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Monday, November 23, 2009

Website tracks new airline fees & surcharges

Fare Compare is a website that has a calendar that highlights and tracks the growing number of dates on which carriers are charging additional fees.

The first surcharges were around $10 each way and attached to popular travel days for the Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year’s holidays. Now the airlines are adding these surcharges, up to $30 each way, to numerous popular flight dates in 2010. I saw that they surcharged the date we go on daylight savings time!

To me these extra fees tough to swallow especially when we already paying a laundry list of additional fees for checked bag fees, blankets, assigned seats, etc.

To the airline execs: Don’t publish an airfare of $198.00 then tack on an extra $100.00 in fees and surcharges. Just publish the total price of $298.00. I can do the math and calculate the total costs of my flight.