I've been wanting to fly to London from Denver in the US for some time. About 3 years ago, I received an offer for a BA card that would collect executive club miles. I signed up for it, received a bunch of bonus miles, and for the past three years now have collected almost 175,000 miles. I also received a "free companion ticket" for some of my spending efforts.
Imagine my surprise when I go to actually book a flight and find that it is still at least $600 per ticket! They say it is because of taxes and "fuel surcharges". So in reality, I am only saving about $400 per flight, even with all the Avios I have collected. I thought, well, maybe I'll do better off buying Business class - and imagine my surprise, for Business class there is an even higher "fuel surcharge" for the flight - over $1k per ticket. Is Business Class heavier, so it takes more fuel? I just don't see how this is right, or how they can get away with this.
I am soooo disappointed in BA right now. I love their flights. But I feel like I've been ripped off. If I would have spent all those dollars on any other travel card, I would have already scored at least two FREE tickets (and I do mean Free - not $600). I don't get it. Am I missing something somewhere? Are there tricks / advice people have on how to make better use of my miles? Thanks for any help you can give.