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					Travelnomics: The Travel Price Index Updated
How expensive is it to fly from your hometown? Cheapflights.com took the average airfare deals and compared it to the                                                                                                                                                                           Index Rating
                                                                                                                                    New York
cost-of-living for one month in various cities. Take a look at the most affordable, and not-so-affordable, U.S. cities to fly from. Compared to the cost of living,
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        New York remains one of the most
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                0.58
                                                      Index Rating                                           Index Rating                                                                                                                               affordable cities to fly from. Thanks to
           Honolulu                                                  San Francisco
                                                      1.46                                                   0.67
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        three nearby international airports and a slew
           We put Hawaii on our list of top 2009                     Travelers in the San Francisco                                                                                                                                                     of transportation options, New York travel is
                                                                                                                                                                         Index Rating
           travel destinations and rightly so - cheap                area can continue to capitalize on the
                                                                                                                                Salt Lake City                                                                                                          easy and affordable for a family of four. With all
           flights to Hawaii are popping up all over the
           place, offering travelers cheap luxury vacations
                                                                     Bay Area's cheap travel options. Virgin
                                                                     America has predominately catered to Bay
                                                                                                                                Affordable real estate, endless
                                                                                                                                outdoor activities and a growing green
                                                                                                                                                                         1.29                                                                           the cheap flights available, the world awaits at
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        any of the New York airports.
           on the island. Thanks to the cost of living in Hawaii,    Area travelers, but JetBlue's embarkation to the
                                                                                                                                community make Salt Lake City one of the
           however, airfare from the islands seems a little          area has resulted in a drop in airfares from San
                                                                                                                                most pleasant places to live. Unfortunately,
           pricey. But then again, why leave paradise?               Francisco airports.
                                                                                                                                it's not as affordable to escape. Flights from                                                                   Index Rating
                                                                                                                                Salt Lake City are some of the highest in the                          Washington D.C.ex
                                                                                                                                nation compared to the cost-of-living data for a
                                                                                                                                family of four.
                                                                                                                                                                                                       Washington DC has a lot in
                                                                                                                                                                                                       common with NYC. Aside from being
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 0.80
                                                                                                                                                                                                       one of the cheaper cities to fly from,
                                                                                                                                                                                                       Washington DC features three nearby airports
                                                                                                                                                                                                       giving travelers a variety of options. The news of
                                                                                                                                                                                                       low-cost carrier Southwest Airlines making
                                                                                                                                                                                                       frequent trips to BWI will help keep airline tickets
                                                                                                                                                                                                       cheap for Washington DC travelers.




  Index Rating Scale:
       Less than 1.0 = Very affordable
       From 1.0 – 1.11 = Reasonably affordable                                                                                                                                          Index Rating
       From 1.12 and above = Expensive                                                                                                       Houston
                                                                                                                                             They grow 'em bigger in Texas,
                                                                                                                                             and airlines have caught on to the
                                                                                                                                                                                        1.53
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Fort Lauderdale
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Index Rating
                                                                                                                                             trend. While you can likely find a

 The Travel Price Index                                                                                                                      decently-priced airline ticket from Houston,
                                                                                                                                             the reality is that flights from Houston are
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Ever the hot destination, Fort
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Lauderdale is constantly on the
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                0.88
                                                                                                                                             increasingly expensive compared to the                                                                     most-traveled-to list for families, friends
                                                                                                                                             cost-of-living in the area.                                                                                and weekend getaways. However, Fort
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Lauderdale residents have a reason to flee
 Cheapflights.com travel experts developed a                                                                                                                                                                                                            when the tourists arrive: the city ranks as one
 price-point index that helps travelers determine how                                                                       Index Rating                                                                                                                of the most affordable cities to fly from.
                                                                                 Los Angeles
 affordable it is to fly from their hometown. Averaging
                                                                                                                            0.75
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Grab your suitcase and get out of town!
                                                                                 Leaving Los Angeles is quick and
 what it costs a family of four to fly from that city,                           affordable, thanks to plenty of
 Cheapflights.com came up with a number for the                                  low-cost options and airfares from LA.
 most popular U.S. cities. This number was                                       Compared to the high cost of living in Los
 compared with the average cost-of-living in that city,                          Angeles, airfares are not only affordable but
                                                                                 frequent and easy to come by. Escape the city
 based on U.S. Department of Labor statistics.
                                                                                 for a weekend getaway or a week-long family
 An index rating below 1.00 for a city indicates the                             travel excursion.
 Travel Price Index is lower than the cost-of-living
 there; a rating above 1.00 shows the Index is higher
 than the cost-of-living.
Travelnomics: The Travel Price Index Updated
                                                            Index Rating Scale:
                     Index   = Index Rating has gone down
  City                                                         Less than 1.0 = Very affordable to travel based on cost-of-living expenses
                      (%)                                      From 1.0 – 1.11 = Reasonably affordable to travel based on cost-of-living expenses
  Atlanta            1.15                                      From 1.12 and above = Expensive to travel based on cost-of-living expenses
  Baltimore          0.90
  Boston             0.78
  Charlotte          1.16
  Chicago            0.86
  Dallas             1.09
  Denver             1.02
  Fort Lauderdale    0.88
  Fort Myers         1.33
  Honolulu           1.46
  Houston            1.53
  Las Vegas          1.13
  Los Angeles        0.75
  Miami              1.08
  Minneapolis        1.10
  New Orleans        1.07
  New York           0.58
  Newark             1.04
  Orlando            1.10
  Philadelphia       0.86
  Phoenix            1.09
  Portland           1.09
  Salt Lake City     1.29
  San Diego          0.89
  San Francisco      0.67
  Seattle            1.02
  St. Louis          1.11
  Tampa              1.07
  Washington, D.C.   0.80
  National
                     1.00
  Average

				
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