Airlines add surcharge to holiday tickets
The fees apply to a “vast majority’’ of tickets for Nov. 29 and Jan. 2 and 3, Graeme Wallace of the travel research firm FareCompare.com said yesterday in an e-mail. They aren’t retroactive, according to American, which moved first to impose the fees.
“Passengers already pay more to fly on certain days,’’ Wallace said, adding that airlines “have now upped the ante by determining that certain peak travel days are worth an additional passenger-paid premium.’’
The surcharge differs from fees imposed for services such as checking bags, because it isn’t optional, said Jay Sorensen, president of consultant IdeaWorks and a former airline marketing executive.