There are no new fuel surcharges on American AAdvantage awards.
American issued the following statement:
Last night, in a routine effort to better align American to industry standards with other global carriers, American begin collecting carrier-imposed surcharges on tickets for travel on other carrier’s metal. This change was intended for revenue tickets only, but the surcharge was erroneously added to AAdvantage award redemptions on other airlines as well. Except in the cases of British Airways and Iberia (where American currently collects these surcharges), no carrier-imposed surcharges will be applied when redeeming AAdvantage miles for award travel on other carriers. Any customers who encountered this fee in error will be fully refunded.
This morning I posted that American was beginning to collect fuel surcharges on award tickets on more of their airline partners.
I priced out awards on Malaysia Airlines and those included fuel surcharges, where they had not previously.
I had an agent read me a memo saying that as a new policy they were collecting these fees on partner airlines though there might be some exceptions.
And American’s social media team seemed to confirm the change.
However, I did try to hedge a little bit (“If this proves true..”). I reached out to some folks at AAdvantage who didn’t know anything about a change, which seemed odd
And now we have the word — there was an error, there were changes intended for pricing of revenue tickets, and there will not be a major fuel surcharge rollout on award tickets.
The entire frequent flyer universe breathes a collective sigh of relief!