- The Washington Times - Monday, January 4, 2010

MINNEAPOLIS — Some airlines are keeping their New Year’s resolution to raise fares.

FareCompare.com, a fare-tracking Web site, says United Airlines added as much as $10 round trip to U.S. fares. Most of the increases United filed on Wednesday were $6 round trip.

FareCompare says the other big airlines matched, except discounters Southwest, JetBlue and AirTran. Rick Seaney of FareCompare said the price increases avoided routes that overlap with the cheaper airlines. The increases also don’t apply to fare sales that are running through March.

Mr. Seaney said this makes four successful airfare increases in the past year. Airlines have been eager to begin raising fares after using discounts to fill seats during the recession.

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