The actual taxes and charges can be determined from information published by the airlines and other bodies. Its just that it can be hard to find and even harder to understand, especially exemptions, application etc. For a complex itinerary such as an ATW fare, I always perform my own estimate first so I know if the TA or airline is overcharging. I have found some of these people have made mistakes and have been able to point it out and have it recalculated. Most time, however, the variation is small and due to exchange rate differences.Happy Dude said:I would ask the TA for a breakdown of the quote and how it was calculated. This info might not be of much use if there is no way of checking the actual costs levied by the airports, airlines, gvment etc (particularly for international itineries), or even if the charge is legitimate. How easy would it be to conjure up a fee for "airline passenger movement" and bury it in the "taxes and surcharges"?
My guess is that it's open slather for the operators to manipulate the add-on fees until the ACCC step in to regulate and inform the consumer exactly what add-ons are allowed.
Haven't noticed DJ doing this.Happy Dude said:Qantas doesn't, apparently, because they display the full fare early in the booking process as opposed to the JQ/DJ method of displaying the fare including "taxes and surcharges" near the end.