Programs: AA EXP (LTG), Hilton Silver (former Dia), Marriott Plat (LTG, former PP), SPG Gold (soon to be LTP)
Actually, I think QF is much better than BA. I have an award ticket for QF SYD/LAX in F and fees were only about $100. I believe BA is several hundred dollars. A sample booking for the desired routing should disclose the fees before committing to pay.
The taxes when redeeming AA miles for BA flights between MIA and JNB/CPT are not crazy; the surcharges are.
AA does not assess surcharges for award travel on any partner except BA and IB. Surcharges on IB redemptions are modest; surcharges on BA redemptions are not.
IB Surcharges are more modest than BA surcharges but they can really drive up total trip cost - be sure to ask agents to split your tickets if you only have IB on one leg of your journey as the YQ from IB (or BA) will add a whole lot of other taxes that are not present on award tickets with no YQ.
Programs: AA EXP; 2M Lifetime PLT member- DL GLD Medallion
Originally Posted by trekker954
Sorry I spelled Qantas wrong, I tried to correct but only could in the body of the original email. Come on, be nice.
Okay, so surcharge, not taxes. When I did a dummy booking it was coming up taxes and fees from something like $71. to $700. oy vey.
So no surcharges like that and $132 I can work with easily.
it is probably due to Fuel Surcharges... but a discount economy fare from USA to Australia would easily run you $1500-1700 minimum--- possibly higher...
you know, Mexico, which is literally next door to USA, has like $70-80 surcharges for air tickets due to airport fees/taxes, and many European countries are in the $100-150 range, and this is not including the hefty fuel surcharges.
And from UK and France there is a $100 luxury tax for those whole upgrade from economy fare using upgrades on flights originating there.