Take Time to Explore Tunis

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Take Time to Explore Tunis

Golden Mediterranean beaches, perpetually sunny weather, affordable luxuries and world-renowned resort villages abound in Tunisia, an amazing North African country rich in culture and history. Most visitors use Tunis, the country’s capital, as a stepping stone to the nearby Mediterranean resorts of Hammamet and Sousse, or as the starting point for tours of the Sahara Desert. But you shouldn’t rush to get out of Tunis.

Visit the Bardo National Museum for its incredible mosaics, or the historic Medina of Tunis for the Zitouna Mosque and the many unique shops full of local flavor and character. Explore catacombs dating back to the Romans, and the amphitheater in the ancient ruins of Carthage. There are so many things to see and do in this ancient city.

You can get to Tunisia with miles using any of the three major airline alliances.

AAdvantage miles and the oneworld alliance

There are two oneworld carriers that fly to Tunis:

  • Qatar Airways via Doha
  • Royal Jordanian via Amman

The ruins of ancient Carthage in Tunis
The ruins of ancient Carthage in Tunis

Although you can normally book Royal Jordanian award flights online, the American Airlines website does not show flights to Tunis. You can call American Airlines and book by phone, and since the flight is not available on their website they will waive the phone booking fee.

Round-trip flights cost:

  • 75,000 miles in economy
  • 150,000 in business
  • 200,000 in first class

MileagePlus miles and the Star Alliance

Three Star Alliance members fly to Tunis:

  • EgyptAir via Cairo
  • Lufthansa via Frankfurt and seasonally from Munich
  • Turkish Airlines via Istanbul

Interior of Bardo Museum, Tunis
The Bardo National Museum

When you book through United, they often use Lufthansa for the last leg of the flight. There’s nothing wrong with that, but be careful to find an itinerary that gets you to Tunis with only one layover.

Round-trip flights cost:

  • 80,000 miles in economy
  • 160,000 in business
  • 260,000 in first class

SkyMiles and SkyTeam

There are three SkyTeam members that fly to Tunis:

  • Air France via Paris and seasonally from Marseille
  • Alitalia via Rome and Milan
  • Saudia via Jeddah and Medina

Round-trip flights cost:

  • 60,000 miles in economy
  • 125,000 in business

First class tickets can’t be booked with SkyMiles.

Zitouna Mosque
The Zitouna Mosque

While Delta SkyTeam alliance award seats are usually more expensive, flights to Tunis are cheapest with Delta SkyMiles. As an added bonus, availability is great. North Africa and Europe are part of the same region on Delta’s award chart, so tickets cost the same for flights to Tunisia as between New York and London for instance. If you do have Delta SkyMiles, you’ll get an exceptional value on a flight to Tunisia.