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Delta, American Add Surcharges to Summer “Peak Travel Days”

American Airlines surcharges summer peak travel days

UPDATE: Alaska is matching on their AA/DL codeshare flights only.

Summer vacation travel is the latest target of those relatively new “peak travel day” surcharges – surcharges that were originally given the nickname “holiday surcharges” since they were initiated on popular Thanksgiving and Christmas travel days.

Delta Airlines and American Airlines are extending surcharge days into the summer.

The carriers have added numerous dates in June, July, and August. According to American spokesman Tim Smith, these surcharges apply to dates “we believe will be among the busiest during the summer travel season”.

Clearly, all airlines are looking to make some money – I can also point out that American and other legacy carriers ultimately withdrew from last week’s first attempted airfare hike of the year, but American’s Smith said that the filing of the surcharges had “nothing to do” with the earlier airfare hike attempt.

See FareCompare’s Calendar Table for all the surcharge dates, airlines and prices.

2 Responses to “Delta, American Add Surcharges to Summer “Peak Travel Days””

  1. eddie says:

    Hello Rick,

    In reading the news about summer surcharges… how is it possible that multiple airlines decide on the same days to demand a surcharge? Would this be collusion? Is this legal? I wonder how they arrive at these dates without discussing/planning it among themselves ahead of time. Your thoughts please. Thanks.

  2. Rick Seaney says:


    I’ve always said, the airlines are like sheep (and this isn’t necessarily a knock on the carriers, I’m sure a lot of highly competitive industries work this way); when one carrier raises prices or adds a surcharge, the others can see this change shortly after the new price is filed, and most follow suit. Delta was first on Monday, and American followed about noon on Tuesday as I recall and later that evening, United joined in.

    Hope this helps,

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