When departing from Queen Alia International Airport in Amman, Jordan in a premium cabin or with frequent flyer status, there is a tremendous benefit to choosing Royal Jordanian over others: a far superior check-in and departure process.
Royal Jordanian Offers Luxurious Departure Experience In Amman For Premium Guests
After my time in Jordan, my next stop was Egypt. The flight from Amman (AMM) to Cairo (CAI) is short and is operated by both Royal Jordanian and EgyptAir.
My loyalty is instinctively to Star Alliance so my default tendency was to book EgyptAir. Furthermore, EgyptAir operated a mainline aircraft (737-800) while Royal Jordanian, a member of oneworld, used a regional jet on the route. EgyptAir was also cheaper.
Ultimately, however, I chose Royal Jordanian because the schedule was preferable and there was reasonably-priced British Airways Avios award space.
I expected lovely service onboard, but what I did not expect was such a lovely ground product for Royal Jordanian business class guests and oneworld elites status holders flying RJ. If you are traveling in business class on RJ or hold ruby, sapphire, or emerald status in oneworld, you will find a special check-in area at the far end of the terminal (door 1). British Airways and Qatar Airways flights do not qualify.
Inside, a “Royal Club” replaces a traditional check-in area. Instead of standing in line, you sit at a desk. There, you are offered Arabic coffee or water.
After checking in, you proceed directly from the check-in lounge to a dedicated security checkpoint followed by a dedicated passport control booth (you’ll have to walk through a couple of hallways).
After being stamped out of Jordan, you continue into the main terminal…but in so doing totally avoid the lines and crowds of the standard security checkpoint and passport control.
It’s a nice added benefit of flying on Royal Jordanian from Amman in a premium cabin or while holding oneworld elite status.
If you are flying out of Amman on Royal Jordanian and hold oneworld elite status or are flying in business class, stick to Royal Jordanian. The check-in experience is quite pleasant and the use of a “Royal Cub” over a traditional check-in counter makes the entire experience much more premium.