Per IRS article here This is pretty interesting. Airlines are SUPPOSE to refund the taxes paid for travel during this period. However, just in case they don't, IRS is providing a way to get a refund by submitting a claim to them. There just aren't set up for it yet. They'll hopefully be announcing soon how to submit a claim. The interesting thing will be to see what Congress does when they finally figure something out. I wonder what would happen if you buy a ticket now, and then fly after the tax is reinstated. They could technically make you pay tax. Also, it's annoying members of Congress that airlines increased fares to make up tax difference. Interesting times..