Avoiding British Airways fuel surcharges when flying from Brazil

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Million Mile Secrets has a post on a messy way of avoiding BA fuel surcharges if flying from Brazil.

You would need to book your redemption at ba.com as 2 x one-ways to benefit from this, which means no Amex 2-4-1 vouchers can be used.

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However, Million Mile Secrets misses a big point – you can book the same flight via avios.com whilst also not paying a fuel surcharge so no need to mess about with your address.

It is not fully clear if BA Executive Club is breaking Brazilian law in charging UK residents a fuel surcharge when leaving the country on a ticket starting in Brazil. Other airlines seem to think you would be, because they don’t. It is also not clear why avios.com does not add the surcharge when ba.com does!

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  1. Unless Heathrow is your local airport, connect in Madrid instead of London and fly Iberia. One-way taxes & fees to Brazil on Iberia Plus redemptions are €54 regardless of class. Madrid is a Ryanair hub so it is easy and cheap to get there from most places. (Ryanair is a low-cost airline – if you don’t know what that means email me later).

  2. Taxes on Iberia redemptions – even out of London and on BA numbered flights – are often cheaper than on BA and Avios!

    • Do be aware that booking a BA flight with Iberia Avios means it is non cancellable, as I understand it is treated as a OneWorld booking.

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