As the oil price drops back below $100 a barrel, you may well begin to wonder when British Airways will be reducing the fuel surcharges which (together with Air Passenger Duty) add such a whack to the cost of your ‘free’ Avios flight.
Whilst pondering this, you may also wish to think about this interesting paradox:
- Reward flight in Club World from London to San Francisco: taxes £561
- 2 one-way reward flights in Club World to/from LHR and SFO: taxes £366 + £288 = £654
- Reward flight in Club World from SFO to LHR: taxes £748
Quietly, British Airways has added a massive premium to passengers looking to travel FROM the US to the UK. This is, remember, an identical trip to the first one, just done in the reverse order, yet it attracts £187 of additional fuel surcharges per person!
There are potential reasons for this. One reason may be to deter American Airlines frequent fliers from redeeming their miles on BA flights instead of AA ones, but as there are no fuel surcharges at all for AA members on AA redemptions, I think the existing taxes number (of which about £400 is fuel surcharges) is enough to put them off.
Another reason may be that US airlines generally make a surcharge or co-pay for using miles to upgrade to business class, and BA is adding a random figure to its own redemptions because US fliers are used to such payments – although the BA payment is made by everyone, whether on a full redemption or upgrading from World Traveller Plus.
All very interesting, and certainly worth noting if you were tempted to book your redemptions as 2 x one-ways on separate ticket numbers rather than as a return.
How to earn Avios from UK credit cards (January 2021)
As a reminder, there are various ways of earning Avios from UK credit cards. Many cards also have generous sign-up bonuses!
There are two official British Airways American Express cards:
You can also get generous sign-up bonuses by applying for American Express cards which earn Membership Rewards points, such as:
Click here to read our detailed summary of all UK credit cards which earn Avios. This includes both personal and small business cards.
If you have a small business, we especially recommend Capital On Cap’s Visa card which comes with a generous bonus worth 10,500 Avios:
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