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Don't Let Unexpected Airline Fees Be the Gag Gift of Upcoming Holiday Travel
Open Allies reminds holiday travelers booking trips to calculate the full "all-in" cost (fares+fees+taxes) of airfares
By: PR Newswire
Dec. 10, 2012 11:11 AM
WASHINGTON, Dec. 10, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- 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 they cope:
For would-be holiday travelers still shopping, remember to factor in:
For those who have already booked holiday travel:
"While savvy consumers are comparison shopping online for the "all-in" cost of their air travel, they are still calling for additional transparency and disclosure," said David Kelly, Executive Director, Open Allies. "Unfortunately, airlines' continued refusal to share core fee information -- in a simple to use and purchasable format -- with online travel sites and travel agents is leading to unnecessary confusion, complexity, and wasted time as consumers track down fee information for each airline. There is simply no reason this fee information shouldn't be presented all on one screen. That's why the best gift the Department of Transportation can give to the traveling public is adoption of a new rule requiring the airlines to share fee information in a purchasable format in all the channels through which they sell their airfares."
Open Allies for Airfare Transparency is a coalition of nearly 400 independent distributors and sellers of air travel, corporate travel departments, travel trade associations and consumer organizations that believe air travelers should be able to see, compare and buy the complete air travel product. That is, that all airline fares and fees should be transparent to, and purchasable by, the traveling public, enabling consumers to comparison shop for their fares on an "all-in" (fares+taxes+fees) "apples-to-apples" basis across airlines.
SOURCE Open Allies for Airfare Transparency
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