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BA surcharges/whose miles should I use
I was looking at award maximizer and saw that BA is the cheapest option from JFK to AMS that you can transfer from MR (which I use.) I know that you have to pay HUGE surcharges on AA award tickets for travel on BA but, I was wondering how much the surcharges are for awards booked on BA for travel on BA and on AA. Flying blue saver awards are only 1000 miles more expensive per person RT. Should I transfer to AF/KLM or BA.
AA is only passing along the surcharges that BA imposes, so they should be the same. Picking a random 1-way JFK-LHR-AMS flight in business class, it looks like they’d charge somewhere around $428 in fuel surcharges per person.
I’d go with AF/KLM and you should be able to get a non-stop to boot.
[QUOTE=”MidSouth Skier, post: 25298, member: 184″]AA is only passing along the surcharges that BA imposes, so they should be the same. Picking a random 1-way JFK-LHR-AMS flight in business class, it looks like they’d charge somewhere around $428 in fuel surcharges per person.
I’d go with AF/KLM and you should be able to get a non-stop to boot.[/QUOTE]
How good are they at releasing space on KLM flights I’m looking for 5 seats (something like 2 purchased tickets/3 award tickets) can I count on that kind of availability next summer?
By “next summer” do you mean 2017 or 2018? If you’re looking for 2017 I wouldn’t count on much. If you’re planning ahead for 2018 then seats won’t be available until later.
I’ve not personally looked for FB award space so will defer to those who have as to when they release seats.
This is the problem with any of those award pricing tools — they don’t tell you the true cost of the award. Any time you’re flying British Airways you will pay hefty fuel surcharges.
You’ll also pay fuel surcharges if you book through FlyingBlue, and even finding 3 seats on KLM is probably unlikely. Better odds on Air France, in my experience.
All that being said, Aeroplan is almost always the better option for Amex awards to Europe, particularly in business class. As long as you avoid Lufthansa & Austrian the fuel surcharges are minimal, and having more carriers in Star Alliance typically means better availability.
Agree about Air France.