Reclaiming air passenger duty
It's just too taxing
By Which on 27 March 2009 in News
Passengers who try to claim back Air Passenger Duty (APD) on unused flights are being hit by admin charges of up to four times the value of the tax shows new research by Which? Holiday.
Passengers who book but do not take their flight are entitled to reclaim APD, but the consumer magazine has found that a number of major airlines** charge an administration fee which is more than the tax itself - so passengers are worse off if they make a claim.
The worst offenders were found to be Jet2.com, charging £40 per transaction, while Flybe and BMI charge £25 per person. British Airways charges between £15 and £30 per person, and Ryanair charges £15 per person.
Monarch and Thomson Airways each charge £25 per transaction, regardless of the number of passengers on the booking.
Easyjet was the only airline in the Which? Holiday survey that does not charge an administration fee for reclaiming APD.
“Airlines should not be the automatic beneficiary of any unclaimed APD. We think that any administration fees that put people off claiming back the APD are unfair.”
WHAT IS APD?
** In January and February 2009 researchers from Which? Holiday contacted the press offices of eight major UK airlines to ask about their fees for reclaiming APD. These were:
> British Airways
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