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Are fuel surcharges coming to US Airways redemptions with Avios?

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US Airways joined British Airways in the oneworld alliance on 31st March, and since that date you have been able to redeem your Avios points for flights on US.

I wrote a long article here about how to redeem on US Airways and save up to £500 per person in tax.

In summary, here are their UK and Ireland routes and the tax required.  These are for return business class seats:

Dublin to Philadelphia – £28 (says £49 then reprices)

London to Charlotte – £194 (say £215 then reprices)

London to Philadelphia – struggled to find but imagine as above

Manchester to Charlotte – £165 (says £186 then reprices)

Manchester to Philadelphia – £165 (says £186 then reprices)

Edinburgh to Philadelphia – £162 (says £185 then reprices)

Glasgow to Philadelphia – £161 (says £170 then reprices)

US also flies Dublin to Charlotte and Shannon to Philadelphia over the Summer.

As you can see from the list above, ba.com initially shows a slightly higher taxes figure on the page where you select your flights.  Once you click through to the payment page, it drops by £10-£20.

This differential has now got FAR more drastic.

When you select a US Airways flight on ba.com, the initial page now adds fuel surcharges.  Edinburgh to Philadelphia, for example, used to show £185 but now shows £504.

However, when you click through to the payment page, it reverts to the original ‘no surcharges’ price of £162.

I don’t know what this means.  In theory, BA should be adding surcharges to US Airways tickets because it is part of the transatlantic joint venture between AA, BA, Finnair and US.  So far it has not done so.

The fact the fuel surcharges now show up on the initial flight selection page is a little worrying though.  If you were planning on booking a US Airways redemption I would do it sooner rather than later, just in case.  It could save you £500 or more in tax for a couple …..


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Comments (19)

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  • Peter says:

    Isn’t it more acceptable to ask a question like this starting with ‘Are…….?’ Rather than going for daily mail style tabloid headlines?

    U really do have a bee in your bonnet about something don’t you?

    • Rohan says:

      If you don’t like what and how info is being displayed here … Don’t come here … Simple .
      Clearly whatever raffles is doing is working as this website is gaining profile everyday .
      Raffles , you are doing a great job , please carry on .

    • Mark B says:

      The question mark does the job, pathetic comment

    • Mycity says:

      Wow, Raffles does a great job nothing wrong in the post for me.

    • Rob says:

      ‘Are’ added although I thought the question mark did the job!

      Shorter headlines work better for Twitter, Google Plus, LinkedIn and Facebook although as you can see they often drag on a bit …..

  • Mark B says:

    Prefixing “are” would imply Raffles is asking the readership the question rather than correctly presenting the possibility of surcharges is on the way. It is a perfect headline

  • Rob says:

    Wow, hadn’t seen this, thanks

  • xcalx says:

    This is also happening with AA flights EG
    SJU-MIA Business X 2
    30000 Avios + £ 23
    More pricing options
    (You will see exact cost after you click ‘Continue’)
    Re prices to 30000 Avios + £3

    I think this has been going on for a while as the same happened in April with AA CUN-MIA flights priced at ~£40pp then dropped to ~ £30pp

  • Lady London says:

    What a clue as to where Lufthansa is going. The switch to Germanwings for their shorthaul flights was bad enough. Yet they retained the operation of flights using MUC or FRA. So presumably they wanted to be sure to keep longhaul connection traffic. And if they take the unprecedented step of removing the opportunity to buy a few miles to top up, which was about all their miles purchase pricing was worth using for, then combined with their punitive miles expiry policy this will ensure that a huge load of smaller mileage holdings effectively disappears from any possibility of redemption. Well done Lufthansa.

    • Rob says:

      I think you’ve hit the nail on the head. I have done a post in this vein which will run Sat or Sun (or perhaps even Mon!).

  • Adam W says:

    Kind of ironic that they are doing away with the whole sordid ‘buying awards’ yet currently offering a 20% bonus incentive!!!

  • Idrive says:

    unbelievable…by the way, you are better off with SPG. nothing will change or at least not much!
    there was an annual limit, a low one, in any case…or maybe they want to promote their MBNA card spending

  • CC says:

    Ive got around 45000 AA points, should I be thinking about using these soon as possible to fly to N. America does anyone think?

    • Rob says:

      No, it makes no difference. AA has never charged a surcharge on AA flights or US flights and is unlikely to start doing so.

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