British Airways levies fuel surcharges on US Airways awards

By Chris Chamberlin, July 9 2014
British Airways levies fuel surcharges on US Airways awards

IN BRIEF | US Airways awards booked using British Airways points now come with fuel surcharges, thanks to the way that the airline is now calculating its fares.

US Airways, which has traditionally built any fuel surcharge into the base price, has now split this out into a separate component.

While not impacting the overall cost for revenue passengers, a traveller must pay any separate taxes and surcharges when redeeming ‘Avios’ (points) through British Airways’ Executive Club – including fuel surcharges.

It’s a sneaky move, and one that allows US Airways to collect a higher cash payment on award tickets.

Fuel surcharges don’t apply on domestic flights, although international sectors take quite a beating. One-way Philadelphia to Paris flights now see US$428 added to the co-pay, which now totals $452.50.

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Chris Chamberlin

Chris Chamberlin is the Associate Editor of Executive Traveller, and lives by the motto that a journey of a thousand miles begins not just with a single step, but also a strong latte, a theatre ticket, and later in the day, a good gin and tonic.


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