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.
This Sunday we ponder the effects of reintroducing wolves to Yellowstone and, I hope, realize the unintended consequences of many of our conservation actions. TSA learns that all trusted travelers are to be trusted. And, a new travel player allows passengers to pay to lock in low fares.
This weekend, we look at safety in the airline industry, examine creeping airfares throughout the system and discover airline route changes that will come about because of the AA/US merger.
New Boeing interiors, Bidding for first class, Airfare increases
What we’re reading: Cheap ticket — cheap service? Most Asiana claims fall under Montreal Convention, factors in the SF crash
How much does a cheap ticket really cost? Courts will treat Asiana passengers differently, factors in the Asiana crash
What would you do for a cheap airfare?
Get your thinking caps on. Did you know? IPhones can be disabled if stolen. President Obama is asking for more aviation and travel taxes. These new taxes will make flying more taxed than liquor and other sin taxes. Finally, look at domestic vacations where airfares have dropped.