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The Oneworld alliance has announced that Royal Air Maroc will become a full member in 2020. The move will bring the total number of full Oneworld members to 14 and open up valuable new options for award travel to Africa.
New Routes To Earn And Burn
Not surprisingly for an African airline, Royal Air Maroc has an extensive network of destinations in sub-Saharan Africa. It also serves dozens of cities in Europe and the Middle East. Transatlantic flights are more limited, but the airline serves Washington, D.C., New York, and Montreal in North America as well as Sao Paulo and Rio de Janeiro in Brazil.
Based on American Airlines' current award chart, there should be some solid deals on flights within Africa as well as between Casablanca and Europe or North America. Unfortunately, it won’t be possible to use Oneworld miles until Royal Air Maroc becomes a full member in 2020, and award prices could always change in the meantime.
Alaska Connect Rumors
Over the last few weeks, there have been rumors that Alaska would be joining as a Oneworld Connect member. However, this detail was not confirmed at the alliance's year-end meeting in New York City as many had hoped.
It's always good news for points and miles collectors when an alliance adds a member. The only disappointment is that we'll have to wait until mid-2020 to book awards with Royal Air Maroc. Hopefully, we'll see Oneworld continue to expand its membership in an effort to compete with the 27 members of its largest rival, Star Alliance.
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