Effect of war on airfare

By spagirl,

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Do any of you travel experts out there have any ideas on what effect the war will have on airfare for flights within the United States? I plan to fly in September 2003. Should I wait for fares to decrease, or are they more likely to increase? Any information would be appreciated. Thanks.

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The rationale which is appropriate for regular airfare decisions is good here, too. If you find a fare you like, buy it, and don't look back. Two airlines - Continental and Delta - will credit you the difference if your fare goes down.

As to the impact of the war, if it is anything but extremely short, expect fares to go up, because airlines will begin cutting flights further, decreasing the supply. Several executives have said they're not looking at cutting fares right now, because they don't feel that will change who is flying - they'd only be reducing fares for people who already are flying, which is a bad business decision. Depending on how many flights are cut and people are laid off due to the war, when it's over they *may* reduce fares temporarily to get peoople back in the air. But that is far from certain.

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