QF Intl Award Flight: Taxes and Charges Hike

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  1. ScotchDrinker

    ScotchDrinker Newbie

    Aug 1, 2005
    Hi Folks,

    After trying to get a decent explaination from QFF with no luck, I thought I would try here.

    Last year I paid AU$280 for fees and charges on a return award flight to the UK (ex Brisbane and one UK internal transfer - no stopover, 110K points). This year, I'm paying AU$480 for the same itin (and 130.5K points :( ).

    Is Qantas doing more than passing on the legitimate taxes and charges?

    Thanks for any insight.

    The Scotch Drinker

  2. straitman


    Apr 27, 2003
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    I'd suggest that the fuel surcharge is one that has risen significantly.
  3. dajop

    dajop Senior Member

    Jul 1, 2002
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    On flights from BNE-LHR you can't use the same flight number all the way through, that means you have four international sectors and four international fuel surcharges ie. 4 x $60 = $240. Then 2 internal fuel surcharges in UK (domestic) = 2 x $20 = $40 (assuming the internal transfer was both on inbound and outbound sectors). Therefore you're paying $280 in fuel surcharges + other taxes and charges.

    Only way to reduce this is fly via SYD or MEL on then on direct flight to LHR (QF 1, 9 or 31) which would replace 2 international fuel surcharges with domestic ones (ie you'd pay $200 in fuel surcharges instead of $280), and reduce taxes to $400.
  4. NM


    Aug 27, 2004
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    The current Qantas fuel surcharges relavant to your flights are:

    Sectors withing Europe: US$19 (~A$26)
    International Sectors: A$60

    So for BNE-SIN-LHR-XXX-LHR-SIN-BNE, you are looking at $292 just in juel surcharges.

    When you booked last year, the international fuel surcharge was likely A$29.

    Then add the A$38 departure tax. And two lots of the London Air Passenger Duty charge at 20GBP and 10GBP for international and domestic departures (A$48 + $24 = A$72). May be less for the Europe flight, depending on the destination. And two of the UK Passenger Serivce Charge of 10.40GBP (2 x A$25 = A$50)

    So just with fuel surcharges, Aussie departure tax and UK movement fees, I make it A$452. So $480 is ballpark with the addition of other passenger movement fees etc.
  5. Platy

    Platy Guest

    Fuel surcharges on award flights

    This all begs the question - are they within their rights to charge us fuel surcharges for so called award flights?!

    I can understand the airport taxes etc, but surely the airline decides what the fuel surcharge is so can effectively secure income at a level of their choice for supposed award seats!?

    Is this something they can do - has the ACCC given the OK?
  6. NM


    Aug 27, 2004
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    Re: Fuel surcharges on award flights

    Guess who wrote the QF FF program rules that you agreed to when you joined? Hint: it was not the ACCC.
  7. danielh

    danielh Member

    Dec 5, 2003
    As an added bit of info, I redeemed 2 FF return flights MLB-LAX direct on 1 Jan 2005.

    Looking through my records it cost me AU$159.62 per person in taxes.

    At the time I thought that was a bit steep but looking back... :)

  8. Rick93

    Rick93 Established Member

    Nov 10, 2002
    You guys think you paid some taxes and charges....

    I'm doing Syd - LAX - Nadi - Syd in Jan 08, and paid $2,300.00 in T & Cs for my wife and four kids !!! (not to mention burning my 648,000 points .....)

  9. NM


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    Compare that with a 2002 award (i.e. pre-Fuel Fines) for 5 people on a ATW itinerary wher I paid a total of $707.20 in taxes (and 650,000 QFF points). It was a much more complicated itinerary as well!

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