Airfares Decrease in More Than Half of the Top U.S. Departures According to Cheapflights.com Q1 2009 Travel Price Index
Hawaii, Minneapolis, Philadelphia and Fort Lauderdale See Largest Savings for Travelers
BOSTON--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Nationwide airfare prices for a family of four have dropped nine percent since February of this year, according to airfare deals aggregator Cheapflights.com’s latest Travel Price Index. The index, which Cheapflights.com first introduced in mid-2008, compares the average cost of living in regions to the price of airfares. The latest version compares new findings to those found in 2008.
“The Travel Price Index tracks fare fluctuations in comparison to the cities’ average cost-of-living giving people a clear picture of what is affordable in relation to their own pocketbooks”
The first quarter 2009 report shows that airfare prices have decreased in 28 of the top 30 U.S. departure points.
“The Travel Price Index tracks fare fluctuations in comparison to the cities’ average cost-of-living giving people a clear picture of what is affordable in relation to their own pocketbooks,” said Carl Schwartz, Chief Travel Officer for Cheapflights.com. “When 28 markets see airfares decrease it means big savings when you are booking a trip for a family of four. There are great deals available for trips at a variety of budgets, the key is to know where to look.”
The full report is available at http://www.cheapflights.com/travel-tips/travelnomics/. Additional highlights include:
Cheapflights culled airfare figures from its database containing more than 1.5 million flight deals across hundreds of departure points. The cost-of-living data is supplied by the Economic Research Institute.
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