Skip to content

The best way to get to Jordan using points and miles

Oct. 04, 2020
6 min read
This post contains references to products from one or more of our advertisers. We may receive compensation when you click on links to those products. Terms apply to the offers listed on this page. For an explanation of our Advertising Policy, visit this page.

Editor's Note

The data below is not meant not reflect COVID-19 flight modifications.

As the travel industry reopens following COVID-19 shutdowns, TPG suggests that you talk to your doctor, follow health officials’ guidance and research local travel restrictions before booking that next trip. We will be here to help you prepare, whether it is next month or next year.

International travel may not be top of mind just yet with coronavirus still at large around the world, but Jordan is one of the few countries open to Americans at the moment. Prior to the pandemic, TourRadar reported a 94% increase in 2019 bookings for the country and said it had the 4th highest increase in year-over-year bookings of any destination. If Jordan is a “must visit” destination for you, now might be the time to plan a trip before the crowds get too large.

Visitors to Jordan must complete an electronic application on www.visitjordan.gov.jo prior to travel and receive an acceptance QR code minimum 24 hours before the flight. They’ll also need a negative PCR test within 72 hours of departure for Jordan, have health insurance and take another coronavirus test on arrival. They will also need to install Aman.jo app on their mobile phones and agree to health tracking.

Airlines that fly to Jordan

Though 47 airlines fly into the capital city, Amman (AMM), this piece will focus mostly on airlines that make it easy to redeem points and miles to Jordan. Mainly: Delta, American, and United.

While all flights booked through U.S. airlines are operated by other airlines (typically Royal Jordanian or Lufthansa), redeeming miles is still possible with all U.S. airlines.

Best mileage options

American Airlines AAdvantage

American Airlines uses a zone-based award system, meaning that a one-way flight to Amman from anywhere in the U.S. would cost the same price regardless of the day of the week. There is no seasonal or peak pricing, though the number of award points required may increase if the trip layover exceeds the 24-hour layover included within an award booking.

  • Economy: 40,000 miles
  • Premium: 62,500 miles
  • Business: 70,000 miles
  • First: 115,000 miles

Royal Jordanian is Jordan’s official airline and offers direct flights from Amman to Chicago (ORD), Detroit (DTW), and New York (JFK). As Royal Jordanian is a member of the Oneworld Alliance – of which American Airlines is also a member – American Airlines points can be earned or redeemed with Royal Jordanian. Note that in terms of earning award miles through Royal Jordanian, the amount earned is based on a percentage of the flight distance and the fare class of the ticket, and can range from 0-100%.

Delta SkyMiles

For most of the schedule, a one-way ticket costs either 37,500 or 52,000 miles, depending on the day of the week. Most months include a few days that jump to over 110,000 miles but shifting your trip by a day or two can easily avoid these spikes.

However, Delta uses a revenue-based (dynamic) award system, meaning that the amount of award miles required to book a flight varies day to day and isn’t inherently based on the destination. Due to the dynamic nature of its award pricing, it’s difficult to generalize about how much an award ticket should cost, as price is based on demand and fluctuates accordingly.

Sign up for our daily newsletter

United MileagePlus

Though United has switched to dynamic award pricing, the vast majority of one-way award flights from the U.S. to Jordan cost 42,500 miles, which is the same number of miles required under the previous award chart. Current award prices are based on availability, which doesn’t necessarily overlap with generally recognized peak travel times. Flight prices generally remain constant a few months out, including popular travel times like Christmas and the New Year. The only dates that cost up to 95,000 miles were those about one month out.

Turkish Airlines, a member of the Star Alliance – of which United is a member – is also a popular option to visit Jordan, as they offer a free (or almost free) layover in Istanbul. Turkish Airlines offers daily direct flights from Istanbul to New York City, San Francisco (SFO), Houston (IAH), and Boston (BOS), with layover times ranging from 90 minutes to nearly a full day before continuing on to Amman.

Related: Everything you need to know about Turkish Airlines Miles & Smiles

Pay with points

While transferring your points to airline partners is generally our preferred method of travel, it’s worth monitoring the cash cost of the ticket before you book. In many cases, you’d be better off paying with points through the Chase Ultimate Rewards portal than paying with miles through the carrier.

In order to see which course is best, compare the number of points you’ll need to book a flight directly through the portal to the number of airline miles required for an award. When you book through the portal, the points price is tied to the cash cost of the flight, and in some cases, you’ll use fewer points by booking directly through the portal. For instance, even if American Airlines were offering a fare special to Jordan for $300 each way, they would still charge you 40,000 miles. Booking directly through the portal would be a much better deal in this case.

Related: How to use the Chase Rewards Travel Portal

Direct flights from various U.S. cities to Amman drop to $250-300 several times per year, though these fare specials are not necessarily aligned with a specific time of year (there is no official off-peak season in Jordan). If your travel dates are flexible, set a fare alert or sign up for discounted flight notifications to help you find the best price.

Want to pay for your flight with points but your balance isn’t quite there yet? There are currently some excellent credit card offers with sign-up bonuses up to 100,000 points, which could bring the award flight within reach and get you to Jordan before tourism really starts booming in the country.

