One of the most frustrating aspects of airline pricing is fuel surcharges. I’m sure you’ve all seen airlines advertising $300-400 tickets to Europe, which turn out to be $800+ after taxes and fuel surcharges. Airlines are unbundling everything nowadays, and that apparently includes fuel (though purchasing it isn’t really an option).
Anyway, for international flights it’s not unusual to see a fuel surcharge be just as high as the actual base fare, but a reader forwarded me this fare, which just takes it to an extreme:
That’s right, that’s a Singapore Airlines ticket from New York to Tokyo for $48.50 each way, so the roundtrip fare is $97. Unfortunately that’s leaving out $782+ (!!!) in fuel surcharges along with the other taxes, for a grand total of $999.
Now, Singapore Airlines isn’t advertising this as a $97 fare so there’s nothing inherently wrong with this since you won’t see the fare breakdown unless you’re specifically looking for it, but this is one of those interesting fares that I figured was worth sharing.