Bon Voyage, If You Can Afford It

Airfares keep rising--and so do hotel and car-rental rates

In the coming weeks, U.S. airlines should report record third-quarter profits. Wall Street will cheer--but Larry Dunville won't. Dunville, the president of Dearborn Crane & Engineering Co. in Mishawaka, Ind., drives hours to Chicago's Midway and other airports to escape the high airfares from South Bend. Kristin Durbin won't be thrilled, either: The Washington (D.C.) nurse recently flew Southwest Airlines Co. from Baltimore to Cleveland for $25 each way--but to save $350 in airfare, she had to persuade her parents to drive three hours from Detroit to pick her up.

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