Travelers Get Full Disclosure on Airfare Prices
Looking for cheap airfares? Well, you might notice a couple changes now that the Department of Transportation’s new airfare regulations are in effect. One of the new federal guidelines makes it harder for airlines to hide airfare taxes and fees from consumers.
Published airfares — online, on billboards, in print and over the phone — must include all taxes and fees. That means that that when you book your flight with an airline, ticket agents or online booking site (e.g. Expedia, Orbitz, Kayak), the taxes and fees that were added on at the end of a transaction will now be posted up front for you to see. But, wait there’s more you should know.
There are several new regulations to help consumers. All baggage fees, which aren’t included in airfares, must be disclosed. Passengers will be able to hold a reservation for 24 hours without having to pay for it. Airlines won’t be able to raise ticket prices after the ticket has been purchased. And the finally, customers will be able to change a flight within 24 hours without penalty. Some airlines and booking companies already have this policy in place.
After hearing this good news, it should be easier for you to make online reservations and book flights. Make sure you check out our Layover Airport Guides, which include airports in London, NYC, LA, Singapore and Rome.