How to Avoid Aeroplan Taxes and Fees

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How to Avoid Aeroplan Taxes and Fees

Part three of this Aeroplan hacking series takes a look at saving you money. Yes money. It may come as a surprise to most but booking a reward ticket is rarely free. Often a seat sale from North America to Europe can be a better deal than paying $700 in taxes to claim your “free” Aeroplan ticket. Don’t worry. There are ways to minimize and even flat out avoid Aeroplan taxes and fees.

How bad is it?

You worked hard to accumulate those Aeroplan points and put the time in to maximize their value to get the most amazing trip ever only find out that this “free” flight is going to cost you an arm and a leg. Shouldn’t a reward ticket be a reward? If you look at booking an Aeroplan ticket on Air Canada from North America to Europe you can pay over $700 in taxes and fees. Why? Certain airlines charge hefty fuel surcharges and airport taxes on award tickets. How do you avoid Aeroplan taxes and fees? By avoiding these airlines in the first place.

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Singapore Airlines in Star Alliance colours – VIA Flickr CC @Simon_sees

Dumping fuel surcharges

Aeroplan gets you access to the Star alliance and its 28 worldwide airlines. Of these 28, 13 charge little or no fuel surcharges. Avoid the rest. They just aren’t worth it.

In short:

Airlines That Don’t Charge Fuel Surcharge on Reward Tickets

  • Air China
  • Avianca
  • Brussels Airlines
  • EgyptAir
  • Ethiopian Airlines
  • Scandinavian Airlines
  • Singapore Airlines
  • South African Airways
  • Swiss
  • TACA
  • Turkish
  • United
Singapore Airlines does not charge Aeroplan taxes and fees on reward tickets AND it is consistently ranked as one of the best airlines in the world – via Flickr CC @Richard Moross

Airlines That Charge Low Fuel Surcharges on Reward Tickets

  • Air New Zealand
  • LOT
  • TAP

Airlines That Charge the Highest – AVOID!

  • Air Canada
  • ANA
  • Asiana Airlines
  • Austrian
  • Lufthansa
  • Thai Airways
Lufthansa is one of the worst when it comes to Aeroplan taxes and fees – via Flickr CC @Paolo Cerutti

How to build a Route to Avoid Aeroplan Taxes and Fees

As mentioned in my post on how to maximize your Aeroplan points, the online tool for booking these record tickets flat out suck. To book them and avoid Aeroplan taxes and fees is almost impossible through their site. You need to call in. Before calling in to the service center you need to search each leg of your itinerary individually and ensure that reward tickets are available on one of the airlines that don’t charge taxes. Write them down and move onto the next one. This take some work as the Aeroplan booking tool will fail based on some of its search rules – ie. you have to search a return flight in some instances as reward tickets aren’t always allowed one way.

Need some help?

If this seems like too much, I am now offering a service for booking amazing reward tickets that avoid Aeroplan taxes and fees. Let’s talk.


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For more tips from Aeroplan and beyond see HERE.

Check out the other posts in this Aeroplan Hacks series and get on your way to creating your own dream trip!


Cover photo via Flickr CC @Joao Carlos Medau

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