At the end of March, US Airways joined the oneworld alliance following its acquisition by American Airlines.
This opened up some attractive new routes from the UK and Ireland to the United States. One of the reasons they were attractive is that British Airways was not levying fuel surcharges on these redemptions.
Instead of the standard £550 taxes and charges for a business class return, you only needed to pay:
Dublin to Philadelphia – £28
London to Charlotte – £194
London to Philadelphia – £194
Manchester to Charlotte – £165
Manchester to Philadelphia – £165
Edinburgh to Philadelphia – £162
Glasgow to Philadelphia – £161
This is effectively just the UK Air Passenger Duty plus a few tiny add-ons.
Sadly, these deals are no more.
For a Dublin to Philadelphia flight, the tax charge used to be £28 but is now £223.
This is not BA’s fault, per se.
As One Mile At A Time explains here, US Airways is now filing its fares differently in the central airline pricing databases. Instead of just filing a base fare, it has split the base fare into a smaller base fare and a big fuel surcharge. ba.com is simply doing what it is programmed to do, which is to add on any fuel surcharge shown in the pricing database.
I hope that a lot of you managed to get some US Airways redemptions booked whilst the fuel surcharges were not being added. This was never going to last beyond the start of 2015 anyway – once the US Airways name was dropped and all flights converted to American, it was 100% certain that American-sized fuel surcharges would start to be added. I was just hoping it would last a bit longer.
If you DO have US Airways transatlantic redemptions booked, you cannot now change the dates. If you do, British Airways will reprice the taxes and you will be forced to pay an extra £200 per person (plus the change fee!).
How to earn Avios from UK credit cards (November 2022)
As a reminder, there are various ways of earning Avios points from UK credit cards. Many cards also have generous sign-up bonuses!
In February 2022, Barclaycard launched two exciting new Barclaycard Avios Mastercard cards with a bonus of up to 25,000 Avios. You can apply here.
You qualify for the bonus on these cards even if you have a British Airways American Express card:
There are two official British Airways American Express cards with attractive sign-up bonuses:
You can also get generous sign-up bonuses by applying for American Express cards which earn Membership Rewards points.
Run your own business?
We recommend Capital On Tap for limited companies. You earn 1 Avios per £1 which is impressive for a Visa card, along with a sign-up bonus worth 10,000 Avios.
You should also consider the British Airways Accelerating Business credit card. This is open to sole traders as well as limited companies and has a 30,000 Avios sign-up bonus.
There are also generous bonuses on the two American Express Business cards, with the points converting at 1:1 into Avios. These cards are open to sole traders as well as limited companies.
Click here to read our detailed summary of all UK credit cards which earn Avios. This includes both personal and small business cards.