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Recently, Congress approved a hike for the TSA fee that is charged for each segment of airline travel within the US. Right now it’s $2.50 per segment (or $5 for a roundtrip), but as part of the recent budget agreement, it was raised to a flat $5.60 for a roundtrip.
However the TSA, in all its glorious wisdom, decided to “redefine” the definition of a roundtrip, and will charge that a separate $5.60 fee for each leg of a flight in which a connection between domestic flights is more than four hours, or between domestic flights in Alaska or Hawaii and international destinations with layovers of more than 12 hours.
A couple of bucks isn’t the end of the world, but since I don’t pay for flights (if I can help it!) oftentimes these TSA fees are my only cost for flights. For example, my flight to Washington is 9,000 Avios + $5, and 8 tickets to Lake Tahoe only cost me $40. Same thing with any bookings with the Southwest Companion Pass.
DansDeals had a good breakdown of the changes with a nice table. Basically, if you have a connection of over 4 hours, you’re going to be paying an additional $5.60 fee.
Well, the reason I’m telling you this NOW, is that the fees are going up on 7/21 (Monday). So if you have any flights that you were thinking about making, you should make them before Monday.
What about you? Do you have any flights you’re thinking about?