Latest Analysis Reveals U.S. Cities Where Flyers Are Paying Less, More for Thanksgiving Airfare this Year

Year-over-Year comparisons show Minneapolis/St. Paul wins big while Philadelphia gets no love

Dallas, TX – October 25, 2016 – 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.

City2016 Average Price2015 Average PricePrice Change in $Price Change in %
Dallas/Fort- Worth$518$497$21+4%
Las Vegas$487$474$13+3%
Los Angeles$644$621$23+4%
Minneapolis/St. Paul$480$565($85)-15%
New York$586$624($38)-6%
San Diego$615$621($7)-1%
San Antonio$517$530($14)-3%
San Francisco$668$688($20)-3%
Washington, D.C.$541$543($2)0%

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