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Talking Transparency: This Is Your Passenger Speaking Featured on Rudy Maxa’s World radio show
June 13th, 2013

Open Allies and This Is Your Passenger Speaking campaign supporter Charles Leocha of the Consumer Travel Alliance was recently interviewed on the Rudy Maxa’s World radio show.  Click here to listen to Charlie talk about how airline fees are making it almost impossible to comparison shop for the true all-in cost (fares+fees+taxes) of airfares, and […]

In the News: The New Battle for Transparency – Airline Fees
June 10th, 2013

Tim Winship of has an excellent blog post noting that now that airline fees are a reality of travel, it’s time for airlines to disclose their fees in a way that still allows consumers to make informed travel purchases: The New Battle for Transparency So fees will be a fact of travel life for […]

Association for Airline Passenger Rights Endorses This Is Your Passenger Speaking
June 6th, 2013

The Association for Airline Passenger Rights today endorsed Open Allies’ This Is Your Passenger Speaking campaign: “The Association for Airline Passenger Rights is committed to improving price transparency within the airline industry, and ending the practice of hidden fees for checked baggage, seats, boarding options and other ancillary services,” said Brandon M. Macsata, Executive Director […]

Open Allies calls on IATA to resubmit NDC resolution to DOT
June 5th, 2013

Open Allies is calling on the International Air Transport Association (IATA) to withdraw, modify and resubmit its “New Distribution Capability” (NDC) resolution to the DOT so that it is consistent with promises recently adopted at IATA’s Annual General Meeting on June 3, 2013. In May 2013, Open Allies submitted comments to the DOT urging the […]

Read the June edition of Open Allies Update
June 3rd, 2013

Click here to read the June edition of our Open Allies Update newsletter.  

In the News: Airline fees complicate travel cost comparisons
May 31st, 2013

Reuters consumer columnist Mitch Lipka has an excellent column on how airline fees are making it extremely difficult for travelers to comparison shop for the true “all-in” cost (fares+fees+taxes) of airfares: Airline fees complicate travel cost comparisons Trying to find the best deal for a flight used to be a lot easier. All you had […]

A Closer Look: Hidden Airline Fees No Myth
May 28th, 2013

Speaking about fees on a recent analysts call, Spirit Airline’s Executive VP Barry Biffle commented there’s still “a lot of misinformation that’s been put out in the marketplace, suggesting, for example, that airlines have hidden fees and so forth. And that’s simply not true. And I think we’ve debunked a lot of those myths.” Contrary […]

In the News: Supreme Court refuses airline challenge on fare rules
April 1st, 2013

Open Allies Executive Director David Kelly was mentioned in a USA Today article on the Supreme Court’s refusal to hear a challenge to the DOT’s ability to promulgate and enforce airline consumer protection regulations. The airline industry has failed in its court challenge of recently enacted federal rules that require airlines to include taxes in […]

USA Today: 5 trends to look for in travel this year – Passenger Protection
January 2nd, 2013

In an article in USA Today, reporter Nancy Trejos expects passenger protection, including a new DOT rule on airline fee transparency, to be among the biggest travel trends of 2013: Passenger Protection The Transportation Department has taken a more aggressive role in protecting air travelers the last four years, and it isn’t letting up. The […]

Economist Business Travel blog: Airline fee disclosure – We’re not going to tell you how much this will cost
January 2nd, 2013

The Economist’s Gulliver business travel blog has an excellent post highlighting how U.S. airlines are making it difficult for consumers to understand the full cost of their travel due to the airlines’ refusal to share fee information with online travel sites and travel agents: Airlines don’t want you to know how much your ticket will […]