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.
How many Avios will I earn flying with Royal Jordanian?
Here is the full chart of earning rates, sourced from the partner page of 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 tier 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. For direct flights to Amman, status members would be substantially better off flying with 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. For example, London – Amman – Larnaca is more lucrative than the direct British Airways London to Larnaca service.
(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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How to earn Avios from UK credit cards (May 2022)
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. You qualify for the bonus on these cards even if you have a British Airways American Express card:
There are two official British Airways American Express cards with attractive sign-up bonuses:
You can also get generous sign-up bonuses by applying for American Express cards which earn Membership Rewards points.
The Platinum Card has doubled its sign-up bonus to 60,000 Membership Rewards points, which convert to 60,000 Avios, if you apply by 1st June 2022.
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 10,000 Avios.
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.
There are also good bonuses on the two American Express Business cards, with the points converting at 1:1 into Avios. These are available to sole traders as well as limited companies.
Click here to read our detailed summary of all UK credit cards which earn Avios. This includes both personal and small business cards.
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