New airfare rules start this week

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  1. sobore
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    http://www.click2houston.com/news/New-airfare-rules-start-this-week/-/1735978/8484992/-/dasf4x/-/

    January 26 is the start of a new era in air travel.

    On Thursday, Airlines will no longer be allowed to advertise prices without showing all of the fees.

    New rules from the U.S. Transportation Department will require that advertised prices include taxes and mandatory fees.

    Currently, airlines just have to note that other charges apply, and provide a link or footnote to the details.
    The new rules will make fares easier to understand.

    Government and airport charges can add 20 percent or more to the price of an airline ticket.
    Airlines protest that other industries don't have to include taxes in advertised prices. And they worry about the effect on ticket sales.

    http://www.click2houston.com/news/New-airfare-rules-start-this-week/-/1735978/8484992/-/dasf4x/-/
     
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    A step in the right direction- although they should be allowed to break out the taxes and fees- this being said lumping in a "fuel surcharge" with taxes and fees is hardly fair play.
     
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    Agreed.

    And I wonder how many people that don't know about this will actually be surprised by the sudden (perceived) jump in fares. No doubt this might affect travel negatively as people "wait" for the fares to go down... but who knows, maybe it will trigger some interesting fare wars between the carriers, and we all love that. :)

    But I can imagine someone looking around a few weeks ago and seeing relatively low fares and now seeing them at 10-20% higher. International destinations with high taxes / YQ will probably shock some people for sure...
     
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    <FINGERS CROSSED>
     
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    I might accept this argument except for the highly variable nature of airfare taxes and fees. If I walk into Best Buy I know that everything in the store will include a certain percentage sales tax depending on what locality I'm in. If I walk into the HH Gregg next door, the same exact sales tax will also apply to everything in the store. Booking airfare, however, does not present the same result. The taxes and fees can vary wildly depending on the route that is required, even if the base fare is the same on competing airlines.

    Oh, and I guess they're completely forgetting that there ARE certain venders that have to show all-in pricing to customers. The easy one I can think of is gasoline purchases.
     
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    The nicest thing about visiting Europe is that all the taxes are included and no one deals with stupid pennies. The prices may be high, but they are clear.
     
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    How about changing:

    Cheap Fares to Caribbean $175! :D*click*

    $175- based on one-way fare.:mad:
     
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    Someone at Jetblue (not to mention "king of all add-on charges" Spirit) will undoubtedly have a conniption over this. Even now you can go to Jetblue's page and see their deals to BDA "for $99" out of JFK. When you price it it's actually $300 per person ($99 each way + $100 in taxes and fees).
     
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    Cheap Fares to Caribbean $175! :D*click*

    $175- based on paddle boat. :eek:
     
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    and sure enough the latest emails from AA do include higher fares than usual, but they all say "taxes included" next to the price.

    Not sure if the previous emails from AFWD included taxes but I've noticed now that they mention that as well, along with slightly higher prices to all destinations.

    Guess the era of taxes included is upon us. :)
     

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