Flying for the Holidays? – Expect To Pay More on these Dates

by brian on November 19, 2009

In another attempt to squeeze more money out of the flying public, Delta, Northwest and United are charging an extra $10-$50. This is on top of the normal airfare for certain days during the upcoming holiday season through spring 2010. I am not sure if this applies on flights from these carriers outside the United States, but I would just assume it does.

Why are they doing this?

In three words: Because they can

You’ll see why when looking at the dates they chose for surcharges.

The dates in question include but are not limited to:

Nov. 29, 30
Saturday and Sunday after Thanksgiving

Dec. 18, 19, 23, 26, 27, 30
Prime travel days before and after Christmas

Jan. 2, 3
Saturday and Sunday after New Year’s

There is even a surcharge on the day after the Super Bowl. If you’re flying after the big game on Monday, February 8, whether you were in South Florida or not, you’re getting charged a little something extra.

This USA Today article talks about this more in depth and lists other flying days with the surcharge.

Also remember that airlines view your baggage as a source of revenue. No checked luggage if at all possible.

Southwest and JetBlue are the only American carriers that allow you ONE piece of checked baggage free of charge.

Anyone have any other tips and tricks to get through travel in the upcoming holiday season? Please share in the comments.

{ 2 comments… read them below or add one }

mina November 19, 2009 at 4:11 AM

The airlines with the most unprofessional employees and worst service are always the ones to charge ridiculous fees. Lament.


brian November 19, 2009 at 10:28 AM

You're so right. I wonder if the Asian airlines, which are lauded for their customer service, food selections, etc. are having the same financial difficulties as their American counterparts.


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