US airlines are raising base fares because they can–because how else are you going to get there? JetBlue raised fares $4 per round trip on Thursday. Delta Air Lines increased prices also. Then Southwest. Rick Seaney at FareCompare charts the price hikes, showing how it took three tries to stick.
“Ebola fears do not appear to be hurting demand for flights,” Seaney writes, and “savings on jet fuel from recent oil price drops are not being passed along to passengers.” Oil prices have fallen about 20% since spring. Must be those rubber gloves some flight attendants are wearing that are driving up prices.