Last week I posted about how US Airways isn’t imposing fuel surcharges on British Airways award tickets issued through Dividend Miles.
Back in March, US Airways announced that they would be imposing fuel surcharges for travel on British Airways and Iberia, though in practice they haven’t been imposing those since joining oneworld, which has led to some great opportunities, like my US Airways award to Australia via Europe and the Middle East.
I’m sure this is something that has been on US Airways’ “to do” list since joining oneworld, though given the merger it wasn’t very high up that list. However, once it was widely publicized and lots of people were taking advantage of it, obviously it went higher on their “to do” list.
A memo was sent out to US Airways agents today informing them of these fuel surcharges on British Airways. As is the case with most memos in the history of the world, only very few people read them.
As it stands, US Airways’ computers aren’t automatically adding the fuel surcharges to award reservations. That being said, most agents at the rates desk are:
- If you have a complex itinerary that the rates desk needs to price, chances are they will add the fuel surcharges
- If the agent actually read the memo, they may check with the rates desk to confirm the fees are correct, in which case the fuel surcharges may very well be added
If you do want to issue a US Airways award for travel on British Airways and want to avoid the fuel surcharges, you’ll want to do so as soon as possible.
Since the computers aren’t yet automatically adding fuel surcharges, it comes down to individual agents to enforce them. So as it the case with most things in life, if they try to add them you’ll want to hang up and call again. Similarly, keep in mind that taxes/fees are calculated at the time of ticketing, so holding a ticket in and of itself won’t be enough to “lock” in the lack of fuel surcharges — you’ll want to issue the ticket.
So in most cases I would say it’s still possible to issue US Airways awards for travel on British Airways without fuel surcharges, given that it’s up to humans to enforce the fuel surcharges. That being said, I wouldn’t be surprised if US Airways’ computers were soon updated to automatically add them.
I’ve gotta say, it lasted longer than I expected after being widely publicized last week.
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