British Airways Starts Charging Fuel Surcharges on Flights from Brazil

British Airways Starts Charging Fuel Surcharges on Flights from Brazil

Million Mile SecretsBritish Airways Starts Charging Fuel Surcharges on Flights from BrazilMillion Mile Secrets Team

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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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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.

Million Mile Secrets

@Marriott Marty - You're welcome!

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!

Million Mile Secrets

@Marriott Marty - British Airways does not charge fuel surcharges on ANY flights from the US to South America or for flights within the US. So you could fly on LAN or American Airlines flights from the US to South America (not necessarily only to Brazil) and avoid the fuel surcharges. See" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">this post for more details!

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.


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.

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.

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