U.S. Airlines Hike Fares Up To $10 Per Round Trip

Posted Dec 15th 2010 01:01 PMUpdated Dec 16th 2010 11:43 AM

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U.S. airlines this week raised fares $5 each way or $10 roundtrip for flights of more than 500 miles and $3 each way and $6 roundtrip for shorter flights.

According to FareCompare.com, a company that monitors air fares, the increase was initiated by American Airlines.

The boost has been matched both by American's traditional rivals, including Alaska, Continental, Delta, United and US Airways, and by low-cost carriers, including Frontier, Southwest and Virgin America.

That means the hike is more or less guaranteed to stick, making it one of the few successful air fare increases this year, FareCompare says.

Previous attempts this year failed to gain unanimous participation, although airlines have been successful at adding surcharges during holiday and other peak travel periods.

With oil prices creeping up to $90 a barrel and with traffic holding steady, FareCompare CEO Rick Seaney says it is "likely we will see more domestic hike attempts as we head into 2011."

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Frank

I don't mind inceases based on fuel costs...but PLEASE do away with all the fee's for bags, blankets, meals, "premium" economy seats, aisle seats, window seats.......the airlines have made 2.5 billion with a B this year on bag fee's alone...enough's enough. I now drive on most of my trips up to 1,000 miles.

December 17 2010 at 9:03 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Ed hill

Soon there will be solar powered airplanes, I guess they will charge a sur-tax on rays per hour usage ....Or seat belt clicking devices will be sold onboard , or your can just wing it and fly beltless.

December 17 2010 at 8:12 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
bev

stop flying unless absolutely necessary You can't complain about the fees going up and turn around and get a flight out to where ever you want to go. In that case you would be a part of the problem not the solution

December 17 2010 at 7:53 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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