Usually when I get emails like this telling me about some new company policy that is going to screw the public I delete it and tell the person to look at Snopes to learn the truth.
This one was almost no exception, except that the person who originally sent it, is someone in the know when it comes to flying El Al, so I decided to check it out.
Under their current policy (that they modified around 2 years ago), economy class passengers could take 2 bags of 50 pounds each (down from the original 70 pounds). If you needed to take 70 pounds the extra charge was still in the acceptable range (ignoring the high ticket price).
|All passengers (except infants*)OL|
|Destination||First Class||Business Class||Economy Class|
|All destinations |
except North America
|Up to 40 kg |
|Up to 30 kg |
|Up to 23 kg|
|North American |
destinations and Brazil
|Up to 4 pieces, |
to 32 kg/piece
|Up to 3 pieces, |
up to 32 kg/piece
|Up to 2 pieces, |
up to 23 kg/piece
|Eilat||-||-||Up to 20 Kg|
But starting November 1 all that will change for the much worse. Another way to phrase it is El Al will be introducing a new price gouging policy.
(Apologies if the table doesn't display right).
NEW BAD EL AL LUGGAGE PRICE GOUGING POLICY
Frequent Flyer Club Members
Platinum, Top Platinum TOP
5 additional kilos
10 additional kilos
|North America||Economy Class||One piece – 23 kilos||One piece – 23 kilos||Up to 2 pieces – 32 kilos each|
|Business Class||Up to 3 pieces – 32 kilos each||Up to 3 pieces – 32 kilos each|
|First Class||Up to 4 pieces – 32 kilos each||Up to 4 pieces – 32 kilos each|
The El Al fines for additional luggage pieces will be $130 per piece and the fine for overweight will be $240!!!
To be blunt, this is outrageous. Our tickets are expensive enough, and the seats are squeezed together tightly enough. Now El Al plans to squeeze us even more with ridiculous luggage allowances!
Now is the time to call, write and complain about El Al's policy change.
If we consumers don't complain and stop this, we're all going to learn what the word "freier" means.
Learn to Shoot at Caliber-3 with top Israeli Anti-Terror Experts!
Follow the Muqata on Twitter.
Wherever I am, my blog turns towards Eretz Yisrael טובה הארץ מאד מאד