This question gave me some insight into the world of "fuel dumping", the technique of booking an irrelevant fare to avoid or remove a fuel surcharge. The descriptions of it that I find on the web all seem to involve American airlines, so I was wondering whether this is a peculiarity of their booking and charge systems?

Australian fares tend to still have the fuel surcharge as significantly less than the base fare, for example, so I don't know if it would be worth it or even possible. The Middle Eastern airlines tend to have lower fuel surcharges as well. I don't know about Asian or European airlines.


Yes, it can happen with Australian airlines, but it is definitely rarer than the US ones - the fuel charges are lower and priced differently to the USA.

There's a long thread on it on AustralianFrequentFlyer.com.au if interested, although it kinda deviates into an explanation of the concept anyway.

In general, it's still sometimes possible from Australia, eg some have managed to do it SYD-LAX, for example, although to be fair that was American Airlines.

  • (footnote, now you've got me reading all about it again and wondering about my upcoming trips...)
    – Mark Mayo
    Feb 28 '14 at 1:17
  • (for example post #28, shows one with the red roo airline)
    – Mark Mayo
    Feb 28 '14 at 1:23

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