The Best Airline Beer, and a Trick for British Airways Awards

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  1. I’ve always wanted to try the Sweetwater beer that DL supposedly has but never had it offered on any of my flights.

  2. Gary, I’ve always been curious if airlines also escape taxes on fuel/non-fuel surcharges. Is that true?

  3. @Gaurav – which taxes? there aren’t any fuel surcharges on US domestic tickets, and the 7.5% US excise tax only applies to domestic airfare

  4. Gary, Thanks for responding. I’m not up on the full tax structure on international tickets. Just curious if there is a tax benefit for airlines structuring their tickets with large surcharges.

  5. Gary,
    The article doesn’t even mention Hawaiian Airlines as serving the best beer, which no other airline I’ve flown can compare to. They serve a Maui Brewing beers…

  6. @Gaurav – I don’t think there’s a tax benefit, aside from imposing a fee on award tickets fuel surcharges:
    1. are convenient for raising and lowering all fares in a market by a defined amount in one shot rather than refiling all fares
    2. imposing increases on negotiated fares that are structured as “% off fare” or “fixed fare+surcharges”

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