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Delta, United Airlines Hike Domestic Fares

Photo Courtesy - Delta Airlines(NEW YORK) -- A proprietary airfare processing system used by FareCompare detected "significant domestic airfare hike activity" Monday afternoon from both Delta and United Airlines on the majority of their respective route systems, according to the airfare shopping website. 

Delta's domestic ticket prices increased by up to $20 roundtrip, while United raised domestic prices by up to $10 roundtrip.

FareCompare CEO Rick Seaney said "usually one airline leads out on a domestic hike with others deciding to match in the following 36 hours."  Seaney said Delta or United will have to adjust their hike to be in line with one another due to the recessionary competitive rule that says an airline's price hike can never be $1 more or less than their competitor's.

This fare hike is the second in 2011 and the fourth since mid-December 2010.

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