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Why tickets stay high while fuel prices drop

You may have noted the recent drop in gas prices at the pump. The airlines have noticed it, too, with a $1.6 billion savings in fuel costs over recent months. So why do the prices of tickets stay so high...and even rise?


An AP travel article says it's because the airlines have no particular reason to lower them. The planes are empty seats to fill by dropping prices. And investors want a nice payout on their airline investments. 


More details and thoughts HERE

The best part of every trip is realizing that it has upset your expectations

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Overall, for U.S. airlines, the trend is up; last month all the majors
went along with a $2 average increase on almost all fares. Those fares,
of course, are subject to competitive discounting on specific flights or
routes; Alaska and Delta have been battling over the Seattle market all
year, for example, affecting prices on those routes.

The cost of an Airline Ticket has little to do with the cost of a barrel of oil.

That's why I can fly to Sydney Australia for the same price as I can to New York.

That's 3500 miles to New York or 10,500 miles to Sydney. Same price.

It's solely based on the principle of how much juice you can squeeze from an orange.

While it's true that competition and cupidity rather than cost are the basis of pricing, fuel does factor in: when fuel is high, the airlines add surcharges, and when fuel costs drop, they seldom remove them!

The best part of every trip is realizing that it has upset your expectations

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