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“Free” trips getting more costly

Post by John Gillie / The News Tribune on June 27, 2008 at 1:21 pm with No Comments »
June 27, 2008 1:21 pm

“Free” frequent flier trips are about to enter the same historic time warp as inflight meals, no-charge second checked bags and free airline phone reservations.

Delta Air Lines today announced it will begin charging a $25 fuel surcharge on domestic and Canadian flights earned with mileage plan miles and $50 on international mileage plan flights beginning Aug. 15.

Delta follows US Airways with extra charges of frequent flier mile redemption. US Airways will charge a $25 to $50 processing surcharge for frequent flier flights booked on or after Aug. 6. American Airlines is already charging a $5 processing fee for miles redemption.

Most airlines also charge an extra fee for booking frequent flier flights over the phone and for flights booked with a few weeks of the flight.

Taxes and security fees are also added to the frequent flier tab.

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