If approved, EU will be outlawing airline hidden charges in Autumn 2007. Airlines will be forced to include all charges in the headline price. None of that ++ prices which confuses passengers into thinking that they booked a good deal only to be asked to pay much more at the moment of purchase.
Don't you just wish that all countries adopt this idea. *sighs*
Well, here in the US, we should really look at the fine print before purchasing that ticket. A promotional fare may seem cheap but then again those hidden extras will cost you.
As reported by Mark Kahler, fees and taxes for travel within the US could mean an additional of:
- "$2.50 per flight segment, with a maximum of $10 USD to a roundtrip ticket total for any journey originating in the United States". This goes under Security Service Fee or "September 11 Fee".
- 7.5% more for Federal Excise Tax
- $25 more for Arrival, Departure and Customs Taxes
- $4.50 USD per flight segment or up to a U.S. maximum of $18 USD for Passenger Facilities Charges
- $14.50 for U.S. International Transportation (Arrival/Departure) Tax
Read the whole article here.
Like what they always say, "if it's too good to be true, it probably is".