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Possible tax free tickets after midnight? (Merged)

Possible tax free tickets after midnight? (Merged)

Old Jul 22, 11, 5:04 pm
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Possible tax free tickets after midnight? (Merged)

FAA might temporarily lose authority to collect airline taxes tonight if congress doesn't renew its authority to do so.

By midnight tonight, airlines wont be charging federal taxes.. So if ur shopping for flights, buy it after midnight!

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http://www.google.com/hostednews/ap/article/ALeqM5htnGvydyBBbzaA3DwZngIvoQ1pkQ?docId=d5ebc75a6 2484a4ba22a7f3f5f94c86b
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Old Jul 22, 11, 5:52 pm
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Tax break on tickets!

I'm sure the mods will move this to the appropriate forum as I'm too lazy to figure out where it belongs, thank you in advance.

The FAA reauthorization bill is set to expire at midnight eastern time tonight. No impact to the ATC system as it is an essential function but a byproduct is that the airlines will stop collecting certain federal ticket taxes that are no longer in effect after 11.59pm tonight.
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Old Jul 22, 11, 5:59 pm
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Old Jul 22, 11, 6:07 pm
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Thank you mikensf!
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Old Jul 22, 11, 7:13 pm
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I can only hope that UA does this. I'd rather be able to spend on my MP Select Visa for the RDM/EQMs bonus with UA than book through Travelocity (which has stated that they won't charge taxes if things go that way)
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Old Jul 22, 11, 9:24 pm
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Just curious - when the gov't gets it's act together and re-authorizes the taxes - could they theoretically make them retroactive, so that carriers would have to pay it in the end, even if the ticket buyers weren't charged at the time?
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Old Jul 22, 11, 9:34 pm
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Thanks, OP! Now I wish I had bought my ticket this evening, not this morning
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Old Jul 22, 11, 9:36 pm
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Originally Posted by FriendlySkies View Post
Thanks, OP! Now I wish I had bought my ticket this evening, not this morning
If you purchased them this morning, then you can still cancel! I believe you can cancel a reservation 24 hours after purchase.
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Old Jul 22, 11, 9:37 pm
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Originally Posted by edcho View Post
If you purchased them this morning, then you can still cancel! I believe you can cancel a reservation 24 hours after purchase.
Not when using an e-cert @:-)
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Old Jul 22, 11, 9:43 pm
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Originally Posted by FriendlySkies View Post
Not when using an e-cert @:-)
This is true.
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Old Jul 22, 11, 10:21 pm
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any luck getting tax-free/reduced tax tickets yet?
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Old Jul 22, 11, 10:35 pm
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Originally Posted by NYCSINUA View Post
any luck getting tax-free/reduced tax tickets yet?
I started pricing some sample trips on .bomb and noticed a reduction in the taxes that ITA expected there to be. Waived US/ZP, retained AY/XF (9/11 Security Fee and PFC).
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Old Jul 22, 11, 10:58 pm
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Looks like taxes are only showing up as $7 right now, and they haven't jacked up fares (yet)
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Old Jul 22, 11, 11:30 pm
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Haha, we booked tickets at, literally, ELEVEN FORTY EIGHT P.M., with an e-certificate. Bummer.
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Old Jul 23, 11, 1:45 am
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Yes it is possible!

I just cancelled tickets I purchased earlier today and rebooked and saved $40/ticket due to the federal tax not being charged. Interestingly, I had also booked flights today on Southwest, and Southwest raised the airfare by the amount of the federal tax so there were no savings available!
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