Here's How Much Airfares Have Jumped Since '05
6.5% overall, and that's after inflation
By Evann Gastaldo, Newser Staff
Posted Nov 25, 2013 12:37 PM CST
An American Airlines jet takes off from Washington's Ronald Reagan National Airport early in the morning of Thursday Nov. 21, 2013.   (AP Photo/J. David Ake)

(Newser) – Feel like you're paying more for a plane ticket these days? You are. USA Today did an analysis of fares at the 100 busiest airports in the country, and found that on average, prices are up 6.5% (after adjusting for inflation) since 2005. The biggest fare change: Savannah-Hilton Head, where ticket prices are up 35.8%, followed closely by a 35.6% increase at Dallas Love Field.

Often, prices went up when ticket availability went down: For example, Cincinnati lost 80% of its domestic airline seats (the largest loss of seats seen during this period), and its fares went up 25.9%. Other factors contributing to price increases: airline mergers that have led to service cutbacks; airlines consolidating service to primary airports, leading to fare hikes at secondary airports in the area; and Southwest increasing its fares, which means it's not helping as much to keep fares lower across the board. Click for more from the report.

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Dec 8, 2013 10:22 PM CST
Its actually worse- In 2005 you could buy an American Eagle $1Silver dollar for about $8 They're $30 up now on e-bay: Whats changed is value of the paper dollar- its lost value
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Nov 28, 2013 4:14 PM CST
I'm glad my employer changed the travel policy to allow rental cars on longer trips. Considering the horror stories our directors have told, I'm glad I follow it. It also lets us build up points with the rental agencies. Its fun getting a new vehicle to drive for a business trip although every car has a different way to open the gas fill door. I never figured it out on my last car as I just pried it open with my rescue knife. When I do have to fly, I will often rent a car and drive to Dallas to catch the main flight there. I hate the short hop puddle jumpers and its not worth all the security for small trips anyway. But thankfully most of my trips are within the travel limit for a rental.
Nov 26, 2013 10:33 AM CST
ghinthorn, how did Obama have anything to do with it? You are a twit...