British Airways and Royal Jordanian are oneworld alliance partners. This means BA frequent flyers can redeem Avios points on RJ and it’s been that way for years. However, right now it seems some award availability is hiding from view.

The only route where the two airlines compete is London Heathrow to Amman and BA has a vastly inferior product on the route. They operate European configured short-haul aircraft, while RJ use the Boeing 787 with lie-flat seats in business class and inflight entertainment screens throughout.

Who Is Hiding The Award Availability?

Usually there is plenty of award space on Royal Jordanian when doing an Avios search from London Heathrow to Amman and return. It wasn’t very difficult to find and in fact, I wrote about how much cheaper it was to redeem on RJ versus BA on the route, for that vastly superior product.

I was searching multiple dates throughout 2024 and only the British Airways service is coming up for non-stop flights. Royal Jordanian are offered with connections via Paris, Frankfurt, Paris, Istanbul – but never the direct flight.

Interestingly, the upcoming new RJ service from London Stansted to Amman is appearing quite happily when you use LON as your starting point. That means there is no issue with the connectivity between the two airline’s systems.

Have British Airways put the RJ Heathrow service into hiding? Have Royal Jordanian decided to give no availability on their Heathrow flights in the hope that passengers booking award flights will use Stansted? It’s a mystery!

Overall Thoughts

Airline frequent flyer programmes always try to skew your points spending in favour of your own airline. It’s why partner redemptions are often priced higher than booking with your home carrier. It keeps all the business in house.

Still, this is an interesting one, as I can’t see any reason to do this. People will want to go from Heathrow on RJ over BA, so my suspicion is that it is BA hiding things here. That being said, it could be RJ… curious!

What do you think is going on here? I’d love to hear your thoughts. Thank you for reading and if you have any comments or questions, please leave them below.

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