Qantas Lowering Fuel Surcharges On Award Tickets

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    With oil prices as low as they are, it's somewhat puzzling why airlines are still imposing fuel surcharges. As I wrote about in November, the reason many airlines haven't lowered fuel surcharges is because they don't have to. There's no accountability. There's nothing wrong with the concept of fuel surcharges as such. If there's a short period where the cost of oil spikes then I think it's fine (in theory) to impose a fuel "surcharge." That being said, when you charge it long term it's just ridiculous. You might as well offer free tickets and then have a crew surcharge, fuel surcharge, maintenance surcharge, etc. Since fuel makes up a large portion of the operating costs of airlines, shouldn't it be a given that it's "included" with the price of a ticket? But for most customers, fuel surcharges don't actually matter. That's because fuel surcharges simply make up a large portion of the fare an airline charges. So if an airline eliminated $800 in fuel surcharges they'd just add $800 to the base fare of a ticket, which would be perfectly justified. The post Qantas Lowering Fuel Surcharges On Award Tickets appeared first on One Mile at a Time.

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