We want you to have a full understanding of everything that goes into the total price. Departure fees may seem unusual, but if you’ve ever booked your own airfare you’ve paid most of these fees before—they were probably listed as taxes or fuel charges.
So, what are departure fees? Simply put, they’re surcharges that are imposed by airlines and governmental agencies. They cover things like federal or foreign government-imposed landing fees, security fees, customs fees, baggage fees, and even airline-imposed fuel surcharges which fluctuate based on the cost of oil. We’ve seen these fees fluctuate as much as $200 in either direction. We reassess these costs as new information becomes available, and we update invoices accordingly. That way, you’ll always know exactly what we know. These fees are then finalized 30-50 days prior to departure.