What Royal Air Maroc joining Oneworld means for Qantas frequent flyers

What Royal Air Maroc joining Oneworld means for Qantas frequent flyers

With North Africa-based Royal Air Maroc joining Oneworld, Qantas gains a new partner – and frequent flyers gain new ways to use their Qantas Points plus new reciprocal perks with the airline's  Safar Flyer loyalty scheme.

The Moroccan flag-carrier won't be fully integrated into Oneworld until mid-2020, but once that happens, here's what it will mean for Qantas Frequent Flyers.

Booking Royal Air Maroc flights with Qantas Points

While Royal Air Maroc doesn’t fly anywhere near Australia, it has a comprehensive network covering most of Africa, and major hubs in the Middle East, Europe and the Americas.

The inset at bottom-left shows Royal Air Maroc's domestic destinations within Morocco

Reward bookings with Royal Air Maroc are expected to utilise Qantas’ Partner Award Chart, which covers the vast majority of Oneworld alliance partners. All flights go through the home hub of Casablanca Airport, in Morocco.

For Aussie travellers, the easiest cities to transfer onto the Royal Air Maroc network will usually be London for Qantas passengers, and Doha for Qatar Airways passengers.

Here’s how many Qantas Points you’d need to fly one-way to Casablanca from each of those destinations:

  Business Class Economy Class
London to Casablanca 38,000 20,000
Doha to Casablanca 53,000 28,000

Flights within Africa vary greatly in distance, from 200 miles to just under 4000 miles. Here’s a snapshot of the Qantas Points needed to fly to different countries within Africa.

Casablanca to: Business Class Economy Class
Regional cities within Morocco 18,000 10,000
Dakar, Lagos, Tripoli 38,000 20,000
Luanda, Accra 53,000 28,000
Nairobi 65,000 35,000

Finally, here are the Qantas Points required for some of Royal Air Maroc's other destinations.

Casablanca to: Business Class Economy Class
Spain (multiple cities) including Tenerife & Las Palmas (Canary Islands) 18,000 10,000
Italy (multiple cities) 26,000 14,000
France, Germany, Switzerland (multiple cities) 38,000 20,000
Moscow, Montréal, Boston (from 2019)
53,000 28,000
New York (JFK), Washington, o Paulo, Miami (from 2019)
65,000 35,000
Bueno Aires 78,000 42,000

Of course, once Royal Air Maroc becomes an operating partner, you'll be able to include it on your next Oneworld around-the-world trip with Qantas Points.

Qantas Frequent Flyers will also be able to earn points and status credits on Royal Air Maroc flights, however those earning rates are yet to be released.

Frequent flyer status

Here is how the tiers of Royal Air Maroc’s Safar Flyer loyalty program line up against those of other Oneworld member airlines.

  • Safar Flyer Blue is Royal Air Maroc’s entry-level membership and comes with no tangible benefits
  • Safar Flyer Silver is equivalent to Oneworld Ruby status, including Qantas Frequent Flyer Silver
  • Safar Flyer Gold is equivalent to Oneworld Sapphire status, including Qantas Frequent Flyer Gold
  • Safar Flyer Ambassador is an elite invitation-only level – think of it as Royal Air Maroc’s version of the Qantas Chairman’s Lounge, British Airways’ Executive Club Premier and Cathay Pacific’s Marco Polo Club Diamond Plus

Note that Royal Air Maroc currently has no equivalent to Oneworld Emerald status, although we wouldn’t be surprised to see the airline launch a Safar Flyer Platinum tier in the coming year.

Brandon Loo

Brandon Loo

Brandon divides his time between Perth and Launceston, with ample hours spent in airport lounges in between. He recently picked up photography and tries to capture the beauty of Tasmanian landscapes, aeroplane cabins and in-flight food, to varying degrees of success.
 

3 comments

  • fxdxdy

    fxdxdy

    6 Dec, 2018 07:25 am

    Big day for OneWorld with Fiji airways starting as a OW Connect member & this happening.
    Can't I say I saw Royal Air Maroc coming but it's great to have them on board. Their lack of links to Asia is noticable.
    No member give thanks

  • kimshep

    kimshep

    6 Dec, 2018 07:48 am

    If QF gets its way and follows its previously announced desires, integration of the Royal Air Maroc network could become a lot more integrated into QF's network than would at first appear. The addition of QF Paris and Frankfurt B787 non-stops from Australia would meld seamlessly right into the RAM (AT) network map. SYD/MEL/BNE-CDG-CMN or SYD/MEL/BNE-FRA-CMN would become available

    Similarly, with RAM serving JFK, BOS, MIA and IAD, access from the USA could also avoid Heathrow. And if ever QF begins to serve Sao Paulo (GRU) Brasil per 'Project Sunrise', a convenient South America - North Africa link would be available.

    Whilst RAM is a 'smaller' oneworld carrier, its network will open up a very large part of Africa - somewhat comparable in importance to when LAN joined oneworld and opened up South America for Australian travellers.
    No member give thanks

  • QFP1

    QFP1

    6 Dec, 2018 07:51 am

    Great coverage of this, thanks Brandon & ABT! Casablanca and Marrakesh have been sitting on my list of places to visit and it will be great to be able to hop across from London using Qantas Points and get proper Oneworld benefits even in economy.
    Member who gave thanks

    fxdxdy

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13 Dec, 2018 05:54 pm

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