DALLAS – In a break for travelers, the airlines, the number of days this season, they cut to a surcharge for flying during peak travel times.
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Delta, American, United and Continental confirmed on Friday that they are adding the surcharge to six days during the Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year. That's down from about two dozen last year, according to the price-tracking website FareCompare.com
Surcharges of $ 20 to $ 40 each way and applies to many flights on Nov. 27 and 28, December 22, 23 and 26 and 2 January, after the airlines.
U.S. Airways has however surcharges to 18 days in November and December, according to FareCompare CEO Rick Seaney. The airline does not immediately return messages for comment.
Tom Parsons, CEO of travel website BestFares.com, who first discovered the changes, said the reduction in the surcharges will help travelers find affordable travel, if they are flexible on travel days.
Offers listed Friday for around Thanksgiving – but avoiding the surcharge days – even Dallas and Los Angeles round-trip cruises from $ 219, and Washington-Fort Lauderdale, Florida, and Denver-San Diego for under $ 190. Some trips would be a seven-day stay, One-stop flights are not as complete, and return flights on various airlines that have code-sharing agreement.
"I can not remember seeing things this low, and we have not even going to the air war," said Parsons.
The airlines declined to comment on why they reduced the frequency of increases, but analysts say, suggests that vacationers can cut back, because they're worried about the economy.
Most major U.S. airlines recently raised some fares by up to $ 10 per round trip, but they were sold primarily on last-minute tickets are usually on business, not pleasure.
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