More Airline Fees This Summer
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.