The state of cheap flights in 2022

Scott’s Cheap Flights has published its third annual report Cheap flight status reportan in-depth analysis of the current air transport landscape.

SOCF is full of fascinating finds, but perhaps most important for budget-conscious travelers is that we are still in the golden age of cheap flights, with economy prices still among the lowest they have ever had. never been.

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“In our 2020 report, we said that we were – and have been for some years – in a golden age of cheap flights. For example, in 1948 a return ticket from New York to Rome cost 848 $, which is the equivalent of about $9,000 today. But Scott’s Cheap Flights regularly finds flights for our members (on full-service airlines) from New York to Rome for less than $300 round trip” , SCF says in the report.

North America ($291), Latin America ($336), Europe ($492) and the Caribbean ($264) each saw the average price of offers found by SCF drop in 2021 compared to 2020. Additionally, SCF found a handful of new records. low round-trip fares in 2021, including Miami-Amsterdam for as low as $270, Atlanta-Cancun nonstop for $219, and New York to the Maldives for just $577.

While there are plenty of money-saving deals to be had in early 2022, the report also highlights the recent boom in last-minute flight deals as the COVID-19 pandemic continues to wreak havoc on business travel. . “In ‘normal’ years, last-minute flights tend to be more expensive – that’s how airlines raise prices for business travelers who they know will pay more to be flexible. to fill the planes, we saw many more last minute offers than usual,” reads the SOCF.

The increase in last-minute deals has even led SCF to begin sending a Weekend Getaways summary of domestic and international short-haul deals for the coming month to its premium and elite members. “Since launching around mid-2021, we’ve already found over 13,000 last-minute weekend getaway deals.”

An American Airlines flight prepares to land at McCarran International Airport in Las Vegas
American Airlines flight prepares to land at McCarran International Airport in Las Vegas. (photo via Michael Valdez/iStock Unreleased)

The dramatic drop in business travel due to the pandemic has also led to an increase in cheaper business and first class tickets. “We’re talking Chicago to Stockholm nonstop for $604 in premium economy, Boston to Amsterdam for $986 in business class, or Los Angeles to Oaxaca for $486 in business class,” notes SCF, which reports an average economy $2,000 per international trip in business class.

As the pandemic continues to impact travel, pent-up demand, increased flexibility and ample flight deals point to a travel boom on the horizon, according to the SOCF. “There is so much hope for 2022, with people planning to travel more, spend more and take longer trips (thanks to remote working for some). People mostly plan to take big international trips this year .”

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