Price trends in gasoline and other travel-related items, December 1997–June 2014

August 11, 2014

Have your travel plans been influenced by the prices of gasoline, airfare, lodging, and car rental? The prices of gasoline, hotel rooms, and airline tickets may have been important factors as consumers made travel plans this summer. Starting in 2004, the Consumer Price Index (CPI) for gasoline, all types, began to rise more rapidly than other travel-related indexes. However, the index for gasoline, all types, decreased by 58 percent from July 2008 to December 2008 in the midst of the 2007–2009 recession. Since then, the index has surpassed prerecession levels.

Consumer price indexes for gasoline and other selected travel-related items, not seasonally adjusted, December 1997–June 2014 (Index: December 1997 = 100)
MonthAll itemsGasoline, all typesGasoline, unleaded regularGasoline, unleaded midgradeGasoline, unleaded premiumAirline fareCar and truck rentalOther lodging away from home
including hotels and motels

Dec 1997

100.000100.000100.000100.000100.000100.000100.000100.000

Jan 1998

100.18695.95395.86396.12896.505102.72197.800105.621

Feb 1998

100.37292.30091.82692.63593.204106.05799.500110.351

Mar 1998

100.55889.14188.59789.70790.194108.162101.400112.412

Apr 1998

100.74489.93189.50690.27490.777107.854100.300111.288

May 1998

100.93092.99192.83693.10793.301105.236100.600109.649

Jun 1998

101.05493.09092.93693.10793.398103.131100.800110.679

Jul 1998

101.17892.00491.62592.16292.621106.417103.600112.974

Aug 1998

101.30289.93189.40590.36890.971106.674105.300114.145

Sep 1998

101.42688.35187.58888.85789.709105.749104.600110.351

Oct 1998

101.67489.14188.49689.70790.291105.339103.400110.117

Nov 1998

101.67488.05587.28688.76389.417103.080102.700106.557

Dec 1998

101.61284.60083.55285.64786.602104.107101.500103.700

Jan 1999

101.86083.41682.44284.41985.437105.955100.200107.354

Feb 1999

101.98482.03480.92883.09784.175108.522100.000111.148

Mar 1999

102.29484.69983.85585.36486.214113.604104.200115.597

Apr 1999

103.03899.11299.39598.20698.641115.914104.400115.691

May 1999

103.03899.50699.79898.86799.223113.039104.900112.600

Jun 1999

103.03897.33597.37696.97897.476107.649104.700114.801

Jul 1999

103.348100.592100.807100.000100.194114.630105.000118.407

Aug 1999

103.596105.824106.357105.005104.854111.499105.600118.267

Sep 1999

104.092108.292108.779107.649107.282109.651103.600114.379

Oct 1999

104.278107.996108.375107.649107.282115.452106.100113.583

Nov 1999

104.340107.305107.568106.988106.602116.222108.600108.478

Dec 1999

104.340110.069110.595109.726109.029115.452108.200105.433

Jan 2000

104.650110.464110.999110.009109.417113.860106.600111.616

Feb 2000

105.270115.795116.751114.920113.883118.172105.000115.738

Mar 2000

106.138129.220130.777127.951125.825123.563107.100122.248

Apr 2000

106.200126.259127.447125.401123.786122.947107.900120.562

May 2000

106.324125.962127.245124.835123.204123.871108.300118.454

Jun 2000

106.882136.525139.051134.089131.553125.770108.400121.733

Jul 2000

107.130133.662135.520132.295130.194126.694108.700124.262

Aug 2000

107.130126.061127.245125.307123.786128.542110.000124.262

Sep 2000

107.688132.577134.612130.689128.835125.719108.000118.642

Oct 2000

107.874130.602132.392128.895127.379121.304106.500119.063

Nov 2000

107.936130.503132.291128.895127.184122.177108.200113.958

Dec 2000

107.874125.370126.640124.174123.010122.279107.600108.244

Jan 2001

108.555124.186125.631122.568121.553122.690105.700114.192

Feb 2001

108.989125.173126.539123.985122.427124.230106.200119.766

Mar 2001

109.237121.718122.906120.869119.612122.485108.500125.386

Apr 2001

109.671131.096132.997129.462127.573120.893108.100122.717

May 2001

