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I have decided that it is about time I reviewed the new Virgin Little Red domestic services, from Aberdeen, Edinburgh and Manchester to Heathrow. A flight has now been booked, so look out for my thoughts in a couple of weeks.

Little Red

Being the good little money saver that I am, I booked the flight via the Virgin Atlantic link on Quidco. And this is what I got back:

Hi Raffles

This is a tracking receipt for your recent purchase through Quidco.

Date: 25th May 2013 16:30:18

Retailer: Virgin Atlantic (Avg payment speed 5 weeks)

Purchase Amount: £8.00

Cashback Amount: £0.08

Booking flights, especially cheap ones, via cashback sites is a bit of a swizz. The airlines will generally deduct all taxes and surcharges from the amount you get paid on. This is just about acceptable for Government-imposed taxes, but there is no excuse at all for not paying out on the fuel surcharge. After all, my flight cost substantially more than £8!

I suppose 8p is better than nothing – although you need to have a pretty low value on your time to justify clearing cookies, opening up Quidco, finding Virgin Atlantic, clicking through etc (plus opening and deleting all the Quidco emails about tracking, payment etc) to find 8p a good return!

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Comments (5)

  • LC says:

    Hi Raffles, how much did you pay for the flight with all the surcharges etc?

    • Rob says:

      £53 one way. Going up on BA as I can’t face the Servisair lounge in Terminal 1 …. and I only get that via Priority Pass as Virgin Silver gives no lounge access.

  • James says:

    But the fuel surcharges are imposed on the airline by the fuel companies and outside their control, it’s not part of the cost of the flight at all.

    • callum says:

      Of course they aren’t! Fuel companies have no right to dictate such a thing, nor would they remotely care how the airline charges its passengers – they get paid the same either way.

    • Rob says:

      That is not correct. BA buys its jet fuel in the same way you buy petrol, from the tanks at LHR at current market price. There is no surcharge.

      If you seriously believe this number relates to something, ponder why the surcharge on a return to the US is far lower than booking 2 one ways. Or why the US airlines have far lower surcharges to Ireland compared to the UK.