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Airline Ticket Prices Up

January 6, 2014, 10:01 PM by Angela Kennecke

Airline Ticket Prices Up
SIOUX FALLS, SD -

You may be itching to get out of the deep freeze and into someplace tropical. But that winter vacation will cost you more this year.

The average ticket price spiked 24 percent in the last three years.

Sioux Falls Airport Authority hoped that adding airlines and more flights would make flying more affordable, but that hasn't happened. 

"Right now, getting to where it's warmer, we're going to see those prices higher because of supply and demand," Travel Agent Lorie Buus said.

Erlyce and Myron Pekas make the trip from Arizona to Sioux Falls and back regularly to visit their children.  They've noticed a big price jump, even on a discount carrier. 

"This flight on Allegiant for the two of us was a little over $800 and we're used to paying $200 or $250 round trip.  That's the difference of $300 more," passenger Erlyce Pekas said.

Other travelers hoping to book months in advance are suffering from sticker shock.

"I checked a flight going to Colorado for July because my niece is getting married and I thought that was a little high just going from Sioux Falls to Colorado. I want to say it was $500 to $600," passenger Cathy Olinger said.

"A lot of airlines have removed flights so there are only a certain number of flights that will leave Sioux Falls or connect to other destinations.  If those flights are full and they can continue to fill them at the higher price, we're going to see those prices high," Buus said.

People in Sioux Falls often drive to Minneapolis or Omaha to get a better deal on a flight, but that's not possible all the time this year. 

"We haven't seen a huge drop in Omaha or Minneapolis fares.  Minneapolis has actually been just as high as Sioux Falls," Buus said.

You may be able to save money by taking a $99 Sun Country shuttle out of Sioux Falls to Minneapolis to take one of its direct flights.  But when it comes to escaping this cold, there's no easy or cheap way to do it.

According to bestfares.com, we could see better prices on airfare after Easter, April 20, through Memorial Day.

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