Here’s How to Save Big on Royal Air Maroc Tickets

Buy local, save big, and not just in Morocco’s famed souqs.

I was flummoxed how I could not replicate a Royal Air Maroc fare I found on ITA Matrix. The Royal Air Maroc website errored out and OTAs came up with a price $100 extra. I thought it was only because of my unusual routing with a deliberate 24+ hour overnight in Casablance so I can drive up the Atlantic coast to Tangier and Spanish Ceuta.

It was a helpful travel agent that dug out the issue in the GDS ticketing system, “15.SALES RESTRICTIONS TICKETS MAY ONLY BE SOLD IN MOROCCO.” This agent does not publicize his business, instead working only by existing client referral, so I am respecting his request for anonymity.

I then learned that Morocco has currency controls. The Royal Air Maroc website provides a clue. When you switch to the local Maroc website, you immediately get three types  of payment options:Royal Air Maroc Domestic Site

Royal Air Maroc Domestic Site Payment Options

  • Moroccan credit card (payment in dirhams)
  • International card (payment in currency)
  • Cash payment (in dirhams)

The prices are the same for each payment option, are quoted in Moraccan Dirhams (MAD), and significantly lower than the global site and other websites.

A one-way Casablanca to Marrakesh is 897 MAD (91 USD) versus 161 USD.

Royal Air Maroc Domestic Site PricesRoyal Air Maroc Global SiteRoyal Air Maroc Expedia

This is similar to booking tickets for China and Vietnam flights.

So, here’s the quick steps:

  1. Go to the Royal Air Maroc domestic site (in English).
  2. Buy your ticket.
  3. (Alternately, call Royal Air Maroc, their numbers direct over to Morocco and they price locally. In this case, register a frequent flyer number first to speed the call and reduce potential for errors in the booking).

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  • John

    Good Tip, Are you saying with Asia flights as well go to the website of that country for better deals?
    Turn on the VPN and use that country’ s airline website for deals would possibly show better deals?

  • Rapid Travel Chai

    @John – China has fill fare set by the government and then tickets can be discounted ad percents down from that. The Chinese airlines and OTAs like Ctrip and eLong sell those discounted tickets while international sites generally only sell full fare. Something like that in Vietnam. Don’t need a VPN but do but on the local sites.

  • Farnorthtrader

    Also true for Egyptair websites