A look at the most important posts from last week. Airline compassion in times of trial, the link between airfares and low oil prices, TSA battle against fools and better ways to travel.
The airline industry is fighting disclosure of extra fees making comparison shopping impossible. Delta is restricting publication of its airfares. And, US airlines are fighting new international flights.
Airfares may go down next year based on lower fuel costs, healthy eating options at the airport, more affordable cruise ship WiFi
Airline competition, as an issue, is heating up. Airlines don't like it, but consumers need it. And, the free market thrives on competition.
Ever wonder why you can't find a cab in the rain? Wonder whether citizens can stop tax increases, at least automatic ones? Or, contemplate why, when fuel costs are dropping, airfares are rising? Muse along with us.
What do you want? Airlines deciding on personalized airfares and fees based on your data? Or, you, making choices from a menu of options?
Most premium travel is written off for hefty tax deductions. Business class and first class get written off together with travel luxuries. It doesn't seem fair when working class citizens get stuck making up the resulting budget deficits.
Airlines are trying to change the law to allow them to advertise low teaser prices to entice customers into websites, then add more taxes and fees screen-by-screen before revealing the full price of travel. We expect that, but we don't expect Congress to go along.
The House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee passed what 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.
Today, an anti-consumer bill about airline pricing was marked up by the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee. Amazingly, the bill was introduces with bipartisan backing from some of the Democrats' supposedly top consumer-friendly legislators. The bipartisan cabal of representatives added a most Orwellian name to the bill, "The Airfare Transparency Act of 2014." This bill does nothing to help transparency. It only allows airlines to make understanding the full price of travel more difficult.