USAirways Adds Surcharge for Bookings

USAirways has apparently added a $5 surcharge to flights booked on its own website. CrankyFlier has the goods.

This seems inconsistent with USAirways’ own policies

    There is no booking fee for tickets purchased or redeemed on

However, when CrankyFlier confronted USAirways with evidence — that the website was pricing out itineraries $5 higher than the airline’s published fares — they acknowledged it, but refuse to call it a booking fee.

    [T]he $5 increase you’re seeing is essentially a fare increase to fares booked at”

Regardless of the semantics, it is now $5 more expensive to book tickets at than it is to book at some other online engines such as (their traditional airfare booking site, not the name your own price site – Priceline doesn’t add booking fees).

Even booking through Expedia, Orbitz, or Travelocity is superior as you can access those sites via a cashback portal (eg FatWallet, but always check EvRewards for the best current offers) and receive a rebate that in many cases is larger than the booking fee those sites charge.

About Gary Leff

Gary Leff is one of the foremost experts in the field of miles, points, and frequent business travel - a topic he has covered since 2002. Co-founder of frequent flyer community, emcee of the Freddie Awards, and named one of the "World's Top Travel Experts" by Conde' Nast Traveler (2010-Present) Gary has been a guest on most major news media, profiled in several top print publications, and published broadly on the topic of consumer loyalty. More About Gary »

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