Why The Boeing 737 Max Ban Means You’ll Probably Pay More For Summer Travel

By now, you’ve probably heard about the grounding of hundreds of Boeing 737 Max planes after problems with the vessel were implicated in two fatal crashes.

The Transportation Security Administration has predicted a record-breaking summer of air travel, but with both Southwest and American Airlines having grounded their Boeing 737 Max planes until August, there will be fewer seats on offer. That could have an impact on your wallet.

With fewer seats available across two of America’s largest and most popular airlines, prices for the remaining seats are expected to jump. Combine that with a flood of vacation travelers and you have a recipe for sky-high fares, as well as possible flight cancellations for passengers who have already booked a flight on one of the grounded vessels.

It’s not all bad news though. Airlines will likely try to keep fares as low as possible to prevent customers from simply driving or taking a train, and confirming the ban in early spring means that carriers have time to adjust their plane schedules. Here’s hoping everyone has a stress-free (and cheap) summer of travel.