£1 Fare British Always, just pay taxes, fees and carrier charges (eg £391.61 from London to LA)
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£1 Fare British Always, just pay taxes, fees and carrier charges (eg £391.61 from London to LA)

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Found 14th May
2939948.jpgThis was based on 4 Adults in Economy flying from London Heathrow.

Was looking for flights to LA in November can when was looking at the price i noticed that the fare was only £1 and all you needed to do was pay the taxes, fees and carrier charges.
Not sure if other routes have the same offer.
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"Carrier charges" are they not British airways charges? i.e another way of charging a fare as they are the carrier?
what a hell .. £1 flight which cost you £400 ..not a deal...looks like brain washing from BA
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"Carrier charges" are they not British airways charges? i.e another way of charging a fare as they are the carrier?
Be very careful- some travel insurance policies will only meet the cost of the fare (i.e not including taxes in the event of a claim). Their argument is that you need to contact the airline direct to reclaim the tax element if you can't travel. In this way by splitting it as base fare only £1 in the event of someone making a travel insurance claim they may get very little back- even if they have no excess to pay.

I'd like to reiterate its only some travel insurance policies- some will pay back a claim on the whole cost you've paid and not merely the base fare.
The title cannot have been more mis-leading. Just pay taxes? State the actual amount in the title for starters.
Edited by: "Gollywood" 14th May
Thnaks for posting and welcome to HUKD @G.L
what a hell .. £1 flight which cost you £400 ..not a deal...looks like brain washing from BA
Actually, these deals can make sense; if you dont fly, no tax is paid, so you can reclaim the tax from the airline, usually minus an admin fee (done this once), and you are only out the £1, plus whatever the admin fee was (mine was about £35).

As for "quote the whole price", is it any more dishonest that RyanAir et al?? Where the final cost bears no resemblance to the headline figure?? (unless you like flying standing up and with not even a manbag for luggage).
Gentle_Giant6 m ago

Actually, these deals can make sense; if you dont fly, no tax is paid, so …Actually, these deals can make sense; if you dont fly, no tax is paid, so you can reclaim the tax from the airline, usually minus an admin fee (done this once), and you are only out the £1, plus whatever the admin fee was (mine was about £35).As for "quote the whole price", is it any more dishonest that RyanAir et al?? Where the final cost bears no resemblance to the headline figure?? (unless you like flying standing up and with not even a manbag for luggage).


With Ryanair you get hand luggage, and you can physically get to the place on the quoted price.

Good point on the refund, though "carrier fee" sounds like a bit of a con
andywedge48 m ago

Thnaks for posting and welcome to HUKD @G.L


Come in Andy, fix the headline price to include the actual cost you pay.
eslick6 m ago

Come in Andy, fix the headline price to include the actual cost you pay.



Bit tricky to do as won't every flight be a different price? The only thing that would be constant is the £1 fare and the taxes, fees and carrier charges will vary (unless I'm misreading it?)
andywedge11 m ago

Bit tricky to do as won't every flight be a different price? The only …Bit tricky to do as won't every flight be a different price? The only thing that would be constant is the £1 fare and the taxes, fees and carrier charges will vary (unless I'm misreading it?)


Same could be said of any fare, they always break it down like this, just the op has chosen to do it by the actual fare as it’s a pound, others will be £2, £20 or whatever but you never pay that as you always pay the total which sadly always includes taxes and other fees.
eslick4 m ago

Same could be said of any fare, they always break it down like this, just …Same could be said of any fare, they always break it down like this, just the op has chosen to do it by the actual fare as it’s a pound, others will be £2, £20 or whatever but you never pay that as you always pay the total which sadly always includes taxes and other fees.



Best I can do is list the OP's flight as an example
Ultimately still a great price for a return fare to/from LA.
I see, or at least hope we are looking at a future PPI scandal the way most if not all airlines are treating their prices and taxes
Gentle_Giant6 h, 28 m ago

Actually, these deals can make sense; if you dont fly, no tax is paid, so …Actually, these deals can make sense; if you dont fly, no tax is paid, so you can reclaim the tax from the airline, usually minus an admin fee (done this once), and you are only out the £1, plus whatever the admin fee was (mine was about £35).As for "quote the whole price", is it any more dishonest that RyanAir et al?? Where the final cost bears no resemblance to the headline figure?? (unless you like flying standing up and with not even a manbag for luggage).

​You can't reclaim carrier's surcharges, only taxes. I bet there's £200 fuel surcharge in price...
With BA’s. Sry mixed but usually crap service they should be paying us to travel. They really have lost their way in recent years from being “the workd’s favourite airline”. I am surprised they remain so popular but I guess that is because of air miles.
Zosia is correct, it's only the government taxes and airport handling fees that become refundable. The majority of those taxes is made up from carrier surcharges that are not refundable in the event of a no fly.
rprp8 h, 18 m ago

With Ryanair you get hand luggage, and you can physically get to the place …With Ryanair you get hand luggage, and you can physically get to the place on the quoted price.Good point on the refund, though "carrier fee" sounds like a bit of a con



Have you checked out the size of RA hand luggage these days?? They reduced it again earlier this year. The ONLY thing we had in our household that was small enough was our 5 y/o's lunch bag, even my wifes handbag was too large.
Zosia2 h, 0 m ago

​You can't reclaim carrier's surcharges, only taxes. I bet there's £200 fu …​You can't reclaim carrier's surcharges, only taxes. I bet there's £200 fuel surcharge in price...



