Royal Jordanian Airlines has announced it is launching flights between Amman, Manchester and Stansted next year “as part of the airline’s strategic plans to …. focus on incoming tourism”.
These will be redeemable for Avios.
In the past 12 months, the airline has been growing its European footprint and has already launched Lyon, Milan, Stockholm, Düsseldorf and Brussels. Manchester and Stansted will be its second and third UK destinations after Heathrow and the airline is in the midst of a five-year plan to grow its fleet from 24 to 40 aircraft.
Flights launch in early March and are operated by an A320-family aircraft with Royal Jordanian’s short-haul business class product, which we last reviewed in 2018.
Business Class has wide, comfy 2×2 seating as you would see in the United States. It isn’t the ‘blocked middle seat’ model used by British Airways, Lufthansa etc. The premium over Economy, especially if using Avios, is probably worth it.
Flights to Manchester launch on 6th March and will operate three times per week on Mondays, Wednesdays and Saturdays:
- RJ116 departs Manchester at 14:00 and arrives in Amman at 22:05
- RJ115 departs Amman at 10:30 and arrives in Manchester at 13:15
Flights to London Stansted launch on 3rd March and will operate three times per week on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Sundays:
- RJ114 departs Stansted at 14:00 and arrives in Amman at 21:55
- RJ113 departs Amman at 10:15 and arrives in Stansted at 12:40
Flight times for both routes are just over five hours.
As Royal Jordanian is a member of the oneworld alliance you will be able to earn Avios and tier points as well as redeem Avios for flights.
PS. Royal Jordanian is currently offering a status match to the equivalent of British Airways Silver. If you have status with any other major airline you probably qualify to get yourself access to BA lounges, free seat selection etc for a year.
How to earn Avios from UK credit cards (February 2024)
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:
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. These points convert at 1:1 into Avios.
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.
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 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.
Click here to read our detailed summary of all UK credit cards which earn Avios. This includes both personal and small business cards.