Like the rest of us fossil fuel consumers, commercial airlines have been handed the wonderful gift of lower oil prices, resulting in cheaper fuel.
But are they passing along the savings to air travelers in lower ticket prices? Not only is the answer no, but U.S. airlines are raising base fares on a lot of domestic flights, Reuters reports.
JetBlue Airways, Delta, United, Southwest and American airlines all bumped up fares. That’s in addition to luggage fees that a lot of airlines charge to enhance revenue.
The flying public just has to get used to paying more while expecting ultra-small servings of peanuts, pretzels or other snacks in return. Getting a good seat may even cost extra.
With so many hubs, oversold planes and connecting flights, people can only hope that they will get to their destinations on time with their luggage in one piece. The alternative, of course, is to drive.