Airfare priced at $100 in 2021 $125.45 in 2023

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Prices for Airfare, 2021-2023 ($100)

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, prices for airline fares are 25.45% higher in 2023 versus 2021 (a $25.45 difference in value).

Between 2021 and 2023: Airfare experienced an average inflation rate of 12.01% per year. This rate of change indicates significant inflation. In other words, airfare costing $100 in the year 2021 would cost $125.45 in 2023 for an equivalent purchase. Compared to the overall inflation rate of 5.22% during this same period, inflation for airfare was significantly higher.

In the year 2021: Pricing changed by 0%, which is significantly below the average yearly change for airfare during the 2021-2023 time period. Compared to inflation for all items in 2021 (4.70%), 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 (30.15%), and 1981 (25.87%).

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Buying power of $100.00 since 2021

Below are calculations of equivalent buying power for Airfare, over time, for $100 beginning in 2021. Each of the amounts below is equivalent in terms of what it could buy at the time:

YearUSD ValueInflation Rate

* 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:


Adjust airfare prices for inflation

Start with the inflation rate formula:

CPI in 2023 / CPI in 2021 * 2021 USD value = 2023 USD value

Then plug in historical CPI values from above. The CPI for Airline fares was 217.549 in the year 2021 and 272.923 in 2023:

272.923 / 217.549 * $100 = $125.45

Therefore, according to U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, $100 in 2021 has the same "purchasing power" as $125.45 in 2023 (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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