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How I Avoid the U.K. Airport Tax

Locations in this article:  London, England

If you’re flying to Europe and returning home from the United Kingdom, get ready for even more sticker shock.

Back in 1994, the British government introduced a large tax on travelers flying from any U.K. airport, and it was as high as $211 per person. It was applied even if you were flying on a frequent flyer mileage ticket.

The government has just raised the tax again, but there’s a solution.

Instead of flying home from the U.K., do what I do. Take the train to Paris or Amsterdam and then take the money you would have spent on this tax on a hotel room or a great dinner, and fly home from France or the Netherlands. It works.