True story: the price of your flight depends not just on where you’re headed, but where you’re coming from. To that end, airfare analytics company Hopper—whose fare predictor is a T+L favorite—has released new data showcasing the country’s most and least expensive hubs. Be prepared to pony up extra dough if you’re flying out of North Dakota, Wyoming, or Delaware—the country’s three most expensive outbound states, where it costs an average of $400 to get out of dodge. By contrast, Massachusetts, Colorado, and Missouri have the most affordable average fares, at just over $200 a trip.
In most cases, states with expensive outbound fares also have limited airport and air service options—but those who are willing to tack on a road trip may save some cash. Pricey Wyoming and oh-so-affordable Colorado are neighbors, after all.
Wondering how the math works depending on your destination? Inbound fares to northern mountain states (Wyoming, Montana, and the Dakotas) are among the most expensive—tied with New Mexico and a handful of South-central spots. Some of the cheapest places to go? Florida, the Pacific Northwest, Massachusetts, and Illinois—all destinations with big cities, big tourism traffic, lots of air routes, and lots of demand. We’ll call that a win-win.
For more on the most and least expensive places to fly, see Hopper’s infographics and full report, here.
Nikki Ekstein is an assistant editor at T+L. Follow her on Twitter at @nikkiekstein.