Yes, United Airlines has just raised its fuel surcharge for most flights–and that means, most travelers will now pay a whopping $50-per round-trip.
UPDATE: DELTA IS NOW MATCHING THIS INCREASE
There’s only one word for this: Unprecedented.
Robin Urbanski, a spokesperson for United Airlines, says, “Every penny increase in a gallon of jet fuel costs our industry $195 million annually, and while we operate more efficiently, we must be able to pass commodity costs on to customers, as other industries do.”
When asked why United decided to put the unprecedented increase into effect now, Ms. Urbanski said, “Increases in the cost of fuel continue to be unprecedented.”
These fuel surcharges will go into effect NOW. We are expecting some airlines (if not all) will soon start matching this.
I read somewhere that QANTAS bumped up it's fuel surcharge by $20-$50 dollares depending on your destination.
That's what happens when oil goes through the roof.
I think we will have to get used to it.
Wow, that's a lot indeed. This really hits US airlines much harder than overseas airlines too, as the high price of oil isn't so bad when converted back to say EUR or AUD, because of the USD devaluation the last year and a half. I was reading somewhere that all things considered (USD, inflation etc.) oil is even around the same price as xx years ago. With what's happening in the US economy at the moment, I don't expect the USD to be going up any time soon either, so raw materials like this that are commonly priced in USD will stay relatively cheap for us outside the US. I think it's pretty obvious we'll be seeing a drop in US travel numbers to international destinations.