Thursday, July 17, 2014

U.S. Air Travel Fees to Rise

On July 21 of this year, there will be a small increase in the Civil Aviation Security fee charged to airline passengers in the U.S. If you plan to fly soon, you can avoid the increase by booking your flight within the next four days.

While the fee is still relatively low, capped at $22.40 per round trip, it will affect budget flyers more than others in percentage terms. In addition, layovers of more than four hours on a domestic flight or more than 12 hours on an international flight will attract additional fees. Because many low-cost flights entail long layovers, this too will have an impact on flyers trying to save money.

Other airline fees in the U.S. for airports and for customs and border protection are also expected to increase in the near future, so once again the best policy is to book your flight now. Fees charged to U.S. travellers are still a lot lower than those in Canada, but of course if you fly between Canada and the U.S. you really get hit.

On another subject, I am happy to report that all-time page views for this blog have recently passed the 200,000 mark. Thanks especially to readers in the U.S., France, Taiwan, Russia and Canada, who have been the most numerous lately in that order. And a special welcome to readers in Indonesia, a country I have not seen represented before. Thanks for reading, and I hope you will continue to read my efforts to bring you interesting news that will make your travels easier.


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