I have a question:
I often book my flights on AA.com. Today, I was booking a NetSaaver from DFW to DCA. I have done this before, and know that when it says $169, the fare is going to go up a bit once I get to the booking screen due to taxes and fees.
However, recently I have noticed that the "$169" is not the base fare once you get to the booking screen. When I went to book, it showed a "base fare" of $157.21, then taxes of $26.79, making the trip an even $184. This is common on all airline web sites, I think. Why the discrepancy in the base fare numbers? Is AA showing how much it pays in taxes versus how much the customer is charged? How does this work?