Family Holiday Tax Refund

29 Feb 2016

Family Flight Discounts

Families up and down the country can rejoice that finally something has been done to make that all important family holiday a little more affordable. Families travelling with children under the age of 16, from March 1st 2016 no longer have to pay APD (Air Passenger Duty) on the child fares. If you have already booked for travel after this date, you may also be legible for a refund.

This means an average family with two children could save up to £142 on this years holiday, here we explain all you need to know.

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What Is APD?

APD Air Passenger Duty is a tax charged by the UK government on flights that depart the UK (inbound flights or flights to the UK are not subject to this tax) The airline collects this tax alongside the airfare on behalf of the UK government and passes it on.

Is APD paid on all flights and holidays?

Yes, any flight leaving the UK is subject to APD, however, APD refunds are only available to those booked in an economy and for children under the age of 16 by the time of their return travel.

How much is APD?

APD varies based on the distance of the flight, for flights under 2000 miles the charge is £13 per person and for flights over 2000 miles its £71 per person. So basically any flight within Europe is subject to a £13 per person APD charge and outside of Europe is subject to £71.

So as an example an average family of 2 adults and 2 children flying to Tenerife will save a total of £26, whereas the same family on a flight to Orlando would save a whopping £142.

How do I know if I have paid APD?

Most airlines or agents will not break this charge down in the final invoice, so the best way to find out if you have paid APD is to contact the airline or agent you booked your flights with. Some airlines have already stopped charging APD where applicable, for an example British Airways scrapped APD on all bookings made after the 30th September 2015.

How do I get my APD refund?

Some airlines have already started processing refunds automatically; others require you to contact customer services or fill out an online form.

So if you are all booked up for your summer holiday it's worth digging out you paperwork and checking, or even better still drop an email to you agent / operator/ airline and ask them if you have paid APD and how to initiate the process of your refund, then all you need to worry about is how to spend it.