Bits: fuel surcharges returning to Hong Kong flights, see ATP tennis with Emirates miles or Amex points

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News in brief:

Fuel surcharges returning to one-way Avios redemptions from Hong Kong

Since February 2016, airlines have not been able to add fuel surcharges on flights departing from Hong Kong when the journey originates there.

This has led to substantial tax savings if you were in the position of being able to book one-way Avios redemptions.  It made no difference on British Airways American Express 2-4-1 voucher bookings because those had to originate in the UK.  It WAS a benefit for anyone with the – now closed – Lloyds Avios Rewards credit card upgrade vouchers, as those could be used on a one-way flight back to the UK.

Here is an example:

Return Club World redemption from the UK to Hong Kong and back – £564 of taxes

Hong Kong fuel surcharges returning

One way Club World redemption from the UK to Hong Kong – £365 of taxes

Hong Kong fuel surcharges returning

One way Club World redemption from Hong Kong to the UK – £34 of tax

Hong Kong fuel surcharges returning

This meant you saved £165 by booking your redemption as 2 x one-way tickets.

From 1st November, this is ending.  As part of a package of measures agreed with the airlines on how they advertise flight prices, the Hong Kong Civil Aviation Department has allowed fuel surcharges to return.  This is for bookings made from 1st November so there is still a window of six weeks to make a booking for travel in 2019.

You can read more on the South China Morning Post site here.

See ATP tennis very cheaply with Emirates Skywards miles (or American Express points)

If you fancy a weekend away in Europe whilst catching some top tennis, Emirates Skywards has some interesting packages available.  You can redeem via the Skywards website here.

There are tickets for the Swiss Indoors Basel tournament (22nd to 28th October) and the Erste Bank Open in Vienna (also 22nd to 28th October!).

Tickets for both tournaments start at 7500 miles per pair for standard Centre Court tickets, and 10000 miles (Vienna) or 12000 miles (Basel) per pair for box seats with VIP hospitality.

They also still have football tickets for Arsenal, AC Milan, SL Benfica, Real Madrid, Hamburger and Paris Saint-Germain available, as we have mentioned before.

American Express Membership Rewards points transfer at 1:1 into Emirates Skywards.  Transfers are INSTANT if your accounts are already linked.  If they are not linked, it may take a day to complete.  The snag, unfortunately, is that the Emirates website does not show availability until you have the miles in your account so there is always some risk when transferring in.

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Comments

  1. OT // SPG Amex card.

    Currently having a conversation on ‘chat’ with somebody from AMEX who is telling me my points haven’t gone across as I haven’t told Amex my SPG number has changed?

    Is that really the case? I don’t ever recall AMEX asking us to provide them with account numbers? maybe I’ve been silly to think AMEX and SPG talk?

    • I had the same. It’s hard to believe, but the agreed process appears to be that the customer must (of their own volition, as this hasn’t been communicated) approach Amex and inform them, on a one by one basis, of their replacement account number.

  2. RE: ‘It made no difference on British Airways American Express 2-4-1 voucher bookings because those had to originate in the UK’ – yes they have to originate in UK but you can book 2 one-ways on a 241 voucher. Book outbound initially with the voucher, then book the return when it becomes available online (at full avios price) then call to have the voucher applied and get half of the return leg avios refunded.

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