Holiday Airline Tickets, Hotel Costs Rise11/14/2022Airline tickets or a hotel room will cost you more than you paid the last time you traveled over Thanksgiving or Christmas. Part of the reason is that airlines are still operating fewer flights than in 2019 even though passenger numbers are nearly back to pre-pandemic levels. That's squeezing the supply of seats. Hotels are charging more to cover high labor costs. U.S. consumers are facing the highest inflation in 40 years, but that's not preventing you from traveling.