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#1 Kleyshay

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Posted 12 February 2009 - 08:38 PM

Hi folks, my friend and I have just booked a return flight from the UK directly with KLM on their website for later this year. My mate has since found out his girlfriend is pregnant and guess what....the baby is due the week we are due to fly. I have telephoned KLM and asked about a refund if we were to cancel and due to the fare code it is non refundable. When I checked the e ticket it states 180 of the cost was airport tax, so I asked the KLM girl, if we were entitled to be refunded this tax, as we would not be using the airport. Hesitantly she said we might be. I asked what she meant by this and she replied, 'well if you cancel you flight, you can apply for the tax to be refunded by I cannot say how much you will get, if any'.
The dilemna I have is this, my mate has made his mind up not to go <huh , so, if I cancel and try for the refund I could end up with nothing in which case I would rather go on my own as it is paid for.
But on the other hand, I have 2 other friends going a month later, so I would like the refund and then book another flight and go with them.
Has anyone had any experience with this before ? Would I be likely to get the tax refunded back ?

Many Thanks chaps.
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#2 natureofnorway

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Posted 12 February 2009 - 10:06 PM

Yes, airport tax is refundable
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Posted 13 February 2009 - 02:37 AM

Yes, airport tax is refundable. In obtaining a refund of the rest of the amount paid for the ticket, you must consider the fare conditions that apply to your ticket.

The above is taken directly from the KLM website FAQs!

Edited by jacko, 13 February 2009 - 02:37 AM.

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#4 CheshireTom

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Posted 13 February 2009 - 03:56 AM

Your ticket may say 180 quid in taxes but what it means is 180 in taxes and surcharges. Only the actual tax element is refundable (fuel surcharges are not).

You may also find that any refunds are subject to a "handling" or "administration fee".

Edited by CheshireTom, 13 February 2009 - 03:58 AM.

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#5 Fonz

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Posted 13 February 2009 - 08:11 AM

Would travel insurance cover this ?
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Posted 13 February 2009 - 11:13 AM

No..

Or to put it another way. If the travel insurance will cover all taxes and surcharges it will also cover the entire fare u paid.

Some airlines will however refund all taxes and surcharges including YQ (Fuel surcharges). KLM, I dont have any experience with.

Edited by natureofnorway, 13 February 2009 - 11:25 AM.

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#7 Feileacan

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Posted 01 March 2009 - 01:53 PM

Go to your Doctor and get a letter saying you can't fly. Other than that, go by yourself.
Girl working with me tried to get a tax refund from Ryanair. After about a month of trying, the ryanair agent said, as the admin fee is higher than the tax refund, they weren't refunding her.
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#8 gerald

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Posted 01 March 2009 - 06:07 PM

All my best trips were when i went by myself, it would not be long before you had many girlfriends <huh or put your dates up on this site and meet up with some of the broad member ..... Just go .. your have the best time of your life
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Posted 02 March 2009 - 02:17 AM

Can't you just pay a change fee and change the dates on the flight??????

Edited by wetwillie, 02 March 2009 - 02:18 AM.

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#10 natureofnorway

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Posted 02 March 2009 - 08:09 PM

Can't you just pay a change fee and change the dates on the flight??????



Most likely booked into a nonrefundable bookingclass and no changes allowed after it has been bought. Typical the cheapest ticket.
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