Flying on peak travel dates (especially around the holidays) has been historically pricey. This year is no exception as airlines have recently showed us exactly which days they consider to be “special”.
FareCompare.com alerted consumers on September 24 that American Airlines initiated (with all legacy airlines matching in the following days) a “Peak Travel Surcharge” ($10 each-way) to a majority of routes for departures on three very specific days: Sunday after Thanksgiving (November 29) and for January 2 and 3.
Over the past few days the FareCompare.com proprietary airfare processing system noted several rule changes which show an additional ten days have been added with a $10 each way surcharge (13 total) as follows:
Peak Travel Surcharge Dates
- November 29 – November 30, 2009
- December 19, 2009
- December 26 – December 27, 2009
- January 2 – January 3, 2010
- March 14, 2010
- March 20 – March 21, 2010
- March 28, 2010
- April 11, 2010
- May 28, 2010
According to American Airlines, the carrier filed the surcharge on the initial three dates in late September, US Airways followed suit by filing the surcharge for six more dates, and then American added four additional departure dates, bringing the total to 13.
Most carriers have matched the Peak Travel Surcharge, so many travelers can expect to pay extra when flying for Thanksgiving, Christmas, Spring Break, and Memorial Day (see dates above).
FareCompare.com published its Holiday Travel 2009 Guide in mid September to help consumers find the cheapest days to travel around Thanksgiving and Christmas and continues to innovate with tools to ferret out the cheapest travel deals throughout the year on over 500 airlines worldwide.