Aeroplan is a strange program, at least it has been, in that it has long been advantageous to book award travel on airlines other than Air Canada. Aeroplan has added fuel surcharges to Air Canada flights but not to flights on partner airlines.
That practice has apparently changed, effective today. Aeroplan awards on Lufthansa, All Nippon, Asiana, and Thai are all now showing up with fuel surcharges.
Fuel surcharges vary by airline and by route. A
domestic coach award from New York to Frankfurt has a fuel surcharge over $400, so with tax and during low season it can be the same price to book an award ticket as to buy a paid, mileage-earning ticket.
So far it appears as though awards on United, Swiss, and Singapore are not. Of course there are no guarantees that this will not change as well, since even this change was unannounced. They could be in process of implementing fuel surcharges across the board on all carriers, we’ll have to wait and see.
The addition of fuel surcharges comes on the heels of last month’s change where Aeroplan will no longer include US domestic first class in an international business class award, and on top of a major award chart devaluation in July.
(HT: Reader Jon.)