I noticed yesterday when searching for the great first class availability on Emirates from several cities to Dubai that there was really good award availability on Royal Air Maroc in business class between the U.S. and Casablanca, Morocco (because I was using Qantas to search and that allows combining Royal Air Maroc awards with travel on Emirates).
Royal Air Maroc has been a ‘go to’ for transatlantic award space as a worst case scenario (and it’s actually a great option in many cases) dating to long before the airline was part of oneworld, when you’d use either Etihad or Iberia Avios to book the seats. Now Alaska Airlines has added Royal Air Maroc to its award booking options this week.
And the Straight to the Points award availability email newsletter has sent out a blast about how good the award space is now as well, noting that for June through November 2022 there’s strong availability for three passengers in business class flying out of:
- New York JFK (daily service)
- Washington Dulles (3 weekly flights)
- Miami (3 weekly flights)
- Montral (daily service)
You may not think of Royal Air Maroc for transatlantic travel – but Casablanca is just over 500 miles from Madrid. Depending on the program you use you may need to book a separate award for onward travel, but that can be accomplished easily with Avios, e.g. Madrid or London via Iberia or British Airways or with Star Alliance or SkyTeam partners to its hubs as well.
Current availability isn’t quite the point because you aren’t likely to start here unless you’re looking to travel to Morocco. What I wanted to flag, and what seeing space yesterday and Spencer’s email reminds, is that it’s always a good route to check when you’ve got nothing else.
You can redeem American and Alaska miles, as well as miles in other oneworld programs transferable from various credit card currencies and get a solid business product.