Delta is sticking it to their frequent fliers starting on August 15th, when they will institute a fuel surcharge for all reward redemptions. The fee will be $25 for travel in the US and Canada and $50 for everywhere else in the world.
Interestingly, US-based carriers are not allowed to charge the fuel surcharge portion of their fares on reward seats, only the government taxes and fees. In this situation, however, it seems that Delta is pulling an end-run on that rule, effectively just charging a flat rate across the board to try to generate a bit of extra money. Sucks for folks that were looking forward to that “free” flight with their miles. I’ve got 90K miles to burn on Delta; looks like I’m going to be paying a bit more, too.
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