United Airlines Attempts First Fare Hike of the Year

Two airlines were quick to raise prices, but the others wouldn't play along.

United Airlines Attempts First Fare Hike of the Year Photo (cc) by InSapphoWeTrust

You probably didn’t notice since we’re only a week into 2013, but United already tried to raise fares, according to USA Today

On Thursday, United and its partner Air Canada increased fares system-wide by $2 to $5 each way depending on the length of the flight. Delta Air Lines matched the increase.

But Southwest didn’t, and apparently that’s a big deal. The offending airlines quickly backed down and dropped most fares to the original prices.

Competition is a beautiful thing – you might say it keeps airlines from being United.

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