Award Travel vs Buying Ticket

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    I looking at using award miles rather than paying for a ticket. When I get the price for using award miles the taxes are CAD $268.41. If I was to pay for the ticket the taxes are CAD $255.31. I have checked the breakdown of taxes for each ticket and they are exactly the same. Am I missing something?
     
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    About 13.10. ;)

    Without additional details this is nearly impossible to answer.
     
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    Without the specific details you would like it is difficult to know which details you would like besides the information I have already given. :D
     
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    My wife buys her ticket because of the company reimbursement,

    I use award travel, and we shack up in the same hotel room.:D

    Everyone to their own thing:p
     
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    Route at a minimum. Date would help, too.

    Expecting anyone to understand what the right numbers are for a route without knowing what the route is makes little sense IMO. :)
     
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    YVR BRE
    16Apr YVR UA 246 ORD UA 952 MUC UA 9411
    FRA YVR
    09 May FRA UA 945 ORD UA 2008
     
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    ITA tells me that itinerary carries ~CAD 255 in taxes. Looking at the UA breakdown I get $196 USD which is about CAD 250. There is definitely rounding or a slightly biased conversion rate in some of the numbers; the Canadian Air Travelers Security Charge (CA) is $20.40 or CA$25.91 while google suggests that should convert to $26.10. And it looks like UA is charging a PFC that ITA doesn't show.

    But, in this case, I'd mostly estimate currency conversion variation as the cause of most the discrepancy.

    UA Award:
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    $196.62/person
    Germany Passenger Service Charge $0.30
    Germany Passenger Service Charge $19.70
    September 11th Security Fee $5.60
    U.S. APHIS User Fee $3.96
    U.S. Immigration User Fee $7.00
    U.S. Customs User Fee $5.50
    Canada Airport Improvement Fee $15.70
    Canada Goods and Services Tax $0.80
    Canadian Security Charge $20.40
    September 11th Security Fee $5.60
    Germany Airport Security Charge $10.30
    U.S. APHIS User Fee $3.96
    U.S. Immigration User Fee $7.00
    U.S. Customs User Fee $5.50
    Germany Passenger Service Charge $38.10
    Germany Air Transportation Tax $47.20
    ITA Revenue:
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    German Passenger Service Charge (RD) CA$0.30
    German Passenger Service Charge (RD) CA$25.00
    US September 11th Security Fee (AY) CA$14.20
    USDA APHIS Fee (XA) CA$10.00
    US Immigration Fee (XY) CA$17.80
    US Customs Fee (YC) CA$14.00
    Vancouver Airport Improvement Fee (SQ) CA$20.00
    Canadian Goods and Services Tax (XG) CA$1.00
    Canadian Air Travelers Security Charge (CA) CA$25.91
    Germany Airport Security Charge (DE) CA$13.10
    German Passenger Service Charge (RA) CA$48.40
    Germany Air Transport Tax (OY) CA$59.90
    US Passenger Facility Charge (XF) CA$5.70
     
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    thanks for the comparison, I would have thought that UA would have been the same as both figures i had were from UA, so comparing apples to apples, did not think of looking at ITA. Anyway appreciate your discussion on this.
     
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    I priced it as a UA revenue ticket and got this:
    UA isn't charging the ORD PFC on the award for some reason. And that's the $9 difference in taxes I'm seeing online for the two tickets on ua.com.
     
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    Ok, thanks for your help, appreciate it.
     

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