News in brief:
Qantas cuts fuel surcharges on Avios tickets again
There has been another small victory in the war on fuel surcharges on Avios redemptions!
British Airways has already scrapped fuel surcharges on short-haul redemptions which means that Reward Flight Saver redemptions are often now cheaper booked as 2 x one-way tickets. I saved £10 in tax on a Club Europe return to Germany last week via this method. There hasn’t been any movement on long-haul fuel surcharges, however.
On the other side of the world, Qantas has announced a second round of reductions on services departing Australia.
This is not hugely useful for most of us, especially as the discount is primarily on economy and premium economy seating. They are potentially most useful as part of a round-the-world trip. As an example, Sydney to Los Angeles is now just 50,000 Avios + £52 in economy one-way.
American Airlines booking problems
There is a chance that this problem has been solved by the time you read this. However, for the last week or so, American Airlines flights have not been appearing on ba.com when searching for Avios redemptions.
AA seats ARE still bookable. The workaround is to visit aa.com and look for available redemption seats in the ‘SAAver’ category. If you can see a seat, British Airways can book it for you via the call centre.
What history tells us about UK airport expansion ….
I haven’t spent much time writing about the proposed plan to expand Heathrow. This is partly because it has been well covered elsewhere and partly because I doubt I will see it in my lifetime.
For those people who think me cynical, reader Leigh kindly sent me a link to this story from the BBC website. It is a history of plans to expand London airport capacity, starting before I was even born in 1968. And still nothing has been done ….