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Topic: When Do Passengers Pay Fuel Surcharges?
Username: Braybuddy
Posted 2005-06-29 14:44:05 and read 2857 times.

Do airlines apply surcharges after flights have been booked and paid for?

[Edited 2005-06-29 14:44:57]

Topic: RE: When Do Passengers Pay Fuel Surcharges?
Username: AirPacific747
Posted 2005-06-29 15:24:08 and read 2824 times.

No, that is included in the price of the flight ticket, I think..
When I ordered a flight ticket with Air Canada, I had to pay for "September 11 Security Check" It said so on the email I got from them.. I think it was around 10 buks or so.. maybe a little more..

Topic: RE: When Do Passengers Pay Fuel Surcharges?
Username: Braybuddy
Posted 2005-06-29 16:04:08 and read 2801 times.

I was wondering, as I remember in the 80s airliners demanding surcharges from passengers before allowing them to board the aircraft. Hopefully this has been outlawed.

Topic: RE: When Do Passengers Pay Fuel Surcharges?
Username: Carmenlu15
Posted 2005-06-29 17:57:16 and read 2756 times.

AFAIK, when an airline decides to add a surcharge, it only applies to new reservations. Tickets that are already paid for shouldn't be subject to additional charges.

Hope that helps!

Topic: RE: When Do Passengers Pay Fuel Surcharges?
Username: LO231
Posted 2005-06-29 18:03:07 and read 2753 times.

Quoting Carmenlu15 (Reply 3):
AFAIK, when an airline decides to add a surcharge, it only applies to new reservations. Tickets that are already paid for shouldn't be subject to additional charges.

When the airlines apply surcharges, they apply it to non-ticketed reservations, too. Only when the ticket is issued you don't have to add surcharge.

Of course some airlines give us time, for example 2 days, to issue tickets at the old price....

Best regards,
LO231

Topic: RE: When Do Passengers Pay Fuel Surcharges?
Username: BCAL
Posted 2005-06-29 19:55:13 and read 2721 times.

Nowadays once you paid the full quoted fare and received your ticket/confirmation, BA in common with most airlines will not apply fuel surcharges. As has already been pointed out, fuel surcharges are only added to new reservations.

Back in the 1980s (or was it the 1970s) fuel surcharges were much in the news in the UK. There were many stories of airlines demanding fuel surcharges being paid at check in, even when the full cost of the quoted airfare or inclusive tour price had been settled in full. At that time credit cards were not as widely used as they are now and there were stories of people who had booked and paid for their holidays having to fork out extra in order to get on the flight, particularly if it was a charter flight being operated by an airline for a tour operator. Many people budgeted for personal expenditure of (say) £20 per person per day and if they were asked to fork out (say) £60 per person, which was not then uncommon, in fuel surcharges on departure, they would find that they did not have any spending money left to cover a few days of their holiday. Some passengers even found that all their spending money had to be used to cover surcharges so there were forced to cancel their holidays (although people must be thick not to allow a contingency sum in their budget). As a result of some of the scenes at airports, which were damaging their image, some tour operators promised that the final price paid would not be subject to any surcharge, unless imposed by government action. This became the norm.

I do not know if the practice of charging fuel surcharges on departure has been outlawed in the UK. I think that an airline could insist on additional charges but this would reflect badly on them if they did apply surcharges.

Topic: RE: When Do Passengers Pay Fuel Surcharges?
Username: Braybuddy
Posted 2005-06-29 21:48:31 and read 2675 times.

Thanks guys, you seem to have answered my question. Just with all the talk about surcharges, three of us booked flights last weekend to Phnom Penh in November and paid in full. The fares were only valid till 30 June, so we paid in full. I was wondering if we were likely to have any nasty little surprises. From your replies it wouldn't seem so.

Topic: RE: When Do Passengers Pay Fuel Surcharges?
Username: LO231
Posted 2005-06-30 23:55:41 and read 2614 times.

Quoting BCAL (Reply 5):
As has already been pointed out, fuel surcharges are only added to new reservations.

Not really, we have to apply it to new ticketing limits, not new reservations. If someone's not itcketed and an airline didn't give a deadline to a new surcharge, it's effective immediately. Sometimes briinging a bad news to your customer is a apain an the A**

Regards,
LO231


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