Political/Air- Schumer asks airlines to reverse flight change fees- USA Today

Posted: May 24, 2013 in Uncategorized

May 20, 2013

Sen. Charles Schumer is asking airlines to reverse recent decisions to increase flight change fees.

The New York Democrat said on Sunday that higher fees recently implemented by Delta Air Lines, United Airlines, American Airlines, and U.S. Airways make it difficult for families on budgets to travel, according to the Associated Press.

The four carriers recently raised fees on ticket changes from $150 to $200.

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Schumer argues that families often buy non-refundable tickets well in advance to get the best prices but that unforeseen events can force them to make changes.

Schumer has spoken out before against the raising of airline fees. Airlines have been increasing or adding fees for everything from choosing seats to boarding early.

In 2012, the nation’s 15 largest carriers made $2.6 billion in reservation change fees, up 7.3% from the year before, according to the Department of Transportation’s Bureau of Transportation Statistics.



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