More Airline Fees This Summer

My rants against airline fees has more ammunition. If you fly this summer, you’re probably paying extra. Airlines have quietly added extra fees for what they’re calling peak travel days.

USA Today reports surcharges run from 10 to 30 dollars for each one-way domestic flight.

Five big airlines — American, Delta, Continental, United and US Airways— have surcharges on most flights on 73 of 74 days June 10 through Aug. 22. The only day without a surcharge is July 4, usually one of the summer’s least-busy travel days.

Here’s a breakdown on what fee on which days, according to USA Today:

  • $10 on Tuesdays and Wednesdays, the least busy travel days.
  • $20 fees will be tacked onto travel on Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays and Mondays.
  • $30 on Sundays, the busiest travel day.

So what’s the bottom line if your family plans to fly this summer?  Again, from USA Today:

For a family of four, the extra charges could add up to $240 to the cost of a round trip this summer vacation season. “The airlines are treating the entire summer season like a holiday,” says FareCompare.com CEO Rick Seaney.

Just another way the airlines are sticking it to their customers… quietly.


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