They cut a very significant one, in fact – the fuel surcharge on many reward flights.
As part of aligning the various policies between Northwest and Delta changes to a variety of fees have been announced. Some have gone down (calling to book a ticket costs $20 now) or been removed completely (no more paying $3 for each bag checked with a skycap). Checked baggage fees have come down for Delta customers, going to $15 for the first and $50 for the second across the board for the carrier. Some fees have gone up or been added, with Delta adopting the “SkyChoice” program that charges an incremental ($5-25) amount for the “good seats” on a flight.
And then there is the fuel surcharge on reward flights.
Effective immediately, Delta will eliminate the $25-$100 fuel surcharges assessed for SkyMiles and WorldPerks award ticket travel originating from the U.S. and Canada. The surcharges were instituted earlier this year by both airlines in response to unprecedented fuel costs.
This fuel surcharge was also causing taxes to be applied to tickets, so this change will likely save passengers much, much more than the $25-100 that they were seeing. This is a HUGE improvement for the SkyMiles program. Kudos to Delta for taking this step.
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