October Ancillary Sales by U.S. Air Travel Agencies Increase 113% YoY

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October Ancillary Sales by U.S. Air Travel Agencies Increase 113% YoY

Air Ticket Sales Totaled $7.3 Billion While International Passenger Trips Increased 37%

ARLINGTON, Va. – November 17, 2022 Airlines Reporting Corp. (ARC) today released data showing ARC-accredited travel agency air ticket sales totaling $7.3 billion in October 2022, a 72% year-over-year increase.* This includes $16.7 million in ancillary sales upgrades, checked baggage, in-cabin pets and more a 113% year-over-year increase. Ancillary transactions have increased 11% month over month and 74% year over year.

Month over month, October 2022 results showed:

  • Total sales were flat.
  • Total passenger trips decreased 2%.
  • U.S. domestic trips decreased 3%.
  • International trips decreased 1%.

“While October’s overall travel demand was in line with what we saw in September, demand for ancillary products has been increasing,” said Steve Solomon, chief commercial officer at ARC. “Travelers are looking to customize their experiences as we return to pre-pandemic travel levels, especially with international travel.”

Total passenger trips settled by ARC in October 2022 increased 19% year over year from 17.5 million to 20.8 million, with a 37% increase in international trips and an 11% increase in domestic trips.

The average U.S. round-trip air travel ticket price in October was $578 versus $560 in September, a 3% increase.

More detailed information is available on ARC’s sales statistics page. Additional breakdown of corporate, leisure and online ticket sales can be found on the ARC COVID-19 data page.


*Ticket Sales

  • Results are based on monthly sales data ending October 31, 2022, from 10,607 U.S. retail and corporate travel agency locations, satellite ticket printing offices and online travel agencies. Results do not include sales of tickets purchased directly from airlines.
    • The average ticket price (USD) is for a round-trip ticket settled through ARC for an itinerary that included only U.S. domestic travel.
    • Passenger trips include the total number of passengers taking a trip from one airport to another using direct or connecting flights. Newly issued trips are added, and refunded trips are deducted to provide a net view of traveling passengers.
    • U.S. domestic passenger trips include the total number settled through ARC where the itinerary is wholly within the U.S. International passenger trips include the total number settled through ARC where some or all the travel occurs to airports outside the U.S. or originates outside the U.S.
    • Total sales are equal to the total amount paid for a ticket, which includes taxes and fees.


ARC accelerates the growth of global air travel by delivering forward-looking travel data, flexible distribution services and other innovative industry solutions. We are a leading travel intelligence company that possesses the world’s largest, most comprehensive global airline ticket dataset, including more than 15 billion passenger flights representing 490 airlines and 230 countries and territories. Our solutions and expertise strengthen economies and enrich lives by connecting stakeholders across the travel ecosystem. For more information, visit arccorp.com.

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