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Green (7 programs): Never charges a fuel surcharge on their own or partner award tickets.
Lime (2 program): Does not charge a fuel surcharge for their own or for partner flights except for when flying on select partners.
Blue (3 programs): Charges a fuel surcharge for flying on their own metal and for flying on partners that normally collect a fuel surcharge for flying on their own metal.  Does not charge a fuel surcharge for flying on partners that normally do not collect a fuel surcharge when flying on their own metal.

Purple (1 program): Doesn't charge a fuel surcharge for their own or partner flights originating from the US.  Charges a fuel surcharge for their own and for partner flights originating outside of the US.
Teal (1 program):Charges a fuel surcharge for their own and for partner flights except for when flying on select partners.
Red (8 programs): Always charges a fuel surcharge on award tickets, even on partners that normally don't charge a fuel surcharge.
Orange (21 programs): Unknown or incomplete info.

Star:
Adria: ???
Air Canada: Charges a fuel surcharge for flying on their own metal.  Does not charge a fuel surcharge for flying on partner airlines.
Note: If you fly on these carriers you will pay a fuel surcharge: Adria, Air Canada, ANA, Asiana, Austrian, LOT Polish, Lufthansa, TAP Portugal, and THAI.
If you fly on these carriers you will not pay a fuel surcharge: Aegean, Air China, Air New Zealand, Avianca/TACA, Brussels, Copa, Croatia, EgyptAir, Ethiopian, SAS, Singapore, South African, Swiss, TAM, Turkish, United, and USAirways.
Air China: ???
Air New Zealand: ??? (Does charge on own metal, unknown about partners)
ANA: Charges a fuel surcharge for their own and for partner flights except for when flying on select partners.
Asiana: ??? (Does charge on own metal, unknown about partners)
Austrian: ???
EgyptAir: ???
Miles And More (Adria, Austrian, Brussels, Croatia, LOT Polish, Lufthansa, and Swiss): Always charges a fuel surcharge on award tickets, even on partners that normally don't charge a fuel surcharge.

Exception: No fuel surcharge for redeeming any Miles and More carrier on miles for flying on Lot Polish.
EuroBonus (Blue1, SAS): Never charges a fuel surcharge on their own or partner award tickets.
Shanghai: ???
Singapore: No longer charges for flights on their own metal but does for partner flights except for when flying on select partners.
Note: Singapore charges a surcharge for travel on most partners, with the exceptions being United and Virgin Australia.
South African: Never charges a fuel surcharge on their own or partner award tickets.
TAM: Never charges a fuel surcharge on their own or partner award tickets.
Tap Portugal ???
Thai: ???  (Does charge on own metal, unknown about partners)
Turkish: Charges on all flights including partner flights (confirmation needed about partner flights)
United: Never charges a fuel surcharge on their own or partner award tickets.

OneWorld:
AA: Does not charge a fuel surcharge for their own or for partner flights except for when flying on select partners.
Note: AA does charge a hefty fuel surcharge for redemption on partner British Airways, and a small fuel surcharge for flying on Iberia, however they do not charge it for redemption on their own metal or on other partners.
British Airways:Charges a fuel surcharge for their own and for partner flights except for when flying on select partners.
Note: BA charges a surcharge for travel on most partners, with the exceptions being Aer Lingus, Alaska, and LAN.  BA does not collect a fuel surcharge on AA flights that are wholly within the Western Hemisphere.
BA also does not collect fuel surcharges for flights within Europe.
You can transfer BA Avios to Iberia to save on fuel surcharges collected on Iberia flights.

Cathay Pacific: Always charges a fuel surcharge on award tickets, even on partners that normally don't charge a fuel surcharge.
Finnair: ???
Iberia: ???
JAL:  Always charges a fuel surcharge on award tickets, even on partners that normally don't charge a fuel surcharge.
LAN: Never charges a fuel surcharge on their own or partner award tickets.
Qantas: Charges a fuel surcharge for flying on their own metal and for flying on partners that normally collect a fuel surcharge, exception being travel on El Al metal where they don't charge fuel surcharges even though El Al does charge.  Does not charge a fuel surcharge for flying on partners that normally do not collect a fuel surcharge. 
Royal Jordanian: ???

