WestJet Rewards - Mexican Tourist Tax
May 17, 12, 12:23 pm
Has any one holding an FM2/3 (FMNI) had any success in having the Mexican Tourist Tax refunded. Spoke to WS this morning and they said I had to get a form from the Mexican Government to fill out to have it returned. Seems a rather cumbersome method when you just show your FMNI to an Alaska agent at checkin and they refunded the tax to your credit card.
I know its only in the $23 range but for two entering Mexico up to 3 times a year it adds up.
Unfortunately this is one of the most tedious processes. You can't do it any other way than to follow the procedure on their website. The earliest I've gotten mine was in 6 weeks after several emails and copies of documents.
Anyhow, I've found out that you can start the process if you inform them straight away after (an online) purchase or they could even deduct it straight away if purchasing over the counter/phone just by letting them know.
Problem is a normal agent wouldn't know how to do it, you'll have to wait for a supervisor. I just can't be bothered to go through the hassle sometimes but it does add up. :td:
Now I wonder if one could just file it as tax claim in their declaración anual? Surely those taxes ended up being paid to the government.
May 18, 12, 8:45 am
Thank you c2h..but I am a little confused as to what website you are talking about. If you have a link could you let me know please. Thanks.
May 31, 12, 7:51 am
Received the reply below from Westjet regarding the Mexico Tourist Tax.
WestJet is required to collect a number of taxes and fees when flying into or out of Mexico. Legal residents of Mexico, holding Visa form FM2 or FM3, are entitled to an exemption of these airport fees and tourist taxes.
Starting May 30, 2012, our Sales Agents will be required to tax exempt bookings for any Mexican citizens or long stay residents holding FM2 or FM3 Visas. Guest qualifying for the tax exemption must self-identify at the time of booking by calling our 24 hour Sales Super Centre^
Jun 9, 12, 2:03 pm
If you are an FM2/3 holder, inform Westjet at the time of booking and they will not charge you the Mexican Tourist Tax. I had a flight booked for Mexico in July and they gladly refunded me the Tax for that flight. I just emailed them a copy of my FM3. Westjet guest services reps are the best!