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Yesterday we were reminded that despite rapidly-falling fuel prices, transportation companies continue to gouge travellers with so-called fuel surcharges.
This came to our attention as we tried to book a round-trip promotional fare on the Victoria Clipper from Victoria-Seattle. Of a base fare of $93, Clipper Vacations was happy to charge an extra $8 as a fuel charge - almost 10% of the fare. (We reached out to Clipper Vacations are are awaiting their response).
Now, maybe Clipper Vacations deserves some credit for being transparent and actually calling the fee a 'fuel surcharge.' Other carriers, such as Air Canada, slap customers with hefty, mysterious 'career surcharges' that can add hundreds of dollars to a ticket.
For example, a recent round-trip booking from Victoria to Dubai on Air Canada in Premium Economy clicked in at $5,369. Of that $436 was identified as a 'carrier surcharge."
Air Canada is not alone - most other airlines do likewise, identifying the add-ons as 'carrier-imposed fee' or 'carrier imposed charges.'
There is some good news in the cruise industry. Carnival Cruise Line, for example, has eliminated its fuel surcharge on all voyages. However the company says on its website that it "reserves the right to charge a fuel supplement of up to $9.00 per person per day, without prior notice, in the event that the price of light sweet crude oil according to the NYMEX is greater than $70 per barrel of oil. Celebrity, Costa, Cunard, Holland America and other major lines have similar conditions.
It might be worth noting that the express shipping companies are also very much in the business of charing fuel surcharges. UPS, for example, hits customers with an extra 4.25% on air and international shipments - but this is dropping to 3% as of Feb. 1.
With oil slipping to $35-a-barrel, it's time regulators cracked down on transportation companies and demand that they at least break-out their add-on fees.
A new BBC documentary on Malaysia Airlines Flight MH17, which plunged from the skies over eastern Ukraine July 17, 2014, will air worldwide January 23 and 24 on BBC World.Read More
*****Updated March 26 0320 ET *****
- Search efforts for missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 resumed on Wednesday following improved weather conditions
- Malaysia's acting transport minister said 122 "potential objects" had been seen around 2,557km from Perth based on new French satellite images
- Six countries - Australia, New Zealand, the US, Japan, China and South Korea - are sending aircraft or ships to the search area
New data show the plane's last position was in the middle of the Indian Ocean, west of Perth, Australia, far from any possible landing strip, the Malaysian prime minister said Monday at a press conference in Kuala Lumpur.
Najib Razak said Malaysia Airlines had informed the families of the 239 passengers and crew. The airline sent an SMS to relatives saying that it is to be "assumed beyond any reasonable doubt" that MH370 has been lost. The announcement appears to have been based solely on tracking data supplied by Inmarsat and not on sightings of debris in the ocean.
China, meanwhile, has asked Malaysia to hand over the data that led it to conclude the plane had flown into the sea.
"We demand the Malaysian side state the detailed evidence that leads them to this judgement as well as supply all the relevant information and evidence about the satellite data analysis," Chinese Deputy Foreign Minister Xie Hangsheng said, according to a statement on the ministry's website.
Meanwhile, a multinational search is continuing in the southern Indian Ocean. That search was suspended Tuesday due to "horrendous" weather.
David Johnston, Australia’s defense minister, described the search as taking place in “probably one of the most remote parts of the planet” and one that “has shipwrecked many sailors.”
Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 went missing after taking off from Kuala Lumpur on 8 March.
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