Airlines continue to hesitantly flirt with hefty fuel surcharges. Delta, Northwest, and Continental imposed a $20-$40 surcharge over the weekend after previous efforts by United, US Airways, and American failed to stick. Sidestep their pricey dance by purchasing airline tickets between Tuesday afternoon and Thursday evening. [Rick Seaney]

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  1. CompletionBackwards says:

    Where is it that everyone needs to fly to? I don’t fly often, If I need to, I expect it would/should cost more than it used to. If my job sends me, they pay or reimburse. It costs more to drive to the airport and park, $20 to $40 is about 1 tank of gas for the average car. There is no implied right to a certain limited cost to do anything in the USA. That’s Capitalism.

  2. CurbRunner says:

    @completionbackwards said: “There is no implied right to a certain limited cost to do anything in the USA. That’s Capitalism.”

    Every economic system has its faults, just like capitalism.
    Freedom to price gouge included.

  3. martyf says:

    I don’t get “fuel surcharges” – isn’t this just a price increase? Is there a legal difference between a surcharge and a fare increase? They do this on our bus lines too.

  4. theblackdog says:

    Is Southwest actually staying away from imposing these surcharges?