KingAirMan From United States of America, joined Aug 2006, 291 posts, RR: 0 Posted (7 years 5 months 1 week 5 days ago) and read 3517 times:
Just looked at going to LHR for 5 days leaving october 9 and returning the 14th . the fare is only 160 dollars out of ORD on UA ( Says operated by UA ) Ticket booked on Brussels or BMI (cant remember off the top of my head) . Now, the taxes are something like 345.00 and I am curious to know as if this is a good or bad deal ? The total fare comes to around 580 RT. What is generally the cheapest European airport to fly into from ORD or IND ? at 160.00 UA SURELY cannot be making any money!! Anyone have any ideas for the absolute cheapest alternative into Europe with LHR's huge taxes ?
Leskova From Germany, joined Oct 2003, 6075 posts, RR: 68
Reply 1, posted (7 years 5 months 1 week 4 days 14 hours ago) and read 3440 times:
The one you've found should be BD flightnumbers operated by UA: of the taxes, $242 are YQ "taxes", also known as fuel surcharge. The real taxes on your flight are just around $172.
I doubt you'll find something cheaper (or at least much cheaper) out there - the fuel surcharges will be more or less the same to any other airport as well, and the fares probably won't be any lower either.
Rivet42 From United Kingdom, joined Aug 2005, 908 posts, RR: 1
Reply 2, posted (7 years 5 months 1 week 4 days 9 hours ago) and read 3357 times:
... very little of that 345 USD is airport tax at LHR, so don't go blaming the airport. They may be guilty of many other defficiencies, but any tax you pay to arrive & depart at LHR is actually UK government tax, which depends on your booking class, not on which airport you use (in the UK). Most governments levy some kind of air travel tax, the US is actually one of the worst, so you might want to look at the breakdown of that figure (it should be shown, or available, somewhere in your booking), to see how much is allocated to what. But as Leskova says, the biggest chunk will almost certainly be the contentious 'fuel surcharge', which does indeed contribute directly to the airline's profits!