Determining Taxes & Fees

Tracy Stewart, July 29, 2008
Fares from Washington DC:

    Q. About how much are taxes and fees? Is there some ballpark figure I can add in so I don't get sticker shock at the checkout counter? While checking for trips from Sacramento to Columbus OH, I noticed taxes seem to be so expensive these days!

    A. Unfortunately, there's no set amount to plug in for taxes and fees, because they vary by airport, airline, and according to the number of connections you make. For example, traveling midweek from Sacramento to Columbus on Continental, with one connection in Houston, we found taxes to be $33 on a base fare of $276.

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