However, that doesn’t count fees that airlines add for things like checking a bag, getting a better seat, or moving up in the boarding line.
Airlines get an increasing share of their revenue from those fees and from deals with credit-card providers, helping them remain profitable.
The Bureau of Transportation Statistics said Thursday that the average domestic itinerary was $343 in the third quarter of last year. The average round trip was $417, and the average one-way ticket was $249.
The overall figure of $343 is down $2 from the third quarter of 2017 and $7 lower than the second quarter of 2018.