Why bargain fares go bust
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Why bargain fares go bust: How taxes and fees inflate costs

Why bargain fares go bust
Bangkok, Thailand

Base airfare: $899

Taxes and fees: Add $88.40

[Based on round-trip fares researched from LAX on March 6 for travel dates April 19 to 26 on Travelocity.com. Fares may no longer be available.]

Lifesize bronze Buddha statues for sale are wrapped in plastic at shops on Bumrungmuang Road in Bangkok, Thailand. Many shops, some opened more than a century ago and run by generations of the same family, sell religious items in the shadow of one of the city’s most important Buddhist temples, Wat Suthat. (Photo: Barbara Walton, EPA)
Why bargain fares go bust
Beijing, China

Base airfare: $1,225

Taxes/fees: Add $79

[Based on round-trip fares researched from LAX on March 6 for travel dates April 19 to 26 on Travelocity.com. Fares may no longer be available.]

The Los Angeles Dodgers visit the Great Wall on Friday on the outkirts of Beijing, China. The Dodgers are in Beijing to play the San Diego Padres this weekend in the first-ever Major League baseball games played there. (Photo: Guang Niu, Getty Images)
Why bargain fares go bust
London

Base airfare: $545

Taxes/fees: Add $180.60

[Based on round-trip fares researched from LAX on March 6 for travel dates April 19 to 26 on Travelocity.com. Fares may no longer be available.]

A sculpture by British artist Nasser Azam called “The Dance” is shown in its new position along the bank of the River Thames in London. (Photo: Kirsty Wigglesworth, Associated Press)
Why bargain fares go bust
Mexico City, Mexico

Base airfare: $205

Taxes/fees: Add $107.37

[Based on round-trip fares researched from LAX on March 6 for travel dates April 19 to 26 on Travelocity.com. Fares may no longer be available.]

Journalists are silhouetted against a Mayan temple before a meeting titled “Indigenous People to Heal Our Mother Earth’’ in Palenque, Mexico, on Monday. Hundreds of Indians from Mexico, the United States and Canada gathered to ask forgiveness from what they call “our Mother Earth” and explore traditional solutions to environmental pollution. (Photo: Alexandre Meneghini, Associated Press)
Why bargain fares go bust
Paris

Base airfare: $1,230

Taxes/fees: $122.70

[Based on round-trip fares researched from LAX on March 6 for travel dates April 19 to 26 on Travelocity.com. Fares may no longer be available.]

Tourists gather at the Place du Trocadero, overlooking the Eiffel Tower in Paris, on March 10. (Photo: Muhammed Muheisen, Associated Press)
Why bargain fares go bust
New York, New York

Base airfare: $288.37

Taxes/fees: Add $59.63

[Based on round-trip fares researched from LAX on March 6 for travel dates April 19 to 26 on Travelocity.com. Fares may no longer be available.]

The Chrysler Building is a New York landmark. (Photo: Adam Rountree, Associated Press)
Why bargain fares go bust
Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Base airfare: $590

Taxes/fees: Add $102.30

[Based on round-trip fares researched from LAX on March 6 for travel dates April 19 to 26 on Travelocity.com. Fares may no longer be available.]

Pao de Acucar, or Sugar Loaf mountain, one of Rio’s most recognizable landmarks. (Photo: Antonio Lacerda, EPA)
Why bargain fares go bust
Sydney, Australia

Base airfare: $868

Taxes/fees: $364.80

[Based on round-trip fares researched from LAX on March 6 for travel dates April 19 to 26 on Travelocity.com. Fares may no longer be available.]

Braydon Szfranski of the U.S. performs during a skateboard competition on the forecourt of the Sydney Opera House on March 1. (Photo: Cameron Spencer, Getty Images)
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