Hi can you list which airlines fly London/new York and the best way to access them using points, and minimising the fuel surcharges? Eg fly united metal but use krisflyer points, or never use BA points for a BA flight.
Also, which airlines release 4 seats in premium cabins.
Thanks for the question, I’ve covered these things over time so let me pull some of it together.
Last fall I did a series on the airlines routes that make 4 premium cabin award seats available:
- How to Find Business Class Award Seats for the Whole Family
- Book Award Travel For Your Whole Family to the Middle East and Indian Subcontinental Using Delta Skymiles
- American’s Fantastic First Class Availability to Asia for the Whole Family
- British Airways adds fuel surcharges to award tickets when airlines include those on paid tickets.
- Oddly, US Airways now adds fuel surcharges to paid tickets (new phenomenon) but BA hasn’t been adding them to awards. That could be related to the fact that US Airways hadn’t been adding fuel surcharges to BA awards until recently although the two could be unrelated.
- Air Berlin doesn’t add fuel surcharges to paid tickets, so BA awards on Air Berlin don’t have those junk fees.
- Fuel surcharges on Aer Lingus are very low.
- BA adds fuel surcharges to awards on Iberia. But Iberia doesn’t add significant fuel surcharges to their own flights. So if you have an active Iberia account, transfer your BA Avios to Iberia Avios and then redeem.
You can redeem for Delta travel New York to London with Delta miles and no fuel surcharges (but if you originate on the other side of the Pond you’ll pay a fee). United flights with United/Avianca/Aeroplan/etc and no fuel surcharges. American with American miles…