Fuel surcharges vary, but even a long haul flight to China doesnt have one that large. They are usually "Zoned", so you can easily see what it is for the flight you intend booking; last time I flew to China (2015), it was £30.
Anyone want to clarify as to why this is going so cold other than people being upset that full price isn't detailed (which isn't possible due the varying destinations/fees).

£400 for a return flight to Seattle with BA is a steal.
The flight to LAX that is listed isnt particularly good, on those dates you can fly on the vastly superior AIr NZ for 381.
£1 flights just pay the usual price in carrier charges
Zosia4 h, 38 m ago

​You can't reclaim carrier's surcharges, only taxes. I bet there's £200 fu …​You can't reclaim carrier's surcharges, only taxes. I bet there's £200 fuel surcharge in price...


I think it's closer to 300 than 200. From memory on this route economy fare taxes and airport fees are approx £125.
Gentle_Giant2 h, 49 m ago

Have you checked out the size of RA hand luggage these days?? They reduced …Have you checked out the size of RA hand luggage these days?? They reduced it again earlier this year. The ONLY thing we had in our household that was small enough was our 5 y/o's lunch bag, even my wifes handbag was too large.



Your small bag (e.g. handbag, laptop etc.) must not exceed 35x20x20cm and should easily fit under the seat in front of you.

Your second 10kg bag must be 55x40x20cm in size and must fit into the sizers at the gate before being tagged and put into the hold free of charge.

That's one heck of a lunch your 5yo takes to school.
akexuk2 h, 39 m ago

I think it's closer to 300 than 200. From memory on this route economy …I think it's closer to 300 than 200. From memory on this route economy fare taxes and airport fees are approx £125.


Here's a breakdown of this flight.

£5.20 United States Immigration User Fee (XY)
£4.20 United States Customs User Fee (YC)
£2.90 United States APHIS Passenger Fee Passengers (XA)
£78.00 United Kingdom Air Passenger Duty APD (GB)
£44.91 United Kingdom Passenger Service Charge Departures (UB)
£229.00 BA YQ surcharge (YQ)
£27.00 US International Arrival Tax (US)
£4.10 US September 11th Security Fee (AY)
£3.30 US Passenger Facility Charge (XF)

The funny thing is Air NZ which is cheaper has zero fuel surchage, because it is in the base fare (£105.50 EW)

I wouldn't be surprised if airlines do it to lower commissions and fees to agents and service providers, ie. they only give a % of the fare.
Master.G7 h, 38 m ago

Your small bag (e.g. handbag, laptop etc.) must not exceed 35x20x20cm and …Your small bag (e.g. handbag, laptop etc.) must not exceed 35x20x20cm and should easily fit under the seat in front of you. Your second 10kg bag must be 55x40x20cm in size and must fit into the sizers at the gate before being tagged and put into the hold free of charge.That's one heck of a lunch your 5yo takes to school.



You only get the 2nd bag if you stump up extra money; they may also (at their discretion) chuck it in the hold.
Gentle_Giant1 h, 24 m ago

You only get the 2nd bag if you stump up extra money; they may also (at …You only get the 2nd bag if you stump up extra money; they may also (at their discretion) chuck it in the hold.


No, 2nd bag is included for free, you only pay if you want to take it on board. We flew last month and to be honest it was much better without the scrum to find space for your bags
plane_boy20001 h, 40 m ago

No, 2nd bag is included for free, you only pay if you want to take it on …No, 2nd bag is included for free, you only pay if you want to take it on board. We flew last month and to be honest it was much better without the scrum to find space for your bags



You have just contradicted yourself.

RA's website doesnt help; in one place it says you can carry an extra bag that may, or may not need to go in the hold; on another page it says you have to pay to carry an extra bag.

I only flew RA, because that is what was booked for us; my own searches in the past have always found the final RA price to be more than flying a premium airline like KLM or Lufthansa (or Air France - but they keep losing my luggage, so I dont fly them any longer).

Either way, I was more impressed with Jet2, for all the talk of the seats being smaller, I (all 2 metres and 150KG of me), found them to be more comfortable AND to have more space, than the RA seats. What they have taken away in pitch, they have more than gained in the reduction of seat padding - and by some miracle, made the seat more comfortable to sit in.
Gentle_Giant18 h, 43 m ago

You only get the 2nd bag if you stump up extra money; they may also (at …You only get the 2nd bag if you stump up extra money; they may also (at their discretion) chuck it in the hold.



You really don't have a clue do you? You are entitled to 2 bags in the base price. One you can take into the cabin, the other goes into the hold. You are then entirely free to choose or not to add on extras such as choice of seat, priority boarding (which lets you take the second bag into the cabin), extra bags in the hold, insurance etc. If you just want to get from A to B with 2 bags, the advertised price is all you need to pay.
Master.G4 h, 58 m ago

You really don't have a clue do you? You are entitled to 2 bags in the …You really don't have a clue do you? You are entitled to 2 bags in the base price. One you can take into the cabin, the other goes into the hold. You are then entirely free to choose or not to add on extras such as choice of seat, priority boarding (which lets you take the second bag into the cabin), extra bags in the hold, insurance etc. If you just want to get from A to B with 2 bags, the advertised price is all you need to pay.



OK, they have changed their baggage FAQs page AGAIN. As of early Febuary, they had one nearly the same as the current page, but saying an extra bag MIGHT be allowed in the cabin, but might also have to go in the hold if they didnt have enough space, that luggage in the hold would cost £xx (I forget how much), and that you wouldnt know until you got to the gate which was going to happen.

We sent our luggage with the grandparent's who were driving over to Spain.

TBH, I feel sad you have to defend such a crappy airline.
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