British Airways raises fuel surcharges

By John Walton, April 6 2011
British Airways raises fuel surcharges

Thinking of flying to Singapore or London on British Airways to avoid Qantas' fuel surcharges and ticket price hikes while still earning Qantas Frequent Flyer miles?

Think again: oneworld partner airline BA has announced it's following other airlines' fuel surcharge price hikes and raising its own fuel surcharges.

It's an extra £20 -- A$32 or so -- each way in British Airways' Club World (Business) or First, or an extra £10 (A$16) in the airline's World Traveller (Economy) or World Traveller Plus (Premium Economy) cabins.

For a business traveller in Club World on flights from Australia, that brings the fuel surcharge up to an eye-watering £145 (A$228) in each direction.

As recently as last December, the fuel surcharge for a similar trip was £98 (A$154) each way.

The change comes into effect this Friday, 8 April.

Australian Business Traveller made a test booking on British Airways' website for a May return trip from Sydney to London. Here's the full breakdown of fees:

The ringed figure is the one that will change, rising to approximately A$456 on Friday.

On the plus side, business travellers connecting to UK or other European airports through London Heathrow on Qantas, British Airways or other oneworld airlines won't see a short-haul price hike. There's no change to the fuel surcharge for domestic or European flights.

Flying in Club World soon? Check out our guide to picking the best seats on British Airways' Boeing 747 aircraft. 

John Walton

Aviation journalist and travel columnist John took his first long-haul flight when he was eight weeks old and hasn't looked back since. Well, except when facing rearwards in business class.

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