# This Formula Will Tell You If Your Flight Is Profitable

Flights are getting cheaper this year , but prices vary depending on destination. To find out if the flight is really profitable, Louis Maicot, a data analyst at Adobe, came up with a simple formula.

The formula is pretty simple: multiply the round trip miles by \$ 0.032, then add \$ 230.

As MarketWatch explains, if you’re flying between New York and Los Angeles, it’s only 5,640 miles. Plug that into the formula and you end up with \$ 410.48, which means anything below \$ 410 (taxes and fees included) is a pretty good deal. For international flights, multiply the round trip miles by \$ 0.08 and then add \$ 200.

Maikot explains how he came up with the formula:

I calculated the average price that all participants in the data sample pay based on how many days they bought tickets (up to 300 days). Then I divided the average price for each day by the total average price and did this for thousands upon thousands of flights. I was left with the weighted average of the final curve.

Simply put, the number you get gives you a rough idea of ​​what the bulk of airline ticket prices have been in recent years. MarketWatch explains the formula in more detail and also includes a calculator to help you do math calculations, so check out the full post at the link below.

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