In this article we’ll look at how you can earn Avios and British Airways tier points by flying with Royal Jordanian and whether it’s worth it compared to flying British Airways.
It is possible to earn Avios and BA tier points on Royal Jordanian instead of their own mileage reward currency. This is because both airlines belong to the oneworld alliance. When you book or manage your flights with Royal Jordanian, you will be able to add your British Airways Executive Club number. Upon completion of your flights you will automatically be credited the correct Avios.
However, you will earn a different amount of Avios on Royal Jordanian compared to if you fly British Airways. This is because they have different earning rates. On Royal Jordanian, you will earn Avios at a maximum of 125% of miles flown if you fly business class. On British Airways flights, however, business class fares can come with up to 250% of miles flown.
Here is the full chart of earning rates, sourced from the British Airways website. We are comparing the earnings when you take a flight on Royal Jordanian compared to taking a flight on British Airways.
Economy lowest – 25% on both airlines
Economy flexible – 100% on both airlines
Premium Economy – not available on RJ vs 100%-150% on British Airways
Business – 125% vs 150%-250% on British Airways
First – not available on RJ vs 250%-300% on British Airways
As you can see, economy earning rates are the same for both airlines. For flights in business class you will suffer some severe losses, earning up to 50% less on Royal Jordanian than you would on a British Airways flight.
You will NOT get a status bonus when you fly with Royal Jordanian. This means that Bronze, Silver and Gold members of the Executive Club will do even worse compared to flying BA.
When it comes to tier points, however, you are better off flying with Royal Jordanian than British Airways if your trip involves a connection. This is because tier points are earned per flight, so a connecting in Amman to your final destination will earn more tier points than taking a direct flight on British Airways from London. You can work out how many tier points you will earn on the BA tier point calculator here. Remember to search leg by leg if you are connecting.
(This article is part of our ‘BA Q&A’ series which explains how British Airways Executive Club works. You can see all of our ‘BA Q&A’ articles here. )
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