In the News: Daily Traveler predicts DOT will demand more transparency on airline fees

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 already have to advertise the whole cost of the ticket, including taxes and all mandatory fees (Spirit Airlines memorably argued against this). But consumer complaints about “hidden fees” are prompting the feds to propose requirements that all fees be prominently disclosed and displayed—and that this rule should extend to other air-travel sellers like travel agency websites. Look for the DOT to take some action as early as this spring.

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