|Quoting Bond007 (Reply 33):|
Well, it hasn't been answered at all. The whole point here is that it is NOT being charged by other websites, that are also adding their booking fee.
, I just got to work and had a chance to compare online quotes on US Airways site with an identical booking in Amadeus. The one good thing about US Airways site is it provides a complete detailed breakdown of the fare, making comparisons relatively easy.
US2774 K 12FEB PHXOAK KZAUSJ2Y
US0003 K 18FEB OAKPHX KXAUSJ2Y
US Airways Site
PHXOAK 96.74 + OAKPHX 92.09 = Total before taxes of 188.83
PHXOAK 92.09 + OAKPHX 92.09 = Total before taxes of 184.18
US1411 G 12APR ORDCLT GXA7NA2
US0926 K 13APR CLTORD KXAUNA2
US Airways site
CHICLT 135.81 + CLTCHI 112.56 = Total before taxes $248.37
.65 126.51 + CLTCHI Q4
.65 107.91 = total before taxes $243.72
In both cases the OUTBOUND fare component was $4.65 more than priced in Amadeus. $4.65 also happens to be the exact amount of the domestic fuel surcharge.
My guess is that somehow US Airways web interface is double-dipping the fuel surcharge on the outbound leg. This is most likely a technical glitch and NOT intentional. While it doesn't say much for US Airways technical web expertise, it does not appear to be an intentional web based service fee. The DOT requires all fees be itemized and disclosed. If this were a hidden booking fee, US Airways would be leaving itself liable for huge government fines.