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Associated Press: Fees undermine fliers’ ability to compare fares
January 2nd, 2013

An in-depth article by Joan Lowy of the Associated Press,  Fees undermine fliers’ ability to compare fares, details how airlines are making it difficult for consumers to comparison shop for the true all-in cost (fares+fees+taxes) of air travel and how the Department of Transportation is considering a new rule to address this important consumer issue: […]

In the News: Daily Traveler predicts DOT will demand more transparency on airline fees
January 2nd, 2013

Barbara Peterson of Conde Nast’s The Daily Traveler blog included this prediction in her What to Expect from Air Travel in 2013 post: The Department of Transportation will demand more transparency on airline fees But at least if you have to pay those fees, you may get more upfront disclosure about what they are. Airlines […]

Don’t Let Unexpected Airline Fees Be the Gag Gift of Upcoming Holiday Travel – Simple tips to avoid unexpected fees
December 10th, 2012

Open Allies reminds holiday travelers booking trips to calculate the full “all-in” cost (fares+fees+taxes) of airfares Frequent and even occasional travelers are learning they must factor in add-on airline fees when calculating the full all-in cost of air travel. With the busy holiday travel season approaching, Open Allies for Airfare Transparency asked some travelers how […]

Consumers Union: DOT should require airlines to be more transparent about fees
December 9th, 2012

In an article featured on ConsumerReports.org, the nation’s leading consumer right advocacy organization, Consumers Union (the public-policy and advocacy division of Consumer Reports) is calling on the DOT to require airlines to be more transparent about their fees: If you’re flying over the holidays, you might end up unwrapping some unexpected items, but they’re not […]

Read the November 5th Open Allies Update for the latest news and updates about airline fee transparency
November 5th, 2012

Click here to read the November 5th Open Allies Update newsletter featuring: Open Allies moderated forum on airline ancillary fees sparks a lively discussion Florida Today editorial strongly endorses need for increased airline fee transparency Open Allies reacts to DOT Advisory Committee for Aviation Consumer Protection recommendations A Closer Look: Punishing airfare comparison shoppers at […]

DOT Advisory Committee Recommendations Fail to Ensure Consumers Ability to Understand Full Cost of Air Travel
November 1st, 2012

Reacting to the recently released recommendations of the Department of Transportation’s Advisory Committee for Aviation Consumer Protection, David Kelly, Executive Director of Open Allies for Airfare Transparency commented: While Open Allies applauds the committee’s recommendation that the “DOT should ensure transparency in air carrier pricing,” this does not go nearly far enough to protect consumers […]

In the News: Dallas Morning News: Federal transportation officials eyeing more regulation of airline fees
October 19th, 2012

The Dallas Morning News has an excellent article on consumers’ frustration with airline ancillary fees, the inability to understand the full all-in (fares+fees+taxes) cost of travel, and how the Department of Transportation is looking at a new rule to address the current market breakdown: The Transportation Department is considering whether to force airlines to disclose […]

A Closer Look: Punishing airfare comparison shoppers at odds with what consumers want and deserve
October 10th, 2012 • By: David Kelly, Executive Director, Open Allies

One of the truly amazing tools brought to consumers by the internet are online travel sites like Expedia, Orbitz, Travelocity, Priceline, etc. These sites enable tens of millions of consumers to quickly and efficiently shop for the best airfares across literally hundreds of airlines and thousands of possible flight combinations. Prior to the internet, this […]

Register today for the Open Allies moderated forum on ancillary fees
October 3rd, 2012

On Thursday, October 18th from 8:00am – 10:30am at the National Press Club, Open Allies will be hosting a forum on airline ancillary fees.  The forum will be moderated by National Journal reporter Niraj Chokshi. Click here to rsvp, registration is free. Can Airline Competition Work In An Era Of Opacity? A moderated forum sponsored […]

In the News: Why ancillary access matters to your business
October 3rd, 2012

American Society of Travel Agents VP of Industry and Consumer Affairs John Pittman has an excellent opinion piece in Travel Weekly about how the airlines refusal to share ancillary fee information with global distribution systems is hurting travel agents’ ability to best serve their customers: For decades you have relied on the GDSs to do […]