AA fuel surcharge on RTW & Circle Pacific

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  1. GDSman

    GDSman Member

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    Not sure if this has already hit the forum. If not, and knowing how popular AA is for avoiding fuel surcharge, I'm sorry to be the bearer of bad news....AA will introduce a fuel surcharge, to be collected on the ticket as a Q surcharge, on RTW and circle pacific fares issued on AA paper (001) for AA operated flights effective 1 March.
     

  2. BlacKnox

    BlacKnox Active Member

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    GDSman do you know how much notice was given before this change :?: I hate it when companies change their fee policy/ schedule without warning :evil: .
     
  3. Dave Noble

    Dave Noble Senior Member

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    If they have implemented one, then it is still a *lot* less than QF. I just priced a DCIRC22. From QF taxes were $652 whilst from AA they were $232

    Dave
     
  4. tuapekastar

    tuapekastar Established Member

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    They most certainly have! I just rang AA Sydney to pay for a LONE4, and on the phone they quoted me the original price I had been given when booking it in February, but subsequently e-mailed me and apologised for not including the fuel surcharge.

    "ATTACHED IS UPDATED AMERICAN AIRLINES CREDIT CARD FORM.....UNFORTUNATELY WE DID NOT INCLUDE THE ADDITIONAL FUEL SURCHARGES WHICH APPLY TO TICKETS ISSUED FROM 1MAR06.....THE ADDITIONAL IS AUD149.00"

    It is not 'across the board' - transatlantic, transpacific and a couple of others, and is called "Fuel surcharge/War Insurance"... I don't want to get political or controversial here :shock: , but I think we know who we can thank for that (and they're nowhere near the Middle East).

    Details on this website:

    http://www.consolidatedtravel.com.au/qf/taxes.asp

    BlacKnox, I share your annoyance. I certainly wasn't aware of it and am going to search around to see if perhaps I should have been. I was holding off paying due to a possible need to re-route (and so avoid paying re-routing fees), which didn't in the end happen.

    If I don't see any obvious advice I'll ring Monday and plead my case, but I'm not really expecting any luck there. Guess I took a risk and lost this time. As Dave Noble said, it's still a lot cheaper than QF. Just disappointing I didn't know it was coming in...I would gone the other way then and paid it, and risked the re-routing fee instead.

    Cheers
     
  5. GDSman

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    BlacKnox, the release I saw was in the travel industry press today, dated 7 March but states "From 1 March....", which is an amazing lack of notice...
    Some more details:

    Transatlantic (except ORD-DEL) USD55.00
    non-stop ORD-DEL USD110.00
    Transpacific USD55.00
    AA non-stop between US and AR/BR/CL/UY USD55.00

    so yes it is for limited routings - a pity nonetheless.
     
  6. Dave Noble

    Dave Noble Senior Member

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    Are they charging it on AA flights across atlantic/pacific or all flights that they sell on those routes ?

    Dave
     
  7. GDSman

    GDSman Member

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    I'm pretty sure it's AA metal only.
     
  8. tuapekastar

    tuapekastar Established Member

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    My transpacific is AA flight number, QF metal, and my transatlantic is AA on both counts. I appear to have been charged for both.
     
  9. tuapekastar

    tuapekastar Established Member

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    Just on a pedantic note, the 'taxes' website I linked above does not specifically indicate any type of fare...read in isolation, it would include all AA flights referenced. GDSman, does your source specifically say RTW and circle pacific fares, or does it include all referenced AA flights?
     
  10. GDSman

    GDSman Member

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    I was 'quoting' verbatim from an AA industry release ascribed to the AA sales manager (copyrighted so I can't cut'n'paste) - RTW and Circle Pacific on those routes on AA were specified. Perhaps AA paper is all it takes and not metal, now that I re-read it.....
     
  11. Guest

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    is there a site u can book circle fares online?
     
  12. Kiwi Flyer

    Kiwi Flyer Senior Member

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    ah !@#$ booking not yet ticketed = pay more :evil:
     
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