110.167144.126146.922141.737138.932121.920102.700120.703

Jun 2001

110.353139.487141.675137.488135.437127.977100.800124.778

Jul 2001

110.043123.297124.117122.380121.845127.721102.000125.105

Aug 2001

110.043119.645120.787118.036117.670125.411103.300126.136

Sep 2001

110.539129.023131.382125.968124.563124.48799.300116.628

Oct 2001

110.167114.116115.035112.465112.524121.35599.500113.958

Nov 2001

109.981102.468102.725101.228101.845118.070102.600110.773

Dec 2001

109.54794.17693.94693.29694.175117.556103.700107.400

Jan 2002

109.79595.95395.86394.99595.825118.018104.500112.272

Feb 2002

110.22996.34796.26695.56296.117119.148107.400119.063

Mar 2002

110.849105.726106.357104.910104.563119.713112.100121.874

Apr 2002

111.469119.250120.585118.130116.990120.842112.600122.014

May 2002

111.469119.250120.383118.414117.282122.998110.000119.859

Jun 2002

111.531117.966118.971116.997116.214122.228109.200120.703

Jul 2002

111.655118.756120.081117.375116.505120.688113.200121.593

Aug 2002

112.027119.348120.484118.130117.379120.637114.000123.560

Sep 2002

112.213119.546120.686118.319117.476118.070108.900116.628

Oct 2002

112.399122.310123.613121.152119.806115.195108.100115.972

Nov 2002

112.399122.211123.310121.341120.097114.271107.100111.756

Dec 2002

112.151117.572118.163116.997116.311114.682104.200107.447

Jan 2003

112.647124.087125.328123.324121.942114.014104.100113.021

Feb 2003

113.515137.907139.960136.166133.689115.349106.700116.487

Mar 2003

114.197145.508147.931142.965140.194117.505107.800118.829

Apr 2003

113.949138.105139.859136.261134.272118.583107.200117.705

May 2003

113.763128.924130.474127.195125.922119.764106.800120.609

Jun 2003

113.887127.838129.364125.968124.757122.177106.800121.733

Jul 2003

114.011128.332129.970126.440125.243124.076110.600124.309

Aug 2003

114.445136.624138.850133.994132.330122.125110.900124.356

Sep 2003

114.817144.620146.922141.926140.000119.969107.400117.002

Oct 2003

114.693134.255136.024132.106131.068119.918109.900119.485

Nov 2003

114.383128.924130.474127.007126.214116.786111.600113.115

Dec 2003

114.259125.568126.842124.079123.398114.528107.500110.820

Jan 2004

114.817134.353136.125132.389130.680115.452104.900115.316

Feb 2004

115.437140.671142.684138.621136.408116.838107.000118.267

Mar 2004

116.181147.878150.252145.420142.913118.070107.400126.885

Apr 2004

116.553153.307156.004150.236147.282119.302108.400127.869

May 2004

117.235167.621171.140163.362159.806118.326103.500126.885

Jun 2004

117.607170.484173.663166.667163.301119.199101.600127.869

Jul 2004

117.421162.389165.187159.396156.505119.764106.400131.054

Aug 2004

117.483159.131161.857156.185153.495115.349107.600129.274

Sep 2004

117.731158.440161.150155.241152.718113.450104.200125.340

Oct 2004

118.351169.990173.259166.572162.913114.990103.000126.183

Nov 2004

118.413168.806171.746165.628162.427116.119104.100119.672

Dec 2004

117.979158.342160.646155.996153.398112.782103.200116.393

Jan 2005

118.227153.603155.903151.086148.932111.756102.800120.468

Feb 2005

118.909161.303164.077158.546155.340113.398104.900127.073

Mar 2005

119.839172.754176.186168.933165.340116.427107.300137.002

Apr 2005

120.645190.424194.551185.930181.068120.585104.500134.801

May 2005

120.521184.896188.698180.548176.408123.203101.400130.070

Jun 2005

120.583182.231185.974177.998173.981126.078102.800131.241

Jul 2005

121.141193.978198.083189.518184.660128.183107.400134.988

Aug 2005

121.761208.983213.623203.872198.058125.359110.300132.600

Sep 2005

123.249245.311250.959239.282231.553123.614108.000122.201

Oct 2005

123.497232.873238.042228.140220.485125.411107.500127.494

Nov 2005

122.505196.051200.000191.785187.184123.563110.900122.717

Dec 2005

122.009183.810187.487180.170175.825120.021112.100120.234

Jan 2006

