I hate where you have to pay in CASH or CC
a substantual fee not included with your fare as a departure tax and not warned about it by the carrier or the airport when you enter the country. When I left the British Virgin Islands in December, I had to pay a US$20 (yes, US$ are the currency in the BVI, not Pounds) in cash at check-in, and while I had that money, there are no ATM's at the airport which can be a problem with those who forgot to bring the cash with them.
I also hate when the ads for off season sale airfares from NYC area to UK have fares of $99 o/w-$198 r/t then in fine print another $100+ in taxes and fees. Why can't airlines include all expected fees in the big print, i.e "Fares round trip NYC to London on _____Airline from about $329, including most taxes", like done on some websites such as Travelocity. I realize that fees can vary, and in the UK for example, the airports are ran by an independent authority that has to make it's nut, but some of these fees are extortion.
Another extortion racket is for car rentals in many places in the USA. Not only do you pay the local state sales taxes, in some places car rentals and other tourist services (hotels, resturants) may be the only place pay sales taxes, plus 'facility' fees, taxes to subsdise sports stadiums, anti-terror expenses (in NJ
, $2.00/day for all car rentals) etc. In some cases, the price for a car rental can double (PHX
), or the price for a hotel room be 25% more than the base room rate.