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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.

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
SOUTHWEST AIRLINES NONE NONE SOUTHWEST/AIRTRAN
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
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15 Comments.

  1. BA *does* charge fuel surcharges on those AA routes where AA charges them. Put a different way, BA charges fuel surcharges where a paid ticket would incur those charges. They don’t add fuel surcharges on AA flights to South America and LAN flights because fares for those flights aren’t filed with those charges.

  2. Your DL stuff is backwards, right? No fuel surcharge when you originate in USA; fuel surcharge when origination is overseas.

  3. This is soooo helpful. Thanks Jared!!

  4. i just called BA executive club and they told me they charge fuel surcharge for AA flights to China although the AA site does not charge fuel surcharge for this same flight and AAdvantage agent told me BA shouldn’t charge for this flight either. But the BA agent said nothing she could do as it shows up in the quote. Any help would be appreciated.

  5. Very useful info. From my own experience, I know that SQ charges fuel surcharge on all award tickets on its flights and that of partners. KL/AF charge fuel surcharge on award tickets at least on KL AF and KQ. EK does not on its own flights.

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  8. Extra Pack of Peanuts

    Jared, great work! I was actually putting a chart together myself until I finally stumbled upon this.

    Doesn’t this make SAA extremely valuable since they are a transfer parter with AmEx Membership Rewards and don’t charge a fuel surcharge on Star Alliance flights? Or am I missing something?

  9. Quora - trackback on March 21, 2012 at 2:48 am
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  11. Air Canada is a little out of date, as of the end of January they now charge on: Adria, Air Canada, ANA, Asiana, Austrian, bmi, LOT Polish, Lufthansa, TAP, and THAI (if I haven’t forgotten some).

  12. The Secret to Never Paying Fuel Charges on Award Tickets - pingback on June 6, 2013 at 4:09 pm

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