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Last Friday’s plan to announce the new gate owners in Love Field outside of Dallas went sideways, with multiple news agencies reporting that Virgin America won permission and others posting conflicting news. The city finally postponed the decision until early this week to the disgust of all parties involved.
Murky waters are ahead in the battle for transparency in our airline pricing. You’ll recall that several weeks back the House introduced legislation (largely prodded by the airline lobbies) to roll back recent rules written for displaying airline prices. Effectively, that rollback would allow airlines to advertise prices (say on Orbitz or Kayak) without taxes or mandatory fees — much like hotels are displayed.
But the Senate is now trying to enact further legislation to make sure that the House doesn’t get its way. The Real Transparency in Airfares Act, as detailed by Chris Elliott at USA Today, aims to prevent opaque airfare pricing and furthermore increase the fine for infractions.
None of this matters, of course, if you’re smart enough to click through the advertised fares and compare the final costs, but the very fact the the airlines are trying to circumvent the rules leaves a sour taste in my mouth. Let’s hope the Senate gets its way.
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Intro’ing “Real Transparency in Airfares Act” to help get true ticket costs from airlines. Let’s level the playing field for consumers!
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