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Written by Ravindra Bhagwanani on . Posted in News

The announcement by the US government to scrap Covid testing for international travellers (while maintaining the vaccination mandate though) is certainly a welcome boost for travel. But if you intend to use your miles for travelling in Business Class to the US, you should be careful as especially some European airlines went completely crazy with fuel surcharges on long-haul flights. As such, an Executive Club member flying on British Airways between London and New York is currently charged 996 EUR in taxes and fees for a roundtrip. Lufthansa expects Miles & More members to pay 574 EUR for a roundtrip from Frankfurt to New York. Their respective US counterparts might be better, but not yet exactly either what you’d expect from “free” travel in certain cases. American Airlines charges for flights from London 650 USD to AAdvantage members, while United’s MileagePlus members are to pay 134 USD for flights from Frankfurt, hence only some 22% of the amount applicable to Miles & More members.