DALLAS – In a break for travelers, airlines have reduced the number of days this holiday season in which they add a surcharge for flights at peak periods of travel.
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Delta, American, United and Continental confirmed Friday that they are adding a surcharge of up to six days during Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year holidays. This compared with about two dozen in the past year, according to the price-tracking website FareCompare.com
Surcharges range from $ 20 to $ 40 in one direction and apply to many flights on November 27 and 28, December 22, 23 and 26 and January 2, according to the airline.
U.S. Airways, however, additional payments for 18 days in November and December, according to CEO Rick FareCompare Seaney. The airline did not immediately return a message for comment.
Tom Parsons, CEO of travel website BestFares.com, who first noticed the change, said the bonuses would help to reduce the travelers to find affordable travel, if they are flexible on travel days.
"I can not remember things at such a low level, and we do not even have a ticket there is a war," said Parsons.
Airlines declined to comment on why they have reduced the frequency of the premium, but analysts say signs point to the fact that tourists can be cut, because they are worried about the economy.
Most major U.S. airlines have recently raised some fares $ 10 round trip, but they were mostly in the last minute tickets are usually sold at corporate travelers, not tourists.
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