Royal Air Maroc is launching Miami – Casablanca service in April of next year. The flight will be operated 3 times a week with a Boeing 787. I believe this will be Miami’s only non-stop flight to Africa.
Here’s why you care. Business class awards are really easy to get, and really cheap, using miles you probably already have. And their business class seats are fully flat.
Royal Air Maroc currently flies to New York JFK, Washington Dulles, and Montreal using Boeing 787s.
The only way to search Royal Air Maroc award availability online is to sign up for the airline’s frequent flyer account and then search on their website. You don’t need miles in your account. But the website is really clunky. I don’t usually bother because,
- Award space is usually available for two passengers
- So I just call assuming it’s available
Etihad allows one-way redemptions and charges just 44,000 points each way in business class for any flight that’s over 2000 miles. So the price is the same for all four of Royal Air Maroc’s transatlantic offerings.
You can include a connection beyond Casablanca without spending additional miles, since this is already the most miles Etihad Guest charges. And by the way Etihad infant award tickets (lap child) on Royal Air Maroc cost 10% of the miles of the adult itinerary.
Iberia lets you redeem Avios for travel on Royal Air Maroc. If your Iberia account has had activity in it and has been open 90 days you can transfer British Airways Avios to Iberia. Or you can transfer directly into Iberia from American Express Membership Rewards and Chase Ultimate Rewards.
Here’s the redemption table:
Because this is Iberia the Royal Air Maroc mentions Royal Jordanian. Don’t worry, the Royal Jordanian chart mentions S7 Airlines..
New York, Washington Dulles, and Montreal flights are 100,000 miles roundtrip for business class. This new Miami flight is over 8000 miles roundtrip so would run 150,000 miles.
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Whether redeeming Iberia Avios or Etihad Guest points you’ll pay fuel surcharges, which are currently running $115 each way for transatlantic business class awards.