Thanksgiving Airfares 2015 vs. 2016: Which Cities Got Cheaper, Which More Expensive

Are you paying more or less for Thanksgiving plane tickets this year? Depends what city you live in, according to FareCompare‘s analysis of average airfares for 2015 and 2016. The good news is, 2016 is cheaper for lots of us.

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Thanksgiving Airfares Compared: 2015 vs. 2016

FareCompare’s team analyzed proprietary data – more than 3 million Thanksgiving airfares for the top 25 busiest U.S. markets – and found that 17 cities had lower average airfare prices this year compared to last year. See chart below for the list.

  • Winners: Biggest decrease was in the Minneapolis/St. Paul market (down 15%) followed by Cleveland (down 10%), Chicago (down 9%) and Boston (also down 9%).
  • Losers: Biggest increase was in Philadelphia (up 11%), followed by Houston (up 6%).
  • No change: Both Orlando and Washington, D.C. showed no significant average price change.

Thanksgiving Airfares 2016 – Good News

This is overall good news for flyers in the U.S. It also reinforces the notion that the four largest carriers in the U.S. continue to face stiff competition from a host of low cost carriers. But no matter where you live or which airline you prefer, always compare airfares. No single airline, even the cheapest discounter, always has the best deal.

Here’s the chart. See if your city won or lost.

Thanksgiving Fare Comparison Chart
Thanksgiving Fare Comparison Chart


Updated: November 3, 2016