Updated: New YQ IN EFFECT! ANA Doubles Its Fuel Surcharge to the U.S. on Feb 1, 2002

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UPDATE Feb 1. New prices per RT flight to Tokyo.

  • New fuel + insurance surcharge: $388, up from $196
  • Total cash portion with all fees and taxes: $482, up from $290 

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A huge ANA fuel surcharge hike is going to make your “free” award ticket much more expensive.

I’ve found it almost incidentally, doing a research for a piece I’m writing for a client. Go to this link and click International Surcharge Info. This fee is per one-way flight, so double it for round-trip travel.

The ANA Mileage Club has the best award redemption scheme in the world, and I’ve written tons of raving posts about it. But this development is a bit troubling. I think this is the record-high fuel surcharge I’ve ever seen on ANA, although, to be honest, I’ve only been “tracking” ANA for a few years. It basically brings the total cash cost of an award roundtrip flight to Japan to ~$500 up from ~$300 right now.

The current fuel surcharge between the U.S. and Japan is $95 one way

Man, what a hike!

It will be interesting to see what the surcharges for connecting flights via Tokyo will look like after February 1. The amounts ANA have added to connecting flights have always defied logic. They’ve never made sense to me and, I’m pretty sure, most others. You can check the following link for the recent history of the ANA YQ changes.

Update August 2021: ANA Fuel Surcharges Have Crept Up on Its Own and Partners Flights

We don’t know when exactly ANA makes the change and whether they go by the U.S. or Japan time. At the time of writing (6:45 pm EST on Jan 31) I’m still seeing the old surcharge.

Should you decide to make a run for it today, ANA is only charging 3,000 miles fee if you have to cancel the flight.

Why is it happening?

It’s unclear to me what is justifying this enormous hike. Fuel surcharges in Japan are regulated by the government and tied to the price of Singapore kerosene trades, so has the price of kerosene really jumped two-fold in the last two months? Maybe someone who knows better how it works can offer their commentaries.

UPDATE: See the great comment of how it works by reader Ipod. Basically, they raise the surcharge every time the fuel goes beyond the $10 mark. So when the fuel cost was below $80, the YQ for Japanese airlines (ANA and JAL) was $95 each way. Now that the fuel price is over $100, they’re adding $190.  Doesn’t make things any easier, but it is what it is, I guess.

This is the JAL table, but again, the fuel surcharges on both airlines are identical.

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Ipod

It’s more like for every $10 usd per gallon, the fuel surcharge goes up by $YY. Calculated as the two month average. JAL has a very good explanation https://www.jal.co.jp/jp/en/inter/fare/fuel/table_overseas.html . If the price of fuel is below a certain usd per gallon, the surcharge will be 0. For JAL, I think it is 60 usd per gallon. I couldn’t find the ANA number, but ANA cargo does not charge a surcharge if the price is below $35 usd per gallon. Although Ana cargo has more buckets like every $5 the surcharge will change. It went below that when the pandemic… Read more »

Ryan del Mundo

Glad to see you’re posting again Andy. Yeah I also found those links on ANA site about how the scamcharge is tied to the price of Sing Kerosene. The price is per barrel, not gallon or liter. I couldn’t find out which barrel they use (metric or imperial). It’s a lagging indicator too, it uses the price from the previous period so even if the price of gas drops, we gotta wait till the next period before they change the scamcharges. So here’s hoping Elon Musk can crash the price of oil but I have a feeling Putin might have… Read more »

Ryan del Mundo

I priced out a few USA-Asia flights. Fees to Japan and Thailand were ~ $400 RT. Fees to Manila were RT$150. Philippines just opened with no Quarantine. Probably not worth much fretting about anyway, all the flights were WAITLIST, except for some on EVA.

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JohnB

The fuel surcharge on ANA prior to 2019 was this high as well. It went down in 2019 as fuel prices went down. We can only hope that fuel prices go down and then the fuel surcharge will go down. Personally I don’t think this will happen because of the Russia-Ukraine situation. So we just have to grin and bear it.

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Jtflyer

Just got quoted 203k JPY ~$1600 per ticket to fly business to Europe and back…. This was only the fuel surcharge plus fees and 88k points each.

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