport only 75 minutes prior to departure.

El Al also announced that its new president is Joel Feldschuh, former chairman of the board of Israel's Modiin Housing Development Co. and an Israeli air force officer and pilot.

The carrier flies to more than 50 destinations worldwide from Israel.

For details, call El Al at (800) 223-6700 or (212) 768-9200 or contact the Web address at http://www.elal.co.il.

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