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People who use Airmiles will face higher charges to fly abroad as a result of its rebranding, an expert has said.

Published on: 08 September 2011
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Holidaymakers who use the Airmiles scheme to book cheap flights to Toronto and other world destinations will have to pay more as a result of its rebranding, according to a travel expert.

British Airways is due to terminate the existing Airmiles programme at the end of this year and replace it with Avios, effectively ending free flights for points collectors.

Regular users will have charges on flights to Europe capped at £27, but there will be no limit on longer flights.

Chris Gray, acting assistant editor for Which? Travel, said the move will be "a blow" to travellers, "because the taxes and charges they have to pay are much higher than they used to be, so flights outside the ones that have charges capped at £27 will be costly even if customers pay for everything except taxes and charges with Airmiles".

He said he could understand the reasons behind the move, pointing out that most other schemes do not cover taxes and charges, before adding that Airmiles have tried to soften the blow by giving people a window to buy free flights until December 15th.

"But that small concession is unlikely to keep Airmiles customers happy, as many clearly believe that the changes make their points less valuable than they were," he added.

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