June 3, 2010
The Department of Transportation on Wednesday proposed new rules for airlines on overbooking and other passenger concerns. Officials said they hope to enact them by fall. Here are some of the proposed changes. Overbooking: If an airline denies a paying passenger a seat because of overbooking, the airline would be required to pay up to $650 if a passenger is put on another domestic flight that arrives at the final destination one to two hours after the original flight. Compensation would go up to $1,300 if a passengers is put on a domestic flight that arrives more than two hours later.
December 17, 2012 |
Fees to check bags and change reservations generated $1.6 billion for the nation's largest airlines in July through September, according to new federal data. The total represents a 5% increase over the same period last year, when the nation's airlines collected $1.5 billion from checked bag fees and charges for changing flight reservations, according to the U.S. Bureau of Transportation Statistics. Airlines began to charge baggage fees and other extra passengers fees about four years ago in response to a decline in demand during the economic recession and a surge in fuel prices.
January 26, 2012 |
If airfares seem a little higher than usual, it's not because the airlines have raised their prices. The Department of Transportation's long-awaited new rules on what airlines can advertise as posted ticket prices go into effect Thursday. I think of it as the "no surprises" rule. The biggest change: Published airfares (online, on billboards, in print, over the phone) must include all taxes and fees. The idea is that consumers looking for the lowest airfare won't be misled by super-low prices that increase exponentially after fees and taxes are added on. The rule applies to airlines, ticket agents and online travel booking sites like Expedia, Orbitz, etc. Kayak, however, already publishes the total cost of airfares on its site.
May 22, 2008 |
American Airlines announced new baggage fees and other charges Wednesday. Specific rules regarding the new fees can be found at American's website at www.aa.com. -- When do the new and higher fees take effect? The $15 fee for the first checked bag will take effect June 15, but American began imposing other new charges, such as for reservation help and pet handling, Wednesday. -- Why is American raising and adding fees? The airline says the fees are necessary to recover the cost of escalating oil prices, which have tripled its fuel expenses from about 13% of revenue in 2000 to 36% of revenue in the first quarter of this year.
May 15, 2013 |
Baggage fees are still a source of anger, but passengers are more accepting of them, according to a survey on airline satisfaction. In fact, overall satisfaction with air travel has increased to the highest level since 2006, according to the J.D. Power & Associates airline satisfaction study for 2013. Airline satisfaction improved to 695 points on a 1,000-point scale, up 14 points from 2012, according to the study, which measured satisfaction on such factors as cost, in-flight services, boarding and flight crew.
October 4, 2012 |
New airline fees could be coming. That's the take of George Hobica, founder of Airfarewatchdog.com , a low-airfare alert and air travel advice website. Hobica talked with airline industry reporter Hugo Martin about trends in airline fees. The latest comes from Spirit Airlines, whose website lists 72 fees in eight different categories, including baggage fees, seat fees and on-board food and drink fees. Spirit, the first U.S.-based carrier to impose a fee for carry-on bags, this week announced that it will soon begin charging $100 if passengers show up to the gate with a carry-on bag instead of paying ahead of time.
January 13, 2012 |
Brent Hopkins, a Michigan marketing manager, was so annoyed that a carry-on suitcase cost him $90 in baggage fees on Sprit Airlines that he launched a business to help other passengers sidestep the charges. Florida-based Spirit Airlines introduced in 2010 a fee of up to $45 for carry-on luggage that cannot fit in the space under the seats. The fee met with outrage, including threats from several lawmakers to impose a special tax on revenue collected from such fees. Instead of fuming, Hopkins created CarryOn Free, an online company that manufactures suitcases that fit the exact dimensions of the space under the Spirit seats.
April 11, 2012 |
It's easier to shop for airfares now that airlines and online travel companies are required to include taxes, nonoptional fees and fuel charges in posted ticket prices. But what's the best way to factor in fees such as checked bags, carry-on bags, second checked bags, seat assignments, change fees and others? Enter NerdWallet . The online personal finance site best known for its credit card comparisons launched a new tool Wednesday that helps travelers find and compare airline fees on U.S. carriers.
July 21, 2011 |
Fliers won some and lost some Wednesday when the U.S. Department of Transportation revised effective dates for a hotly disputed rule that contains a grab-bag of consumer protections. Now some sections won't take effect until next year; others will start Aug. 23 as originally planned. Here's a scorecard for some key parts of the multi-part rule, which is labeled "Enhancing Airline Passenger Protections": -- A requirement that airlines advertise the full cost of airfares, including all mandatory taxes and fees, is being delayed until Jan. 24, 2012.