The airlines and frequent flyer programmes that charge the lowest fees

Say you want to fly to the US. Did you know that you’ll pay less in fuel surcharges if you use your Qantas Points on an American Airlines flight rather than a Qantas flight?

This is the second guide in a two-part series looking at how to minimise the taxes, fees and fuel surcharges on flight bookings. That’s regardless of whether they are included in a paid ticket or a points redemption.

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British Airways 777 First Class overview – Sydney to Singapore

I had long wanted to try British Airways’ only First Class service to Australia, with their daily Sydney – Singapore – London flight operated by a Boeing 777.

Award seat availability for using your points is not terrible, especially for well-planned or later bookings and availability is shown on the Qantas website. I redeemed 50,000 AAdvantage miles that I had purchased specifically for this flight. Continue reading…

Iberia A330 Business Class overview

After a fantastic two-week trip through Colombia in April 2017 and no return ticket back to my home base in Austin, Texas, I spontaneously decided to head across The Atlantic to see friends in Madrid, jumping on last-minute award availability just two days before departure and a discounted award redemption offer through Iberia Plus.

This ten-hour overnight flight was comfortable enough but I wouldn’t recommend Iberia over a more highly-regarded airline like Lufthansa, Singapore Airlines or any of the three large Middle Eastern carriers. Continue reading…