What is APD?Air Passenger Duty (APD) is paid by (almost) all passengers flying from a UK airport. Our definitive guide to everything you need to know about APD is the best place to find out exactly what it is – and how to avoid paying it. At the moment, APD ranges from £13 for an economy-class, short-haul flight, to £150 for a first-class long-haul flight: see the HM Revenue and Customs website for a full breakdown of rates. APD is paid by you on booking, but it’s not collected from the airline by the tax authorities until you actually fly – and it’s not paid at all by children under 16 years of age. Check out these articles for more tips on airline tickets:All you need to know about Air Passenger DutyHow can you avoid paying APD on international flights? Will the changes to APD affect the cost of your family holiday? And what exactly is APD anyway?What to do if your flight is cancelled or delayedIf you’re stranded abroad and looking to get home, here are our best tips for getting there as quickly and safely as possible.6 tips to help you find the perfect flightFind the perfect flight with Skyscanner’s super search tools and explore the world without making a big hole in your pocket. Skyscanner is the world’s travel search engine, helping your money go further on flights, hotels and car hire.ReturnOne wayMulti-cityFromAdd nearby airports ToAdd nearby airportsDepart14/08/2019Return21/08/2019Cabin Class & Travellers1 adult, EconomyDirect flights onlySearch flights Map How do I claim back APD from the airline?The procedures for claiming a refund vary from airline to airline – some will refund the tax automatically, whereas others require you to fill out a form. Each airline should publish details of how to claim back APD tax on its own website. If you cannot find this, call the airline and request details.HMRC has confirmed that there is no deadline to claim back APD.Can I have an example of how to claim?Sure, you can have a whole bunch. We looked at five different airlines to see how easy it is to claim back your tax.easyJetEasyJet make if fairly easy to claim back your child’s APD. For international flights, just sign in on their website and confirm the ages of your child/children by entering their passport details under ‘Manage my booking’. Once you’ve done that, you should receive your refund automatically. If you booked a domestic flight though, you’ll need to fill out an APD confirmation form: more details and a link to the form can be found here.RyanairYou’ll need to fill out an online form in order to claim back APD from Ryanair. Head here to find a link to the form and more instructions.British AirwaysSimilarly to easyJet, British Airways just requires you to enter your child’s travel document details on their ‘Manage my booking’ portal, which can be found on their homepage. Once you’ve entered your child’s age, the refund should happen automatically – but bear in mind that the airline requires you to enter the information at least 72 hours before your flight departs. If you booked a domestic flight, you’ll need to contact the airline directly: full details can be found on their APD page.Jet2Like BA and easyJet, Jet2 just require you to fill in your child’s travel document details on the ‘Manage my booking’ page of their website, but contact the airline if you have any difficulties.OK, I tried to claim but I’m getting nowhere with the airline. Can anyone help?If you require further assistance, check the Air Transport Users Council (AUC) website for information on passenger rights and travel issues, or call them on020 7240 6061. The travel association ABTA can also help to resolve disputes and give advice. RelatedAll you need to know about Air Passenger DutyFrom 1st April 2018, taxes on air travel in the UK (excluding Northern Ireland and the Scottish Highlands) will be changing. Whilst Air Passenger Duty (APD) for short-haul flights remains the same, the APD for long-haul flights is creeping up from £75 to £78 for economy class and from £150…Change of plans? How to cancel a flight and get a refundNeed to change a flight and want to make sure you don’t lose money on the refund with easyJet, British Airways or Ryanair? Here’s our guide to which airlines offer refunds, and how to get one when you need to change your flight.Savvy holidaymakers booking cheap flights laterSavvy holidaymakers booking cheap flights later I booked a flight for my family before March 1st 2016, am I due a refund?It depends. If you booked a flight before March 1st 2016 that departed after March 1st 2016, and one of your children was under the age of 16 but older than 12 when the flight departed, then you might be due a refund. This is because APD was scrapped for children aged 12 to 15 on March 1st 2016, and the airline might have charged APD for your child when you booked your flight. Similarly, if you booked a flight before May 1st 2015 that departed after May 1st 2015, and one of your children was under the age of 12 when the flight departed, you might also be due a refund, as APD was scrapped for children under 12 on May 1st 2015.However, both of these cases only apply to seats booked in the lowest class of travel – if you booked your child into first class, then APD is still applied.