Brazil-based oneworld member airline TAM is going to start flying New York JFK – Toronto 5 days a week effective March 28 and will launch daily Brasilia – Orlando service effective June 12. Both routes will use 767s. (HT: World Airline News)
This news is much more interesting than it would at first appear.
A Great British Airways Avios Redemption
New York – Toronto is another great use of British Airways Avios — 4500 points one-way in economy, 9000 points in business class.
Business class can be worthwhile on such a short route because:
- It gets you an increased baggage allowance
- As well as priority airport services
For folks without airline status, an incremental 4500 points can be worth it just for baggage.
Already American Airlines flies the route, and the forward cabin is considered business rather than first, which means it’s double points with British Airways rather than triple. But TAM will be flying it with international equipment.
A Great Fuel Surcharge Savings Opportunity
Fuel surcharges to and from the US can often be lower than Canada. That means our Canadian friends can book themselves a ticket back to the US and save. And just grab this (or an American) flight back from New York for very few points.
This even works to save on fuel surcharges with award tickets. No ‘fuel dump‘ required.
(Separately you should always try pricing awards as one-ways rather than roundtrips to see if you’ll save on these charges as well.)
TAM, as a Brazilian airline, doesn’t add fuel surcharges onto their tickets at all. So Brasilia – Orlando is another flight you can redeem without paying those on awards even when using a mileage program that otherwise sticks you with those junk fees.