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Southwest hikes fares yet again

Apparently I wasn't the only one fattening up over the Thanksgiving break. Low-cost leader Southwest fattened its bottom line as well by hiking prices as much as $10 on one-way flights. The move is meant to "blunt higher fuel costs" according to a Bloomberg News report picked up by the Houston Chronicle.

Not surprisingly, the news broke over the holiday weekend when most of us had other things on our minds. Also not a surprise: United, Continental, Northwest, and US Airways found time take a break from the turkey and gravy to match the price increase.

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The fare hike amounts to "$3 on one-way trips of 750 to 1,000 miles and $10 on longer flights," according to the Bloomberg report. Southwest's most expensive one-way tickets now go for $329. This is Southwest's fifth price increase of 2006.

If this is the airline's idea of a Thanksgiving treat, I think we'll all be happy to pass on any Christmas surprises this year.

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