Flying to the USA is set to become more affordable thanks to the decline in oil and fuel prices of recent months. Virgin Australia just announced the current fuel surcharge for flights to America will be incorporated into the base fare and no longer charged as a separate fuel surcharge.
The change comes into effect Friday 23 January. The surcharge drop will align the US fares with the rest of the Virgin Australia network fares, including Reward Seats offered via its Velocity Frequent Flyer program, for flights originating in Australia which currently do not attract a fuel surcharge.
The reduction will see the following round trip fares to the US drop by:
- $40 in Economy
- $40 in Premium Economy and
- $50 in Business Class.
Flight Centre Travel Group (FLT) managing director Graham Turner has welcomed Virgin Australia's decision to remove fuel surcharges.
Mr Turner said today's announcement would benefit Australian leisure and corporate travellers - plus members of the airline's Velocity program - in both the short and long-term.
"This is great news for travellers because it means Virgin Australia - a major national and international carrier - has now eliminated fuel surcharges and returned to the traditional system of including all operating costs in the base fare," he said.
"It creates a cleaner and more transparent fare structure for the future and delivers immediate benefits to customers in the form of cheaper fares for travellers taking off to the United States. We welcome Virgin's decision."
Virgin Australia has said "Virgin Australia is committed to providing competitive airfares. The airline has driven strong competition on the trans-Pacific route since commencing flights in 2009. Based on quarterly IATA figures, average airfares on the route have decreased by almost $US500 over the 6 years to 2014 (Q2)."