Airfare to Get More Expensive This Holiday Season

Limited flight schedule will lead to price increases
By Nick McMaster,  Newser Staff
Posted Jul 18, 2008 1:40 PM CDT
Passengers are seen at Terminal 4 in JFK International Airport in New York Sunday, June 3, 2007.    (AP Photo/David Karp)
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(Newser) – Get ready—this holiday season is going to boast some of the most expensive airfares ever, USA Today reports. Because of high fuel costs, most airlines have cut back flight schedules; figure about 9% fewer flights in November compared to a year ago. Having constricted supply, expect the airlines to raise prices $50-$200 extra per seat. And don't bank on any late holiday sales.

"Not only are the airlines' prices up, rental car prices are way up, too," says an analyst for "And the hotels are going to want to make up for the business they're not going to get this fall."