(NEW YORK) -- The 41 million Americans expected to fly this holiday season will face even higher airline ticket prices than last year. According to Farecompare.com's Rick Seaney, holiday airline ticket prices are up about 17 percent from last year, and they're not coming down anytime soon.
He told ABC News Radio the increase "is across the top 50 cities in the U.S. for, if you combine, Thanksgiving, Christmas and News Years."
Seaney advises some days will be higher than others. "You don't want to come back on Sunday and Monday after Thanksgiving," he says. "Those are the two busiest days of the year, and they're also charging a $30 peak travel surcharge on those days."
Seaney says the recession, along with limiting seating onboard planes, has contributed to the hike in prices.
"The recession had people not buying trips, watching their dollars, and combine that with airlines having a lot fewer seats this year than they've had in the last two or three years, and it's a perfect storm for the airlines to charge a little bit higher."
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