Airfare priced at $100 in 1976 $685.23 in 2022

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Prices for Airfare, 1976-2022 ($100)

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, prices for airline fares are 585.23% higher in 2022 versus 1976 (a $585.23 difference in value).

Between 1976 and 2022: Airfare experienced an average inflation rate of 4.27% per year. This rate of change indicates significant inflation. In other words, airfare costing $100 in the year 1976 would cost $685.23 in 2022 for an equivalent purchase. Compared to the overall inflation rate of 3.60% during this same period, inflation for airfare was higher.

In the year 1976: Pricing changed by 8.34%, which is significantly above the average yearly change for airfare during the 1976-2022 time period. Compared to inflation for all items in 1976 (5.75%), inflation for airfare was higher.

Price Inflation for Airline fares since 1963

Consumer Price Index, U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics
Years with the largest changes in pricing: 1980 (38.39%), 2022 (29.62%), and 1981 (25.87%).

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Buying power of $100.00 since 1976

Below are calculations of equivalent buying power for Airfare, over time, for $100 beginning in 1976. Each of the amounts below is equivalent in terms of what it could buy at the time:

YearUSD ValueInflation Rate
1976$100.008.34%
1977$105.705.70%
1978$110.644.67%
1979$119.427.94%
1980$165.2738.39%
1981$208.0225.87%
1982$229.2710.22%
1983$242.525.78%
1984$257.146.03%
1985$273.366.31%
1986$284.544.09%
1987$298.434.88%
1988$301.871.15%
1989$319.875.96%
1990$360.5012.70%
1991$377.074.59%
1992$377.210.04%
1993$434.2815.13%
1994$450.713.78%
1995$460.932.27%
1996$467.641.46%
1997$484.093.52%
1998$498.803.04%
1999$531.576.57%
2000$581.789.44%
2001$581.74-0.01%
2002$562.69-3.27%
2003$562.02-0.12%
2004$552.09-1.77%
2005$574.954.14%
2006$600.864.51%
2007$611.571.78%
2008$685.2312.04%
2009$626.84-8.52%
2010$675.977.84%
2011$738.759.29%
2012$741.000.30%
2013$759.852.54%
2014$747.70-1.60%
2015$710.08-5.03%
2016$686.59-3.31%
2017$670.13-2.40%
2018$643.70-3.94%
2019$644.900.19%
2020$528.62-18.03%
2021$528.620.00%
2022$685.2329.62%*
* Not final. See inflation summary for latest details.

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

Year196319641965196619671968196919701971197219731974197519761977197819791980198119821983198419851986198719881989199019911992199319941995199619971998199920002001200220032004200520062007200820092010201120122013201420152016201720182019202020212022
CPI23.70023.66723.83323.82023.90024.44026.20028.26230.33131.14632.20834.85437.98541.15443.50045.53149.14668.01585.60894.35499.808105.823112.500117.100122.815124.231131.638148.362155.177155.238178.723185.485189.692192.454199.223205.277218.762239.423239.408231.569231.292227.208236.615247.277251.686281.998257.971278.186304.026304.950312.709307.708292.227282.557275.783264.909265.401217.546217.549281.997

Adjust airfare prices for inflation

Start with the inflation rate formula:

CPI in 2022 / CPI in 1976 * 1976 USD value = 2022 USD value

Then plug in historical CPI values from above. The CPI for Airline fares was 41.154 in the year 1976 and 281.997 in 2022:

281.997 / 41.154 * $100 = $685.23

Therefore, according to U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, $100 in 1976 has the same "purchasing power" as $685.23 in 2022 (in the CPI category of Airline fares).


Source: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics began tracking the Consumer Price Index for Airline fares in 1963. 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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