Government-owned Royal Air Maroc, based in Casablanca, would fill a huge gap for oneworld in Africa. British Airways offers limited service, and Qatar Airways serves several destinations, but Western Africa especially would become much more reachable inside the alliance.
Royal Air Maroc currently flies to New York JFK, Washington Dulles, and Montreal using Boeing 787s. In April they’ll add American Airlines hub Miami.
The only way to search Royal Air Maroc award availability online is to sign up for the airline’s frequent flyer account and then search on their website. You don’t need miles in your account. But the website is really clunky. I don’t usually bother because,
- Award space is usually available for two passengers
- So I just call assuming it’s available
Iberia lets you redeem Avios for travel on Royal Air Maroc. If your Iberia account has had activity in it and has been open 90 days you can transfer British Airways Avios to Iberia. Or you can transfer directly into Iberia from American Express Membership Rewards and Chase Ultimate Rewards.
New York, Washington Dulles, and Montreal flights are 100,000 miles roundtrip for business class. This new Miami flight is over 8000 miles roundtrip so would run 150,000 miles.
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Royal Air Maroc already has a joint venture with oneworld members Qatar. They partner with Iberia. Their other major frequent flyer partnership is with Etihad Guest. However it’s long been expected that they’d make Avios their mileage currency.
Earlier this year oneworld added Fiji Airways as a limited member (“oneworld connect”).
oneworld is about to celebrate its 20th anniversary. They have their governing board meeting next week in New York. Will any news come out of that? I’d at least love to see an alliance-wide promotion for frequent flyers to sample their different airlines.
Do you think they’ll do anything significant with this 20 year milestone? Royal Air Maroc would give the alliance their first member in Africa, and the airline has been inching closer to oneworld members already. If this happens look for American Airlines to start Boeing 767 service to Morocco from Philadelphia.