I'm not quite sure where to post this, so please feel free to move the post. It seems that the Spanish Government is trying to claw back money, through imposing extra airport taxes. Ryanair and BMI baby have already passed the extra tax onto customers, even though they might have boked their flights months ago.
I shall move this to the Flights forum as it is an airport tax.
It is not unusual for taxes to be added retrospectively, ie after booking but before the flight has been taken. It was the same in the UK when APD was increased in February 2007. Any flights booked before December 2006 and not already flown had the additional tax collected.
However all airlines may not collect the additional Spanish tax as it is only between â‚¬1-10 and may cost more to administer so they will absorb it.
An updated version of the page I posted earlier is below which Ryanair now confirm they will be debiting the taxes from customers cards that they used to make the original booking.
for ease the link is also below
TFS1 wrote:absorbing the extra costs by increasing prices on the quiet for those who haven't booked flights yet !
...probably...which is what Thomson,Thomas Cook etc will also do......but at least you won't be presented with an invoice when you get to check in if you have already booked!! (Ryanair anyone?? )
I see that the list of Spanish tax fees are mainly under 2 euros , with Barcelona and Madrid being the exception, so it's not really a problem having to pay a little bit more I would imagine for most people , I think easyjet had taken the approach that it's just too much effort to "surcharge" everyone for that small amount by either processing a card payment or having to collect the extra at check in , I did wonder if they would have the cabin crew going round with a plastic bucket collecting the extra off passengers ?
It seems much easier to " let it go" and absorb the cost and recoup the loss by adding a euro or so on future flights.
But then I see Ryanair is going to collect this imposed tax and it looks like they would make a charge on the card that was used to make the booking , so in most cases they would be typically be making a card transaction for 3 to 4 euros , and there is a cost attached to this because card issuers will charge a transaction
fee to Ryanair and apparently according to Ryanair the cost of using a debit / credit card is 6 euros , hardly seems worth collecting it !!! They would be losing money? Of course it doesn't really cost 6 euros to process a debit card transaction otherwise they wouldn't be scraping around in a tight fisted way to snatch 1.87 euros off their passengers .
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The Spanish Authorities recently announced an increase in departure tax on all flights leaving from Spanish airports on or after 1st July 2012.
As a result, the tax has risen on flights departing from Barcelona by £7.00 per person and by £1.50 per person departing from all other Spanish airports (or local currency equivalent).
If you made a booking with bmibaby on or after 4th July 2012 then your flight already includes the increase in tax. So no further action is required.
If you made a booking before 4th July 2012 then regrettably we will be debiting the card used to make your booking with the applicable taxes outlined above. We will start this process from week commencing 23rd July 2012.
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