To answer your orignal question:
How much does a free ticket cost? Nothing, it's free.
However, where have you ever seen anyone advertising a "free" ticket? They are called "award" tickets or similar, and mean you don't have to pay the fare
, not the total cost. Sadly, in recent years, airlines have realised that they can separate out the fuel charges as being a tax rather than an integral part of the fare. This they slap on with the other airport fees, and is part of the ever mounting cost of award tickets.
For flights out of the UK, on longhual premium award tickets, the "tax" can add up to hundred of dollars worth, the majority being UK Departure tax and fuel surcharges, both of which seem to rise well above inflation. The best way to look at award tickets as being a way to get to fly premium classes for a lot less than the cash equivilent. e.g. 50,000 miles + $400 tax for a one way F ticket LHR
is a lot better than paying $5000 for a cash ticket (made up values). Of course, the value of your miles (and associcated taxes) varies massively based on the route, airline, and cost of reveue tickets.
Last year I flew DUS-BLL-MAN-LHR
miles...I paid 9,000 miles + $42 "tax". A cash ticket on the same route was $1084. Good value?
|Quoting GEsubsea (Thread starter):|
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.
If that's true, the UA
were being very nice. BA
now charges as flat cash fee + miles for European flights. Offically this seems to have saved people a lot of money based on the actual taxes they are charging for cash tickets. I don't know what the benefit is for them to do this, but is great for the consumer. On longhual flights, they charge airport taxes, fuel surcharges and departure tax, which all added together isn't cheap. The larger the cash fare portion of the ticket compared to the "tax", the better value the ticket.
Some airlines like Lufthansa really do try and screw their passengers over. A few years ago I bought a revenue ticket LHR
for £6 + tax (about £100 was tax). When booking the exact same itineratry with miles, the "tax" was nearly £200. Plus the 30,000 miles of course. A complete scam.
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