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You can now book Royal Air Maroc flights to Casablanca on Avios points

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Today I want to look at how to redeem Avios on Royal Air Maroc flights.

As we covered last month, Royal Air Maroc joined the oneworld alliance on 1st April.  This opens up a lot of new Avios options in Africa.

oneworld has, to date, been lacking a full member in Africa, putting it at a disadvantage vs SkyTeam (Kenya Airways) and Star Alliance (Ethiopian Airlines and – if it survives – South African).

Where does Royal Air Maroc fly?

We discussed the Royal Air Maroc route network, all of which is now bookable with Avios, in our April article.

It flies to 100 cities in 49 countries.  Impressively, 21 of these countries previously had no oneworld flights at all.  This map is a bit old (Boston needs adding) but is the latest available:

how to redeem Avios points on Royal Air Maroc flights

In this article, I want to talk about the three routes which will be of interest to UK residents:

Manchester to Casablanca (Summer only)

London Heathrow to Casablanca

London Gatwick to Casablanca

Our older article tells you how many Avios and British Airways tier points you earn on Royal Air Maroc.  When we wrote that article, however, redemptions were not yet bookable.

Now they are.

How much are Avios flights to Casablanca with Royal Air Maroc?

A lot, unfortunately.  The taxes and charges are bordering on crazy.

Here is London Heathrow to Casablanca in Economy – 22,000 Avios + £150 in taxes and charges:

how to redeem Avios points on Royal Air Maroc flights

….. and in Business – 44,000 Avios + £231 in taxes and charges:

how to redeem Avios points on Royal Air Maroc flights

Gatwick is around £25 cheaper and Manchester is around £15 cheaper.

Our beginner’s guide to redeeming Avios points here includes the Avios ‘price list’ for partner airlines if you want to know they got to the 22,000 / 44,000 Avios price points.

This is a bit nuts.  For comparison, if you fly to Marrakech on British Airways off-peak, you will pay 34,600 Avios + £50 in taxes and charges:

how to redeem Avios points on Royal Air Maroc flights

….. and you could use a British Airways American Express 2-4-1 voucher too if you had one.

Of course, if you specifically want to go to Casablanca over Marrakech then this isn’t really a fair comparison!  You need to pay the Royal Air Maroc price or mess about with a connecting flight.

There is some good news …..

There appears to be SIX economy seats and two business class seats available on each Royal Air Maroc flight.  This gives you a good chance of getting a seat.

More importantly, looking at this review here, short-haul Business Class has ‘proper’ seating.  It is a 2 x 2 layout, as opposed to the ‘3 x 3 with a blocked middle seat’ approach taken by the European carriers.

This could mean a very relaxing trip from London or Manchester to Casablanca if you want a weekend away with a difference.  You ARE getting something extra for the additional cost versus flying on British Airways to Marrakech, via the FAR bigger seat.

Note that Royal Air Maroc uses Heathrow Terminal 4.

how to redeem Avios points on Royal Air Maroc flights

Conclusion

On paper, Royal Air Maroc is a good addition to oneworld and adds some valuable new destinations to the network.  However, with such high taxes attached to both economy and business class redemptions, it is hard to see Casablanca becoming too popular with Avios collectors.

You can find out more about Royal Air Maroc on its website here.

PS.  If you are visiting and want to do it in style, the Four Seasons Casablanca is the only world class hotel in the city.  This can be booked, with various additional benefits thrown in for free, via our hotel booking partner Bon Vivant – see here for details.

PPS.  Casablanca airport has a bad reputation for queues and security, so you may want to take a look at their surprisingly reasonable VIP service.


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How to earn Avios from UK credit cards (February 2023)

As a reminder, there are various ways of earning Avios points from UK credit cards.  Many cards also have generous sign-up bonuses!

In February 2022, Barclaycard launched two exciting new Barclaycard Avios Mastercard cards with a bonus of up to 25,000 Avios. You can apply here.

You qualify for the bonus on these cards even if you have a British Airways American Express card:

Barclaycard Avios Plus card

Barclaycard Avios Plus Mastercard

25,000 Avios for signing up and an upgrade voucher for spending £10,000 Read our full review

Barclaycard Avios card

Barclaycard Avios Mastercard

5,000 Avios for signing up and an upgrade voucher for spending £20,000 Read our full review

There are two official British Airways American Express cards with attractive sign-up bonuses:

SPECIAL OFFER: Until 21st February 2023, the sign-up bonus on the British Airways Premium Plus American Express card is increased to 35,000 Avios from 25,000 Avios. You can apply here.

British Airways American Express Premium Plus

35,000 Avios (ONLY to 21st February) and the famous annual 2-4-1 voucher Read our full review

British Airways American Express

5,000 Avios for signing up and an Economy 2-4-1 voucher for spending £12,000 Read our full review

You can also get generous sign-up bonuses by applying for American Express cards which earn Membership Rewards points.

American Express Preferred Rewards Gold

Your best beginner’s card – 20,000 points, FREE for a year & four airport lounge passes Read our full review

The Platinum Card from American Express

30,000 points and unbeatable travel benefits – for a fee Read our full review

Run your own business?

We recommend Capital On Tap for limited companies. You earn 1 Avios per £1 which is impressive for a Visa card, along with a sign-up bonus worth 10,500 Avios.

Capital On Tap Business Rewards Visa

Get a 10,000 points bonus plus an extra 500 points for our readers Read our full review

You should also consider the British Airways Accelerating Business credit card. This is open to sole traders as well as limited companies and has a 30,000 Avios sign-up bonus.

British Airways Accelerating Business American Express

30,000 Avios sign-up bonus – plus annual bonuses of up to 30,000 Avios Read our full review

There are also generous bonuses on the two American Express Business cards, with the points converting at 1:1 into Avios. These cards are open to sole traders as well as limited companies.

American Express Business Platinum

40,000 points sign-up bonus and a £200 Amex Travel credit every year Read our full review

American Express Business Gold

20,000 points sign-up bonus and free for a year Read our full review

Click here to read our detailed summary of all UK credit cards which earn Avios. This includes both personal and small business cards.

Comments (16)

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  • Oscar says:

    I am excited about Royal Air Maroc joining the Oneworld Alliance, but I have a very niche reason: I am a travel writer, I am based in North Africa, and I need access to cheap flights into Guinea-Bissau’s capital Bissau (Osvaldo Vieira International Airport: OXB). RAM have little competition into this airport, so charge outrageous amounts for this 3 hour 40 mins flight.

    Here’s an example of how much money Avios will save me flying with RAM on CMN-OXB return:

    Casablanca to Bissau 7-21 Jan 2021 (Economy on RAM):

    – Cash price: EUR1010 / GBP895
    – Avios price: 22,000 Avios + GBP237.20 (getting 2.99p per Avios point)

    It’s even crazier in Business:

    Casablanca to Bissau 7-21 Jan 2021 (Business Class on RAM):

    – Cash price: EUR1757 / GBP1556
    – Avios price: 44,000 Avios + GBP313.80 (getting 2.82p per Avios point)

    Get ready for The Bradt Travel Guide to Guinea-Bissau in 2023 / 2024…

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