http://travel.usatoday.com/deals/in...ruth-about-airline-fuel-surcharges/47071096/1 I've seen all too many travel writers—who should know better—whining about the fuel surcharge horror. Have you heard something like this? "Fares are really high to Asia and Europe this year, plus you have to add around $400 in a fuel surcharge." If you have, then you're only getting half the story. The truth is that the only figure that matters is the total price—base fare plus fuel surcharge—and looking at either separately is rank idiocy.