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Rising cost of fuel isn’t only reason it’s more difficult to find cheap airfare

By March 14, 2011 No Comments

Airlines have the upper hand on airfare prices for more reasons than just fuel cost:

– The improving economy. Business travelers are expected to take 441 million trips this year, a 3% increase from 2010. As a result, airlines are reserving more seats for pricey last-minute bookings.
– Fewer seats. During the recession, airlines reduced the number of routes and planes they fly. As travel demand picks up, this shrunken supply of seats allows the industry to charge more. Planes are 82% full on average, compared with 70% full before the recession hit in late 2007.
– Consolidation. Six airlines have combined into just three over the past 14 months — Delta and Northwest, Continental and United, Midwest and Frontier — leaving bargain-hunters with fewer choices.

Your Christopherson agent has access to all airline fares and inventory and will be your best guide to finding the best airfare options available.

Kathleen Roberts

Kathleen Roberts

Kathleen Roberts is the Vice President of Business Development and passionate about providing innovative solutions for corporate travel programs. She is a member of GBTA and Utah GBTA, as well as a Certified Travel Counselor (CTC) and Global Travel Professional (GTP). In addition to being a travel addict she finds joy in a good game of basketball. Connect with Kathleen on LinkedIn.

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