Archives for June 5, 2018

British Airways Fuel Surcharge Settlement: 12,500 Avios Minimum Claim

If you recently received an e-mail from “Fuel Surcharge Class Action”, don’t delete it. If you redeemed British Airways frequent flyer miles for an award ticket and paid a fuel surcharge between November 2006 and April 2013, check your spam folder. If you don’t find anything but still think you qualify, visit fuelsurchargeclassaction.com.

The e-mail subject should be “Dover v. British Airways Fuel Surcharge Class Action Notice”. At the top of the e-mail, you’ll find a Class Member Identifier, which you can enter here and see what they are offering you under the settlement. You can take either the points or a cash amount.

The points offered varies between 12,500 and 35,000 Avios, and it looks like 12,500 is the minimum offered. The cash amount is supposed to be 16.9% of the total fuel surcharges you paid during the Class Period for award tickets. For my account, I was offered either 12,500 Avios or $83.60. The deadline to file is July 29, 2018.

At a conservative valuation of 1 cent per Avios, I should probably take the points. However, it has been a pain to redeem award tickets for a family of five on the same flight (that needs to sit together for everyone’s sanity). It’s a close call, but I might just take the cash.