Airfare priced at $100 in 2001 $117.89 in 2022

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Prices for Airfare, 2001-2022 ($100)

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, prices for airline fares are 17.89% higher in 2022 versus 2001 (a $17.89 difference in value).

Between 2001 and 2022: Airfare experienced an average inflation rate of 0.79% per year. In other words, airfare costing $100 in the year 2001 would cost $117.89 in 2022 for an equivalent purchase. Compared to the overall inflation rate of 2.38% during this same period, inflation for airfare was lower.

In the year 2001: Pricing changed by -0.01%, which is below the average yearly change for airfare during the 2001-2022 time period. Compared to inflation for all items in 2001 (2.83%), inflation for airfare was lower.

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 (29.73%), and 1981 (25.87%).

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Buying power of $100.00 since 2001

Below are calculations of equivalent buying power for Airfare, over time, for $100 beginning in 2001. Each of the amounts below is equivalent in terms of what it could buy at the time:

YearUSD ValueInflation Rate
2001$100.00-0.01%
2002$96.73-3.27%
2003$96.61-0.12%
2004$94.90-1.77%
2005$98.834.14%
2006$103.294.51%
2007$105.131.78%
2008$117.7912.04%
2009$107.75-8.52%
2010$116.207.84%
2011$126.999.29%
2012$127.380.30%
2013$130.622.54%
2014$128.53-1.60%
2015$122.06-5.03%
2016$118.02-3.31%
2017$115.19-2.40%
2018$110.65-3.94%
2019$110.860.19%
2020$90.87-18.03%
2021$90.870.00%
2022$117.8929.73%*

* Not final. See inflation summary for latest details.
** Extended periods of 0% inflation usually indicate incomplete underlying data. This can manifest as a sharp increase in inflation later on.


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

Year196319641965196619671968196919701971197219731974197519761977197819791980198119821983198419851986198719881989199019911992199319941995199619971998199920002001200220032004200520062007200820092010201120122013201420152016201720182019202020212022
CPI23.70023.66723.83323.82023.90024.44026.20028.26230.33131.14632.20834.85437.98541.15443.50045.53149.14668.01585.60894.35499.808105.823112.500117.100122.815124.231131.638148.362155.177155.238178.723185.485189.692192.454199.223205.277218.762239.423239.408231.569231.292227.208236.615247.277251.686281.998257.971278.186304.026304.950312.709307.708292.227282.557275.783264.909265.401217.546217.549282.236

Adjust airfare prices for inflation

Start with the inflation rate formula:

CPI in 2022 / CPI in 2001 * 2001 USD value = 2022 USD value

Then plug in historical CPI values from above. The CPI for Airline fares was 239.408 in the year 2001 and 282.236 in 2022:

282.236 / 239.408 * $100 = $117.89

Therefore, according to U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, $100 in 2001 has the same "purchasing power" as $117.89 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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