Domestic Airfare Is Still Cheaper Than Pre-Pandemic Prices: Kiplinger Economic Forecasts

Although domestic airfare is cheaper, some international flights are still more expensive than usual.

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Domestic airfare will remain slightly below prepandemic levels until November when the busy holiday travel season begins. Domestic round-trip airfare is currently averaging $257 per ticket, down 11% from the same time last year and the same time in 2019, per Hopper, an online travel booking platform. Look for average fares to peak at about $283 in late November and early December, with travelers booking their last-minute Thanksgiving and Christmas trips. 

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Sean Lengell
Associate Editor, The Kiplinger Letter

Sean Lengell covers Congress and government policy for The Kiplinger Letter. Before joining Kiplinger in January 2017 he served as a congressional reporter for eight years with the Washington Examiner and the Washington Times. He previously covered local news for the Tampa (Fla.) Tribune. A native of northern Illinois who spent much of his youth in St. Petersburg, Fla., he holds a bachelor's degree in English from Marquette University.