â†µIt's no big surprise that the airlines want to get in on the act. Four major carriers -- American, Delta, Northwest and United -- will tack on a $50 surcharge for all passengers flying out of the three southern Florida airports on February 8, the day after the Super Bowl. â†µâ†µ
â†µâ‡¥American Airlines spokesman Tim Smith told CNBC.com that the airline filed for surcharge in mid-October. â†µâ‡¥â†µ
â†µâ‡¥"Whether it's called a surcharge or a fair change, it comes down to the same thing — good old supply and demand," he said. â†µâ‡¥â†µ
â†µLet’s run that quote through the Babelfish corporatespeak translator: â†µâ†µ
â†µ“Hey sheeple, we’re just gonna go ahead and take you for as much as we possibly can. And we got government approval to do so. Tough toenails.” â†µâ†µ
â†µNow, if you happen to have a hook-up on cheap accommodations, you could probably wait another day and fly out on Tuesday. Unfortunately, the majority of people traveling to Miami won’t have that luxury and will have to absorb the extra hit rather than get soaked on another night at a hotel. â†µâ†µ
â†µExperts say this could lead to a trend of airlines pulling this stunt around big sporting events, which is yet another compelling reason why people might just opt to stay home and watch their nice, big flatscreen. â†µâ†µ
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