Rasmussen Reports recently conducted a telephone survey about the possible United and Continental merger. The survey found that only six percent expect flight prices to go down post merger while 31 percent say they will remain about the same, 42 percent expect prices to rise and 21 percent are not sure. Thirty percent think the United-Continental merger will be bad for travelers overall but 28 percent think the merger will have no effect on travelers with 12 percent saying the merger will have a positive effect.
The most interesting finding from the survey came from those who said they travel by plane once a month or more–they were twice as likely as everyone else to expect airline prices to increase as a result of the merger. Overall, the respondents were not frequent flyers with 79 percent saying they occasionally, rarely or never travel by plane. To see the full survey, visit http://www.insideflyer.com/link/?2626