High Fuel Surcharges are a Major Point of Contention Between Passengers and Aeroplan Miles Airlines
High Fuel Surcharges are a Major Point of Contention Between Passengers and Aeroplan Miles Airlines

There are frequent cases of travellers booking flights with Aeroplan Miles and then ending up paying as much $1000 in fuel surcharges which is ridiculous. There is no question that almost all carriers have a fuel surcharge. It is an acceptable industry practice and varies from one carrier to another. However, while some Aeroplan carriers have reasonable fuel surcharges, others are on the price gouging side, ruthlessly squeezing every penny out of the traveller.

If you are planning to book your next flight with Aeroplan Miles and still avoid steep fuel surcharges, here is a list of some carriers that you can use which have very low or no fuel surcharge at all:-

Airlines that do not collect Aeroplan fuel surcharges

  • Aegean Airlines
  • Air India
  • Air China
  • South African Airways
  • Avianca
  • Brussels Airlines
  • Copa Airlines
  • Air New Zealand
  • Croatia Airlines
  • EgyptAir
  • Swiss International Air Lines
  • Ethiopian Airlines
  • Eva Air
  • SAS Scandinavian Airlines
  • Singapore Airlines
  • Shenzhen Airlines
  • Turkish Airlines
  • United Airlines

Airlines that collect Aeroplan Fuel Surcharges

  • Air Canada
  • Asiana Airlines
  • All Nippon Airways
  • Austrian Airlines
  • Adria Airways
  • LOT Polish Airlines
  • Lufthansa
  • TAP Portugal
  • Thai Airways

On your booking document, the fuel surcharges are likely to apply as other fees, taxes, charges and surcharges so it is not always explicitly stated.  If you are calculating your fare from your booking document, you will never be able to figure out the amount of the surcharge. Each airline sets its own and Aeroplan charges and collects the amount on behalf of the airline.

Fuel surcharges generally vary not only based on the individual airlines but also on factors such as the class of service booked and the route travelled. Because fuel surcharges are generally an industry practice, every airline is free to charge whatever it likes, at its discretion.

If you are looking for savings, it is important to note that Aeroplan offers two reward levels one of which does not have a surcharge. So if you have the time to do your homework, you can review your booking options and see which level of rewards will suit your needs. But these extra charges remain a major sore point between passengers and the Aeroplan Miles airlines. It is one of those little evils that we have to live with in free market. The best you could do is look for airlines that scrap it all together or charge a slightly lower fee. Generally, the charge will vary anywhere from $100 to $1000 depending on multiple factors mentioned.