Etihad - Etihad Guest
Member since 14 Jun 2019
Total posts 3
Hi Guys,I have a credit with Air NZ which Im using to fly to Houston to see family, and thought i could then use my Qantas FF points to goto London return on business as there are plenty of seats. AA look booked up in June so its BA and the charges come to around 4.5k USD for three of us (parents and 4yr old son)Do i need to travel elsewhere in the states and then onto the UK?Any tips to avoid a huge super tax would be much appreciated.CheersMike
Member since 10 Jul 2018
Total posts 103
The two easiest ways to avoid high taxes and surcharges in your case are:
Unfortunately, only BA has direct flights on your route, AA doesn't seem to have much business class availability connecting via other cities, and departing from somewhere out of London (e.g. Paris) on your return adds extra travel time and complexity.
Qantas - Qantas Frequent Flyer
Member since 02 Jul 2011
Total posts 835
As above, avoid departing from London.
Member since 24 Dec 2013
Total posts 98
The bulk of those 'taxes' is BA's surcharges which they charge because they can. Avoid BA.
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