Category Archives: Airlines With Fuel Surcharges on Award Tickets

An Update on Which Airlines Charge Fuel Surcharges on Award Redemptions

I’ve (finally) updated my chart of which airlines charge fuel surcharges on award redemptions, and I thought it was worth noting 3 changes:

– Aeroplan now charges surcharges on most redemption partners.

– ANA previously did not charge fuel surcharges on US Airways flights. However, they are now charging fuel surcharges when US Airways bundles it into the fare (for you geeks out there, US Airways does not add a YQ fuel surcharge, but they do bundle it into the fare on TransAtlantic flights). So ANA is now charging surcharges on US Airways on Europe and Israel flights. To add to the confusion, if you book on the ANA website, the surcharges they show for US Airways flights are wrong — you’ll have to call the airline to get the correct amount (which, as of right now, is about $305 for Europe flights on US Airways).

– JAL charges a fuel surcharge if the partner does, but not if the partner airline does not. That means you can redeem using their mileage-based chart on AA, LAN and Emirates without fuel surcharges. As Lucky points out here, there are a few good deals out there if you have enough miles in Starwood to transfer to JAL, especially on Emirates from New York and Toronto to Dubai.

– Delta now charges a fuel surcharge on Skyteam partner airlines.

If you want to see whether an airline charges a fuel surcharge, search for a flight on ITA Software, then click on the fare. You’ll see something like this:

YQ is the fuel surcharge. YR is also sometimes used to denote a fuel surcharge.

If you have any corrections to the chart below, let me know.

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Chart of Airlines that Charge Fuel Surcharges on Award Tickets

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.

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