Delta Introduces Fuel Surcharges on Award Tickets Originating from the US and Canada

I don’t have a stable internet connection during my travels at the moment, and I’ll have much more to say on this later I’m sure.

I predicted back in January

And that’s why I fully expect US airlines to begin passing fuel surcharges on to award customers (and other ‘free’ tickets including those given as denied boarding compensation).

Now Delta has announced

we will add the following fuel surcharge to Award Tickets originating from the U.S. and Canada, effective August 15, 2008:

  • $25 for Award Travel between the 50 states and Canada
  • $50 for Award Travel between the 50 states/Canada and all international destinations

(They already have fuel surcharges ex-Europe.)

As my prediction suggests, I imagine others will eventually follow.

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