Ssides From United States of America, joined Feb 2001, 4059 posts, RR: 22 Posted (9 years 10 months 2 weeks 4 days 11 hours ago) and read 3185 times:
I've booked several AAdvantage awards over the years, and I've never been officially told why you don't pay any taxes or fees on domestic award travel, but you do pay taxes on international award travel. Do all airlines do this, or just American? It is my assumption that foreign governments don't allow the airline to pay the taxes, but I'm not 100% sure. Does anyone know?
Ssides From United States of America, joined Feb 2001, 4059 posts, RR: 22 Reply 6, posted (9 years 10 months 2 weeks 4 days 9 hours ago) and read 3088 times:
No complaints here, just trying to figure out the difference between domestic and international. I'm fairly certain foreign laws prevent airlines from paying the passenger's share of the taxes, just like employers in the US are prohibited from paying an employee's share of payroll and income taxes.
AirframeAS From United States of America, joined Feb 2004, 14150 posts, RR: 25 Reply 7, posted (9 years 10 months 2 weeks 4 days ago) and read 3043 times:
The reason why you have to pay Int'l fees is because of the customs fees and some other charges that I dont know of. It costs alot of money to fly into another country, not to mention the landing fees as well. And probably a small fuel surcharge.
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EA CO AS From United States of America, joined Nov 2001, 12961 posts, RR: 62 Reply 8, posted (9 years 10 months 2 weeks 3 days 21 hours ago) and read 3006 times:
Let's say you were traveling from the U.S. to Mexico on vacation. Here's an example of some of the various taxes collected on your airline tickets (depending on the destination within Mexico):
TRAVEL BETWEEN US AND MEXICO
-BASED ON US CURRENCY ONLY
-AY- U.S. SECURITY TAX. APPLICABLE TO DEPARTURES FROM
USA TO MEXICO, BUT NOT FROM MEXICO TO THE USA.
-XY- U.S. IMMIGRATION USER FEE....USD 7.00
-YC- U.S. CUSTOMS USER FEE..MEXICO EXEMPT EFF 01OCT97
-XA- U.S. APHIS-ANIMAL/PLANT/HEALTH INSPECT FEE.USD 3.10
-US- U.S. INTL TRANSPORTATION TX..USD 27.40/$13.70 EA WAY
-XO- MEXICAN INTL SALES TAX...PCT/APPLICATION AND
-XD- MEXICAN INTL DEPTR TAX
USD 22.17 - CUN
USD 24.61 - GDL
USD 24.31 - SJD
USD 23.46 - PVR
USD 20.17 - MZT
USD 19.75 - ZIH
USD 18.29 - ZLO
-UK- TOURISM TAX..............USD 19.53
Now, the carrier is required to collect these fees on your ticket and then pass them along to the governments involved. On a zero-value ticket (such as a mileage award), the fees are still charged by the U.S. and Mexican governments, and since the airline feels it would be inappropriate for them to pay for it (since your ticket is free, after all), the customer is responsible for them.
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