Airline prices skyrocket after Amtrak train derailment; Delta to honor existing Amtrak tickets

The deadly Amtrak train derailment has had a crippling impact on travel between D.C. and New York as train travelers to the northeast are stranded, and some air lines are cashing in.

Air fares between the two cities have skyrocketed since the accident, with some flights costing as much as $500 more than on an average day. Typically, on a normal travel day, a roundtrip flight will cost around $200. While ticket prices are fluctuating from hour to hour - most tickets are averaging between $700 and $1300. 

Delta Air Lines announced Friday afternoon that they will honor existing tickets previously-scheduled Amtrak service in the Northeast Corridor. The airline will also add seats to its shuttle service for travel between New York LaGuardia (LGA) and Boston Logan (BOS) or Washington Reagan National (DCA) airports through Tuesday, May 19, 2015.

Effective immediately and in place through Tuesday, May 19, Delta will:

Honor existing Amtrak tickets for travel between Washington, D.C., Boston and New York

Waive change fees for travel on Shuttle flights booked between DCA, BOS and LGA

Increase seat capacity on affected Shuttle markets with a larger aircraft type; and

Offer one-way fares at or below $300 for new Shuttle tickets booked between DCA, BOS and LGA

All of the details of the offering are available on Delta.com

So far no other airline has added flights.


Thinking about driving? Car rentals are also booking up fast and a check of buses showed round-trip fares averaging between $60 and $92.
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