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Travelers complain of airfare gouging as Hurricane Irma approaches

Travelers complain of airfare gouging as Hurricane Irma approaches

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Travelers hoping to get on a flight out of Florida ahead of Hurricane Irma may find they're facing sky-high prices.Consumers took to social media this week to complain about price gouging out of Florida ahead of the Category 5 storm — showing screenshots of examples, such as a $ 1,738 United flight between Miami and Indianapolis, and a $ 2,370 American flight between Miami and Los Angeles. The latest forecasts project the "potentially catastrophic" storm could make landfall in south Florida this weekend.Airfare experts say the price changes aren't an attempt by the airlines to capitalize on desperate travelers, but rather, an unfortunate combination of regular airline practices that penalize last-minute bookings. (Although that's still cold comfort for anyone trying to evade Hurricane Irma