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New Oneworld status match opportunity available for 20-plus frequent flyer programs

March 30, 2022
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Elite status matches are a unique opportunity to extend the value of your existing frequent flyer benefits to other programs. And currently, Royal Air Maroc is offering the chance to earn Silver or Gold status to elite status holders in a wide variety of loyalty programs.

Royal Air Maroc is part of the Oneworld alliance, giving you partner benefits with dozens of airlines. By qualifying for Royal Maroc Gold, you'll earn Oneworld Sapphire status as well ... meaning you get access to Alaska Airlines lounges, American Airlines Admirals Clubs and even AA's premium Flagship Lounges, among other valuable airline benefits.

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While it costs 49 euros to submit your application, you'll get elite status benefits through March 31, 2023, if you qualify. This cost could be well worth it, especially if you are able to qualify at the Gold level.

You'll have until May 31 to take advantage of this status match opportunity, though the terms and conditions state that the carrier may pull this offer at any time — and without notice.

Therefore, here's the step-by-step process of how to status match to Royal Air Maroc (and Oneworld) before it's too late.

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How to qualify for Royal Air Maroc Safar Flyer status

A Royal Air Maroc Boeing 787-8 at Casablanca's Mohammed V International Airport. (Photo by Benét J. Wilson/The Points Guy)

First, you'll want to review your eligibility. There are 20-plus frequent flyer programs that qualify for a status match to Royal Air Maroc Safar Flyer:

  • Aegean Airlines Miles+Bonus.
  • Air Canada Aeroplan.
  • Air Europa SUMA.
  • Air France/KLM/Kenya Airways Flying Blue.
  • Czech Airlines OK Plus.
  • Delta SkyMiles.
  • Egyptair Plus.
  • El Al Matmid.
  • Emirates Skywards.
  • Ethiopian Airlines ShebaMiles.
  • Etihad Guest.
  • Gulf Air Falconflyer.
  • JetBlue TrueBlue.
  • LATAM Pass.
  • Lufthansa Miles & More.
  • Middle East Airlines Cedar Miles.
  • Oman Air Sindbad.
  • Saudia Alfursan.
  • Scandinavian Airlines EuroBonus.
  • South African Airways Voyager.
  • TAP Air Portugal Miles&Go.
  • Tunisair Fidelys.
  • Turkish Airlines Miles&Smiles.
  • United Airlines MileagePlus.
  • Virgin Atlantic Flying Club.
  • WestJet Rewards.

You'll need to sign up for the Safar Flyer loyalty program through this link. Upon registering, you'll receive a frequent flyer number that you'll need to have handy in order to begin the status match process.

Then, you'll need to apply for a status match here, where you'll provide your first name, last name, email address and Safar Flyer number to be considered for Silver or Gold status. It can take up to five business days for your loyalty status privileges to hit your Safar Flyer account.

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While it's unclear what the exact qualifications are for Silver versus Gold status, Royal Air Maroc states that, "Safar Flyer is offering Silver and Gold status matches on a 'like for like' basis. During the application process, the system will inform you which is the highest status tier that you are eligible to receive." (Here are the full FAQ for this promotion).

What do Royal Air Maroc Safar Flyer benefits get you?

Here's a comparison of what Silver versus Gold tier gets you in the Safar Flyer loyalty program:

SilverGold
  • Access to exclusive customer service phone line and email address.
  • Ability to bring a free bag weighing up to 23 kilograms.
  • Priority check-in at the business-class counter.
  • Oneworld Ruby status, getting you access to priority check-in, preferred seating, priority waitlist on standby and more on partner airlines.
  • Access to exclusive customer service phone line and email address.
  • Ability to bring a free bag weighing up to 23 kilograms.
  • Priority check-in at the business class counter.
  • Free transportation of pets in the cabin.
  • Access the VIP lounges in airports served by Royal Air Maroc with a guest of your choice.
  • Priority security, boarding and luggage delivery.
  • Oneworld Sapphire status, getting you access to business-class lounges, extra baggage allowance and priority boarding/check-in/standby on waitlists on partner airlines.

Without a doubt, if you carry elite status in a program that can match you to the Gold level, the most valuable benefit is the business-class lounge access when flying a Oneworld carrier — even when flying domestically.

American Airlines Flagship Lounge at New York's John F. Kennedy International Airport. (Photo by Eric Rosen/The Points Guy)

Related: 6 ways American Airlines’ newly reopened Flagship Lounge has changed

Bottom line

For 49 euros, the ability to status match up to Royal Air Maroc Gold (and Oneworld Sapphire) is a tremendous opportunity, especially if you value lounge access. Best of all, you won't even have to fly Royal Air Maroc to keep your status — you'll automatically hold your elite status tier until March 31, 2023.

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