According to the Airlines Reporting Company (ARC) the overall average price of a round trip air fare (including all taxes, fees and other charges) bought through a travel agent from the USA to top Mexican and Caribbean destinations and purchased for travel between December 1 2018 and February 28 2019 increased by 3.6% compared to the same period of 2017/2018.
The lowest average fare was to San Juan, Puerto Rico at $396, up 10.6% compared to 2017/2018. The highest average fare was to Punta Cana at $639, up 8.7% compared to 2017/2018.
Cancun led all destinations with a passenger count of 772,000 passengers with San Juan second at 525,000 passengers.
Results are based on round trip air tickets purchased from U.S. travel agencies to destinations in the Caribbean and Mexico only.
Travel includes trips from December 1, 2018 - February 28, 2019, which included Christmas, New Year's, Martin Luther King, Jr. Day and Valentine's Day, purchased by February 2, 2019.
Jim Hepple is an Assistant Professor at the University of Aruba and is Managing Director of Tourism Analytics.