Q. We usually travel from Philadelphia to Orlando every year in May. Last year we paid $230 each on US Airways, and in previous  years paid about $275 each on either US Airways or Southwest. This year  airfares for nonstop flights to Orlando in April or May are about $325  to $330 each.

Last Year  after Christmas, my daughter and her husband flew from Philadelphia to Tucson on American  Airlines and paid $830 for the two of them. This  year, my wife and I are flying to Tucson (see our son and his wife)  at the end of February and our airfare on American is $1010. Whats up with these huge increases in airfare?

A. It's partly consolidation and capacity cuts. You might want to  check out flying from Trenton NJ on Frontier Airlines as an alternative, as they've recently added lots of new nonstop routes, including Orlando, with introductory fares going for around $138 round-trip. You might even consider taking NJ  Transit to NYC and fly from either Newark or JFK/LGA to Tucson.  But fares fluctuate so keep on checking.

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