January 2022 US travel agency sales jump 187% year over year

ARLINGTON, Va.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Airlines Reporting Corp. (ARC) today released data showing that air ticket sales by ARC-accredited travel agencies totaled $3.6 billion in January 2022, a 187% year-on-year increase on the other compared to January 2021.* Total net sales mark a 17% increase month over month compared to December 2021, when sales were $3.1 billion .

Month after month, January 2022 results showed:

  • The total number of passenger trips increased by 25%.

  • US domestic travel increased 21%.

  • International travel up 33%.

“January data on air travel is encouraging. We anticipate continued recovery as more governments drop mandates and travel restrictions due to the decline of the omicron variant as well as a rebound in corporate ticketing,” said Steve Solomon, Vice President of global sales, marketing, operations and customer experience at ARC. “As we look to spring travel, some of the historically popular destinations are showing booking numbers closer to pre-pandemic years and, in some cases, exceeding those levels.”

The total number of passenger trips settled by ARC in January 2022 increased by 106% year-over-year, from 7.9 million to 16.4 million. International trips jumped 120% to 5.4 million, while US domestic trips nearly doubled their year-over-year total to 11 million. The average round-trip ticket price in the United States in January 2022 was $409, an increase of 22% from $335 in January 2021.

EMD’s January 2022 sales increased 185% year-over-year to $7,187,871. EMD transactions increased 174% to 138,080 over the same period.**

More detailed information is available at The ARC Sales Statistics Page. A further breakdown of corporate, leisure and online ticket sales can be found on the ARC COVID-19 data page.

About CRA:

As a leader in air travel intelligence and omnichannel distribution, ARC provides platforms, tools and information that help the global travel community connect, grow and thrive. ARC enables the diverse retail strategies of its customers by providing innovative technology, flexible settlement solutions and access to the world’s most comprehensive airline transaction dataset. In 2019, ARC handled more than $97.4 billion in transactions between airlines and travel agencies, representing more than 302 million passenger trips. For more information, please visit arccorp.com.


*Ticket sales

  • Findings are based on monthly sales data ending January 31, 2022, from 10,746 U.S. retail and corporate travel agencies, satellite ticket printers 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 domestic travel within the United States.

  • Passenger trips include the total number of passengers making 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 clean view of passengers on the move.

  • US domestic passenger travel includes the total number settled through ARC when the itinerary is entirely within the US. International passenger trips include the total number settled through the ARC when all or part of the trip is to airports outside of the United States or originates from outside of the United States.

  • Total sales equals the total amount paid for a ticket, which includes taxes and fees.

**Electronic miscellaneous documents (EMD)

  • Includes charges for products and services such as upgraded seats, checked baggage, unaccompanied minor, in-cabin pet, etc.

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