Delta Air Lines for the second time in less than a week is attempting to
raise leisure and business fares across the United States by $9 roundtrip,
says Tom Parsons, CEO of Bestfares.com, a discount travel website that
“Delta’s latest fare hike has a new twist,” says Parsons.
“Delta has elected not to raise fares out of its hubs and the hubs of
American, United, Northwest, Continental, US Airways, Midwest Express and
most other airlines where the competition offers non-stop service.”
But in markets where there is no non-stop competition Delta ticket prices
are up $9 roundtrip.
“For example, out of the American Airlines hub of St. Louis, American
offers non-stop service to San Diego, Orange County, Los Angeles, San
Francisco and Seattle,” says Parsons. Delta elected not to raise fares on
But on routes that American does not offer nonstop service from the St.
Louis hub, such as Ontario CA; Burbank; San Jose; Oakland; or Portland,
OR, Delta raised both leisure and business fares by $9.
Parsons notes that as of 9 a.m. Eastern time today, no other airlines have
matched Delta’s fare hike. Airlines have two other times today that they
can raise fares: about 11:30 a.m. Eastern and 3 p.m. Eastern.
In related travel news, Southwest Airlines has extended the ticketing
window for its $198 roundtrip system-wide airfare sale good for travel
through Aug. 7. Consumers now have until April 8 to purchase these cheap
spring and summer airfares.
“The cheap seats are being snatched up quickly by the travel-wise
consumer,” says Parsons. “People who want to fly this summer should buy
now to get the best prices.”
Bestfares.com’s Tom Parsons, one of the most sought-after travel industry
experts in the United States, has been chasing down hidden travel bargains
and bringing them to the traveling public for 20 years. Parsons regularly
appears on NBC’s Today Show, ABC’s Good Morning America, CBS’s The Early
Show, CNN, Fox and MSNBC.