If you watch the news right now, it’s all doom and gloom but there are good things happening too. Here’s some positive news from the travel world.
Royal Air Moroc Creates Opportunities with American Airlines
Royal Air Moroc joined the oneworld Alliance at the worst possible moment as the world is ensnared in the coronavirus crisis. However, American Airlines reached a logical conclusion (for once) aligning Morocco with Europe as opposed to North Africa. The distance between Royal Air Maroc and its US destinations are as close as New York is to London so it makes sense to be in the same category.
For some, this is bad news. Royal Air Maroc would have offered new opportunities to secure award space for African destinations avoiding the (laughable) fuel surcharges and APD that come with British Airways flights, along with splitting up the award into two.
However, Maroc’s network is limited on the African continent but provides excellent connections to Europe and will help American Airlines customers with new route availability.
Opportunities for Incredible Deals
TAP Portugal re-launched its frequent flyer program. Gilbert from God Save the Points highlights that members can take score a great deal when using TAP Miles & Go points for Emirates flights. Asia to and from Africa is available in business class for just 100,000 points, which happen to be on sale currently.
JetBlue offered flights to Puerto Rico from the Boston for just 200 TrueBlue points (transferable from Chase Ultimate Rewards) or bookable for $12/one-way.
Some airlines have been stingy with awards in the interim, but space is wide open for many US carriers beginning in January. That includes every single day in January on United from Newark to London in its excellent Polaris cabin for saver prices.
It’s not all bad news and I am looking forward to returning to the skies soon. I am happy to see deals are still popping up and can’t wait to see what the world holds for all of us later in 2020. American Airlines Marocco re-classification will likely see my family return to Marrakech soon, which has been on my list since we last visited eight years ago last month.
What do you think? Is there more good news I should have included? What have you seen?