It was bound to happen. Delta, US Airways, and American are now charging to cash in your frequent flyer miles.
Starting August 15, the Delta SkyMiles Program will add a $25 fee for Award Travel between the 50 states and Canada; a $50 fee for Award Travel to international destinations, including the Caribbean, Latin America, Puerto Rico, the US Virgin Islands, Trans-Atlantic and Trans-Pacific.
Delta says the fuel surcharge will not impact existing ticketed award itineraries or award tickets issued prior to Aug. 15, regardless of the date of travel.
Many airline providers are issuing the fees in hopes to offset the rising cost of fuel, and Delta Air Lines isn’t alone.
The first week of August, US Airways will begin implementing a $25 fee for Canada and domestic flights; $35 to Mexico and the Caribbean and a $50 fee to Hawaii and international destinations. In June American Airlines began issuing a flat $5 fee.
“The price of fuel has nearly doubled in the last year, causing considerable financial stress to Delta’s business. As a result, Delta is implementing initiatives across all areas of the business to mitigate the extraordinary run up in fuel expenses,” says Jeff Robertson, managing director of Delta’s SkyMiles Program. “This was a difficult but essential decision in the face of record-high fuel costs. We hope this is temporary, and should fuel prices subside from current levels, we will reevaluate this surcharge.”
Delta Spokesperson Betsy Talton, told News Three, “As you know fuel costs more than twice what it did last year. We hope this surcharge on award tickets is temporary.”