Surcharges, extra fees, price changes

update:2012-04-06

1. What are the Fuel Surcharge regulations?
All domestic flights are subject to the following surcharges: RMB 80 will be charged for each passenger for flight routes less than 800 kilometers. RMB 150 will be charged for each passenger for flight routes that are 800 kilometers or more.

2. Why does the Airport Construction Fee have three different prices: RMB 10, RMB 50 and RMB 90?
Airport Construction Fees are included in the price of all tickets sold after Sept.1, 2004. For domestic regional routes flown by the airplanes below, the Airport Construction Fee of each leg is RMB 10. For all other domestic flights not flown by the planes below, the Airport Construction Fee is RMB 50. For all international flights, the Airport Construction Fee is RMB 90.

3. Do children need to pay the Fuel Surcharge and Airport Construction Fees?
For domestic flights, a child has to pay a fuel surcharge of RMB 20 for routes less than 800 kilometers and RMB 40 for routes that are 800 kilometers or more. Infants' tickets that are 10% of the adult fare will be exempt from Fuel Surcharges. Neither children nor infants are subject to pay the Airport Construction Fees.

4. What extra fees are added to the international flight ticket price?
The international flight price is determined by the airline, flight class, validity period, and ticket policy including ticket price, tax, and additional fees. The Flight Tax is subject to change and the amount indicated on the eLong website should be used for reference only. The final rate of the Flight Tax is set according to the exchange rate of the day tickets are issued.
The Fuel Surcharge is charged by the airline company. The final rate of the Fuel Surcharge is determined by the airlines.
The Airport Construction Fee is RMB 90 (about US$11) for international flights including flights to Hong Kong and Macau.
Children and infants are exempted from the Airport Construction Fee.
The new immigrant flight prices are only available for Mainland Chinese passengers while selected student flight prices are also available for non-Chinese passport holders.

5. Why has the ticket price changed since my booking submission?
The ticket prices indicated on the Apple Travel website should be used for reference only. Discounted flight tickets sell fast, so it is important that you act quickly when you see a rate you like, or you risk losing it. The perception of price change occurs when the flight tickets with the price you selected have been sold out or cancelled before the tickets are issued. It is the prerogative of the airline to cancel tickets that have not yet been issued. In general, you have a window of a few hours from booking to ticket issuance. During peak seasons like the Golden Week holidays, however, tickets can be sold out or cancelled in a matter of minutes. The best way to avoid price change is to have the tickets booked and issued upon confirmation of the eLong agent.