Airport Tax Refund
About 99% of the air travelers don't about that they can get a refund for airport taxes if they haven't used their ticket!
If you canceled your ticket or if you have been a 'no-show' for a flight, it doesn't matter. Airlines include the airport taxes in the total price of the ticket. But in an event of cancelation by the passenger (or no-show), the airline doesn't have to pay those taxes to the departure and arrival airport.
Even if you have a 100% non-refundable ticket, you are entitled to get a refund for the taxes, and sometimes even a refund for fuel surcharges. That depends on the regulations of the airlines.
What airlines mean with a 100% non-refundable ticket is the fact that the chosen 'fare base' is non-refundable, not the ticket. The 'fare base' is just a part of the total ticket price. We have to admit that the fare base is about 75% of the ticket, but still, a few euro or dollar in airport taxes could be a nice refund.
As from Q1 2012 we will start with a new website called www.re-fund.com but we can already help you. Just a few things to take into account:
1. You made the reservation DIRECT with the airline. If you made a reservation via a (online) travel agent, we can't help you unfortunately.
2. We can help you out with almost all airlines EXCEPT Ryanair, Fly BE and Easyjet. The reason for this limitation is the fact that those airlines sometimes don't have to pay taxes to the local airport authorities, so you haven't paid airport taxes in the first place. With those incentives, local governements try to stimulate low cost carriers.
3. We charge you a 15 euro fee for the request, not per ticket. If you have 4 tickets, we will only charge you once.
4. Send ALL relevant documents, e-mails, e-tickets etc together with your international bank account details (Google for 'IBAN' and 'SEPA') to info [at] re-ticket.com
And get your money back!