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What Is a Carbon Tax and Should I Pay It When I Fly?


The Carbon Offset Fee is an optional donation that travelers can make toward an airline. Why would a person voluntarily pay extra money to an airline while flying? The Carbon Offset Fee — also known as Carbon Tax — is like a monetary acknowledgement of the carbon emissions that will happen as a result of the air travel.

The money paid for a Carbon Offset fee goes toward reductions that are made in the emission of greenhouse gases in order to offset other emissions. Essentially, the Carbon Offset Fee is a recognition of, “I know it’s bad for the environment to travel by airplane, but I’ll pay this fee so that the airline can put the money toward righting the environmental wrong.” Make sense?