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Royal Jordanian is offering cheap economy flights from New York City and Chicago to the Middle East, starting as slow as $502 roundtrip. Most flights have one connection. Travel dates are available in October and November of this year.


  1. When are the cheap fares?
  2. Mileage Earning
  3. Baggage Allowance

Roundtrips USA < > Middle East

All flights originate in Chicago or New York City, but there are lots of Middle Eastern cities to choose from, like:

  • Beirut
  • Cairo
  • Doha
  • Dubai
  • Madinah

Flights to Doha, Dubai, and Madinah are a tad more expensive.

Available travel dates for the low prices span October and November of 2017.

The easiest way to see the cheap fares is on ITA Matrix. I normally recommend Google Flights as it’s a faster and easier tool to use, but for some reason the cheaper fares aren’t showing up there.

Search on ITA Matrix by calendar of lowest fares for acceptable trip lengths.

Secret flying has examples of dates with the cheap price, but I saw many more than what was listed there.

The following calendar is of roundtrip prices for a seven night trip in October between Chicago and Cairo.

To drop the price to $502, you’ll have to book through Momondo.

Beware that booking through these types of third party sites invites potentially worse customer service in case of needing a change or cancellation.

If you want the $502 price (to Cairo or Beirut), I’d search first on ITA Matrix and look for a roundtrip priced at $529. The same flight should be $502 on Monomondo.

The flights to Doha, Dubai, or Madinah are around $520 on Monomondo…

…and around $549 on ITA Matrix


Mileage Earning

Here’s how the process of crediting to a partner works if you’d rather not earn Royal Jordanian miles, which I imagine is the majority of you.

The most people will probably benefit from crediting to American Airlines instead. You’ll earn 50% of the distance flown, which (for example) between Chicago and Dubai is 3,623 redeemable American Airlines miles. You’d also earn 50% of the distance flown crediting to JAL.

The Rawsheh Rocks in Beirut
The Rawsheh Rocks in Beirut, Photo by Francisco Anzola

Baggage Allowance

You’ll get two checked bags up to 50 lbs each for free, as well as a free carry-on and a free personal item.

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Hat Tip Secret Flying