I purchased plane tickets at Kuwait Airways website, for a trip originated from US with a transition/overlay at Kuwait, by using a credit card issued in US. My credit card account shows not just the transaction, but also a second one with 1% of the ticket price, labeled as FRGN TRANS FEE and charged by Kuwait Airways if I am not mistaken.
DESCRIPTION: Frgn Trans Fee-Kuwait Ai2292113807162 Ci TYPE: FRGN TRANS FEE Merchant details CATEGORY: KUWAIT AIRWAYS METHOD: Manually Entered
I don't remember seeing foreign transaction fee, when comparing flights on flight aggregators or search engines such as Expedia, and when placing the order directly at the airline website.
Whenever booking a flight with an airline and credit card which do not belong to the same country, is a foreign transaction fee inevitable? Is it almost always 1% of the ticket price?
Are there flight aggregators or search engines which include foreign transaction fee into price comparison? Or warn customers about it?