Strange taxes / surcharges

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  1. deant
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    Planning a trip to Paris next summer and have the outbound flights reserved. However I am having an issue getting the return (CDG to LAX) because BA has not released award flights past July 18. So as an option, was looking at booking LHR-LAX now on AA and then booking a CDG-LHR later on using Avios points. That got me looking at the cost for the flights. A strange thing popped up. If I book a LHR-LAX flight, the taxes, on AA first is about $289 per person. However, if I look at the fees for CDG-LHR-LAX (obviously for an earlier date where flights are available) with the CDG-LHR being on BA and the LHR-LAX flights are on AA, the taxes REDUCE to about $202 per person.

    Anyone have any idea why ADDING a flight segment, on a different airline, would reduce the taxes?
     
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    Because you're now connecting in LHR instead of originating there. Based on the amount, I'd guess your flight's in business or first class?

    ADP "Air Passenger Duty": LINK. Long story short: If you fly from the UK, you get hit with ADP, and it's more expensive in premium cabins than economy.
     
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