House Commitee moves for new airfare law with no hearings, excluding consumers from process

A previous post noted that the Chairman of the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee had introduced the Transparent Airfares Act of 2014. This is a reprint of our earlier story about this misguided bill designed to make airfares more confusing. The committee just announced yesterday afternoon that it would bring this bill to “mark-up” tomorrow, April 9th, with no hearing and no opportunity for consumers, travel agents, the travel industry, central reservation systems and others to make any comments about the substance of the bill.

This proposed bill takes out truth in advertising and allows airlines free reign to create confusion in advertising. Why can’t the aviation industry simply tell the truth about their pricing instead of playing games?

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.

Do you think there are enough taxes (and fees) on this airfare?

I just looked at my ticket from Washington, DC, to Calgary, Canada, and was stunned at the list of taxes and fees.
By |August 15th, 2012|Today|29 Comments|

Courts give DOT rules go-ahead for full-fare advertising, 24-hour grace period and fare/fee lock after purchase

In a dramatic win for airline consumers, the final act of the historic Department of Transportation (DOT) rulemaking concluded last week when the U.S. Court of Appeals upheld DOT's power to regulate how airline tickets are advertised and sold.
By |August 2nd, 2012|Today|5 Comments|