Sep 17, 2006, 7:33 PM
Post #12 of 30
Re: [sparks] Mexican Tourist Tax Up Date
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Anyone consider that they do pay the taxes collected to the mexican government so it can be wasted there.
Everyone is a tourist to the airlines it seems .... so I really doubt they are pocketing the extra.
Just a case of big business and big governement not giving a shit ... especially when it's working in their favor (to be lazy or financial gain).
I think you're just beating your gums about it. I got my $28+ back once at the ticket counter. I won't waste my time or others doing it again.
Sparks and others.
With all due respect, you are in error, the airlines are pocketing the difference. Here is how it works: Everyone buying a ticket where they deplane in Mexico pays the fee. When you fly in, everyone on the plane is given the option of filing out a form in English (for the FM-T) or a form in Spanish. The Spanish form gives a place to indicate if the person is a Mexican national. Both forms ask for the airline and the flight number. When you (Non-Mexican) give your form to Immigration, they ultimately turn it back to the airline (in some form of billing format) and the airline then pays the Mexican government however much the fee is, BUT ONLY FOR THE NUMBER OF TOURIST "APPLICATIONS" TURNED IN. Since there is nothing on the English version allowing one to indicate they are exempt from the fee, this is turned in and the Mexican gvernment paid.
But remember, EVERYONE has paid the fee that is built-in (hidden) in the ultimate ticket price.
Delta says that it does not collect the fee from anyone and pays the fee due from its own corporate pocket. Do I believe this? Yes. When asked why this is done, Delta says they simply factor this "overhead" into their ultimate ticket price. In other words, Delta is doing an end-run around the legality that some flyers are exempt from the fee. It is doing by indirection what it can not do directly by saying they don't collect the fee.
And finally, the airlines bank on the fact that most people will think as you do, which is, they won't "waste (their) time or others doing it again." Yes, it's a lot of B.S. and hoops to jump through for an individual but if you multiply this by all the people who pay when they don't have to, you see there is a lot of $$ flowing into the airlines coffers that shouldn't be going there.
What is my source for the above? Well, first research, then deductive reasoning and finally, a letter from the Associate Counsel from Delta Air Lines, Inc.
So when I "mouth-off" about something, I try to do my due-dilligence, and I have done it here.
"When all logical explanations have failed, we must look to the illogical for the answer.