Visiting the Seven Wonders of the World using miles & points: Petra, Jordan
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Editors note: This is the first in a new series showing you how to experience the seven wonders of the world using miles and points. As only one of the original seven wonders of the world from the second century is still standing (the Pyramids of Giza), we are using the list of the new Seven Wonders of the World.
Dating around 300 B.C., Petra is the site of an iconic archaeological city in the desert of Jordan also known as the “Rose City”. It is accessed through a narrow, winding rock canyon called the “Siq” and opens up to a spectacular carved temple known as “The Treasury”, some 45 metres high. It began as a main stopping point for the nomadic Nabataean people and foreign traders to exchange goods. It is perhaps most well-known to Western audiences, however, through its appearance during the climax of Indiana Jones and The Last Crusade (1989).
The best time to visit is during the months of April to May and September to October, outside of peak summer. The temperatures are pleasant during these periods. You can score very cheap accommodation and avoid the crowds though it can also be cold and raining.
Petra is open 6am to 6pm every day of the week in summer, and 6am to 4pm each day in winter. You will need to purchase an entry ticket for £52 per person per day, though a two-day ticket is only £61 in total. Petra is also open Mondays, Wednesdays and Thursday nights from 8:30pm to 10:30pm for a candlelit but very crowded evening experience.
If you’re planning a trip we recommend packing comfortable walking shoes as you will be doing plenty of walking.
If you’ve ever wanted to visit one of the Seven Wonders of the World here is how to visit Petra using miles and points.
How to get there
Petra is located in the south of Jordan, around 140 miles (or three hours drive) from the capital Amman. Fortunately, Amman’s Queen Alia International Airport (AMM) has direct flights from London (LHR) on both British Airways, and their Oneworld partner, Royal Jordanian Airlines.
To fly with British Airways you will need to redeem the following, one way, per person:
- 10,000 Avios off-peak / 12,500 Avios peak + £168.56 in fees, taxes and surcharges in Euro Traveller economy
- 31,500 Avios off-peak / 37,500 Avios peak + £241.06 in fees, taxes and surcharges in Club Europe business class
To fly the route with Royal Jordanian you will need to redeem the following, one way, per person:
- 13,000 Avios + £178.86 in economy
- 38,750 Avios + £287.16 in business class
British Airways usually uses a short-haul configured A320 aircraft on the route, while Royal Jordanian use a long-haul configured B787 Dreamliner aircraft with a significantly better business class seat than British Airways. Award availability on the route is generally excellent, on both carriers.
If you have non-oneworld miles and points to redeem you can also fly indirectly from U.K. airports to Amman on airlines including Aegean, Austrian, EgyptAir, Emirates, Etihad, Lufthansa, MEA, Saudia or Turkish Airlines. United Airlines will also commence direct flights from Washington (IAD) in May 2022.
Petra is slightly closer to Jordan’s only other airport than it is to Amman. Aqaba’s King Hussein International Airport (AQA) is 80 miles to the south of Petra, around a two hours drive. While you can fly direct to Aqaba on low-cost carrier EasyJet from London (LGW) and Manchester (MAN), if you wish to redeem points and miles for your flight you will need to connect in Amman or Istanbul (IST).
Where to stay
There are only three points and miles hotel in the vicinity of Petra:
- The Mövenpick Nabatean Castle Hotel is a five star Accor Live Limitless property. This programme has a simple redemption system where you can reduce the cost by €40 (about £34) for every 2,000 Accor points you redeem. Room rates start from just £75 per night.
- The Petra Marriott Hotel is a five-star member of the Marriott Bonvoy programme. Cash rates start from £127 per room, per night in low season, or 20,000 Bonvoy points as a Category 4 property.
- The Mövenpick Resort Petra is a five star Accor Live Limitless property located right near the entrance to Petra and is one of the largest and most luxurious hotels in the area. This programme has a simple redemption system where you can reduce the cost by €40 (about £34) for every 2,000 Accor points you redeem. Room rates start from just £75 per night.
It’s possible to visit Petra as a day trip from both Aqaba and Amman though be prepared that it will be a very long day for both. If you don’t wish to stay near Petra, there’s a good range of points and miles hotels in both cities, including:
- Aqaba: Al Manara, a Luxury Collection Hotel, Saraya Aqaba (Marriott Bonvoy), DoubleTree by Hilton Aqaba (Hilton Honors), Mövenpick Aqaba (Accor Limitless), and the InterContinental Aqaba Resort (IHG Rewards)
- Jordan: The St Regis, Sheraton and W Amman (Marriott Bonvoy), Mövenpick Hotel, Le Grand and Fairmont Amman (Accor Limitless), Crowne Plaza, InterContinental and Ibis Amman (IHG Rewards)
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