Last week, it was announced that Royal Air Maroc (RAM) would be joining the Oneworld Alliance in 2020.
Is it a game-changer? For the majority of people, not likely.
Is it great for Oneworld loyalists? Perhaps.
Am I, personally, excited about this development? Yup!
WAIT! …HOW MANY CONNECTIONS!?
For those living in the United States, a vacation to Africa may be categorized in the “impossible dream” folder, not least because of the arduous flights required to get there but often because of the prohibitive flight costs. For example, take a look these direct flight ticket prices:
I would post additional photos for pricing direct flights but the other airlines that provide direct routes are in the same range.
The majority of routes involve a lengthy layover in Europe or the Middle East. And if you are headed to a more remote location, you are likely to have a second (or third) connection.
I trust you read that paragraph and thought “…two..OR THREE connections? Yikes! I think we’ll go to (insert country that you have visited 10x before) for vacation.”
SO WHY AM I EXCITED?
There are a few reasons that I am excited to see RAM join oneworld:
- Africa, as a continent, has a lot of my “bucket list” destinations
- RAM often has great fares which is convenient for passengers interested in earning and redeeming reward miles from the other 13 airline programs in the alliance
- RAM releases a good amount of award availability <—I assume this will change once they join OneWorld
RAM doesn’t have a particularly large fleet of planes – 55 to be exact – but they currently operate a modern fleet of Boeing 787-8’s to New York (JFK), Washington, DC (IAD), and Montreal (YUL). Additionally, they will begin servicing Miami (MIA) and Boston (BOS) in April and July, respectively.
For my fellow AVgeeks, the carrier has also ordered four 787-9’s with a new upgraded business class that I am very interested in reviewing.
I have traveled to Morocco previously and it’s an extremely fascinating country. In hindsight, I wish that I had scheduled time to see more of the country. Now, I have even more reason to schedule a return trip.
Although RAM doesn’t join Oneworld until 2020, if you’re interested in using miles to fly from the United States to Morocco at the current AAdvantage Oneworld award chart levels, you would pay 40,000 one-way in economy and 75,000 miles one-way in business class.
There is some important information that I, purposely, failed to mention and it is BY FAR the most exciting part of this story.
Recently, RAM landed on my radar because I’m always searching for routes that require less money (or points) to arrive in my destination.
I have a family, I have to conserve the miles as much as possible but I will posting the details of my research tomorrow. Are you ready to be inspired?
Have you ever flown Royal Air Maroc? What was your experience? Now that they will be joining OneWorld, are you more likely to fly them?