Everyone notices changes in ticket prices, but surging oil costs could also bring more subtle changes, according to James Newman, who works closely with the air travel industry as director of partnerships for PressReader, an app that delivers newspaper and magazine content to travelers.
"Everything that's loaded onto a plane, no matter how light, contributes to the total weight of the aircraft," Newman says. "That raises fuel consumption. That's why you see more and more airlines removing free in-flight magazines and newspapers. It's just too expensive."
A host of deep-discount carriers have popped up recently in overseas markets. That's forced bigger airlines to keep their prices low, even in the face of rising fuel costs — good news for anyone traveling overseas.
"Legacy airlines like Delta and Lufthansa have to compete with a growing number of budget airlines," says Scott Keyes, founder of Scott's Cheap Flights. "Ten years ago this was confined to regional markets like intra-Europe flights or domestic U.S. flights. Now, with the advent of ultra-low cost carriers like Norwegian Airlines and Wow Air, they are increasingly competing for trans-Atlantic customers. As a result, fares to Europe and elsewhere have stayed relatively low."