QFF award booking out of Europe

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Member since 21 Sep 2012

Total posts 22

Does anyone have any advice on how to avoid high taxes and fees when using an award booking out of EU to any of the ME countries? I’m trying to book either F or J using 180k in QF points for 2 pax but the fees are up to €700. Not concerned about departure country or airline but would rather avoid BA as airline.


Qantas - Qantas Frequent Flyer

Member since 08 Aug 2016

Total posts 112

don't fly out of LHR as they have high premium passenger taxes

Chris C.

Member since 24 Apr 2012

Total posts 1,118

Have a look at Qatar from Paris to Doha. Nice lounge in Paris, was an A380 flight last time I checked, and taxes flying out of France are lower than from the UK.


Member since 24 Dec 2013

Total posts 150

Fly SriLankan as they don't have fuel surcharges. BA QR AY IB all have fuel surcharges so they will all have high fees.

John Phelan

Qantas - Qantas Frequent Flyer

Member since 28 Oct 2011

Total posts 253

The main thing is to NOT depart from the UK, as it imposes a very expensive APD fee. Details here: https://www.gov.uk/guidance/rates-and-allowances-for-air-passenger-duty

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