Flight Tax Refunds

Flight reservations charges include various taxes. Air Passenger Duty (APD) is tax collected by airlines on behalf of the UK government for every passenger aged 16 and above. This duty raises over £3bn annually. Airlines only need to pass the tax on to the government after each passenger travels through the airport so what happens to the duties you’ve paid when you don’t travel?

If you cancel or don’t use your flight reservation you are entitled to reclaim the Air Passenger Duty (APD) you paid to the airline. Otherwise they’ll simply hang on to the extra tax collected and usually your fare too. 100% cancellation fees as often stated by airlines refers to the fare itself, not the total price paid.

Already cancelled?

We’ve made it easy to claim your flight tax back.

Getting tax back from your unused flight can take some time but is usually straightforward once you’ve made the request. Our step by step guide below should help you prepare and submit a refund request but if you have any queries contact us and we’ll be happy to help. If you’d rather have our experts do it for you just upload your flight reservation details via our Flight Tax Refund form.

Step 1

Check how much tax you might be owed. This depends on factors like the distance your flight was and the class of fare booked. Generally taxes will be levied as short haul if the destination is less than two thousand miles from London. The higher rate long haul tax will apply if flying more than two thousand miles from London.

Step 2

Identify your airline and check if they charge an admin fee for returning your taxes.  Some airlines e.g. Ryanair, charge fees that can be more than the tax paid however others such as easyJet make no additional charge to refund taxes.

Contact the airline to ask about their refund fees or check some of the most popular airlines in our help section.

 

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Step 3

Contact the airline asking for all refundable taxes to be paid back. Include passenger names, your booking reference, flight number and destination so they can easily locate your reservation.

Some airlines have a designated form, some will take the request by telephone however we recommend you make your request in writing.

 

Step 4

The airline may take some time to arrange the refund which is most often paid to the card you used when booking your ticket. Remember to chase the airline up if you don’t receive the refund or hear back with confirmation.

If you are denied a tax refund having missed the airline’s imposed deadline for requesting it or because of airline admin charges you feel are unreasonable get in touch and we’ll help however possible.

 

What do the airlines say?

Easyjet

Easyjet don’t charge a fee for refunding your APD. If you didn’t use an easyJet flight ticket be sure to ask for your tax back as soon as possible.

Ryanair

Ryanair charge £17 per passenger for refunding APD meaning it’s often not worth your while making a stand alone refund request. If the fees make it uneconomical for a tax refund on your flight booking contact us and we’ll help however possible.

Virgin Atlantic

Virgin Atlantic charge £30 per passenger Per Ticket, for refunding APD meaning it’s often not worth your while making a stand alone refund request. If the fees make it uneconomical for a tax refund on your flight booking contact us and we’ll help however possible.

British Airways

British Airways charge £15 (or £30 is you booked over the phone) per passenger for refunding APD meaning it’s often not worth your while making a stand alone refund request. If the fees make it uneconomical for a tax refund on your flight booking contact us and we’ll help however possible.

FlyBe

British Airways charge £23 per passenger, per flight for refunding APD meaning it’s often not worth your while making a stand alone refund request. If the fees make it uneconomical for a tax refund on your flight booking contact us and we’ll help however possible.

 

Jet2

Jet2 charge £25 per booking for refunding APD meaning it’s often not worth your while making a stand alone refund request. If the fees make it uneconomical for a tax refund on your flight booking contact us and we’ll help however possible.

Thomas Cook Airlines

Thomas Cook Airlines charge £25 per booking for refunding APD meaning it’s often not worth your while making a stand alone refund request. If the fees make it uneconomical for a tax refund on your flight booking contact us and we’ll help however possible.