If you’ve tried to book an award seat on most international airlines you have likely been a bit shell-shocked by the fuel surcharges tacked on to award tickets. How shell-shocked? Premium cabin tickets that transit in the UK can run up to $1,000 because of an additional departure tax they charge on flights originating in the UK (not on flights TO the UK, though). I was looking at a ticket to Dubai last week where the surcharges were $650. When you’re looking for 4 people, that can add up to a significant amount (how are 4 free tickets $2600?).
I thought it would be helpful to put together a chart of which airlines charge fuel surcharges on award tickets and which do not. I’ve compiled this info from a number of sources, but I should point out that Dan’s Deals has been extremely helpful.
If you have any changes/additions please put in the comments and I’ll update the chart.
|AIRLINE||ALLIANCE||WHERE THEY DO ADD A FUEL SURCHARGE ON AWARD TICKETS||WHERE THEY DO NOT ADD A FUEL SURCHARGE ON AWARD TICKETS|
|AIR CANADA||STAR||Adria, Air Canada, ANA, Asiana, Austrian, bmi, LOT Polish, Lufthansa, TAP, and THAI||ALL OTHER STAR ALLIANCE PARTNERS|
|ALASKA AIRLINES||NONE||BRITISH AIRWAYS||ALL ALASKA AIRLINES FLIGHTS AND OTHER PARTNERS|
|AMERICAN AIRLINES||ONEWORLD||BRITISH AIRWAYS, IBERIA||ALL OTHER AMERICAN AIRLINES FLIGHTS AND OTHER ONEWORLD PARTNERS|
|DELTA AIR LINES||SKYTEAM||DELTA FLIGHTS NOT ORIGINATING FROM THE US OR ASIA; ALL PARTNER FLIGHTS||ALL DELTA FLIGHTS ORIGINATING IN THE US OR ASIA|
|UNITED AIRLINES||STAR||NONE||ALL FLIGHTS ON UNITED AND WITH PARTNERS|
|US AIRWAYS||STAR||NONE||ALL FLIGHTS ON US AIRWAYS AND WITH PARTNERS|
|ALL OTHER INTERNATIONAL AIRLINES ADD FUEL SURCHARGES TO AWARD TICKETS EXCEPT:|
|ANA||STAR||ALL ANA FLIGHTS AND PARTNERS EXCEPT AIR CANADA, AIR NEW ZEALAND, UNITED (THO THEY DO CHARGE ON UNITED FLIGHTS TO THE PACIFIC) (THEY NOW CHARGE A SURCHARGE ON US AIRWAYS WHEN US AIRWAYS ADDS A SURCHARGE INTO THE FARE AS A "Q" SURCHARGE - PRIMARILY ON TRANSATLANTIC FLIGHTS)||AIR CANADA, AIR NEW ZEALAND, UNITED (EXCEPT PACIFIC), US AIRWAYS WHERE US AIRWAYS DOES NOT CHARGE A FUEL SURCHARGE (PRIMARILY NON-EUROPE FLIGHTS)|
|BRITISH AIRWAYS||ONEWORLD||ALL BA FLIGHTS AND ONEWORLD PARTNERS, EXCEPT LAN AND AMERICAN||LAN, AA, AER LINGUS, and ALASKA|
|EUROBONUS (SAS)||STAR||ALL PARTNERS EXCEPT SAS, BLUE1 and WIDEROE||SAS, BLUE1 and WIDEROE FLIGHTS|
|FLYINGBLUE||SKYTEAM||ALL EXCEPT DELTA FLIGHTS ORIGINATING IN THE US||DELTA FLIGHTS ORIGINATING IN THE US|
|JAL||ONEWORLD||ALL AIRLINES THAT INCLUDE A FUEL SURCHARGE||AA AND LAN|
|LAN||ONEWORLD||NONE||ALL LAN AND PARTNER FLIGHTS|
|SOUTH AFRICAN||STAR||NONE||ALL SOUTH AFRICAN AND PARTNER FLIGHTS|