767Lover
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Air Fares 20, 30, 40 Years Ago

Tue Apr 13, 2004 10:17 pm

I seem to remember in the 1980s, when my family would take various trips, it seemed that fares were always about $158 or $178 round trip from Kansas City to other US cities.

I haven't done a conversion to determine what that is in today's dollars. But I wonder if any of you know what average fares were in decades past (compared to today)?
 
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RE: Air Fares 20, 30, 40 Years Ago

Tue Apr 13, 2004 10:44 pm


In the early 70's I could walk up to the PSA ticket counter at SJC and
buy a ticket to LAX (or BUR) for $14.95



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tokolosh
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RE: Air Fares 20, 30, 40 Years Ago

Tue Apr 13, 2004 11:41 pm

I remember fares from Europe to South Africa used to be about 3,500 Guilders for the cheapest ticket. If you want a conversion into your own currency go to www.xe.com (I tried to highlight the link but that would not work). Today the price is between a third and a half of that amount!

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Tan Flyr
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RE: Air Fares 20, 30, 40 Years Ago

Wed Apr 14, 2004 2:24 am

Recently I found some old tickets from the late 70's and early 80's..and actually fares today were quite close on a number of routes. Thus in inflation (even at the current low rate in the US) adjusted dollars, todays fares are quite a bargain.
 
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RE: Air Fares 20, 30, 40 Years Ago

Wed Apr 14, 2004 2:26 am

I remember PHL-MDW roundtrip on Midway was $163 back in 1988...i think it is still comparable or even cheaper now.
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RE: Air Fares 20, 30, 40 Years Ago

Wed Apr 14, 2004 2:29 am

also...it was $325 roundtrip between PHL-MLI on Ozark in 1985
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RE: Air Fares 20, 30, 40 Years Ago

Wed Apr 14, 2004 2:40 am

In the early 70's I could walk up to the PSA ticket counter at SJC and
buy a ticket to LAX (or BUR) for $14.95.


Which equates to about $49 today...

You can however get a $39 ticket from SWA right now.
 
khushdesi
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RE: Air Fares 20, 30, 40 Years Ago

Wed Apr 14, 2004 2:42 am

this is a bit off topic- but is it true that you could pay on people express after you were onboard?
 
ltbewr
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RE: Air Fares 20, 30, 40 Years Ago

Wed Apr 14, 2004 3:08 am

Yes, on PeopleExpress you could pay on board. The f/a's would go down the asile with a cart with a credit card processor and a cash box. Of course you couldn't do that today! On domestic flights, PEX usually between $ 59 to 129 o/w + taxes and $3 for each check in bag. For their Service to London and Brussels, was sometimes 99 + tax o/w but usually $149 o/w +taxes/fees.
Shortly after deregulation, coast to coast or northeast/Florida fares were often $99 + taxes each way or less on LLC's or if bought a bit ahead, like 14 days on majors. Many majors serving NYC/LHR or Paris, used to offer standby fares in the 1980's-early 90's of $149-249 o/w + taxes.
Often these cheaper fares varied according to time of year, day of week.
I believe the original Eastern Shuttles between LGA and BOS or DCA were originally priced at $19-29. Now that is about $220 o/w walk up price or the same for an advance purchase r/t.
 
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RE: Air Fares 20, 30, 40 Years Ago

Wed Apr 14, 2004 3:24 am

In the late 80s (89?) My family paid $12 one-way on the Eastern Shuttle (BOS-LGA). Yes, you are reading correctly. Eastern was going bankrupt, or close to it, and they were running some crazy promotion. The prices were supposed to reflect the original prices on the Eastern Shuttle in the early 60s. My whole family of 4 flew roundtrip to NYC for $96. We flew an L1011 down and a DC9 back. I don't think it was regular Shuttle equipment. However, after getting the great airfares, we got ripped-off by a cabbie from LGA to our hotel in midtown. That cab fare was $60- it should have been $15-25.
 
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RE: Air Fares 52 Years Ago

Wed Apr 14, 2004 3:48 am

Funny I was just leafing a magazine from May 1952 earlier on today.

Dublin from London £12.10.0
Dublin from Man £6.16.0
Dublin from Paris £23.8.0
Dublin from AMS £24.15.0

That is pounds, shillings and pence folks and those are for restricted condition fares on an Aer Lingus "all new" Viscount aircraft.

And a roll of Ilford 120 film was less than 2 shillings, if you wanted to submit a photo to Airliners of your Viscount!
 
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RE: Air Fares 20, 30, 40 Years Ago

Wed Apr 14, 2004 4:11 am



The Year..........1977

The Carrier.........Pan American

The Route..........SEA/PDX

The Aircraft.........747-200

The Price.............$22.00RT on Saturday only.

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