122.939195.656199.495191.879186.699121.407108.700125.105

Feb 2006

123.187194.472198.285190.652185.534122.844109.400131.194

Mar 2006

123.869202.073206.660197.450191.553124.230109.900138.548

Apr 2006

124.923231.392236.630226.062218.544126.181108.500138.501

May 2006

125.542246.594252.674240.132232.136129.517105.700135.878

Jun 2006

125.790244.126250.151237.488229.903133.470105.000137.143

Jul 2006

126.162251.333257.518244.570236.505135.164110.500140.890

Aug 2006

126.410249.951256.004243.626235.728132.649113.000139.016

Sep 2006

125.790216.190220.787210.954205.825129.569110.400132.553

Oct 2006

125.108190.227194.147185.647181.845127.772113.000133.208

Nov 2006

124.923187.858191.726183.381179.612121.663115.300128.009

Dec 2006

125.108195.558199.697190.840186.699118.789115.400124.965

Jan 2007

125.490190.332194.004185.823182.679121.674112.748131.105

Feb 2007

126.162191.789195.832187.067182.975124.552113.998136.840

Mar 2007

127.311216.656221.588211.121205.210126.453112.194140.041

Apr 2007

128.138238.793244.424232.678225.325127.724109.316142.724

May 2007

128.921261.431268.534253.256244.488128.214105.456141.929

Jun 2007

129.170256.353262.759249.206241.087131.788107.591146.614

Jul 2007

129.138248.651254.311242.585235.108133.236119.436151.149

Aug 2007

128.901234.065239.172228.698222.127130.957122.825148.101

Sep 2007

129.256234.939240.462228.988222.447129.835115.868141.996

Oct 2007

129.533234.767239.924229.454222.887132.140114.709140.627

Nov 2007

130.302257.594263.646251.106243.068132.503116.113133.901

Dec 2007

130.215253.495259.107247.387240.164131.352113.982130.619

Jan 2008

130.862256.010261.682249.928242.440132.467111.654137.500

Feb 2008

131.242254.536260.029249.026241.060133.992115.728141.561

Mar 2008

132.379272.949279.221266.404257.435139.381117.353147.107

Apr 2008

133.182288.164294.939281.054271.250140.667116.304143.934

May 2008

134.304315.683323.558307.423295.481146.616115.440143.141

Jun 2008

135.657340.554349.503330.551317.939156.473119.982146.237

Jul 2008

136.369342.899351.831333.143320.342159.776126.175150.785

Aug 2008

135.825317.385325.301308.768297.726158.270126.516146.578

Sep 2008

135.637309.511316.991301.986290.373152.581116.837140.713

Oct 2008

134.267262.963268.957256.522249.063145.876113.239138.132

Nov 2008

131.696181.871184.296179.882178.267137.809114.768130.255

Dec 2008

130.334144.227145.225144.323144.022133.247118.241125.690

Jan 2009

130.901152.505154.140151.766150.080131.222118.556130.238

Feb 2009

131.552163.986165.980162.664160.791129.276122.104132.556

Mar 2009

131.872165.672167.797164.249161.939128.625124.328134.535

Apr 2009

132.201174.436176.862172.438170.118127.794124.326134.516

May 2009

132.583191.241194.271188.851184.665127.143124.759132.415

Jun 2009

133.722222.632226.975218.478212.458129.776124.328135.153

Jul 2009

133.510215.148219.070211.321206.642133.257136.742136.253

Aug 2009

133.809222.289226.557218.073212.733133.137141.957134.006

Sep 2009

133.893217.712221.796213.592208.943134.932133.278130.019

Oct 2009

134.022215.877219.738212.520207.174136.394128.199129.767

Nov 2009

134.117224.743229.024220.607214.900138.639126.396121.397

Dec 2009

133.880221.382225.381217.713212.380138.946125.705118.503

Jan 2010

134.338230.728235.209226.184220.417135.694120.442122.259

Feb 2010

134.371224.282228.369220.530214.994136.221120.646126.183

Mar 2010

134.923234.310238.847229.919223.609138.284122.009131.146

Apr 2010

135.157241.211246.040236.340229.770141.528117.617132.676

May 2010

135.262242.922247.847237.766231.334144.630118.339134.800

Jun 2010

135.130231.208235.507227.132221.526148.109119.645140.091

Jul 2010

135.159231.087235.384227.052221.293146.806128.977143.481

Aug 2010

135.345232.093236.339228.212222.400144.728134.980138.700

