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Travel Tech Applauds Congress for Directing USDOT to Work with Stakeholders to Develop Guidelines for Greater Price Transparency in Consumer Air Travel


Travel Tech on March 23, 2018

Travel Tech Applauds Congress for Directing USDOT to Work with Stakeholders to Develop Guidelines for Greater Price Transparency in Consumer Air Travel

Arlington, VA -- Travel Tech President Steve Shur issued the following statement today applauding Congress for including language in the fiscal 2018 omnibus spending package that directs the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) to work with travel industry leaders, consumers, and stakeholders, to establish guidelines that provide more price transparency in air travel:

“We commend Congress for recognizing the need for enhanced price transparency in air travel,” Shur said. “Consumers deserve to have access to the true all-in cost of an itinerary when shopping for flights. Travel Tech and its members have been advocating the need for better disclosure by airlines of their ancillary fees for years, and we are eager to continue working with DOT as they establish guidelines that promote transparency of fare and fee information.” 

Shur continued, “Regretfully, Congress could have done more by not striking a separate provision that would have instructed DOT to reinitiate a request for information exploring the distribution and display of basic airline ticketing information.  On this, Congress missed a big opportunity to score a victory for consumers.” 

“Half of all air travel today is booked through the independent channel via ticket agents (rather than airlines directly). With the base fare of airline tickets currently unbundled from additional ancillary fees for seats and baggage, it is more important than ever that travelers know the full cost of their travel options upfront when shopping for and booking flights.  We look forward to working with the Department on this important initiative.”

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