Posted January 12, 2018

BEAT SHEET: Corporate Travel Outlook; Sabre's Court Costs; DOT Rule Backlash; Radius Activity

The Beat Sheet is an occasional collection of notes, quotes, musings, tips, reader comments and other tidbits from The Beat's writers. Read More »
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Posted December 7, 2017

DOT Withdraws Bag Fee Disclosure Rulemaking

As anticipated, the U.S. Department of Transportation this week officially withdrew a proposed rulemaking that would have required airlines and ticket agents to disclose at all points of sale itinerary-specific details on applicable fees for up to two checked bags and carry-on luggage. Read More »
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Posted December 6, 2017

Airlines Seize On DOT's Opening To Review And Repeal Regulations

The U.S. Department of Transportation this month closed a comment period that asked anyone in the public to flag regulations or other department actions that are ripe for review or repeal. Read More »
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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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