A Taxing EquationEven professional travel agents have trouble figuring out taxes and fees, with airports and governments all demanding a tiny sliver of the travel pie. Also, carriers charge all kinds of different rates and fees for fuel, security and even little extras like $20 for paper tickets or $100 for an oversized bag.
How to Avoid Sticker ShockThe easiest way to avoid sticker shock is to assume that the actual price of an international ticket will usually be $100 higher than the sale fare advertised in the newspaper.
| $240 Going on $340 |
Kuwait Airways has a $240 roundtrip flight between New York and London, but taxes and fees add 40% to the price. Here's a look at how the fees and taxes add up.
|List price of the roundtrip fare||$240|
|U.S. September 11th security fee||$2.50|
|U.S. passenger facility charge||$3|
|U.S. international departure tax||$13.70|
|U.S. international arrival tax||$13.70|
|U.K. passenger service charge||$18.51*|
|U.K. air passengers duty||$35.59*|
|U.S. customers fee||$5|
|U.S. immigration fee||$7|
|U.S.D.A. APHIS fee||$3.10|
|Source: SideStep (* 1 British Pound = $1.78)|