Photo by Wyatt Smith/The Points Guy

Featured image by (Photo by Wyatt Smith/The Points Guy)

Top offers from our partners

How we chose these cards

Our points-obsessed staff uses a plethora of credit cards on a daily basis. If anyone on our team wouldn’t recommend it to a friend or a family member, we wouldn’t recommend it on The Points Guy either. Our opinions are our own, and have not been reviewed, approved, or endorsed by our advertising partners.
See all best card offers

TPG featured card

Best card for premium perks while traveling
TPG Editor‘s Rating
Card Rating is based on the opinion of TPG‘s editors and is not influenced by the card issuer.
4 / 5
Go to review

Rewards

2 - 10X points
10XEarn unlimited 10X miles on hotels and rental cars booked through Capital One Travel
5X5X miles on flights booked through Capital One Travel.
2X2 Miles per dollar on every purchase, every day

Intro offer

75,000 bonus miles
Earn 75,000 bonus miles when you spend $4,000 on purchases in the first 3 months from account opening, equal to $750 in travel

Annual Fee

$395

Recommended Credit

740-850
Excellent
Credit ranges are a variation of FICO© Score 8, one of many types of credit scores lenders may use when considering your credit card application.

Why We Chose It

The Capital One Venture X card is one of the best all-round travel credit cards ever launched. Not only is it offering a tremendous welcome bonus, but cardholders can earn tons of miles on everyday spending and receive a 10,000-mile anniversary bonus to boot. Its annual fee is $395, but cardholders can count on up to $300 in statement credits toward travel booked through Capital One Travel each year and other valuable benefits like access to Priority Pass lounges and Capital One’s own growing family of airport lounges.

Pros

  • Excellent welcome offer worth 75,000 miles after you spend $4,000 on purchases in the first three months.
  • Up to $300 in annual travel statement credits toward bookings make through Capital One Travel.
  • 10,000 bonus miles (worth $100 toward travel) each account anniversary.

Cons

  • The $395 annual fee might be expensive for some, but this card’s benefits provide much more value than that.
  • If you don’t travel frequently, this might not be the best card for you.
  • Earn 75,000 bonus miles when you spend $4,000 on purchases in the first 3 months from account opening, equal to $750 in travel
  • Receive up to $300 back annually as statement credits for bookings through Capital One Travel, where you'll get Capital One's best prices on thousands of options
  • Get 10,000 bonus miles (equal to $100 towards travel) every year, starting on your first anniversary
  • Earn unlimited 10X miles on hotels and rental cars booked through Capital One Travel and 5X miles on flights booked through Capital One Travel
  • Earn unlimited 2X miles on all other purchases
  • Unlimited complimentary access for you and two guests to 1,400+ lounges, including Capital One Lounges and our Partner Lounge Network
  • Receive up to a $100 credit for Global Entry or TSA PreCheck®
  • Use your Venture X miles to easily cover travel expenses, including flights, hotels, rental cars and more—you can even transfer your miles to your choice of 15+ travel loyalty programs
  • Named editors' choice for "Best New Credit Card of 2021" by The Points Guy
  • Earn 10 miles per dollar when you book on Turo, the world's largest car sharing marketplace, through May 16, 2023
Best card for premium perks while traveling
TPG Editor‘s Rating
Card Rating is based on the opinion of TPG‘s editors and is not influenced by the card issuer.
4 / 5
Go to review

Rewards Rate

10XEarn unlimited 10X miles on hotels and rental cars booked through Capital One Travel
5X5X miles on flights booked through Capital One Travel.
2X2 Miles per dollar on every purchase, every day
  • Intro Offer
    Earn 75,000 bonus miles when you spend $4,000 on purchases in the first 3 months from account opening, equal to $750 in travel

    75,000 bonus miles
  • Annual Fee

    $395
  • Recommended Credit
    Credit ranges are a variation of FICO© Score 8, one of many types of credit scores lenders may use when considering your credit card application.

    740-850
    Excellent

Why We Chose It

The Capital One Venture X card is one of the best all-round travel credit cards ever launched. Not only is it offering a tremendous welcome bonus, but cardholders can earn tons of miles on everyday spending and receive a 10,000-mile anniversary bonus to boot. Its annual fee is $395, but cardholders can count on up to $300 in statement credits toward travel booked through Capital One Travel each year and other valuable benefits like access to Priority Pass lounges and Capital One’s own growing family of airport lounges.

Pros

  • Excellent welcome offer worth 75,000 miles after you spend $4,000 on purchases in the first three months.
  • Up to $300 in annual travel statement credits toward bookings make through Capital One Travel.
  • 10,000 bonus miles (worth $100 toward travel) each account anniversary.

Cons

  • The $395 annual fee might be expensive for some, but this card’s benefits provide much more value than that.
  • If you don’t travel frequently, this might not be the best card for you.
  • Earn 75,000 bonus miles when you spend $4,000 on purchases in the first 3 months from account opening, equal to $750 in travel
  • Receive up to $300 back annually as statement credits for bookings through Capital One Travel, where you'll get Capital One's best prices on thousands of options
  • Get 10,000 bonus miles (equal to $100 towards travel) every year, starting on your first anniversary
  • Earn unlimited 10X miles on hotels and rental cars booked through Capital One Travel and 5X miles on flights booked through Capital One Travel
  • Earn unlimited 2X miles on all other purchases
  • Unlimited complimentary access for you and two guests to 1,400+ lounges, including Capital One Lounges and our Partner Lounge Network
  • Receive up to a $100 credit for Global Entry or TSA PreCheck®
  • Use your Venture X miles to easily cover travel expenses, including flights, hotels, rental cars and more—you can even transfer your miles to your choice of 15+ travel loyalty programs
  • Named editors' choice for "Best New Credit Card of 2021" by The Points Guy
  • Earn 10 miles per dollar when you book on Turo, the world's largest car sharing marketplace, through May 16, 2023