Latest Airfare Hike Attempt Ends in Failure

UPDATE: Nov. 17, 2015 – As of yesterday, both Delta and United began rolling back their increases, prompting Rick Seaney to declare the hike a failure. This is the latest in a series of hike-attempt fails that began last June.

UPDATE: Nov. 12, 2015 – At 8 p.m. last night, Delta Air Lines launched a mini-hike among some of its smaller regional cities, with a minimum increase of $4 each-way. At 10 a.m. United matched Delta’s hike on some of its overlapping cities, while maintaining its earlier trans-border hike. See chart below.


Nov. 11, 2015 – At 2 p.m. eastern time, United Airlines and Air Canada hiked fares on routes between the U.S. and Canada.

The airfare hike is a broad one, covering both leisure and business airfares.

Both airlines are part of the Star Alliance, and per the U.S. Department of Transportation, have antitrust immunity meaning the two carriers can file airfare prices and flights together in trans-border markets.

We’ll update this post when more information becomes available.

Latest Hike Attempt Fails
Latest Hike Attempt Fails


Updated: November 17, 2015