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March 23, 2009

Spanish Fly: Air Europa Returns to NYC

by Barbara S. Peterson

Spanish discounter Air Europa is returning to New York City after an absence of several years and its Web site claims that it is offering some "unbeatable" fares to boot. To promote the start-up on June 1 of daily A330 service between JFK and Madrid, the airline has been touting round-trip fares of around $400 (not including taxes and fees). Tack on those levies, however, and a round-trip flight on the airline's 299-seat Airbus 330 planes will set you back $694. Still a good deal for high season, to be sure, but several other airlines currently have good fares on sale on that route. 

For travel to Madrid this fall, Air Europa has a fare of $159 round-trip for midweek flights booked online if you travel from October 29 to December 13,  but there's the "excluding fees" catch again. This time, the taxes and fees are nearly double that "fare", which will run you $452.34 by the time the government gets through with you.

OK, we understand that airlines didn't ask to be tax collectors. But what ever happened to truth in advertising?

Comments

I always try not to get too excited about airfares unless I'm looking at a price with taxes/fees included.

Did you see how Bookit.com tries to get you excited about hotel rates?

http://www.travelogged.com/travelogged/2009/03/dont-get-too-excited-by-the-rates-on-bookitcom.html

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