Skyteam:
Aeroflot: ???
AeroMexico: Charges a fuel surcharge on some (possibly all) award tickets on their own metal. Unknown if they charge fuel surcharges on partner awards.
Alitalia: Always charges a fuel surcharge on award tickets, even on partners that normally don't charge a fuel surcharge.
China Southern: ???
Czech: ???
Delta: Doesn't charge a fuel surcharge for their own or partner flights originating from the US.  Charges a fuel surcharge for their own and for partner flights originating outside of the US.
Note: Delta does charge a hefty fuel surcharge for redemption on partners Malaysia and Virgin Australia, even on flight originating in the United States.
Flying Blue (AirEuropa, Air France, Kenya, KLM): Charges a fuel surcharge for flying on their own metal and for flying on partners that normally collect a fuel surcharge.  Does not charge a fuel surcharge for flying on partners that normally do not collect a fuel surcharge.
Note: This means no fuel surcharges for Delta flights.
Korean: ???
Tarom: ???
Vietnam: ???

Unaligned:
Alaska: Does not charge a fuel surcharge for their own or for partner flights except for when flying on select partners.

Note: Alaska does charge a hefty fuel surcharge for redemption on partner British Airways, however they do not charge it for redemption on their own metal or on other partners like AA, Air France/KLM, Cathay Pacific, Delta, or Qantas.
El Al: Always charges a fuel surcharge on award tickets.
Emirates: Never charges a fuel surcharge on their own or partner award tickets.
Virgin Atlantic: Always charges a fuel surcharge on award tickets, even on partners that normally don't charge a fuel surcharge.
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Re: The New Color-Coded Fuel Surcharges On Award Tickets Master Thread!
« Reply #200 on: August 10, 2011, 02:08:23 PM »
I have continental miles enough for 2 one way tickets from Montreal to Cleveland I'm getting hit with a $257 surcharge, is there any way out of it.
Continental doesn't charge a fuel surcharge.
They do charge a fee for booking an award ticket within 21 days and there's no easy way out of that unless you're elite.
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Re: The New Color-Coded Fuel Surcharges On Award Tickets Master Thread!
« Reply #201 on: August 10, 2011, 03:13:50 PM »
Continental doesn't charge a fuel surcharge.
They do charge a fee for booking an award ticket within 21 days and there's no easy way out of that unless you're elite.

Just booked 2 itineraries which got hit with the 21 day fee... As I am not elite whats the hard way out of those fees?

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Re: The New Color-Coded Fuel Surcharges On Award Tickets Master Thread!
« Reply #202 on: August 10, 2011, 03:27:02 PM »
Just booked 2 itineraries which got hit with the 21 day fee... As I am not elite whats the hard way out of those fees?
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Re: The New Color-Coded Fuel Surcharges On Award Tickets Master Thread!
« Reply #203 on: August 10, 2011, 03:38:25 PM »
Dan,
is therer any way out, it's a very high surcharge oce $250

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Re: The New Color-Coded Fuel Surcharges On Award Tickets Master Thread!
« Reply #204 on: August 10, 2011, 04:16:36 PM »
It's a close-in fee, not a fuel surcharge which is what this thread is about.
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Re: The New Color-Coded Fuel Surcharges On Award Tickets Master Thread!
« Reply #205 on: August 10, 2011, 04:19:12 PM »
Personally I've found web help to be best
Not sure exactly what you mean...

It's a close-in fee, not a fuel surcharge which is what this thread is about.
So any tips on getting the close-in fee removed as a non elite?

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Re: The New Color-Coded Fuel Surcharges On Award Tickets Master Thread!
« Reply #206 on: August 10, 2011, 06:34:42 PM »
Not sure exactly what you mean...
Which part?
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Re: Re: The New Color-Coded Fuel Surcharges On Award Tickets Master Thread!
« Reply #207 on: August 10, 2011, 06:43:25 PM »
Which part?

Do you mean calling CO Web Help or Web Help as in Google'ing?

