Posted November 14, 2017

Heeding Trump's Drive To Deregulate, DOT Asks Public Which Regulations To Axe

The U.S. Department of Transportation is taking public comments "on existing rules and other agency actions that are good candidates for repeal, replacement, suspension or modification," according to a notice in the Federal Register last month. Read More »
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Posted September 22, 2017

Years Later, Two GAO Ancillary Fee Recommendations Go Unfulfilled

In 2010, the U.S. Government Accountability Office, the investigative arm of Congress, conducted a deep dive into ancillary airline fees and concluded "consumers could benefit from better information about airline-imposed fees." Read More »
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Posted June 20, 2017

House Reps Weigh In On DOT's Suspended Airline Distribution Inquiry

A bipartisan group of 46 members of the U.S. House of Representatives urged Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao not to reopen a suspended public inquiry into airline distribution practices. On the flip side, a group of 17 House Democrats affixed signatures to another letter urging the prompt reopening of the request for information. Read More »
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Posted March 14, 2017

Most Comments On DOT's Suspended Distribution RFI Were Penned By Travel Tech Lobby

More than 99 percent of the roughly 57,000 public comments filed in response to a federal inquiry into airline distribution practices are based on a pre-written template created by The Travel Technology Association, the lobbying group for online travel agencies, metasearch operators and global distribution systems. Read More »
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Posted February 15, 2017

DOT Gives Agencies Breathing Room On Bias Rule

The U.S. Department of Transportation confirmed it would extend the compliance date for new rules on airline biasing that had been set to take effect today. Read More »
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Posted February 14, 2017

Regulatory Freeze Raises Questions On DOT Bias Rule Status

A new U.S. Department of Transportation rule that prohibits travel agencies and airlines from biasing flight displays without notice officially takes effect Wednesday. Or, maybe it doesn't. DOT has declined to say for sure whether the scheduled Feb. 15 enactment will occur amid the Trump administration's regulatory freeze, leaving airlines, agencies and distributors in the dark. Read More »
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Posted January 18, 2017

DOT Proposes Ancillary Disclosure Rules, But Finalization In Question

The U.S. Department of Transportation released a new proposal to mandate the disclosure of ancillary fee information through the sales channels where airlines provide fare and schedule information. Read More »
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Posted December 6, 2016

DOT Delays Compliance Date For New Airline Bias Rule

The U.S. Department of Transportation will give travel agencies a couple more months to comply with a new regulation that prohibits undisclosed biasing of airlines in online shopping displays. The rule was set to take effect this week, but DOT cited extension requests by Carlson Wagonlit Travel and Airlines for America in its decision to shift the effective date to Feb. 15, 2017. Read More »
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Posted November 17, 2016

New DOT Airline Biasing Rule Extends To Corporate Channels, To An Extent

A U.S. Department of Transportation regulation taking effect Dec. 5 prohibits undisclosed biasing against airlines in online shopping displays. Against the wishes of some travel management companies, DOT extended the final rule to corporate travel channels. Read More »
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Posted August 31, 2016

U.S. DOT Pushes Ancillary Fee Requirements To A Later Rulemaking

The U.S. Department of Transportation has divided its long-awaited Enhancing Airline Passenger Protections III rulemaking into three separate proceedings, passing off a contentious provision on ancillary fee disclosures into a later batch of rules that likely won't be considered until the next presidential administration. Read More »
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