Where Massachusetts Ranks Among States in Flight Prices

Fact Checked by Pat McLoone

Today is National Cheap Flight Day.

So, BetMassachusetts.com – where we usually provide the latest Massachusetts sportsbook promos – veered from normal coverage to see which states have the least/most expensive flight prices.

While it always is sad to see summer come to an end, one silver lining is that the end of August marks a notable reduction in the cost of airline tickets. With kids back to school, and vacations days spent, airfare costs can drop up to 20% between late-August and Thanksgiving.

The specific date of Aug. 23 is mostly a marketing device, but this is still a great time for budget-conscious travelers to start digging around for deals.

But how expensive is it to fly to Massachusetts compared to the other U.S. states?

Using data from the Bureau of Transportation Statistics, we ranked the states and the District of Columbia based on approximate average domestic airline itinerary fares by origin city for 2022 and the first quarter of 2023. The Bureau of Transportation’s airfares are reported based on individual cities, and obviously the cities within a given state are of varying sizes. We averaged the fares by city, then arranged them by state, to arrive at our numbers.

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Cheapest States for Flying

Rank State Avg. Fare ($)
1 DE 139.245
2 NJ 238.195
3 CT 272.265
4 SD 315.15
5 OH 326.92
6 NH 355.985
7 FL 358.575
8 RI 360.565
9 CA 362.7
10 NY 372.375
11 MD 387.39
12 UT 390.72
13 IL 394.24
14 KY 397.03
15 SC 418.84
16 NV 421.3
17 DC 438.195
18 WA 438.36
19 PA 438.735
20 IA 438.78
21 MA 446.035
22 NC 449.675
23 MO 450.08
24 IN 450.39
25 WV 454.235
26 VT 458.44
27 HI 459.84
28 TN 469.455
29 OK 470.185
30 AZ 473.65
31 OR 475.22
32 TX 480.365
33 ME 483.09
34 KS 490.8
35 VA 491.47
36 NE 497.845
37 NM 504.39
38 MS 509.34
39 CO 515.085
40 MI 515.44
41 WI 522.45
42 MN 522.76
43 MT 528.605
44 GA 529.315
45 ND 534.745
46 LA 537.815
47 AR 542.76
48 AL 570.91
49 ID 582.275
50 WY 598.86
51 AK 655.85


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Delaware Takes Crown for Cheapest Flights

It turns out the cheapest flights in America are into Delaware. However, it’s worth noting that the only commercial airport in the USA‘s second-smallest state mainly services flights to nearby East Coast destinations, suppressing airfares.

Meanwhile, far-flung Alaska has by far the most expensive price tag for a plane ticket on average.

As for Massachusetts, the Bay State rates out as the 21st cheapest state to travel to through the air. Round trip and one-way domestic flights average $446. But despite being in the cheaper half of our ranks, traveling to Massachusetts is pricier than the national average, which, according to Forbes, puts a one-way domestic flight at $378 and $427 for a round-trip ticket.

The vast majority of visitors arrive through the Boston Logan Airport, which last year welcomed more than 36 million travelers.

Looking for cheap flights to Massachusetts to watch one of the state’s sports franchises in person? Be sure to check out BetMassachusetts.com while you’re in town for all your legal Massachusetts sports betting needs.


Jeff Parker

Jeff Parker is an entertainment writer for BetMassachusetts.com. A writer for film, television and the internet, Jeff is a life long movie buff, with a Masters Degree in Popular Culture. He lives in Halifax, Nova Scotia, where he works full time as documentary filmmaker and producer.

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