Transport Airlines

Airfares and Fees Are Set to Jump in 2014

Excerpt from ABC News

Jan 12, 2014 11:00 am

Skift Take

Fuel prices and airline consolidation have set the stage in 2014 for more airfare price hikes, and fees, too, of course. So much for “right-sizing” the industry.

— Dennis Schaal

Sponsored by:

Report: Social Media Customer Service in the Travel Industry

Have you checked the price of oil lately? It hit $100 a barrel in late December (though it’s dropped down again since then), and oil is the big reason I predict fares will jump between four and five-and-a-half percent by the end of 2014. This will be after several airline price-hike attempts, a half-dozen of which will succeed.

As for fees, they’ll keep on coming. Discounter Spirit has just raised baggage fees again (but only a little), while other airlines can be expected to add them disguised in bundles or as brand new “amenities.” Bottom line is the same: You’ll pay more. Tip: An easy way to save is by learning how to pack absolutely everything you need in a carry-on.

Read the Complete Story →

Tags: , ,

Next Up

More on Skift

The Tour and Travel Providers Gaining the Most YouTube Views
Tracking Hotel Rate Drops Just Got Easier With Yapta’s RoomIQ
Delta Just Raised the Stakes in the In-Flight Entertainment Arms Race
Spending On Leisure Travel Is Best Use Of Points Earned During Business Travel