Even a free ticket on Delta is going to cost you money starting on August 15. In an e-mail sent to its SkyMiles members, Delta announced that it would be adding a fuel surcharge to all Award Tickets originating from the U.S. and Canada. The fee is $25 for trips within the U.S. and Canada, and $50 for international travel. The move was made due to ever-increasing fuel costs, as explained in the e-mail:
This was a difficult but essential decision to ensure we are doing everything possible to offset the cost of fuel which has nearly doubled in the last year…. We hope this is temporary, and should fuel prices subside from current levels, we will reevaluate this surcharge.The e-mail went on to note that any Award Tickets redeemed prior to August 15 would not be subject to the surcharge, regardless of the travel dates. So, if you plan on cashing in your reward miles, now would be a good time to do so.
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