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Quick question on award tickets overseas ... are Delta, US Airways and United still not charging fuel surcharges?
Sometimes, pending, yes. Fuel surcharges on awards is a mixed bag discussion. Some airlines charge only when award flights are on their own metal, others charge when the award flight is on a partner airline and other airlines don’t charge fuel surcharges. But given the volatility of the market for aviation fuel, all airlines at one point or another are confronted with assigning a surcharge to cover unexpected cost increases.
Delta charges a fuel surcharge on all partner airline award flights when that partner adds fuel surcharges and on flights on their own metal that originate from outside the U.S. in selected regions such as award flights originating from most parts of Asia. (They formerly added fuel surcharges on award flights from Europe to remain in alignment with their SkyTeam alliance partner Air France but discontinued that in late 2012.
US Airways: Pending
US Airways is quite friendly in this area and does not add any fuel surcharges to award flights including those on partner airlines that add fuel surcharges. The “pending” caveat comes from their proposed merger with American Airlines in which it is likely they will adopt the rules for fuel surcharges that currently exist for the AAdvantage program—and that is to add fuel surcharges only on partner award flights provided by British Airways and Iberia.
United Airlines: Yes
Yes, United is still not charging any fuel surcharges for award flights on their own metal and those flights on partner airlines, even partners that add fuel surcharges in their own programs.
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