As eager travelers book flights and make plans, that same study concludes that LGA is currently the 2nd cheapest airport to fly out of, when compared to the airfare across the country’s most popular airports.
In order to conduct their study, CouponFollow collected airfare data by averaging the price of one-way tickets and round-trip tickets, in addition to analyzing current and pre-pandemic costs to fly out of popular U.S. airports.
According to CouponFollow, “in the first quarter of 2022, prices were actually down at 50 of the 60 most popular airports in America since 2019.” Though some airports like Portland International Airport (PDX) actually increased airfare post-pandemic, LGA displayed more than 18% of savings compared to its prices in 2019. Other airports in New Jersey and Florida showed similar post-pandemic savings, Newark (EWR) in first place showing 18.6% savings and Miami (MIA) in third with 16.2%.
Since data was only collected up until March 2022, savings as of today’s date could potentially vary. And even if transportation costs do rise, 63% of Americans are willing to pay high costs to experience a vacation due to lost time, shared CouponFollow. More than 1 in 10 of Americans reported going over budget on their most recent trip by nearly $2,000.
The study suggests that popularity might be responsible for any observed increase in airfare post-pandemic rather than distance. For example, Alaska ranked as the most expensive state to fly out of, however, Hawaii ranked as the fourth most affordable state to fly out of and it is more than 2,000 miles from the West Coast.
To see more data from the study, click here.