So, just finished an article posted in USA Today travel section (link below) related to what it really costs each of us to travel on the miles that we accumulate per annum. While I think we all can relate to the idea that it still costs us upwards of $100 + $10 ticket fee for a 25,000 point ticket (domestically), I DID NOT know that we are still liable for the exorbitant taxes, fees and surcharges that in many cases represent half if not more of an international ticket!!!
Further to that point, I never thought about how much money we spend on either flights (with a program) or points in relation to a credit card we need to earn just to get one measily 25,000 point free ticket (which is like $2,000 according to USA today).
My question is when was this passed down to the pax as I recall back in 2005, I travelled to Bangkok from Hong Kong in Biz on a United Mileage Plus ticket for 25,000 points on Thai. I do not recall ever paying anything related to gov't taxes other than a $10 ticketing fee during that transaction. Same is true for a trip to the Ukraine on now DL used to be NW mileage for 40,000 miles (on 4 different segments AUS-DTW-FRA-Prague-Kiev) again no added fees accept a ticketing charge of $10.