Barely 3 weeks into the new year, United has tried to increase domestic airfares for the second time. The airline increased most base domestic airfares by $2-$10 each way on January 16, depending on the distance and routes.
Most airfares were increased by $2-$5 while fares for flights over 2,000 miles were increased by $10. Following United’s lead, JetBlue also increased its airfares by $2-$5 round trip. Any widespread fare increase would require the participation of Southwest Airlines, the airline operating the maximum number of US domestic flights. Analysts suggest there is a good chance of Southwest following the fare increase this time.
United attempted to increase airfares in the first week of the year but had to roll back the hike when other airlines did not match its fare increase.
Read more in the USA Today article here:
United Airlines tries second airfare hike of 2013