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LHRBFSTrident
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UK APD - Applied Inconsistently By Carrier?

Thu Jan 12, 2012 6:43 pm

I thought I understood the UK APD but with the latest increases I really need to understand it better!

I guess I am confused because I 'purchased' an award ticket with AA miles on IB for LHR-MAD-EZE in J in December and originally I was charged approx US$100 for all taxes and fees.

I subsequently changed the routing to LHR-MAD-COR (Cordoba, Argentina) on IB in J and the ticket was re-issued - this time the taxes and fees were approx US$400, excluding the ticket change fee/miles redeposit fee.

AA told me that the original agent who issued the ticket made a mistake and neglected to charge the APD from UK toArgentina and had only charged the APD from UK to Spain.

So which is correct - is the APD charged to the final destination regardless of connecting point?
And if the carrier makes an error in calculating the taxs/fees/APD, are they ultimately on the hook for it?
 
Viscount724
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RE: UK APD - Applied Inconsistently By Carrier?

Fri Jan 13, 2012 12:21 am

Quoting LHRBFSTrident (Thread starter):
So which is correct - is the APD charged to the final destination regardless of connecting point?

It's based on the final destination. You can get around that if there's a surface sector in the middle. For example if you flew LHR-BCN then made your own way to MAD and continued MAD-EZE you would only pay the APD based on LHR-BCN (unless they've closed that loophole recently). Or you could avoid paying it all the way if you bought two separate tickets, e.g. LHR-MAD and MAD-EZE, but whether you would saveanything would depend on the sum of the two fares compared to the through fare LHR-EZE including the APD.

Quoting LHRBFSTrident (Thread starter):
And if the carrier makes an error in calculating the taxs/fees/APD, are they ultimately on the hook for it?

Since you changed the routing, they applied the correct charges for the new routing. I would say you just got lucky with the original ticket.
 
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RE: UK APD - Applied Inconsistently By Carrier?

Sat Jan 14, 2012 12:41 am

Quoting Viscount724 (Reply 1):
You can get around that if there's a surface sector in the middle. For example if you flew LHR-BCN then made your own way to MAD and continued MAD-EZE you would only pay the APD based on LHR-BCN

You could also stop en-route for more than 24 hours. The APD "band" is then charged according to the stopover point, not the final destination.

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