An Airline Completely Eliminates Fuel Surcharges to the US! Plus 50,000 American Miles and More…

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  1. “… driving for Uber was a new opportunity – paying more than traditional taxi drivers make.”

    According to the WaPo article, the study reports gross earnings of Uber drivers and net income of taxi drivers – hardly an apples to apples comparison.

  2. I see “removing fuel surcharges” in the title, then talk about the fuel surcharges dropping $40-$50 then talk about removing them completely. This doesn’t sound like it’s going to be that big of a change.

  3. I’m a little surprised Alaska people are redeeming on EK. I would have guessed Cathay Pacific would be the most popular, but maybe it’s a question of availability.

  4. @PainCorp fuel surcharges are being eliminated from the fare calculation That doesn’t mean lower prices (except maybe $50). But it sure helps award redemptions with currencies other than Skymiles!

  5. I get that, but if you look at the cost of an award on VA using DL miles vs VX Elevate points, the fees are WAY different, and FAR more than $50. I understand it’s going away, but it also makes me curious what the other fees are that VX is charging on VA redemptions that DL is not. We’re talking around $700 difference.

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