Airline Fees

To ensure you don't have any surprises on your next airfare bill, below are some carrier-imposed fees that might be included.

Change Fees

  • The airline carriers may charge a change fee to travel agents who do not reissue a ticket when a traveler makes a voluntary change to a ticketed transaction. Contact your TMC for more information.
  • This is a policy between the airlines and travel agents, and is not under the authority of the City Pair Program Contract, but applies to the business of all respective air carriers.
  • If a travel agent does not change the record, the carrier won’t be able to determine if a flight is overbooked, or if additional monies should be collected or refunded as a result of the change.
  • When the traveler checks in, that person’s record will not show the most recent changes, which may impact his/her ability to board a flight.
  • The airlines are not charging the government for this change fee. Rather, the airlines are charging this fee to the travel agent; if, and only if, the travel agent does not reissue the ticket when a change is made after the ticket has been issued.
  • The charge is not imposed when the travel agent reissues tickets to reflect voluntary changes.

Fuel Surcharge

  • Due to the continued volatility in fuel costs, the City Pair Program is allowing airlines to assess a fuel surcharge to domestic or international contract fares under the following conditions:
    • The fuel surcharge may only be assessed on fares corresponding to the contract fares; after the surcharge has been in place commercially for a minimum of 14 consecutive days;
    • The fuel surcharge may not be higher than that imposed commercially;
    • The fuel surcharge will be assessed at the time of ticket issuance; and
    • The fuel surcharge will be removed from the contract fares when it is no longer imposed commercially on the applicable fares in a market.

Security Service Fee

  • Adjustment of Passenger Civil Aviation Security Service Fee
    • The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) has issued an interim final rule (IFR) to implement the passenger civil aviation security service fee (security service fee) increase mandated by the Bipartisan Budget Act of 2013. The fee has become effective as of July 21, 2014.
  • Who authorized this fee?
    • This IFR implements amendments to 49 U.S.C. 44940, which authorizes TSA to impose fees to defray the government’s costs for providing civil aviation security services, such as those related to screening personnel, screening equipment, and other specified security services. The Aviation and Transportation Security Act. Section 44940 of title 49 U.S.C. was originally enacted in 2001 as part of the Aviation and Transportation Security Act (ATSA).2. Under the authorizing language of section 44940(a), the security service fee applies to passengers of air carriers and foreign air carriers, traveling in air transportation 3 or intrastate air transportation originating at airports in the United States.
  • What is the cost to a traveler?
    • The fee is to increase the security service fee from $2.50 to $5.60 per one-way trip*. The fee is automatically tacked onto the airfare price. The previous fee cap of $10 has been rescinded. Therefore; each connecting flight with a layover of four (4) or more hours, fliers must pay $5.60 for each leg of the each flight.
  • When is this effective?
    • All ticketed/purchased travel from July 21, 2014, and forward will have the additional fee included in the airfare price.
      • *One-way trip means continuous travel from a point to another point during which a stopover does not occur. A ‘‘stopover’’ is a break in travel of more than four (4) hours between two domestic flights, or twelve (12) hours between a domestic flight and an international flight or two international flights.
Last Reviewed: 2020-12-22