Prepare to Pay Significant Fuel Surcharges This Summer

In the past week, American, United, Delta, Northwest and U.S. Airways have all moved to increase their transatlantic fuel surcharges by $10 one way. This brings the total fuel surcharge to $75 one way and a whopping $150 for a round-trip flight to Europe. Remember, that’s just the fuel surcharge, and doesn’t include the additional taxes and fees tacked on when you purchase your ticket.

Delta says it will increase its fuel surcharge for flights originating in Italy by 10 euros, which is about $12.68, at the current exchange rate. Continental officials say they are currently considering a similar increase on their transatlantic flights. No wonder air fares are so steep this summer!