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 http://www.farecompare.com/
Read this news in conjunction with the post below about how much airlines now collect in change and cancellation fees.