Airlines initiate $10 fare increases
United Air Lines and Continental Airlines initiated the increases Monday by adding a $10 one-way fuel surcharge for all flights. Fuel prices have been rising steadily for the last three months. A merger between United and Continental is in the works.
American Airlines and Delta Air Lines responded by announcing a $10 one-way fare increase for all flights. (On Tuesday, United and Continental renamed their price hike, also calling it a "fare increase.")
In the past, such increases were usually matched by other major airlines. A representative for Farecompare.com, a website that tracks such increases, said it was uncertain whether other airlines would match the increases.
Photo: An American Airlines plane lifts off from Los Angeles International Airport. Credit: Los Angeles Times