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American Increases British Airways Award Redemption Fees

by on December 29, 2010 · 4 comments

in American, British Airways

British Airways, like most European carriers, charges hefty surcharges and fees on their award tickets. A good way around this in the past, was booking a BA flight with American miles. Not any longer.

American just added an additional fee for business and first class BA redemptions- a whopping $220 each way or $440 roundtrip. This is in addition to their currently high fees, so you may find yourself paying over $1,000 extra for award tickets.

While the fees are high, it still may be worth it to splurge for BA if you get the New First Class product, which I had the pleasure of flying in June and absolutely LOVED.  BA first class flyers are also entitled to priority check-in and access to the exclusive Concorde Room lounges, which has complimentary full meal service and free Elemis spa treatments (Heathrow).

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  • James Koenig

    Do some dummy searches on BA and these fuel charges do not apply. I did a search TPA-SXM in first class and the fee was the same 63.00 round trip. Then I checked TPA- OGG in first and the fees were about $30.00

  • rktoledo

    AA now requiring this fee in not really new. Upon announcedment of the US & Euro approval for the AA & BA joint alliance earlier this year, AA stated they would now be charging the same fees that BA requires. What is new as of this week, BA increased the fees $20 each way and AA matched.

  • The Points Guy

    Thanks for the clarification. Either way, its now really expensive to book BA premium awards using AA miles, which is a shame.

  • Simon

    You are quite right. Just got a quote for BA Club World from LAS to LHR using American Miles. For three tickets the taxes and fees are $2244. Using American flights the taxes and fees are $750. Incredible cost difference but is it worth it?!

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