COLOMBIA – Prices for flights across the country are seeing an increase as the summer travel season approaches.
Domestic flight prices have risen 40% since the start of 2022 and are expected to rise another 10% next month, marking a 7% increase since 2019.
Airlines such as Delta, American, United, Southwest and JetBlue are just some of the airlines affected.
As summer approaches, the demand for flights increases as more people can travel. The Transportation Security Administration said so expects passenger volumes to match and at times exceed those of 2019.
“So your vacation packages, for example, are growing at a pretty rapid rate,” said Jerry Price, office manager at Direct Travel. “Most of the time I have to give people bad news about prices or in case they call back several days later to go ahead and book something we quoted the price is almost higher.”
Price, working at a retail travel agency, has business and leisure clients who book trips including family vacations, honeymoons, corporate travel meetings and incentive trips, among others.
According to Price, these increases in thefts are due to a number of reasons.
“First, we are entering a high season, so whenever the children are out of school, i.e. summer break, spring break, Christmas break, the prices are higher” , Price said. “Second, of course, we all know gas prices are also going up. And third, there’s increased demand, everyone wants to go somewhere now.”
Price gave advice for those traveling this summer.
“Be flexible on your dates and destinations,” he said. “The sooner you can book your trip the better. Flights are available up to 11 months in advance, so the sooner you can get a price the better. And being flexible really is key, the dates and destinations will help you tremendously.”
Although prices are higher right now, only time can tell if this will be a lingering problem.