Last week I wrote about the fact that Aeroplan, Air Canada’s frequent flyer program, began imposing fuel surcharges for award redemptions on partner airlines. Previously they only imposed fuel surcharges for award redemptions on Air Canada flights, so this was a big shock to many.
Realizing the backfire among members they initially only rolled out fuel surcharges for Lufthansa redemptions, though now they’ve announced more fuel surcharges that are on the way, as follows:
Fuel surcharges to flight rewards on the following Star Alliance airlines will be effective as of the dates noted below:
November 30th, 2011: Asiana Airlines, Thai Airways International, All Nippon Airways, Austrian Airlines, LOT Polish Airlines, British Midland Airways
December 14th, 2011: Aegean Airlines, Japan Airlines, TAM Airlines, South African Airways, TAP Portugal airlines
These are in addition to fuel surcharges to flight rewards on Lufthansa that became effective on November 9th 2011 at 7pm.
Allow me to summarize. After next month you’ll be able to redeem your Aeroplan miles on US carriers, Swiss (which never releases award space in advance out of the US) and on Singapore Airlines (though Singapore hardly releases award space, so it’s more or less a moot point).
On the plus side they’ve given advance notice, which I can appreciate.
Gary, are you ready for round three? 😉
#TeamSapphire for the win! All the more reason to get the Chase Sapphire Preferred card.
In case you’re not up to date with the (playful) bickering going on between Gary and I, here’s a two minute summary:
Yes, I’m the whiny kid. 😀