Recently, TPG reader Rosie emailed me to ask:
“If the airline I’m soon flying, Royal Air Moroc, is not affiliated with any alliance, am I out of luck when it comes to banking miles? Does this mean that the miles won’t count?”I’ve been to Morocco, and it’s a pretty amazing country. However, I’ve never flown their official airline, Royal Air Maroc. I’ve read some things about their maintenance track record that convinced me I wouldn’t want to fly with them unless I absolutely had to. However, despite getting listed as #14 on Business Insider’s “20 Worst Airlines To Fly Economy”, the Aviation Safety Network reports only 12 accidents/incidents since 1958, and their SkyTrax ratings aren’t too bad. That said, considering that Morocco is just south of Europe, there are plenty of European carriers I’d rather fly.
Since Rosie is choosing to fly Royal Air Maroc, though, she’ll be relieved to hear that while the airline isn’t in an alliance, their Safar Flyer loyalty program does have a few transfer partners. I think the Royal Air Maroc partner that makes the most sense for miles-banking is Iberia. The Spanish carrier is owned by British Airways, and the two airlines share the Avios mileage program. Note that you’ll only earn .3 Avios on discounted Economy fares, but you’ll earn 1 Avios per mile flown for full-fare Economy, and a 50% bonus for Business and First Class. Furthermore, Iberia Avios have some decent short-haul redemption options, and they’re also a transfer partner of American Express Membership Rewards. So go ahead and top up your Avios account, and at the very least earn yourself a short-haul award.
Otherwise, good luck flying Royal Air Maroc. I have friends who’ve flown the airline without many good experiences to speak of, but you could well prove them wrong. Besides, it’s not about the flight, it’s about the destination!
For more information related to this post, check out:
Destination of the Week: Marrakech
How To Get Around the Glitch Moving Avios Between British Airways And Iberia
Maximizing Iberia Flights With British Airways Avios
The Ultimate Guide To American Express Membership Rewards Airline Transfers
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