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Cost of flying may take off

July 18, 2008 12:00:00 AM PDT
With fuel prices through the roof, airlines may be hiking up the cost of travel this coming holiday season. Experts are warning that this may be the most expensive holiday travel season ever.

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People planning to fly home for the holidays may need to be prepared to spend a lot of money. Some routes, like Jet Blue's flight from Boston to Chicago, are up 27 percent. Dallas to Salt Lake City on Delta is 163 percent higher over Christmas last year.

Airlines are struggling due to high fuel costs. So, they are cutting routes. With fewer routes, there are fewer seats, and the airlines are charging top dollar during the holidays.

"You're going to have to make your travel plans much further in advance. So, it's going to be a very tight, tight game that's going to be played out," said President of Aviation Dynamics Julius Maldutis.

Some of the top spots like Las Vegas, Hawaii and Mexico will see some of the highest prices. Some routes will more than double in price.

"We always think about the holidays early anyway...about six months ago. We're going to Colorado. We're going to Aspen. You always have to book early anyway," said Joanne Dauer, air traveler.

Some say the best thing you can do is buy your ticket early because the airlines plan on raising prices throughout the fall and winter.

 

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