Boeing has been in the news a lot lately unfortunately it is for the worst kind of reason. Following two Boeing 737 Max 8 crashes, the planes have been grounded worldwide until a software fix has been completed to correct the fatal flaw. For those who are unfamiliar with the Max, this is one of Boeing’s top selling planes of recent years. It is substantially more fuel efficient than its predecessors and manages to squeeze more passengers inside of the cabin. Airlines have been eager to get their hands on these new planes until this point.

On October 29th, 2018, Lion Air flight 610 crashed into the Java Sea in Indonesia killing all 189 people aboard. Fast forward five months later on March 10, 2019, Ethiopian Airlines Flight 302 crashed only six minutes after taking off from Addis Ababa on its way to Nairobi, Kenya, killing all 157 people on board.

The similarities between the the two tragedies were undeniable, causing world leaders to immediately ground all 737 Max planes until investigations were completed and a solution implemented to ensure there are no more accidents.

While this action is necessary and eases travelers fears, it also comes with some undesirable outcomes. For starters, this causes a scheduling nightmare for airlines. American Airlines, the worlds largest airline, is canceling 115 flights per day through Aug 15th at the least. The timing couldn’t be worse too as this comes during the busiest summer travel months. These cancelations mean fewer flights, fuller flights and unfortunately higher prices. Airlines are losing tremendous amounts of money from these aircraft sitting on the ground and much of that expense will have to be passed along to travelers.

Expect higher ticket prices this summer compared to previous years.

In addition to higher prices, customers will likely have a more difficult time finding available seats. Flights that customers may be accustomed to booking last minute may be full weeks prior.

The one snippet of good news is that the Max does not fly internationally meaning most international flights won’t be directly affected by the grounding but most people have to connect when flying internationally. Also, the cost will still be spread across airlines entire route network.

My recommendation, if planning on traveling this summer, book your tickets sooner than later and if possible, consider waiting until the autumn off-season to travel. You’re likely to find much better deals then.