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Travel Tip: The Truth About Airline Ticket Prices

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airplaneRecently, airline ticket prices were raised again—but the airlines didn’t pocket the money.

Last month, the TSA security fee on tickets went up from $2.50 to $5.60. That’s each way.

Every leg with a four-hour layover—or longer—will cost you more.

The Department of Homeland Security says the fee will raise about $12.6 billion over the next decade.

There are as many as 17 imposed taxes and fees on every single airline ticket you purchase.

That might include a 7.5 percent excise tax, a fee to use the airport facility, and even a tax for arriving or departing internationally.

The bottom line is that these are government mandated, so there’s not much you can do about it.

But the good news is that airlines, cruises, and vacation packages are required to display the total costs up front—including all those taxes and fees.

So, at least you’re not getting nailed by surprises when you push “Pay.”

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