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Compare Fares Year to Year

Fontana, California
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Compare Fares Year to Year

Hi All,

Does anyone know of a website that compares fares to a location year to year?

or perhaps an air fares history data base?

Thank you!

Jose Rodriguez

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1. Re: Compare Fares Year to Year

Air fares aren't a fixed cost, they're variable so a database would have to be enormous encompassing all fares offered on each route on each day. It would also be largely pointless.

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2. Re: Compare Fares Year to Year

It would be an enormous database and largely pointless - knowing the fare was $500 around 2 years ago and $525 around 1 year ago is of little value if you want to fly this year and the best price you can find is $700.

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3. Re: Compare Fares Year to Year

I understand it would enormous, however don't agree it being pointless.

For example, if someone is planning a trip. How would they know they arent over paying, if there isn't

anything to compare with? Anyway, thank you for the reply.

Thanks

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4. Re: Compare Fares Year to Year

The office for national statistics must keep some sort of database (airfares are included in section 7 in the RPI/CPI calculation). I'm not sure if they make this information publicly available or not, but the ONS website may be a place to look.

Not sure how useful this information is going to be though!

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5. Re: Compare Fares Year to Year

What the fares were last year, or even last week, but will no bearing on what they will be next year or next week, so it's pointless trying to compare. It would be hypothetical.

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6. Re: Compare Fares Year to Year

But the question was "does this information exist?"

There didn't seem to be any indication as to what the OP wanted to use it for.

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7. Re: Compare Fares Year to Year

You are right. It is not pointless to look at this information. If nothing else, you can get an idea if there is much variability in the O/D that you are interested in. Some airfare search engines also provide this information as an aid to the user.

Perhaps the easiest site for historical fares can be found at http://www.faredetective.com/farehistory/

The US DOT also publishes average fare information but it is not very user-friendly to look at fares over time. However, if you want to give it a try, just say so and I will locate the website.

Edited: 6:27 pm, July 22, 2013
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8. Re: Compare Fares Year to Year

Thanks Tep2. The info in that website is quite interesting.

It does highlight when (during the year) flights may be cheaper or more expensive. If you are looking for the cheapest time of year to travel to a particular destination, then this is of some use.

It may not be 100% accurate, but useful as a guide.

It would be interesting to know where the figures come from (given that all seats in a particular class do not sell for the same price, how does it know the price of a particular route on a particular day. Is it an average? Is it the cheapest etc)

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9. Re: Compare Fares Year to Year

When looking through a few years' credit card bills, fares have (for some of my journeys) stayed about the same or gone down. One or two have risen with a change in the class of service, but even J and W fares have dropped a bit in the last several years.

I recently found a paper ticket (!) from 1997 and did the calculation of that fare v the fare in 2013, taking into account inflation and buying power. Back of a fagpacket numbers showed an increase of about 2% in the last 16 years.

To a great extent they will remain what the market will bear, but with fewer major players in the market and some reduction of routes, loads (total number of pax) and yields (number of pax in each cabin / class of service) will play a big role in the fare calculation algorithm.

Competition within a route may lead to fares pared to the bone, but the airline that is the sole carrier on the route from Fort Whoop Up to Come-by-Chance can't charge an over the top fare either as pax will look to other options before paying plenty for the service. Airport costs, wages for crew, a little something kept aside for thousands of litres of Jet A fuel are part of the mix too.

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10. Re: Compare Fares Year to Year

If you want to reflect on air ticket prices, the jet fuel price monitor maintained by IATA iata.org/publications/…price-development.aspx can be enlightening.