Many passengers are unaware that they can reclaim hundreds of pounds back in taxes and duties if they haven't travelled on the flight. We felt that it was important to advise travellers of this, but also to point out these charges so they can be savvier in their travel choices.
London, UK (PRWEB) October 15, 2008
Airport Parking and Hotels (APH), the long stay airport parking and hotels specialist, has added a detailed table to its Know Before You Go section on the website (http://www.aph.com/news/tax_return.htm), comparing the cost of claiming back tax on missed flights.
Passengers who are unable to fly on a pre-booked flight are able to claim back tax and duties due to the government despite booking a non-refundable ticket. Airlines are obliged to return the tax and airport charges if customers request it on flights not taken but most will include an administration charge, some of which can be extremely high.
The table compares the administration fees between Ryanair, Easyjet, Jet2, BMI, British Airways and Flybe with low-cost airline Easyjet coming out on top offering a full tax refund at no extra cost. However the research also shows Jet2 customers are landed with a high administration fee of £40, meaning it may not be worthwhile trying to reclaim the tax back. Ryanair on the other hand charges a fee of £15 by fax or post whereas Flybe and BMI both impose more expensive charges of £25. British Airways are not far behind Jet2, with a £30 administration fee.
However on some long haul flights, the tax can be extremely high. For example, a passenger flying on a return flight from London to New York would be paying a total of £170 in taxes, well above the £30 administration fee imposed by they airline for the traveller to claim the tax back.
Nick Caunter, managing director at APH said: "Many passengers are unaware that they can reclaim hundreds of pounds back in taxes and duties if they haven't travelled on the flight. We felt that it was important to advise travellers of this, but also to point out these charges so they can be savvier in their travel choices."
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Notes to editors:
Airport Parking and Hotels (APH) has over 20 years' experience as a retailer of pre-booked long and short stay airport parking. It offers parking at 18 UK airports, ports and Eurotunnel terminals plus airport hotels packaged with parking, airport lounges. It also offers a range of other pre-bookable travel extras including travel insurance, car hire, holiday taxis, ski lift passes, ski equipment and even an online safe for storage of valuable documents, APH handles around 700,000 bookings per year.
APH also has over 20 years' experience operating airport park and ride car parks, with more than 8,000 spaces at sites serving London Gatwick, Manchester and Birmingham airports. All APH operated car parks hold the Park Mark - Safer Parking Award.
APH is a carbon balanced company.
APH works closely with The World Land Trust and has to date helped purchase 600 acres of Belize rainforest through donations totalling more than £20,000.
APH is a member of The Independent Airport Park and Ride Association (IAPRA) which represents UK independent airport park and ride operators.
APH has industry-leading customer retention rates: 96% of customers state that they are likely or very likely to book the same APH car park again.
APH was also a finalist in the British Parking Awards - Exceptional Customer Service Category.