Yes, it’s true. But only by a bit. It’s a start, though.
I reported two weeks ago about how British Airways has scrapped ALL fuel surcharges on short-haul redemptions. This means that some European redemptions are now cheaper booked as 2 x one-way flights rather a return, due to the way that Reward Flight Saver taxes are calculated. (See this article for a fuller explanation.)
British Airways has now made a modest move on long-haul fuel surcharges, or ‘carrier imposed surcharges’ as they now like to call them following a lawsuit in the US.
On Monday night, the fuel surcharge on a long-haul economy flight was cut from £229 to £209. It had already been reduced by £10 in December but no-one noticed! It was £239 before Christmas.
The fuel surcharge on a long-haul premium class flight was reduced from £359 to £329.
Whilst these savings bear no relation to the 50% fall in the oil price in recent weeks, they still represent a £120 saving for a family of four.
I took a look at a one-way First Class redemption I have booked to Toronto in August. The taxes and charges overall are £17.90 lower than when I booked.
Both Emirates and Qatar Airways have also made announcement recently about cutting their surcharges although no hard numbers have appeared yet. A cut by Qatar Airways would be significant as it would directly impact the charges payable on Avios redemptions – if they drop far enough, it may become more cost effective to fly Qatar rather than BA, even if you had a 2-4-1 voucher. I will be keeping an eye on this.
PS. BA has been adding fuel surcharges since 2004, unbelievably. I know that income tax was originally introduced as a ‘temporary’ tax back in 1842 but still …..
PPS. The fuel surcharges on a full BA A380 were £132,011 return using the old numbers
How to earn Avios from UK credit cards (February 2024)
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. These points convert at 1:1 into Avios.
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 10,500 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.