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United tries again to raise airfares

By Associated Press


DALLAS >> United Airlines is trying again to raise prices after a similar move failed earlier this month.

United said Wednesday that it raised prices for travel within the U.S. by up to $20 per round trip.

United Continental Holdings Inc. said it raised prices $2 each way for flights under 500 miles, $3 for 501 to 1,000 miles, $5 for 1,001 to 2,000 miles, and $10 each way for flights longer than 2,000 miles or involving Hawaii or Alaska.United tried to raise prices by up to $10 per round trip on Jan. 3 but rolled back the increase after others, notably Southwest Airlines Co., kept their fares unchanged.

JPMorgan analyst Jamie Baker, who spotted Wednesday’s increase shortly after United entered it in ticket-distribution systems, said he expected some other big airlines to raise prices too but that Southwest’s support would be needed for the increase to stick.

Southwest carries more passengers within the U.S. than any airline and wields great influence over prices on many routes. 

According to Baker, the airlines imposed five broad fare increases last year and 11 in 2011. 

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realist3463 wrote:
Who cares. No one in their right mind would fly United anyway.
on January 16,2013 | 12:03PM
allie wrote:
yikes! stay broke!
on January 16,2013 | 12:04PM
busterb wrote:
How much you like bet in this instance Hawaii will be considered "within the US". Unlike not being able to vote for Hawaii 5-0 like the rest of the nation.
on January 16,2013 | 12:36PM
jtamura69 wrote:
Instead of raising fares to increase sales, why don't they do it the old fashion by providing dependable, reliable and courteous service. In other words earn their money and take pride in what they do.
on January 16,2013 | 03:16PM
nodaddynotthebelt wrote:
I avoid United Airlines at all costs. I have heard several horror stories regarding United Airlines. They denied someone a change of date on their ticket while at a hospital for a surgery that took longer than planned. The airline refused to accept the doctor's letter on behalf of the patient. They required the customer to pay a change fee which would have cost him more if he had used it. He ended up flying home using another airline as that route ended up costing less. Shame on United Airlines.
on January 16,2013 | 04:59PM
onevoice82 wrote:
the change fee is $75.00 if the new flight is the same day. $150.00 if different day. I think that is fair. How could it cost less to throw out that ticket and buy a one way flight on a different airline? sorry, your story doesn't make sense or I am reading your response wrong, not sure.....
on January 16,2013 | 06:53PM
HaoleGuy wrote:
No..it's another "I heard this..or my friend said this.." Very few people on here ever have actual experiences.
on January 16,2013 | 10:28PM
peanutgallery wrote:
United is the worst air carrier around. With outdated airframes and menopausal stewardesses, they lay at the bottom of the barrel. I'm surprised they're still in business
on January 17,2013 | 02:22AM
Venus1 wrote:
United is now Continental !!!! Terrible airline!!! Took all the 767/777 planes from Honolulu!!! The 757 planes are the pits!!! Hawaiian is the way to go!!!!!
on January 17,2013 | 04:17AM
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