How Much Does Your Airline Ticket Really Cost?

Airline tickets have never been this expensive. Or confusing.

The price of airline tickets has soared by 25% in the last year, the biggest jump since the Federal Reserve of St. Louis began tracking prices.

Fares are mind-bogglingly complex, too. You have your base price. Then you have taxes and mandatory fees. And then you have extras like luggage and seat selection fees and insurance. (And if you think booking a ticket is bad in the U.S., try it for overseas.)

“There’s nothing worse than thinking you’ve scored a great deal, only to be blindsided by fees,” says Anne Sutherland, who publishes a site about

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