I bought plane tickets online for a trip to see Ellora caves and attend the wedding of one of the IBM compact modelers. I thought pricing of tickets was worth a brief blog post. The screen shots below show two options for traveling from Indore to Bangalore via Mumbai. The first one offers a fare of 51 rupees (about $1) +tax per person. Even after you add the tax I would expect that to be cheaper than 2024 rupees +tax /person. However, when you click on the "Fare Summary" pop-up you see that the 51 rupee fare is 9500 rupees total for 2 people, while the 2024 fare is only 9466 rupees for two. (9500 rupees is about 200 dollars) I know that these prices typically include both a fuel surcharge, collected by the airline, and tax collected by the government. I have no idea how these amounts are calculated.
These screen captures are much clearer if you click on them to see the version with less compression applied.
Donna and Joe have finished their assignment in India. Occasionally they still travel somewhere.