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US Airways Cancels Fuel Surcharge - Refunds Due

(January 4, 2003)

In an attempt to offset rising fuel costs, US Airways added a $30 surcharge on most round-trip fares sold from December 23, 2002 to January 3, 2003.  Since no other carrier matched the surcharge, the airline eliminated the fee. What's this mean for you?  Well, if you purchased a US Airways ticket between the aforementioned dates, you may be due a refund.

How to submit a claim

Whether or not you have completed travel you'll need to write a brief description of why you are entitled to an adjustment, and send it with a copy of your ticket and flight information to:

US Airways Passenger Refund Department
5630 University Parkway
Winston-Salem, NC 27105

Claims for overcharges must be made within one year from the date of purchase. If you have additional questions regarding this matter, contact US Airways reservations at 1-800-428-4322.

Fueling Concern

In February 2000, most major U.S. carriers adopted a $20 roundtrip surcharge to offset rising jet fuel prices.  In September 2000, most airlines increased the surcharge to $40 roundtrip when fuel prices hit an all-time high.  As fuel prices dropped airlines discontinued the surcharge.  Nevertheless, according to the Air Transport Association, fuel prices are again reaching close to September 2000 highs.  While most airlines are holding off on the surcharge, don't be surprised if they change their minds (again) as fuel prices continue to rise.

Related Links:

US Airways
Department of Transportations Air Travel Consumer Report

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