Yesterday I shared the news that British Airways Executive Club added change and cancellation fees for Executive Club Gold Card Holders effective immediately. Not only is it disappointing that Gold members now pay the same change fees as all other members, but it was also disappointing that they made this change without advance notice.
Well today it appears as if there’s more bad news when it comes to award ticket change and cancellation fees, as British Airways has raised these fees across the board.
Per the reward flight booking service fees page on ba.com, the fee to change or cancel an Executive Club award ticket has gone up by $15 (from $40 to $55):
Old award ticket change fees
New award ticket change fees
What makes Avios bookings interesting is that you don’t necessarily have to pay the full cancellation fee when redepositing an Avios ticket. In order to redeposit an award ticket and get the Avios back in your account you have to either forfeit the taxes or pay the $55 fee to get the residual taxes refunded.
This means if you book an award ticket between Tampa and Miami for 4,500 Avios plus $2.50 in taxes you’d just forfeit the $2.50 and get the 4,500 Avios redeposited.
Meanwhile if you booked an award ticket that involves fuel surcharges, like Los Angeles to London in first class for 75,00 Avios plus ~$500, you’d have to pay $55 in order to get the ~$500 refunded.
As was the case before, Executive Club award tickets can’t be changed or cancelled within 24 hours of departure.
While this change is disappointing, at the end of the day British Airways still has very reasonable change and cancellation fees compared to other programs, which often charge $150-200 per ticket. And beyond that it’s nice that British Airways doesn’t charge any close-in ticketing fees for awards booked within a few weeks of departure.
The lack of advance notice irks me a bit, though.
(Tip of the hat to Ghetto IFE)