If you’re planning any air travel on the busiest post-holiday travel days this year, prepare to pay $10 in an extra, uh, “fuel surcharge” on Delta, American, and United flights. Fuel is super extra expensive on November 29th, January 2rd, and January 3rd, you know.
What’s the real reason? People returning home after various winter holidays.
The Sunday after Thanksgiving — Nov. 29 this year, — is typically among the busiest travel days of the year, along with the Wednesday before Thanksgiving.
The days following New Year’s Day are also busy as travelers return home from the Christmas holidays.
Surcharges must be included in base prices listed in advertisements and on Web sites, according to the U.S. Department of Transportation.
American Airlines started the meme on Wednesday, United followed along on Thursday, and Delta joined in on Friday.
Delta matches American, United on $10 holiday surcharge [Atlanta Journal-Constitution] (Thanks, Snarkysnake!)