DALLAS – In a break for travelers, airlines have reduced the number of days this holiday season when you add a premium for flying during peak periods.
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Delta, American, United and Continental confirmed Friday that it is adding the extra days during the six ', Thanksgiving Christmas and New Year holidays. That's down from about two dozen last year, according to price-tracking website FareCompare.com
Surcharges range from $ 20 to $ 40 each way and apply to many flights November 27 and 28, Dec. 22, 23 and 26 and Jan. 2, according to the airlines.
U.S. Airways, meanwhile, surcharges on 18 days in November and December, according to FareCompare CEO Rick Seaney. The airline did not immediately return messages for comment.
Tom Parsons, CEO of the travel site BestFares.com, who first spotted the changes, said that the reduction in surcharges will help travelers find travel at affordable prices if you are flexible on travel days.
Offers listed for about Thanksgiving Friday – but without the extra day – including Dallas-Los Angeles return from $ 219, and Washington and Fort Lauderdale, Fla., and Denver-San Diego for less than $ 190. Some trips involve a seven-day stay, one-stop flights rather than non-stops, and outgoing and return flights on different airlines that have code-sharing agreements.
"I can not remember having seen this stuff down, and not even have a war going on air ticket," said Parsons.
The airlines declined to comment on why they have reduced the frequency of the surcharges, but analysts say signs that tourists can be cut because they are worried about the economy.
Most major U.S. airlines have recently raised some fares up to $ 10 per round trip, but they were mostly on last minute tickets typically sold to business travelers, not vacationers.
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