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Temporary Tax Reductions

August 8, 2011

Effective 12:01 a.m. Pacific Time Monday, August 8, 2011, Alaska Airlines reinstated all Aviation Excise Taxes.

Tax Refund Eligibility

Based on instructions the IRS issued on August 5, 2011, customers who bought tickets before July 23, 2011, and flew during the tax holiday are not eligible for a refund on taxes and fees paid. Visit for more information.

Tax Relief Explained

The Aviation Excise Tax expired Friday, July 22, 2011, at midnight and was reinstated Monday, August 8, 2011. Unlike some of our competitors, Alaska Airlines did not raise fares in connection with the federal taxes that lapsed and we passed along the savings to you.

For tickets purchased during the tax holiday, Aviation Excise Taxes will not be collected retroactively, even for travel that takes place after August 8, 2011. However, if voluntary changes are made to your flight dates or times, these taxes will apply.

For tickets sold between July 23, 2011, and August 8, 2011, the following taxes were not collected:

  • The 7.5% tax generally applicable to domestic transportation (as well the 7.5% tax on amounts received from the sale of "frequent flyer miles".)
  • The $3.70 domestic segment tax.
  • The $16.30 international arrival/departure tax.
  • The $8.20 departure tax for flights between Alaska/Hawaii and the mainland US.

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