Spring and summer have typically seen airfares rise.
As families prepare for vacations prices will nudge upward to match the demand for seats.
But this year that nudge has become a leap, and earlier than normal.
A quick check shows a round trip to Orlando or Las Vegas from Tulsa in the next could of weeks will set you back over $400.00 per person.
This on the day Allegiant Air announced they will begin charging for carry-on bags as well as checked luggage.
KRMG reached out to Tom Parsons of Bestfares.com, he says there are some deals to be had but they are mostly to Europe.
“London is a good deal right now, even with the 2012 Summer Olympics there this summer” he told us.
Parsons said the price to visit Big Ben and Parliament has fallen a great deal.
“It’s down $600.00-$700.00 in just the last few weeks” Tom said.
Parsons says to be diligent, check often and don’t be afraid to think out of the box.
Domestically, there aren’t as many good deals.
“It’s tough out of Tulsa, you’re kind of a one horse town when it comes to low cost carriers,” Tom chuckled.
Parsons says Southwest Airlines is keeping the other carriers in Tulsa from making things even worse, but they can’t hold the line alone.
Dean Headley knows a thing or two about air travel.
Headley co-authors the national Airline Quality Rating (PDF), a group that ranks airlines on levels including cost and performance.
Headley says fares are most quickly affected by a rise in fuel prices.
That would mean that when oil prices fall, so will fares, right?
“We’ve shown over time that when the price of oil recedes that savings is not typically passed along to the consumer.”
Headley says there is a quicker way to sum it up “once it goes up, it usually stays there,” he noted.
Start saving that loose change in the couch, you just might need it when it comes vacation time in 2012.