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Re: The New Color-Coded Fuel Surcharges On Award Tickets Master Thread!
« Reply #208 on: August 10, 2011, 06:48:25 PM »
Do you mean calling CO Web Help or Web Help as in Google'ing?
CO web help dept.
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Re: The New Color-Coded Fuel Surcharges On Award Tickets Master Thread!
« Reply #209 on: August 10, 2011, 09:17:12 PM »
CO web help dept.
Why would they want to refund the $75 fee for me though?

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Re: The New Color-Coded Fuel Surcharges On Award Tickets Master Thread!
« Reply #210 on: August 10, 2011, 09:32:20 PM »
Why would they want to refund the $75 fee for me though?
I'm just saying IME they are the easiest to deal with in these situation. Try and think of a good reason why you shouldn't be charged, and see if they'll listen
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Re: Re: The New Color-Coded Fuel Surcharges On Award Tickets Master Thread!
« Reply #211 on: August 10, 2011, 09:38:32 PM »
I'm just saying IME they are the easiest to deal with in these situation. Try and think of a good reason why you shouldn't be charged, and see if you'll listen

Ah ok. Thanks.

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Re: The New Color-Coded Fuel Surcharges On Award Tickets Master Thread!
« Reply #212 on: August 23, 2011, 06:11:18 AM »
Update on Delta.
They do charge a fuel surcharge on certain partners, V Australia for one.

The foreign origination tax is not a fuel surcharge but rather an extra tax so if you fly a partner which has YQ you'll be charged the foreign origination tax IN ADDITION to the YQ.

(Shame about V Australia, really was the easiest/best value of skypesos...)

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Re: The New Color-Coded Fuel Surcharges On Award Tickets Master Thread!
« Reply #213 on: August 23, 2011, 11:54:02 AM »
Update on Delta.
They do charge a fuel surcharge on certain partners, V Australia for one.

The foreign origination tax is not a fuel surcharge but rather an extra tax so if you fly a partner which has YQ you'll be charged the foreign origination tax IN ADDITION to the YQ.

(Shame about V Australia, really was the easiest/best value of skypesos...)

Oddly enough, they only collect large fees on VA when flying out of the USA. If you start in Oz the fees are around $120.00 total

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Re: The New Color-Coded Fuel Surcharges On Award Tickets Master Thread!
« Reply #214 on: August 23, 2011, 11:59:28 AM »
Oddly enough, they only collect large fees on VA when flying out of the USA. If you start in Oz the fees are around $120.00 total
Cool. Shouldnt be too hard for me to nest this award...

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Re: The New Color-Coded Fuel Surcharges On Award Tickets Master Thread!
« Reply #215 on: August 23, 2011, 01:05:13 PM »
Update on Delta.
They do charge a fuel surcharge on certain partners, V Australia for one.

The foreign origination tax is not a fuel surcharge but rather an extra tax so if you fly a partner which has YQ you'll be charged the foreign origination tax IN ADDITION to the YQ.

(Shame about V Australia, really was the easiest/best value of skypesos...)
How much is the YQ on VA?
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Re: The New Color-Coded Fuel Surcharges On Award Tickets Master Thread!
« Reply #216 on: August 23, 2011, 03:30:08 PM »
Oddly enough, they only collect large fees on VA when flying out of the USA. If you start in Oz the fees are around $120.00 total
what is OZ

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Re: The New Color-Coded Fuel Surcharges On Award Tickets Master Thread!
« Reply #217 on: August 23, 2011, 03:39:51 PM »
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Re: The New Color-Coded Fuel Surcharges On Award Tickets Master Thread!
« Reply #218 on: August 23, 2011, 06:59:06 PM »
How much is the YQ on VA?
IIRC ~$500

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Re: The New Color-Coded Fuel Surcharges On Award Tickets Master Thread!
« Reply #219 on: September 13, 2011, 01:50:33 PM »
i must have missed something but when did ba start charging a fuel surcharge for award tix on cx? Just looked up a trip from jfk-hkg and there was a 322 yq charge. Not as bad as some of the other yq charges but still....