American Airlines has shifted Morocco to its European reward region on its website. The carrier undoubtedly recognizes Morocco's convenient geographical position in North Africa as an asset for facilitating seamless connections between Europe and the Middle East. Savvy travelers picked up on the fact that the American Airlines AAdvantage award chart has been restructured to feature Morocco under the Europe category this week.
It's likely not a coincidence that American Airlines has decided to shift Morocco to its Europe rewards region. Morocco's Royal Air Maroc joined the Oneworld alliance on April 1. Why should the average traveler be excited about these two developments? The short answer is that reward members stand to save lots of money.
American's award prices for flights from the United States to Europe are substantially cheaper than award flights from the United States to Africa. In fact, Morocco's shift from Africa to Europe on the airline's award chart means that AAdvantage members could pay about 25 percent less to get to Morocco going forward. However, the savings only apply if you're using Morocco as a way to get to Europe from North America. Your reward trip could end up being more expensive if you're focusing on Morocco as a gateway to other destinations in Africa.
Royal Air Maroc operates direct flights out of Casablanca to New York (JFK), Boston (BOS), Miami (MIA) and Washington Dulles (IAD) under normal circumstances. However, flights have been suspended for the time being due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The new categorization of Morocco on the AAdvantage awards chart is something that many travelers will be making note of once international travel is buzzing again.