I’m Not Going to London

Jenny and I thought about taking a trip to London, England, because Air Canada is offering a round-trip special of $418 per person. I knew there would be a few hidden additional fees, but this is ridiculous. Check out the breakdown:


$418 ticket price. Advertised ticket price for two: $832. $805 in hidden fees. Actual price: $1611. But at least we only have to pay $1.95 in taxes.

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5 Responses to I’m Not Going to London

  1. HappyHax0r says:

    Not to rain on your tirade, but I think you might want to recheck your math.

    If you add up the entire column of numbers you get 805.67, this includes your reduced fare. It’s not $805.00 in “hidden fees”… hell even for two people it’s not $805.00 in “hidden fees”, it’s $775.34 :).

    The largest part of those fees that you’re upset about are fuel surcharges and airport tariffs which either a.) Air Canada has no control over, or b.) are pretty much a given for any flight, especially those out of the country.

    That being said, Air Canada shouldn’t be advertising “get to XYZ for as low as [amt]” if [amt] clearly doesn’t include these surcharges and tariffs. It’s a dishonest practice, so I feel your pain. Sorry bout your not getting your trip dude.

  2. Phillip says:

    Hidden fees, additional fees that are not advertised — it’s the same thing. The math is simple. Advertised price: $832. Actual price: $1611. What’s to recheck? My math is close enough.

    I expect some additional fees, but come on, twice the advertised cost is a bit much, don’t you think?

    I’m not ranting, just pointing out the facts. It’s a bummer.

  3. Pender says:

    It’s always double. Whenever I fly home I get flights for somewhere around “$89” each way but somehow end up paying about $500 to get home. It’s magical! I demand to get on a flight and not have to pay network access fees! Since obviously the plane needs fuel, why is there a surcharge, is it somehow unexpected every single time? “Oh, this flight uses fuel, so we need to charge extra”.

    I declare shenanigans on them, not just because st. patty’s (the patron saint of drinking your ass off) day is coming up.

  4. Phillip says:

    It’s always double, which is okay if you’re just going to NL for $99. I expect that. But doubling a ticket that’s already $400 — that sucks.

  5. Mean Jean says:

    My head hurts. I need to go lie down.

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