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United, American, Delta hike fares by another $60

While you and I were firing up our grills for Memorial Day weekend, three of the major U.S. airlines—United, American, and Delta—were cooking up a little something of their own: another round of fare hikes.

While you and I were firing up our grills for Memorial Day weekend, three of the major U.S. airlines—United, American, and Delta—were cooking up a little something of their own: another round of fare hikes.

This time, United was the one to initiate the $10 to $60 spike, with American and Delta scrambling to see which one could be the fastest to keep up. “We are bleeding here,” said American spokesperson Ned Raynolds. “It’s a survival battle at this point. We are the only major carrier never to have been in bankruptcy and we want to keep it that way.”

Judging from your overwhelming response to last week’s news about American’s new checked baggage charge, avoiding more bankruptcies may be an uphill battle for all of the major carriers.

For more on the new airline fees, read our recent coverage of baggage charges assessed by both Midwest Airlines and Frontier.

By Josh Roberts

Josh Roberts believes the best trips involve long hikes and muddy boots. His life goals haven't changed much since he was a kid: He still wants to be Indiana Jones when he grows up.

Follow him on Twitter (@joshwhowrites) and Instagram (@joshwhowrites), and visit his website (joshrobertsbooks.com) or Goodreads page to learn more about his forthcoming novel.

Josh joined SmarterTravel in 2001, and is an active member in both the Society of American Travel Writers (SATW) and the Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators (SCBWI).

In addition to SmarterTravel, he has written for USA Today, The Boston Globe, Yahoo! Travel, The Huffington Post, Airfarewatchdog, TripAdvisor, Jetsetter, ABC News, Oyster, and Business Insider. His travel photography can be seen in Britain and Ireland's Best Wild Places, published by Penguin UK.

The Handy Item I Always Pack: "A lacrosse ball. It's small, lightweight, and works wonders on loosening up tight muscles."

Ultimate Bucket List Experience: "Being the first to discover an ancient lost city. Failing that, visiting as many of the already-discovered ancient ruins as possible."

Travel Motto: "Not all those who wander are lost." -J.R.R. Tolkien

Aisle, Window, or Middle Seat: "Aisle."

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