Royal Air Maroc Joins OneWorld Alliance As Full Member
Despite rumors it was joining Star Alliance, Royal Air Maroc joins OneWorld Alliance. In a press release, Royal Air Maroc becomes the first new ‘full member’ since 2012. This comes in the wake of Alaska Airlines planning to join OneWorld. Here are the important things we know so far and also what we don’t know at this point.
What We Know
We know from the press release that RAM should be a full member by the April of 2020. Additionally, we know that they’ll be a full member, so you can redeem points from RAM onto other partners or other partners onto RAM. We know that RAM will continue to operate its already-existing flight routes and schedules. Also, we know that RAM and the other partner airlines will start recognizing one another’s elite status passengers.
What We Don’t Know
There’s a lot we don’t know. Will RAM become a transfer partner of something like Chase Ultimate Rewards or Amex Membership Rewards? Will other OneWorld members adjust their award charts to cut down sweet spots? What will happen with the partnerships RAM has with Etihad or other non-OneWorld airlines? When will it be possible to book RAM flights using British Airways or American Airlines sites? (I’ve tweeted at these airlines and will provide an update if/when it comes) They say full implementation is for flights on April 1, but my question is when I can book that, since I doubt it’s “same day”.
We recently covered using Iberia Avios on Royal Air Maroc. I reviewed their business class product and also discussed the death of a previous sweet spot they had. RAM is an airline that’s good while on it but pretty bad in terms of customer service. Just being honest. It will be interesting to see how this plays out.