The 10 most expensive airports to fly from in the US

Booking a flight during the holiday season is notoriously expensive, and this year national average airfares hit $397 during the second quarter, a high not seen since 2014, according to recent data from SmartAsset.

The SmartAsset study reported the average fare and percentage change in fares at 100 US airports over the past year. It first rounded out the 100 busiest US airports based on the number of domestic travelers in 2021.

From there, SmartAsset looked at three things:

  • Average airfare
  • One year’s percentage change in airfare
  • One year’s dollar change in airfare

All data came from the Bureau of Transportation Statistics and compares the second quarter to the same period last year.

Overall, the price of the plane ticket has increased. The national average rose 21 per cent.

These are the 10 most expensive airports to fly from in the US, according to SmartAsset.

1. Madison, Wisconsin – Dane County Regional – Truax Field

Average fare: $526

Percent increase: 34.54%

Change in dollar amount: $135

2. Washington, DC – Washington Dulles International Airport

Average fare: $526

Percent increase: 33.06%

Change in dollar amount: $131

3. Birmingham, Alabama — Birmingham-Shuttlesworth International

Average fare: $503

Percent increase: 37.52%

Change in dollar amount: $137

4. San Francisco – San Francisco International

Average fare: $499

Percent increase: 28%

Change in dollar amount: 109 USD

5. Greer, South Carolina — Greenville-Spartanburg International

Average fare: $490

Percent increase: 35.62%

Change in dollar amount: $129

6. Greensboro, North Carolina — Piedmont Triad International

Average fare: $486

Percent increase: 35.41%

Change in dollar amount: $127

7. Fresno, California — Fresno Yosemite International

Average fare: $474

Percent increase: 42.15%

Change in dollar amount: $140

8. Tucson, Arizona – Tucson International

Average fare: $470

Percent increase: 37.6%

Change in dollar amount: $128

9. Little Rock, Arkansas – Bill and Hillary Clinton Nat Adams Field

Average fare: $466

Percent increase: 36.22%

Change in dollar amount: $124

10. Pensacola, Florida – Pensacola International

Average fare: $462

Percent increase: 51.28%

Change in dollar amount: $157

Even though prices are high, there are still strategies you can try to save money on plane tickets.

First of all, “the sooner you book your flights, the less money you’ll spend,” Amanda Poses, founder and travel consultant at Poses Travel & Co., tells CNBC Make It.

As soon as you know which tour you want to go on, book it, Poses said. Planning as far ahead as possible will hopefully put you ahead of the curve when your flight becomes more in demand.

Another good thing to look out for is the option to check your luggage online. A lot of the time, it’s cheaper to buy a bag online for your flight than to check it in person, she said.

And advance vacation planning shouldn’t be limited to plane tickets. “Even if your plans are booked, you should book transfers, dining and everything you want to get the most out of your trip,” Poses said.

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