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.