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U.S. cities where flyers are paying less, more for Thanksgiving airfare this year

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DALLAS – FareCompare.com has released new year-over-year Thanksgiving pricing comparisons from proprietary data based on the analysis of 3.2 million airfares for 25 of the busiest domestic markets. Highlights include:

Seventeen of the top 25 cities experienced a price decrease from 2016 to 2015
The cities with the biggest price drops for Thanksgiving airfare were:

  • Minneapolis/St. Paul: 15% less ($480 in 2016 vs $565 in 2015)
  • Cleveland: 10% less ($474 in 2016 vs. $526 in 2015)
  • Chicago: 9% less ($491 in 2016 vs. $540 in 2015)
  • Boston: 9% less ($615 in 2016 vs. $673 in 2015)
  • Indianapolis: 8% less ($462 in 2016 vs. $536 in 2015
  • The cities with the biggest price increases for Thanksgiving were:
  • Philadelphia: 11% more ($592 in 2016 vs. $575 in 2015)
  • Houston: 6% more ($575 in 2016 vs. $544 in 2015)
  • Orlando and Washington, D.C. saw no significant change

“Overall, this is good news for flyers in the U.S.,” said Rick Seaney, CEO and Co-Founder, FareCompare. “And it reinforces the notion that the four largest carriers in the U.S. continue to face stiff competition from a host of low cost carriers.”

The chart below breaks down the 25 cities included in the FareCompare Thanksgiving analysis. Fares were to domestic destinations and limited to nonstop and one-stop flights with a 60-90 advance purchase window departing the Tuesday or Wednesday before Thanksgiving and returning Saturday or Sunday.

City

2016

Average

Price

2015

Average

Price

Price

Change in $

 

Price

Change in %

 

Atlanta

$439

$453

($14)

-3%

Boston

$615

$673

($58)

-9%

Baltimore

$539

$531

$7

+1%

Chicago

$491

$540

($48)

-9%

Cleveland

$475

$527

($52)

-10%

Charlotte

$490

$499

($9)

-2%

Denver

$530

$535

($5)

-1%

Dallas/Fort- Worth

$518

$497

$21

+4%

Detroit

$505

$521

($16)

-3%

Houston

$575

$544

$32

+6%

Indianapolis

$492

$536

($44)

-8%

Las Vegas

$487

$474

$13

+3%

Los Angeles

$644

$621

$23

+4%

Miami

$443

$427

$16

+4%

Minneapolis/St. Paul

$480

$565

($85)

-15%

New York

$586

$624

($38)

-6%

Orlando

$431

$430

$1

0%

Portland

$593

$613

($20)

-3%

Philadelphia

$592

$535

$57

+11%

Phoenix

$499

$508

($10)

-2%

San Diego

$615

$621

($7)

-1%

San Antonio

$517

$530

($14)

-3%

Seattle

$600

$614

($14)

-2%

San Francisco

$668

$688

($20)

-3%

Washington, D.C.

$541

$543

($2)

0%

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