When airline prices come down a bit this fall, that'll ease the sting a bit.
Hahaha. Airline prices come down a bit this fall. Hahahaha.
No matter the market conditions at the moment, airline prices have throughout recent history always dropped after the summer travel season, for a number of reasons, from basic supply and demand (less demand means lower prices to compete) to very strange reasons, like the combinations of traditional drops in unrest in oil producing countries (holidays/bad weather), lower fuel demand (due to low passenger demand and weather patterns) and the closing of fiscal year's accounting.
Now, if airline tickets go even higher this fall, then all bets are off and the end of the world is that much closer...
Your right, there is an historical trend. This year will be different; even if fares come down a bit, they will still be significantly higher than they were at the same time in the year previous. Also, airlines have cut capacity by huge amounts, reducing supply. Furthermore, oil costs are likely to continue to remain high or even increase, and some airlines are running out of their cheaper oil hedges.