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Falling Cost of fuel and Airline surcharges: Business Travelers Take Note

By January 19, 2015 One Comment
(AP Photo/Ric Francis)

(AP Photo/Ric Francis)

The cost of fuel and the resulting airline surcharges provides a hearty discussion for those of us in the business travel industry. If you are looking to reduce travel spend, it is definitely a topic to pay attention to, especially for those traveling internationally.

Some carriers have announced reductions, while others are not considering this yet in light of the plummeting cost of jet fuel. Travel managers, particularly those with international travelers, might want to consider using air carriers who are the first to reduce or discontinue fuel surcharges. Doing so could reduce a round-trip international ticket by hundreds of dollars.

Japan Airlines, Cathay Pacific Airways, Qatar Airways, and Virgin Atlantic have announced reductions as of this month. Unfortunately, the last to fold will likely be those we fly so often in the U.S. We’ll just have to wait and see how long it takes and what impact the competitive marketing effort will have in their announcements to reduce these fees.  Only time and market-share loss will tell.

If you’re looking for more information, here are a few articles with more details on fuel surcharges and those air carriers reducing them first out of the chute:

  • Fuel Prices Fall, Yet Airline Surcharges Remain, USA Today
  • Certain Airlines Cutting Fuel Surcharges: How Ticket Prices are Linked to the Levy, The Straits Times
Kathleen Roberts

Kathleen Roberts

Kathleen Roberts is the Vice President of Business Development and passionate about providing innovative solutions for corporate travel programs. She is a member of GBTA and Utah GBTA, as well as a Certified Travel Counselor (CTC) and Global Travel Professional (GTP). In addition to being a travel addict she finds joy in a good game of basketball. Connect with Kathleen on LinkedIn.

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