Wednesday March 25, 2015
Thank you for reading Consumer Traveler/Travelers United weekly newsletter. You can subscribe to our daily email newsletter here. A week in review: Blizzard exposes cold hearts, Travel tips for 2015, CEOs demand airfare cuts and more Airlines do have compassion! But it takes a blizzard for them to show it. Airlines waived their strict ticket change rules in advance […]
The airline industry is doing everything it can to limit competition. It has refused to disclose ancillary fees to travel agents and the public during the act of purchasing a ticket, making comparison shopping impossible. Delta Air Lines is restricting the distribution of its airfares. And, the U.S. airlines are attempting to stop new international […]
Air fares seen dipping thanks to oil slump With oil prices going down, airlines say they may pass on the savings to consumers. Carriers are forecasting record profits for 2015 thanks to cheaper fuel and rising demand. As a result, they expect to cut the average ticket price by 5 percent in 2015, excluding surcharges […]
Competition is going to be a big issue this coming year. It is already, but the big airlines are making moves that beg for pushback from those who want to keep them in check and keep a competitive marketplace operating. Here is the basic situation. Competition is losing. Next year, if airlines have their way, […]
Why New Yorkers can’t find a taxi when it rains We all know that when it rains, taxis fill up. More than once, friends have wished me, “Good luck,” when I dash out of a restaurant to catch a cab in the rain. Almost everyone, everywhere, has experienced the dismay of hailing a cab in […]
Most of this story was written last year, after I returned from the annual PhocusWright conference where the top dogs in the Internet travel world congregate to discuss trends and networking. One of the “marketing” demonstrations from Sociomantics made my blood run cold. As a member of the Advisory Committee for Aviation Consumer Protections, I […]
Premium class and last-minute travel is expensive — and tax deductible for the rich traveling on business.
The Transparent Airfares Act of 2014, which only a few weeks ago had virtually no chance of passing, now seems poised to become law.
The House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee passed H.R. 4156 that they mistakenly, or cynically, call the Airfares Transparency Act of 2014. These representatives listed below decided to strip consumer protections against misleading and deceptive pricing by airlines. Sign our petition now being circulated through Change.org.