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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 […]

Survey: 94% Of Summer Travelers* Using Online Travel Sites Want Airline Fee Information Available
September 26th, 2012

Survey results show need for DOT action to protect travelers’ ability to see, compare and buy the full all-in cost of air travel WASHINGTON DC, September 25 – Open Allies for Airfare Transparency today released the results of a summer 2012 travel experiences survey, conducted online by leading market research firm Harris Interactive among 2,310 […]

Open Allies Statement In Reaction To DOT Inspector General’s Airline Industry Performance Report
September 25th, 2012

Reacting to the recently released Department of Transportation Office of Inspector General report on U.S. airline industry performance, David Kelly, Executive Director of Open Allies for Airfare Transparency commented: “The Inspector General’s report once again confirms that fees are a growing reality of air travel. As a result, it is imperative that consumers be provided […]

Open Allies Statement: Technology Exists Today to Share Airline Fee Information with All Consumers
August 8th, 2012

Presentation before the Department of Transportation’s Advisory Committee for Aviation Consumer Protection (ACACP) shows that GDSs already have the technology to share airlines ancillary fee information with consumers WASHINGTON, D.C., AUGUST 7 –The Department of Transportation’s Advisory Committee for Aviation Consumer Protection (ACACP) held its second hearing yesterday, including testimony on the ability of global […]

Open Allies Applauds GBTA Leadership’s Call for Ancillary Fee Transparency
July 23rd, 2012

Travel industry support grows for restoring airline product transparency and one-stop comparison-shopping BOSTON, JULY 23 – In a keynote speech delivered at the Global Business Travel Association’s (GBTA) 2012 annual convention in Boston, GBTA Executive Director and Chief Operating Officer Michael W. McCormick strongly endorsed the need for full transparency and purchasability of airlines ancillary […]

Spirit Airlines Ad Demonstrates Need for Regulation
January 30th, 2012

Open Allies Supports Criticism from Senator Barbara Boxer Washington, DC, January 30, 2012 – Last week’s effort by Spirit Airlines to claim that new U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) rules require airlines to “hide” taxes in advertising airfares not only is misleading, but demonstrates exactly why air travelers need the kind of disclosure DOT is […]

Open Allies Comments On Spirit Airlines’ Campaign Against New U.S. DOT Consumer Protections
January 25th, 2012

Washington, DC, January 25, 2012 – Open Allies for Airfare Transparency Executive Director Art Sackler had the following response to the Spirit Airlines ad that mischaracterizes the rule requiring baggage fee transparency placed into effect by the U.S. Department of Transportation yesterday: “Spirit Airlines and this seat-of-the-pants grassroots advertising campaign distorts the spirit of one […]

Open Allies Applauds Bag Fee Disclosures Required Today
January 24th, 2012

Urges DOT to Move Swiftly on Transparency of All Airline Fees Washington, DC, January 24, 2012 – Open Allies for Airfare Transparency praised the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) for adopting a rule requiring improved disclosure of baggage fees that takes effect today. However, the group noted much more work needs to be done quickly […]

Delay in Airline Fee Rules: What it Means
January 9th, 2012

Consumers Will Have to Wait Until 2013 to Compare Airfares that Include Fees Washington, DC, January 9, 2012   Air travelers will have to scrutinize their purchases and watch their wallets for at least another year.  The U.S. Department of Transportation (DoT) has further deferred its consumer rulemaking III, with significant consequences for consumers who want […]

Open Allies Commends U.S. Department of Transportation for Passenger Protections in New Rule, Says Next Rulemaking on Hidden Fees Will Be Even More Important for Consumers
April 20th, 2011

Washington, DC – April 20, 2011 – Open Allies for Airfare Transparency, a coalition representing more than 350 companies and organizations in the managed travel community, issued the following statement today on the new rule on passenger protections announced by the U.S. Department of Transportation. Andrew Weinstein, director of Open Allies: “This rule is like […]