Airline fees: The $500 surprise

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  1. sobore
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    http://money.cnn.com/2011/04/22/pf/airline_fees_rise/?section=money_latest

    Thinking of spending a weekend in Paris this spring? Think again.
    The cost of travel to Europe has increased exponentially, mostly due to surcharges and fees which can add $500 or more to the price of round-trip airfare.
    With the price of oil surging, travelers to Paris and other European cities will pay an extra $420 as a fuel surcharge, according to BestFares.com. Taxes and other fees can add another $100 or more.

    Yikes!
     
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    Hmm.. I would think the large change in the value of the USD with the EURO would be far more of a concern to most travellers reading CNN Money (and particularly as the article only discusses amounts in USD) than the fuel surcharges- however at some point it can be reasonably suggested that fuel surcharges be incorporated into the fares (i.e. this has been continuing for more than 3 years).
     
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    Fuel surchares and taxes not mentioned

    It is really just a classic example of Bait and Switch advertising. While it may bring in a few customers, it makes the rest of us feel abused or treated like we are very stupid.
     
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    Laws like Switzerland that require air transportation companies to advertise the FULL TICKET PRICE should be encouraged. I also really dislike the practice I have seen in some countries of advertising "one way based on roundtirp purchase" prices.
     
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    They should be allowed to advertise one-way prices, but then that should also be the fare for a one-way and not require a round-trip purchase.
     
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    If this is the case I agree completely!
     
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    Hmmmm UA certainly comes to mind.
     
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    Sometimes (but not always) there are ways around fuel surcharges (or lower amounts)...

    Prime example for me: I love BA... as long as I dont actually FLY BA. I've used their miles on LAN, AA, and plan to on JAL. All of my redemptions have had no, or very minimal, fuel surcharges. Granted, I havent been to Europe in a while though.
     
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    Really? You might want to check YQ on JAL again. LAX-NRT roundtrip shows USD 461.66 on tax and surcharge, which is cheaper than buying from JAL which costs USD 498.76 and YQ is going up on June. You might want to hurry up :eek:
     
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    wow. Is that new? When I checked late last year, the taxes/surcharges were under $100. Hrm. Maybe CX is still an option to Asia, will have to check that out when I'm ready to book later this year.
     
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    Nope, that's not new. There was a period where the surcharge was low or even eliminated due to lower jet fuel price. But that's not the case anymore.
     
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    Try checking out car rentals - there's the price but by the time they add all of the fees, it is often twice as much.
     
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    Canadian FFs have been advocating such legislation.
     
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    LOL That is usually part of my conversation with AVIS. "First tell me the price, then tell me the cost"
     
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