Woof From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR: Posted (5 years 5 months 1 day 23 hours ago) and read 6329 times:
I'm trying to find a resource that will provide me a breakdown of taxes and charges applied to a ticket I'm about to buy from Malaysia Airlines (before I buy it!). It's the third time this year I will have flown the route, but the first time that I've noticed the taxes / charges are pretty much the same cost as the actual flight.
I can fly LHR > KUL return for around £500 which includes £220.20 tax / charges
I can fly LHR > PNH return for around £550 which includes £271.60 tax / charges
According to the UK HMRC (taxes!) website, an economy ticket flying longhaul out of the UK should cost the reduced rate of £40 in tax. BAA's website which is supposed to show airport charges is conveniently a broken link.
Where is the rest of my money going? The other £180 / £230 is an awful lot of airport charges / fuel surcharge etc.
I'm particularly intersted to see that the tax to fly to PNH is more than £50 extra, but this does not include the $25 departure tax that you have to pay in cash at that airport on the return leg. What exactly is this extra £50 for, as I'm already paying extra in addition at that airport anyway?
Woof From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 2, posted (5 years 5 months 1 day 23 hours ago) and read 6305 times:
Quoting MilesDependent (Reply 1): I don't have the exact figures but I can tell you that MH has very high fuel surcharges. EG: A return SYD-LHR has fuel surcharges of USD420!! I expect a LHR-KUL-LHR would come in at around USD280ish.
Wow. In that case it shouldn't be called a fuel surcharge, it should just be called fuel!
Taking the same destinations, on the same dates (albeit via different routes of course):
Thai Airways tax comes in at £290 and £268.60 respectively for similarly priced flights (KUL more than PNH this time)
Korean Air tax comes in at EUR96.50 and EUR86.42 respectively but for a total cost of double the others.
It would be nice to be able to compare apples with apples, rather than each airline seemingly placing different weightings on base fare / fuel surcharges etc assuming that overall departure taxes and airport fees are in the same ballpark.
DeltAirlines From United States of America, joined May 1999, 8929 posts, RR: 11
Reply 6, posted (5 years 5 months 16 hours ago) and read 6225 times:
Are you flying in Business Class at all? The UK thinks that those flying in premium cabins on long haul travel should be dinged extra because heaven forbid we cause CO2 emissions, so they levy an expensive tax on those people.
Hence, when dealing with my own money, I will gladly take a $75 USD flight to the continent and fly out of a city like AMS - I still come out ahead about $150 on taxes on award tickets. Kinda defeats the purpose of the tax - I take a flight I don't really want to take (more CO2 emissions, which they're supposedly discouraging), but if it saves me $150 on an award ticket then I don't care. $150 is worth more to me than carbon offsets.
Probably not, unfortunately. This one is coming out of my own funds and is as much a "mileage top up" as a "need to go" trip. I did consider going from AMS, but (at least with MH), the London tickets are cheaper even taking extra tax into consideration. Adding a LHR > AMS hop would add 20%+ to the price.