Remember when airlines stopped offering complimentary food on their flights? That's barely something anyone talks about anymore given the various price hikes that have taken place this year. American Airlines and Delta Airlines are responsible for the most recent hikes and announced their decision to raise fuel surcharges by $20 round-trip. That doesn't mean fuel surcharges are $20 in total, it just means they're bumping up the existing surcharges and on some flights that amount is almost equal to ticket fares.
According to the New York Times some airlines are charging more than $100 round trip for domestic flights for fuel fees alone, and at least $300 for overseas flights lasting nine hours or more. Tim Winship, editor of SmarterTravel.com didn't sugar-coat the situation when he said, “If summer travelers are expecting to see the same sorts of air fares they saw last summer, they’re going to be very unpleasantly surprised. With both the net air fares and what people end up paying because of the additional fees, everything is going to be higher in summer 2008 than in summer 2007.”