Airlines add $10 surcharge for 3 days around holidays

The Sunday after Thanksgiving is traditionally the busiest travel day of the year and the major airlines this week have given you another reason to plan travel on a different day. The carriers are matching a United move to add a $10 "miscellaneous surcharge" -- where do they come up with the phony names for a fare increase? -- for travel on Nov. 29, and Jan. 2 and 3. The January days tend to be the heaviest for Christmas-New Year's travel.

I was alerted to this new fee by Rick Seaney, CEO of the FareCompare Web site, who says that the last-minute holiday fare sales of last year are unlikely to be repeated this year. Check it out at

Read this news in conjunction with the post below about how much airlines now collect in change and cancellation fees.