“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.