Tuesday, September 16, 2014
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Federal rule coming to help airfare transparency

If I'm not mistaken, I first wrote about the highly annoying practice of airlines advertising airfares that don't include all taxes and fees more than 15 years ago, and probably earlier. Other consumer advocates have complained about the airline practice ever since, Now those ads may become a thing of the past with a new federal rule that's to take effect Jan. 26 requiring full disclosure of the taxes and fees. We will have to see if this turns out to be so burdensome that it will strangle airlines' money-making ability -- something they imply about every consumer-protection rule adopted -- or whether this is something that's helpful and welcome for the carriers and their customers alike. Read more about the new rules here ..

Federal rule coming to help airfare transparency

If I'm not mistaken, I first wrote about the highly annoying practice of airlines advertising airfares that don't include all taxes and fees more than 15 years ago, and probably earlier. Other consumer advocates have complained about the airline practice ever since, Now those ads may become a thing of the past with a new federal rule that's to take effect Jan. 26 requiring full disclosure of the taxes and fees. We will have to see if this turns out to be so burdensome that it will strangle airlines' money-making ability -- something they imply about every consumer-protection rule adopted -- or whether this is something that's helpful and welcome for the carriers and their customers alike. Read more about the new rules here .. 

Tom Belden
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Tom Belden has been reporting about Philadelphia International Airport and other air travel subjects for more than 20 years, writing columns for The Inquirer's Travel and Business sections. His reporting (with colleague Craig McCoy) on baggage handling problems in Philadelphia have been credited with helping to improve the system. His previous blog was called Road Warrior. He can reached at tbelden@phillynews.com. Reach Tom at tbelden@phillynews.com.

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