El Al Israel Airlines has announced its plan to increase its overweight and excess baggage charges from economy class passengers on flights to North America, the Far East and South Africa, starting November 1.
The company explained that it was forced to update its baggage charges in order to conform to the industry's acceptable prices. The new charge will stand at $100 instead of $70, one way – a 42% increase.
Economy class passengers are currently entitled to one piece of baggage of up to 23 kilograms (50 pounds). El Al charges $70 for overweight baggage weighing 23-32 kilos (50-70 pounds).
There will be no change in the overweight or excess baggage charges in the company's flights to Europe, which will remain $70 for one piece of additional baggage or overweight baggage of up to 32 kilos.
The company noted, however, that members of its frequent flyer club would be able to covert the cost of the additional baggage with a Matmid Frequent Flyer Club voucher, which will also increase from 140 points today to 200 points, one way.
Premium club members and premium class passengers will not be charged for additional baggage.
The company has also announced its plan to increase the charge for upgrading passengers from economy to business class on all flights as of November.
The current charge stands at $149-299 for short and medium haul flights (one way), and will increase to $200-400 starting next month.
The upgrade charge for long-haul destinations (excluding Los Angeles) currently stands at $349-699, and will be increased to $450-900 (one way).