Airfare priced at $100 in 2018 $100.80 in 2019

Historical Price Inflation for Airfare

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Prices for Airfare, 2018-2019 ($100)

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, prices for airline fares were 0.80% higher in 2019 versus 2018 (a $0.80 difference in value).

Between 2018 and 2019: Airfare experienced an average inflation rate of 0.80% per year. In other words, airfare costing $100 in the year 2018 would cost $100.80 in 2019 for an equivalent purchase. Compared to the overall inflation rate of 1.61% during this same period, inflation for airfare was lower.

Price Inflation for Airline fares since 2018

Consumer Price Index, U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics
Years with the largest changes in pricing: and 2019 (0.80%).

Raw Consumer Price Index data from U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics for Airline fares:

Year 2018 2019
CPI 264.909 267.037

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Buying power of $100 since 2018

Below are calculations of equivalent buying power for Airfare, over time, for $100 beginning in 2018. Each of the amounts below is equivalent in terms of what it could buy at the time:

Year USD Value Inflation Rate
2018 $100.00 -
2019 $100.80 0.80%*
* Not final. See inflation summary for latest details.

How to calculate the inflation rate for airfare, 2018-2019

Start with the inflation rate formula:

CPI in 2019 / CPI in 2018 * 2018 USD value = 2019 USD value

Then plug in historical CPI values from above. The CPI for Airline fares was 264.909 in the year 2018 and 267.037 in 2019:

267.037 / 264.909 * $100 = $100.80

Therefore, according to U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, $100 in 2018 has the same "purchasing power" as $100.80 in 2019 (in the CPI category of Airline fares).


Source: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics began tracking the Consumer Price Index for Airline fares in 2018. In addition to airfare, the index produces monthly data on changes in prices paid by urban consumers for a variety of goods and services.

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