The latest fee from a carrier – Delta fuel surcharge for reward seats

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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Seth Miller

I'm Seth, also known as the Wandering Aramean. I was bit by the travel bug 30 years ago and there's no sign of a cure. I fly ~200,000 miles annually; these are my stories. You can connect with me on Twitter, Facebook, and LinkedIn.