British Airways Starts Charging Fuel Surcharges on Flights from Brazil

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I earlier wrote that British Airways doesn’t charge fuel surcharges for flights leaving Brazil, and that this was a good way to use Avios points for long distance travel in economy.

Well, readers have pointed out that British Airways has started charging fuel surcharges for flights leaving Brazil.  Lucky has written on that as well.

Other airlines do not charge fuel surcharges on award flights leaving from Brazil and British Airways does not charge fuel surcharges on regular flights from Brazil.

I’ve read that there is a law preventing airlines from charging fuel surcharges in Brazil, but I can’t find any mention of the law or newspaper accounts via Googling.  I’m guessing that’s because the article is likely in Portuguese.

Are there any readers based in Brazil or who read Portuguese who can dig out the mention of the law in Brazil which prevents airlines from charging fuel surcharges?

I’m curious to learn more about why regular flights from Brazil don’t charge fuel surcharges.  If there is a law in Brazil preventing airline from charging fuel surcharges, it certainly seems that British Airways is violating that law, but I’d like to understand if there is a distinction between award tickets and regular tickets.

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19 responses to “British Airways Starts Charging Fuel Surcharges on Flights from Brazil

  1. Hi all, I’m from Brazil.
    Here is the original document on ANAC website’s (National Agency of Civil Aviation).

    This resolution was made to prevent the ticket’s price to fluctuate very often due to fuel surcharges. So now all the airlines are obliged to include it on the ticket’s final price instead of stating it as a separate fee. And the same works for the award tickets, the miles you spend are already the “final price” of the ticket, so the airline cannot charge the fuel surcharges also.

    I hope I made myself clear.


  2. brazilflyer333

    the poster above is right with that Brazilian law pdf. I’d encourage the blogger and any of his peers to confront British Airways and/or Avios program officials about this issue ASAP, possibly at Freddie Awards

  3. We get it, BA. You need to make money, just like other airlines. But the problem is that you’re so sleazy about it, and you punish your frequent fliers more than anyone. More and more are waking up to this fact every day. And BA losses mount….

  4. @hmaia, for the benefit of those who don’t read Portuguese, which paragraph does it explicitly say YQ is forbidden on award tickets?

  5. @London TIM
    In the document that I posted it says on page 2.
    Art. 5 – It can only be charged as fee amounts related to payment of government fees, taxes, airport fees or any other value that presents the transfer characteristics of governmental entities when they are payable by the purchaser of the ticket and collect the intermediate carrier.

    Since fuel surcharges are not related to government fees, it is forbidden.

  6. AnotherDealRuined

    You bloggers are ruining all the deals! Damnit!

    Just kidding…I never would have known about this and I never flew from Brazil…so I don’t care.

    Still it does show that the airlines are dedicating resources to these blogs….


  7. Just another reason to boycott BA. If BA is successful in charging these fuel surcharges, there is no reason that United, Delta, American, US shouldn’t do it too. If that’s what you want, get the BA cc and keep buying BA tickets, and transferring miles to BA. Just realize every time you send some money BA’s direction, you are voting in favor of fuel surcharges on every airline. If enough people refuse to participate in any activity that involves BA until they stop this fuel surcharge nonsense, BA will be forced to stop charging them, and the other airlines will be warned not to even think about it.

  8. BA will not remove fuel surcharges from tickets (excl. the Brazil issue for the time being) so to think that by stopping flying them it will change their mind that’s not going to happen.

    They have charge YQ for years and will continue to do so along with the majority of European airlines (LH, KLM, VS, AF, etc) ALL charge YQ on award tickets and are likely to continue to do so. Asian airlines also charge YQ and Emirates recently reintroduced YQ on all tickets.

    I would not be wholly surprised to see YQ become more of a common occurance in the future as fuel costs rise and rise.

  9. Here is how it works.

    step 1: bloggers find a loophole and write about it.
    step 2: readers love the loophole and use it.
    step 3: authorities find out and close the loophole.
    step 4: we move to the next loophole.
    step 5: rinse and repeat


  10. YQs are everywhere and if they are not YQs they are YRs…all the airlines are changing them and charging them almost weekly (if the oil prices go up expect the YQ, YRs and Qs (which are rolled into the base fare to go up) nevermind that the airlines buy oil on futures so the cost of fuel for the airlines today was purchase a year or more ago…

  11. @ketelone

    Not quite, this is how it actually works:

    Step 1: People do research, try stuff out, or happen to see something interesting.
    Step 2: They share their findings on sites like FlyerTalk or Milepoint, but in a coded, hidden way.
    Step 3: Those willing to put in the time and effort can use the loophole while it continues under the radar.
    Step 4: A blogger comes along, decodes the information, and posts it in plain English and in a highly visible place (one almost certainly monitored by airlines by now).
    Step 5: The airline quickly closes the loophole.
    Step 6: The people in Step 1 and Step 3 hate the blogger’s guts because he does not know the meaning of the word “discretion.”

  12. What Alex said.

    ketelone, you need to remeber that Darius is making money from other peoples work. In doing so he is also removing from them the rewards of their work.

  13. Zen,

    If you’ve read ANY of this website before, you’d know that Daraius does this blog as a hobby and isn’t “making money from other people’s work.” Yeah, he borrows from other sites occasionally, but often credits them and clearly has original contributions of his own. It’s a sharing for the masses mentality, and you can’t run ANY blog without that, or it destroys the point of b-l-o-g.

  14. Ian, I have read this website before, many times. I’ve also read (and contributed to) the many that he sources from. And also the many that are right now discussing this site.

    He does not always credit his sources.

    Additionally he is making money from it.

    Nor does he list the number of offers he has personally caused to get WORSE for the travelling public.

  15. Marriott Marty

    Hey D- got some great intel on BA last night. It appears that BA DOES NOT charge fuel charges on one way flights to Brazil [MIA -GIG]. I assisted my folks using 50,000 Avios miles for a business class ticket from MIA -GIG on March 14, 2013 [flight AA0905] for 50,000 Avois + $23.70. The BA website showed only one ticket, but after getting the first it also showed one business class ticket available and another was purchased in business for the same price. [I did not check the website, but showed only 1 business class ticket from MIA – GIG from mid March – end of April 2013 for every available flight, but the March 14, 2013 flight “continued” to have 1 business class seat after booking a business class seat. So, you may want to double check, but it appears that BA fuel charges are not charged GOING to Brazil one way. So, my advise is to book one way TO Brazil with Avois [BA] miles and return with AA miles! This would modify your detailed articles on BA. The only “downside” is that my folks will need to spend some AA miles to get to and from MIA [they are taking a cruise from Rio which ends in Miami. I think this is a great loophole to use BA [Avois] miles one way without fuel charges to Brazil and AA without fuel charges on the way back! Let me know when you confirm the above! Thanks for all your help!

  16. Marriott Marty

    Having re-read your blog about BA charging fuel charges from Brazil, I realize that it is FROM Brazil. When I originally read it, I thought that all flights to Brazil [and back] would be charged a fuel charge…The devil is in the details. There are probably other readers who also assumed that the gig was up for Brazil and South America after reading the blog post that BA was now charging fuel charges FROM Brazil. Anyway, thanks for the clarification.