Airfare priced at $100 in 2016 $100.39 in 2022

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Prices for Airfare, 2016-2022 ($100)

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, prices for airline fares are 0.39% higher in 2022 versus 2016 (a $0.39 difference in value).

Between 2016 and 2022: Airfare experienced an average inflation rate of 0.06% per year. In other words, airfare costing $100 in the year 2016 would cost $100.39 in 2022 for an equivalent purchase. Compared to the overall inflation rate of 3.31% during this same period, inflation for airfare was significantly lower.

In the year 2016: Pricing changed by -3.31%, which is significantly below the average yearly change for airfare during the 2016-2022 time period. Compared to inflation for all items in 2016 (1.26%), inflation for airfare was much 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 (30.39%), and 1981 (25.87%).

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Buying power of $100.00 since 2016

Below are calculations of equivalent buying power for Airfare, over time, for $100 beginning in 2016. Each of the amounts below is equivalent in terms of what it could buy at the time:

YearUSD ValueInflation Rate
2016$100.00-3.31%
2017$97.60-2.40%
2018$93.75-3.94%
2019$93.930.19%
2020$76.99-18.03%
2021$76.990.00%
2022$100.3930.39%*

* 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
CPI23.70023.66723.83323.82023.90024.44026.20028.26230.33131.14632.20834.85437.98541.15443.50045.53149.14668.01585.60894.35499.808105.823112.500117.100122.815124.231131.638148.362155.177155.238178.723185.485189.692192.454199.223205.277218.762239.423239.408231.569231.292227.208236.615247.277251.686281.998257.971278.186304.026304.950312.709307.708292.227282.557275.783264.909265.401217.546217.549283.654

Adjust airfare prices for inflation

Start with the inflation rate formula:

CPI in 2022 / CPI in 2016 * 2016 USD value = 2022 USD value

Then plug in historical CPI values from above. The CPI for Airline fares was 282.557 in the year 2016 and 283.654 in 2022:

283.654 / 282.557 * $100 = $100.39

Therefore, according to U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, $100 in 2016 has the same "purchasing power" as $100.39 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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