Northwest Airlines Surprises Airline Industry With $20 Rollback of Friday Airfare Hike, Says

ARLINGTON, Texas, Aug. 15 /PRNewswire/ — Northwest Airlines rescinded its latest $20 fare hike on Saturday, Aug. 13, says Tom Parsons, CEO of, an Internet site that monitors airfares.

On Friday morning Aug. 12, Northwest Airlines was the last major legacy carrier to match the $20 fare hike instituted by Delta and United airlines on Aug. 10. As of 10 a.m. EDT Friday, the major airlines had successfully raised domestic leisure airfares 10 times since the weekend of Feb. 24.

American, United, Delta, Continental and US Airways were caught sleeping over the weekend after Northwest’s change of heart. Travelers acting to purchase airline tickets this past weekend found airfares on many of the non- competitive routes not served by a low-cost carrier at least $20 cheaper on Northwest, giving it an advantage not well-received by the other legacy airlines, says Parsons.

Parsons also states due to the fierce competitive nature of the U.S. major airlines, they too will be forced to roll back their airfare hike to the previous levels at least.

The only reason the major airlines would not roll back their $20 airfare hike would be if Northwest has another change of heart and raises airfares again, says Parsons. “I believe it’s now only a question of what hour other carriers will roll back their airfares to match Northwest’s lower airfares.”’s Tom Parsons, one of the most sought-after travel industry experts in the United States, has been chasing down hidden travel bargains and bringing them to the traveling public for 20 years. Parsons regularly appears on Fox News Channel, NBC’s Today Show, ABC’s Good Morning America, CBS’s The Early Show, CNN and MSNBC.

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