Sep 2010

135.424228.844233.047225.000219.310143.136128.057133.290

Oct 2010

135.593236.453240.958232.238225.891142.374125.156130.529

Nov 2010

135.650241.209245.862236.789230.239145.121124.762122.146

Dec 2010

135.883252.042257.169246.984239.561147.042124.766120.889

Jan 2011

136.530261.578267.015256.105248.118148.995118.513124.458

Feb 2011

137.203267.346272.928261.777253.396153.028117.748128.017

Mar 2011

138.541298.691305.318291.780281.612157.216123.881133.991

Apr 2011

139.433321.108328.609312.901301.673158.669124.248134.121

May 2011

140.089332.674340.671323.831311.576157.757118.342137.146

Jun 2011

139.939313.468320.655305.662294.937158.010122.715145.028

Jul 2011

140.063308.746315.768301.261290.615158.007131.163150.385

Aug 2011

140.449307.274314.219299.938289.317158.455132.586143.648

Sep 2011

140.663305.052311.775298.072287.780157.631126.870137.462

Oct 2011

140.373292.080298.182286.111276.566156.073123.700132.899

Nov 2011

140.254288.732294.773282.666273.578155.357122.850125.759

Dec 2011

139.908277.111282.761271.540263.183153.652124.088122.648

Jan 2012

140.524287.031293.295280.410271.319151.658118.603126.832

Feb 2012

141.143301.161307.879293.831284.409153.222117.422133.107

Mar 2012

142.215325.548333.092317.930305.994155.977121.792138.517

Apr 2012

142.644331.433339.302323.040310.928160.598124.548138.533

May 2012

142.477319.451326.654311.462301.542162.765120.050142.637

Jun 2012

142.268299.849306.071293.890284.437161.150123.598149.724

Jul 2012

142.036291.706297.686286.456276.689156.925133.174148.714

Aug 2012

142.826312.793319.441307.197295.506153.637133.736143.268

Sep 2012

143.464325.664332.853318.973306.866153.608124.151138.585

Oct 2012

143.408318.790325.456311.504302.883155.304119.555135.717

Nov 2012

142.728294.305300.123287.737280.971156.753120.925126.454

Dec 2012

142.344281.941287.356276.444269.144156.947125.249122.376

Jan 2013

142.765282.741288.143277.065270.139157.394125.963128.423

Feb 2013

143.934311.197317.609305.164295.341158.770125.813133.626

Mar 2013

144.311315.423321.895309.022299.439161.860127.581139.660

Apr 2013

144.161303.864309.746298.360289.645163.663126.295140.105

May 2013

144.417306.369312.137303.149291.510167.608122.310145.152

Jun 2013

144.764308.205313.975304.916293.317167.003122.695149.720

Jul 2013

144.821306.896312.743301.524293.168162.109131.293152.314

Aug 2013

144.995305.385311.210300.007291.447155.979132.466146.201

Sep 2013

145.164301.381306.893296.891288.312154.762126.400139.987

Oct 2013

144.790286.580291.558282.454275.295159.144122.016131.629

Nov 2013

144.494277.139281.775272.992267.234163.345119.836127.237

Dec 2013

144.482279.144284.005274.170268.750154.701126.563123.101

Jan 2014

145.019282.929287.875279.594271.881149.813126.210129.768

Feb 2014

145.555286.095291.090283.736274.757152.813127.654135.439

Mar 2014

146.493300.557306.149299.093287.057155.269134.685144.066

Apr 2014

146.976311.288317.242308.547296.950163.414132.615144.431

May 2014

147.489313.360319.292309.809299.402175.537125.189152.741

Jun 2014

147.764314.249320.244311.527299.617175.922124.960154.034

The CPI for other lodging away from home, including hotels and motels, typically peaks in July. While the prices for car and truck rental are less volatile, the CPI for car and truck rental tends to rise during the summer months.

Airfare prices decreased during the last recession, but the CPI for airline far has increased 36 percent since June 2009, the last month of the recession.

These data are from the BLS Consumer Price Index program and are not seasonally adjusted. To learn more, see "Consumer Price Index — June 2014" (HTML) (PDF), news release USDL‑14‑1345.

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