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Getting ready for the summer: the rating of the airports in the USA, from where it is cheapest to fly

FinanceBuzz analyzed average domestic flight prices from the 45 busiest airports in the United States to find out which airports budget travelers should visit more often and which ones to avoid. The edition told in more detail finance buzz.

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Overall, the average national airfare fell just over $ 60 in 2020 compared to 2019, from $ 352,27 to $ 292,20. In inflation-adjusted dollars, this is the lowest average airfare since 1995.

Cheapest and most expensive airports to fly

The report compared domestic fares from the 45 busiest airports in the US based on data published by the US Department of Transportation.

Las Vegas McCarran Airport (LAS) tops the list of cheapest fares for the third consecutive year. The average fare from LAS is only $ 209,95. Next in the ranking are two Florida airports, Fort Lauderdale Hollywood and Orlando. Average airfare from these two airports is around $ 215.

The most expensive terminals on the list are New York's John F. Kennedy International Airport, San Francisco International Airport, and Charlotte Douglas Airport. The average ticket from these cities costs more than $ 335, which is $ 120 more than the cost of a flight from the three cheapest airports.

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The nation's two busiest airports, Los Angeles (LAX) and Atlanta (ATL), are in the middle of the list. LAX is ranked 28th with an average fare of $ 291,41, Atlanta is 32nd on the list with a ticket price of $ 299,24.

The biggest jump in rankings occurred at Newark Airport, moving up 10 positions to 34th. Between 2020 and 2019, the average airfare at this busy airport fell $ 101,32.

Airport ranking (cheap to expensive):

  1. McCarran International Airport (LAS) - $ 209,95
  2. Fort Lauderdale Hollywood International Airport (FLL) - $ 214,87
  3. Orlando International Airport (MCO) - $ 215,93
  4. Chicago Midway Airport (MDW) - $ 234,64
  5. Auckland International Airport (OAK) - $ 250,02
  6. Denver International Airport (DEN) - $ 252,81
  7. New Orleans International Airport (MSY) - $ 253,70
  8. Hopkins Cleveland International Airport (CLE) - $ 256,63
  9. San Jose International Airport (SJC) - $ 256,71
  10. Dallas Love Field (DAL) - $ 259,49
  11. Tampa International Airport (TPA) - $ 259,91
  12. Miami International Airport (MIA) - $ 265,82
  13. Cincinnati / Northern Kentucky International Airport (CVG) - $ 266,05
  14. Baltimore / Washington International Airport (BWI) - $ 267,42
  15. Hobby Airport (HOU) - $ 269,28
  16. Nashville International Airport (BAN) - $ 270,96
  17. Chicago O'Hare International Airport (ORD) - $ 276,89
  18. LaGuardia Airport (LGA) - $ 279,91
  19. Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport (PHX) - $ 280,75
  20. Sacramento International Airport (SMF) - $ 282,74
  21. San Diego International Airport (SAN) - $ 282,83
  22. Austin-Bergstrom International Airport (AUS) - $ 285,59
  23. Indianapolis International Airport (IND) - $ 286,55
  24. Seattle-Tacoma International Airport (SEA) - $ 286,96
  25. Raleigh-Durham International Airport (RDU) - $ 288,82
  26. Portland International Airport (PDX) - $ 288,84
  27. Boston Logan International Airport (BOS) - $ 290,53
  28. Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) - $ 291,41
  29. Pittsburgh International Airport (PIT) - $ 292,85
  30. Philadelphia International Airport (PHL) - $ 293,11
  31. Honolulu International Airport (HNL) - $ 296,38
  32. Atlanta International Airport (ATL) - $ 299,24
  33. St. Louis Lambert International Airport (STL) - $ 301,11
  34. Newark Liberty International Airport (EWR) - $ 305,89
  35. Minneapolis-Saint Paul International Airport (MSP) - $ 308,76
  36. Kansas City International Airport (MCI) - $ 308,82
  37. San Antonio International Airport (SAT) - $ 311,73
  38. Detroit Metro Airport (DTW) - $ 313,79
  39. Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport (DCA) - $ 315,76
  40. Dallas / Fort Worth International Airport (DFW) - $ 323,50
  41. Bush Intercontinental Airport (IAH) - $ 324,50
  42. Salt Lake City International Airport (SLC) - $ 329,56
  43. Charlotte Douglas International Airport (CLT) - $ 335,27
  44. San Francisco International Airport (SFO) - $ 338,11
  45. John F. Kennedy International Airport (JFK) - $ 344,35

Lowest average airfare:

  • McCarran International Airport (LAS)
  • Fort Lauderdale Hollywood International Airport (FLL)
  • Orlando International Airport (MCO)
  • Chicago Midway Airport (MDW)
  • Oakland International Airport (OAK)

Highest average airfare:

  • John F. Kennedy International Airport (JFK)
  • San Francisco International Airport (SFO)
  • Charlotte Douglas International Airport (CLT)
  • Salt Lake City International Airport (SLC)
  • George W. Bush Intercontinental Airport (IAH)

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The biggest jump in the rankings:

  • Newark Liberty International Airport (10 positions)
  • Chicago O'Hare International Airport (9 positions)
  • Hobby Airport (8 positions)
  • Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport (up to 8 positions)
  • Indianapolis International Airport (up to 8 positions)

Largest drop in rankings:

  • Raleigh-Durham International Airport (10 positions)
  • San Diego International Airport (8 positions)
  • San Antonio International Airport (8 positions)
  • Boston Logan International Airport (6 locations)
  • Honolulu International Airport (6 positions)

Largest cost reduction over the previous year:

  • Newark Liberty International Airport (- $ 101,32)
  • George W. Bush Intercontinental Airport (- $ 82,40)
  • Dallas / Fort Worth International Airport (- $ 79,07)
  • Philadelphia International Airport (- $ 77,54)
  • Charlotte / Douglas International Airport (- $ 76,61)
How to save on air tickets

It's interesting to look at average airfares to see how airports compare in terms of costs, but it's important to remember that these are just averages. As you plan your trip, you will find that costs at one airport can be very different from others. With a little research and planning, you can find a great deal at any airport.

Here are some tips on how to save on airfare:

Time is not everything, but it is still important. Airfare fluctuates from week to week, even from day to day. By tracking the prices of airline tickets for an upcoming trip, it is wiser to buy them when the cost comes down. You can also track prices using an app like Hopper, or set up a price alert on Google Flights.

If your travel plans are flexible, sign up for cheap flight alerts on sites like Scott's Cheap Flights or Dollar Flight Club. You will receive emails whenever the site finds a cheap rate. If the deal looks tempting, you can book a profitable flight using the instructions in the email.

Another way to save on air tickets is use credit card points to book travel... The sign up bonus on some of the best travel credit cards alone is enough to earn you a free flight (or two). For example, Chase Sapphire Preferred currently offers a $ 80 signup bonus of 000 points when redeemed for travel through Chase Ultimate Rewards.

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