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United, Continental hike fares $10

United and Continental are raising some U.S. airfares by $10 per round trip. Airfare experts said that as of midday Friday, other airlines had not matched the higher prices. Get the full story »

Orbitz raises outlook as 3Q profit doubles

Online travel agency Orbitz Worldwide Inc. posted a better-than-expected quarterly profit and forecast a 1-2 percent increase in full-year revenue as a rebounding travel industry lifts hotel and international air bookings. Orbitz, which owns travel sites and, said third-quarter net profit was $15.3 million, or 15 cents a share, compared with $7.0 million, or 8 cents a share, a year earlier. Get the full story »

Chicago, New York team up to draw winter tourists

Tourists pose for photographs in front of "The Bean" in Millennium Park, Jan. 28, 2010. (Jose M. Osorio/Chicago Tribune)

Chicago and New York tourism officials announced Tuesday their first-ever collaborative effort to lure visitors to their respective cities in the dead of winter.

The Chicago Convention & Tourism Bureau and the Chicago Office of Tourism joined with NYC & Co., the organization that markets the Big Apple, to secure discounts on American Airline flights between their cities during the traditionally slow post-holiday months. Get the full story »

AAA sees more of us hitting road on Labor Day

The number of Americans expected to travel during the Labor Day weekend  will rise 9.9 percent from 2009 as some aspects of the U.S. economy show signs of improvement, travel and auto group AAA said Wednesday.

Close to 34.4 million travelers will venture at least 50 miles  from home, up from 31.3 million last year when the recession curbed holiday plans, AAA forecast. Get the full story »

U.S. air fares poised to climb this fall

Travelers on U.S. airlines can look forward to higher fares and higher fees this fall as demand recovers from the 2009 economic recession, a top fare expert said Monday.

Fares for domestic flights are 16 percent to 20 percent higher than they were a year ago, said Rick Seaney, chief executive of Get the full story »

Air fares are up even without the fees, DOT says

If you think air fares have been rising, it’s not your imagination.

Figures just released from the government, though a bit dated, show that airline prices in the first three months of this year rose nearly 5 percent from a year earlier. And that doesn’t include baggage fees and other extras.

But average fares are 25 percent lower than they were in 1999 adjusting for inflation, the government says. Get the full story »