The same day I purchased airfare from New Jersey to California for what I thought was one of the better rates I’ve found in the past decade or so, I came across statistics showing that New Jersey’s Newark Liberty International Airport sports some of the highest fares in the country for the past two years, and this is expected to get worse this summer. It may not be fair to compares fares for an airport that has major business with global airlines with an airport in the middle of the country that has no international routes. The number of flights headed overseas may skew the data.
Through traveling and use of my Chase Continental Airlines OnePass Plus rewards credit card, I have more than 100,000 miles to use. I could have used my miles to pay for this flight, but that would have sliced my balance in half. I’d rather use miles for a fare upgrade. Unfortunately, for flying across the country, I can’t upgrade to BusinessFirst without paying a significant fee in addition to using miles.
Despite my anecdotal experience with lower rates that usual for my typical route, particularly considering I was booking within the traditional six-week window of higher fares, on average, travelers are seeing higher fares. The airlines are experiencing higher fuel costs and have no choice but to pass these expenses onto customers.
Do you plan to fly this summer as part of your travel or vacation plans? Are you expecting and planning for higher traveling expenses?