A new US government report says travel to and from the United States and Canada will be more expensive and more crowded in 2018 than it has been in years.
Key points:Airline fees will rise by 1 per cent on top of inflation in 2018Airline groups will charge more to book through the US travel bureau and US government-owned carriers, the report saysAirline rates will rise from the $60 one-way fare and $80 one-seat ticket price to the $100 two-way and $150 one-carrier feeThe new fee for a one-night stay in the United Kingdom will rise to $160 from $90, according to the US Government Accountability Office (GAO) report.
The airline fees are the biggest part of the bill, with the airline groups and the US State Department charging a combined $1,080 per person to book flights through the airline travel bureau.
That’s about 1 per 100 people in 2018, up 1 percent from last year.
But there will be a dramatic increase in the cost of air travel as well.
Airline fees for one- or two-night stays will increase by $3 per person from $60 to $70, and for one or two rooms to $80 from $70 to $90.
Airline group rates will increase from $80 to $100, or $150 for two- and three-person groups, the GAO said.
It says the government will require airlines to offer one-time, one-month, two-week, three-week or three-monthly cancellations for most international passengers.
The travel bureau will no longer require airlines in some countries to reimburse a fare, but the bureau will be required to offer refunds to international customers, the audit said.
The GAO did not include the fee increase in its findings.
The government is expected to announce its 2018 travel guidelines in January.
The airlines and travel bureau said the increase would cost the average American family $3,621 a year.
However, the travel bureau estimates the average family in 2019 would pay about $3.4 million more than they did in 2018.
The GAo’s report does not include costs of airfares, meals, transportation and hotels.
The Government Accountability office does.