Airlines: All's Fare

On U.S. airlines, there are 49 different fares for a flight between New York and Miami, depending on the passenger's marital status ("family rates"), occupation (members of the clergy and military men fly cheaper), whether he is going first class or by air coach, by jet or by piston, at night or by day. Age has become a particularly significant factor in the cost of air travel: in the last month eight major carriers, including American, which pioneered the plan, have begun offering half-fare service on a standby basis to young people between twelve and 21 who had previously paid...

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