Airfares are on the rise
DALLAS — The average price of an airline ticket for travel within the U.S. rose by just $1 last year, although prices are still modestly higher than they were five years ago. The U.S. Department of Transportation said Tuesday that the average domestic airfare rose to $381 in the fourth quarter of 2013, a 0.3 percent increase from a year earlier. The government said that the highest average fares were in Huntsville, Ala., at $528, and the lowest were $249 in Long Beach, Calif. The figures, which are adjusted for inflation, mostly count round-trip fares, but about one-fourth are one-way trips. Taxes are included, but fees for checking bags, boarding early or getting an economy-cabin seat with more legroom are not. In the 12 months that ended Sept. 30, more than a dozen of the largest U.S. airlines raised more than $6.1 billion from fees on checked bags and reservation changes.