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Airfare on the rise, despite poor economy

Consumer Reports News: September 09, 2011 03:08 PM

Airlines are hiking their prices, and continue to bet that customer demand will justify the increase.

According to a report from JP Morgan, several airlines have increased their prices for several categories of flights, including walkup purchases, flights of less than 1,000 miles and also flights of more than 1,000 miles.

CNN Money provided a rundown of the airlines that increased their one-way fares for for walkup purchase by $3 for under 1,000 miles and $5 for over 1,000 miles:

  • Delta Airlines
  • United Airlines
  • U.S. Airways
  • Southwest Airlines

American Airlines also increased its prices, but that fare hike is only for same-day walk-in ticket purchases. This year, US Airways has increased its ticket prices successfully a total of nine times.

Southwest Airlines topped our recent list of Best Airlines, which was based on almost 15,000 survey responses about the overall flight experience at major U.S. carriers. As for U.S. Airways, it was the worst Rated airline out of the list of 10. Subscribers can see the full list in our Best and worst airlines article from the June issue of Consumer Reports.

Airline fares are going up ... again [CNN Money]

Maggie Shader

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