Airfare priced at $100 in 2000 $110.91 in 2018

Historical Price Inflation for Airfare

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Prices for Airfare, 2000-2018 ($100)

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, prices for airline fares were 10.91% higher in 2018 versus 2000 (a $10.91 difference in value).

Between 2000 and 2018: Airfare experienced an average inflation rate of 0.58% per year. In other words, airfare costing $100 in the year 2000 would cost $110.91 in 2018 for an equivalent purchase. Compared to the overall inflation rate of 2.12% during this same period, inflation for airfare was lower.

In the year 2000: Pricing changed by 9.45%, which is significantly above the average yearly change for airfare during the 2000-2018 time period. Compared to inflation for all items in 2000 (3.38%), inflation for airfare was much higher.

Price Inflation for Airline fares since 1989

Consumer Price Index, U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics
Years with the largest changes in pricing: 1993 (15.13%), 1990 (12.73%), and 2008 (11.93%).

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

Year 1989 1990 1991 1992 1993 1994 1995 1996 1997 1998 1999 2000 2001 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018
CPI 131.733 148.508 155.108 155.242 178.725 185.483 189.692 192.450 199.225 205.275 218.758 239.425 239.408 231.558 231.250 227.225 236.517 247.142 251.756 281.790 258.139 278.278 304.124 305.283 313.104 307.707 292.370 282.694 275.875 265.557

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Buying power of $100 since 2000

Below are calculations of equivalent buying power for Airfare, over time, for $100 beginning in 2000. Each of the amounts below is equivalent in terms of what it could buy at the time:

Year USD Value Inflation Rate
2000 $100.00 9.45%
2001 $99.99 -0.01%
2002 $96.71 -3.28%
2003 $96.59 -0.13%
2004 $94.90 -1.74%
2005 $98.79 4.09%
2006 $103.22 4.49%
2007 $105.15 1.87%
2008 $117.69 11.93%
2009 $107.82 -8.39%
2010 $116.23 7.80%
2011 $127.02 9.29%
2012 $127.51 0.38%
2013 $130.77 2.56%
2014 $128.52 -1.72%
2015 $122.11 -4.98%
2016 $118.07 -3.31%
2017 $115.22 -2.41%
2018 $110.91 -3.74%*
* Not final. See inflation summary for latest details.

How to calculate the inflation rate for airfare, 2000-2018

Start with the inflation rate formula:

CPI in 2018 / CPI in 2000 * 2000 USD value = 2018 USD value

Then plug in historical CPI values from above. The CPI for Airline fares was 239.425 in the year 2000 and 265.557 in 2018:

265.557 / 239.425 * $100 = $110.91

Therefore, according to U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, $100 in 2000 has the same "purchasing power" as $110.91 in 2018 (in the CPI category of Airline fares).


Source: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics began tracking the Consumer Price Index for Airline fares in 1989. 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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