Royal Air Maroc recently joined the OneWorld alliance and you can now book award tickets on AA.com.
Morocco has been on my bucket list since reading this DDF Trip Report, so I’m pretty tempted by this offer, especially as Marriott continues to devalue their points. You can find the DDF Master Thread on Morocco here.
From North America, you can fly from JFK, Boston, Miami, Montreal, or Washington DC to Casablanca.
Their 787-8 has business class in a 2-2-2 configuration, while their 787-9, which can be found on the JFK flights, has business class in a reverse herringbone 1-2-1 direct aisle access configuration.
Using the hack that I wrote about here to access the legacy calendar, you can see that award space is wide open:
American considers Morocco to be part of Europe, so you’ll need just 22.5K miles to fly there in coach or 57.5K miles in business class.
There are no fuel surcharges, so you’ll pay just 57.5K miles+$5.60 in tax from JFK to Casablanca:
The same rate would apply to other cities in Morocco, such as Marrakesh or Fez.
Flights to the Canary Islands would be the same rate, and you can spend a few hours touring Casablanca:
Or fly to Europe for the same rate:
The traditional way of booking Royal Air Maroc flights was with Etihad miles:
However Etihad started charging per segment, making only the nonstop flight to Casablanca a good deal.
Etihad also collects fuel surcharges, so a one-way business class flight is just 44K miles, but they’ll tack on another $170 in fuel surcharges.
That makes it a toss-up between using AA or Etihad miles for a nonstop flight on Royal Air Maroc, but AA miles a no-brainer for a connecting flight.
However, the nice thing about Etihad miles though is that you can transfer points from AMEX, Barclays, Capital One, Citi, or Marriott.
Only Marriott transfers to American, so you’ll otherwise need a card like the Citi AAdvantage Mastercard.
But either way, you’ll definitely want to start your search for award space on AA.com.
Will you redeem miles to fly on Royal Air Maroc?