Airlines still fighting full fare advertising. New legislation moves consumer rights backwards

Yesterday, a group of Representatives introduced the Transparent Airfares Act of 2014. This bill is a major step backwards for consumers and the sponsors of this bill, from both sides of the aisle, have simply not thought through what they are proposing. And, the airline lobbyists, intent on finding ways to make airline pricing more obscure, are flogging a dead horse that has been killed at least three times over the past three years.

Weekend fun: Shatner’s secret daughter, airline fee quiz, luggage tracker

Here are three things to smile about. Priceline extends their William Shatner character by hiring his “daughter.” Wait till you see who she is! USA Today serves up a quiz to test your airline fee knowledge. And, a luggage tracking device will be available this March. Imagine that; this may be the end of lost luggage.

Sunday musings: Advertising saves Venice, soars, Congress OKs new international baggage screening

We imagine bridges and waterbuses in Venice decked out in advertising for Diesel jeans. We are surprised by the rise of into the #3 position among online travel agencies. And, common-sense is applied by Congress to former rules that required already-screened checked baggage to rescreened at US airports after arriving from out of the country.

How’s iOS 6 for travelers on the iPhone 5 and earlier models?

Last week, Ned Levi reviewed the new iPhone 5 for travelers. This week Ned reviews the new Apple mobile operating system, iOS6 for travelers. Specifically, Ned discusses it’s new Apple Maps app, new features of the iOS mail app and Safari app, as well as the new Passbook app, and a new setting which allows users to turn off the Apple Advertising Identifier.

Spirit twists the truth — when is telling the truth deceptive?

There is a new regulation coming into effect, “Don’t mislead passengers.” Let’s call it the “truth in advertising” rule. Understandably, the airlines are incensed. Spirit Airlines is leading the charge. How dare the government mandate that they tell the truth. After decades of being allowed to mislead the public and bury taxes and fees in the fine print, being forced to be honest doesn’t come easily.

What would you do if a cab charged $25 for the first bag in the trunk?

JetBlue launched a series of video ads that poke fun at other airlines. The tagline is, “You wouldn’t take it on the ground; why take it in the air?” Here are four videos from this series dealing with baggage fees, non-stop flights, drinks on planes and legroom in coach. Each video is worth a good laugh, or at least a groan as you identify with the victims.

FTC “blogger review” honesty regulations are disingenuous at best

Ned discusses the new Federal “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising” as they affect reviews published on the Internet. Ned points out the Guide’s problems, including ignoring reviews in traditional media while imposing large fines on reviews in Internet media which don’t fulfill its requirements.