One Airline Price Hike Succeeds, Limited Number of Travelers Affected

UPDATE Feb. 24: The American/US Airways-launched trans-border hike between the U.S. and Canada has failed.

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Earlier this week, two different U.S. airlines attempted to raise airfare prices, according to airfare analyst and FareCompare CEO Rick Seaney. So far, one hike has succeeded while the other is on the verge of failure. In any event, most flyers won’t feel the pinch.

Both hikes were kicked off Tuesday (Feb. 18) with American Airlines and US Airways raising fares on routes between the U.S. and Canada, while Delta followed up with an increase on business travel fares. Here is how the hikes progressed.

One Week, Two Airfare Hikes

American, US Airways Trans-border Hike

  • Tuesday, 1 p.m.* (Feb. 18) – American and US Airways launched an increase of up to $22 round-trip on U.S.-Canada trans-border flights.
  • Tuesday, 8 p.m. – United and Air Canada matched the hike.
  • Friday, 1 p.m. (Feb. 21) – With the failure of Delta to join in the matching activity, United and Air Canada begin rolling the hike back. It appears this hike will fail [this hike has now “officially” failed]

Delta Business Travel Hike

  • Tuesday, 8 p.m. (Feb. 18) – Delta Air Lines launched a modest domestic fare hike of up to $10 round-trip but it only targeted business travelers (those who pay $600 or more round-trip for last-minute flights).
  • Wednesday, 1 p.m. (Feb. 19), – United matches the Delta-launched business travel hike (Feb. 19).
  • Wednesday, 8 p.m. – Southwest and AirTran match the business hike.

*All times listed are Eastern Standard.

Active Fare-Filing Week

As airfare analyst and FareCompare CEO Rick Seaney noted, “This has been one of the most active fare-filing weeks in over a year.” However, the only other airfare attempts of the year – and there were just two – quickly met with failure.

Airfare Hike Chart - February 18, 2014 - Failed

 

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Published: February 21, 2014