Airline travel industry experts believe that domestic US airfares may increase by as much as seven percent in 2013. United and its Star alliance partner Air Canada recently attempted the first airfare increase of 2013 by increasing over a million airfares by $2 to $5 each way in the last week, according to airfare monitoring websites.
Delta initially responded by matching the fares but took back the hikes later. While United’s move has been unsuccessful, we’re sure that the airline will persist in trying to raise its fares. US airlines attempted seven domestic airfare increases in the last year.
The probable merger between American Airlines and US Airways may also be bad news for lower domestic US airfares. Travelers can also expect increased self-service and innovative new fees in the new year.
Bargain seeking international travelers flying from the US may get good deals due to increased competition if they fly from US cities which are on the expansion lists of the carriers.