Why Airfare Comparisons Are Getting Harder

Sick of finding your air travel costs more than you paid up front? The government may soon do something about it.

Buffalo News explains…

“What other industry can you think of where a person buying a product doesn’t know how much it’s going to cost even after he’s done at the checkout counter?” said Simon Gros, chairman of the Travel Technology Association, which represents the global distribution services and online travel industries.

Fees tacked on for bags, “premium seats” (you know, the ones they haven’t shrunk) and other services mean the fare often isn’t the total cost. And the article says travel sites like Orbitz and Expedia are complaining they don’t know all the fees.

In May, the Department of Transportation will decide whether airlines have to give that information to people who sell their tickets. Airlines are already unhappy they were forced to disclose unavoidable fees this past summer.

Stacy Johnson

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