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Emirates Skywards reward flight surcharges

Birmingham, United...
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Emirates Skywards reward flight surcharges

Please be aware that carrier imposed charges for reward flights in in Emirates Skywards FFP have soared to £220 this week. If you wish to book a reward flight you will be inn for a nasty surprise. Apparently this is an attempt to make the Emirates and Qantas ffps more equitable. However, the sharp eyed amongst you will notice a huge hike in Emirates fares this week. Itemised is the fuel surcharge.

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Fredericia, Denmark
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1. Re: Emirates Skywards reward flight surcharges

You have always paid taxes on award flights, and they depend on which airports you are using.

Birmingham, United...
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2. Re: Emirates Skywards reward flight surcharges

You miss the point.This is in ADDITION to the usual taxes. Fuel surcharges were only introduced to Emirates Skywards members in May 2013. The usual charges were:

Air Passengers Duty

Passenger Service Charge

Passenger Security Service Charge (PSSC)

Aviation Levy

Passenger Service Charge

Now there is an additional charge of £220, fuel surcharge.

So last week a Skywards member with 75,000 miles could purchase an economy flight from LHR-DXB-SIN for £80 (fuel surcharge) + £120 (other taxes and fees). Now the cost is £220 (Fuel surcharge) + £120 (other taxes and fees). The reason this has happened is because Emirates wish to equalise their FFP programme with that of Qantas. Skywards members lose out. Read the article on this in 'Australian Business Traveller' to get a handle on this.

Poulton-le-Fylde, UK
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3. Re: Emirates Skywards reward flight surcharges

ausbt.com.au/emirates-increases-fuel-surchar…

Edited: 5:17 pm, June 16, 2013
UK, Mauritius
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for Mauritius, Belle Mare, Pointe Aux Piments, Pereybere
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4. Re: Emirates Skywards reward flight surcharges

Thanks for the heads up Phil.

I'm not booking a reward flight but I was intererested when you said there's a price hike in fares.

I checked the prices for flight I've already paid for - one for September to Tokyo and found that prices are now £993.40 for the same flight as opposed to the £607.00 I recently paid.

Likewise the flight to Mauritius I have booked for October - its increased by a lesser amount - £98.00 more pp.

So quite a hike.

Thanks for the link Arandora!

Edited: 5:19 pm, June 16, 2013
New York City, New...
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5. Re: Emirates Skywards reward flight surcharges

I'm not booking a reward flight but I was intererested when you said there's a price hike in fares.

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That's a bit of a rash assumption. There's not just one price for a given routing, there are dozens and dozens of fares and availability of those fares changes on a regular basis. Unless you can show the very specific fare basis has an increased fare attached to it then you can hardly say that they've increased fares.

UK, Mauritius
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6. Re: Emirates Skywards reward flight surcharges

I put a mock booking in for the flights I already had booked as I said - the same flight numbers and timings and that's what I got.

Maybe it changes day to day but that's what I just got 10 minutes ago for exactly the same flights.

That was on EK's website.

Edited: 5:29 pm, June 16, 2013
Fredericia, Denmark
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7. Re: Emirates Skywards reward flight surcharges

There are several fare buckets in the same class.

UK, Mauritius
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8. Re: Emirates Skywards reward flight surcharges

I know that - what I am saying is that out of the choices EK is giving for my specific flight the only one that they are now offering tonight on their booking website is the price I quoted on here which is more expensive now than it was.

Edited: 6:11 pm, June 16, 2013
Fredericia, Denmark
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9. Re: Emirates Skywards reward flight surcharges

That does not surprise me;-)

UK, Mauritius
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10. Re: Emirates Skywards reward flight surcharges

I'm sure it doesn't Hans ;)

But its a heck of a lot more than I paid for exactly the same flight.

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