Delta's New Airfare Hike is a Success

UPDATE #5 – April 12, 4 p.m. EDT: Southwest has just matched, prompting airfare analyst Rick Seaney to pronounce the Delta-launched hike a success. A few hours later, US Airways joined in the matching.

UPDATE #4 – April 12, 1 p.m. EDT: Airfare analyst Rick Seaney observes that US Airways is “dabbling” in the Delta hike.

UPDATE #3 – April 12, 10 a.m. EDT: Airfare analyst Rick Seaney reports that JetBlue matched the hike last night, “which is usually a sign that a hike will stick.”

UPDATE #2 – April 11, 8 p.m. EDT: American Airlines has now joined United in matching the Delta hike.

UPDATE #1 – April 11, 4 p.m. EDT: United has matched the Delta hike.

Despite the hike, deals still exist – see for yourself

Thursday April 11, 10 a.m. EDT: Delta Air Lines has just launched a new airfare hike, according to airfare analyst Rick Seaney who reports these new higher prices are for domestic flights only, across the bulk of Delta’s domestic route system.

New Hike Adds $4 Round-trip

The new hike adds another $4 round-trip to most of the airline’s domestic airfare prices. It is the the sixth hike attempt of 2013 and it is worth noting that the last three were also launched by Delta. However, unlike this new broad-based hike, the others were limited to last-minute business fares (and only one of those hikes was successful).

Previous hikes had been ranging in price from $4 to $10 round-trip and analyst Seaney suggested that, “After a lengthy respite, Delta is starting slow with the $4 hike, testing the waters so to speak, by just dipping a toe in.”

Latest Hike Attempt after Six Week Lull

Delta’s latest hike is the first such attempt after a lull of six weeks. We will update with the new developments – including whether competing airlines join in on the hike – as soon as the information becomes available.


Published: April 11, 2013