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Jet fuel jumps. Airfares climb.

Airlines warn higher costs will raise fares
Posted at 4:50 PM, Jun 07, 2018
and last updated 2018-06-07 20:33:22-04

TUCSON, Ariz. - Higher fuel costs are hitting more than just drivers.

The cost of jet fuel is rising and airlines say they're deciding how much to hike your airfares.

You may fly on this airline or that but your credit card is what you really fly on and it's going to be getting more of a workout because the airlines are saying, you can expect the airfares to go up.

You've seen the price going up for gassing your car.  
Jet fuel prices have jumped fifty percent in the past year, and even a medium sized jet might need six or seven thousand gallons per fill up.
Worried their profits will dive, the airlines are warning customers fares will be climbing.
At Bon Voyage Travel, Ryan Hansen says buy now before the fare hikes kick in.

"The fuel prices really do come back to the passenger bearing the burden of that.  Our best arm against that is trying to plan early and typically what we see is as fuel prices go up almost every summer; it seems like they always rise.  The earlier you can your airline tickets the better because at this point you probably are going to bear the burden."
At Tucson International travelers do not remember getting a price break when lower fuel costs gave the airlines a break.
Travelers like Doranne Friesenborg say if a trip is important enough, they'll just dig deeper and pay.

"We have children spread out all over the United States and it's just a given, we're gonna do it. So whatever the airlines choose to elect as our fares, there's not a lot of savings anymore.  It used to be you could kind of pick your spots if you went earlier or a different day you got a break, but that's gone."