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Now that you got the card, how are you going to use those miles? I read that the fuel surcharges are the highest of all airlines?!
I can’t speak for Lucky but there are lots of uses for Avios. Within the US they’re great for non-stop flights on AA. They’re a distance-based currency so shorter flights cost fewer Avios – as little as 7500 each way in economy.
For international trips, you’re right – they come with fuel surcharges but sometimes it’s worth it. BA and Qantas open their flight calendars earlier than AA does so if you’re looking for premium cabin space from the US to Australia, you can book it with Avios before you can book it with AAdvantage miles. For me it was worth the ~$450 in fuel surcharges to get a first class seat DFW-SYD. I could have been brave and dropped the seat once the AA calendar opened up, hoping that the seat would go back into award inventory and I could rebook using AA miles without the fuel surcharges, but I was not that brave. 🙂