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 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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Posted August 24, 2015

DOT Delays Final Air Fee, Agency Rules Until 2016

The U.S. Department of Transportation pushed back the publication of its final Enhancing Passenger Protections III rules from Dec. 1, 2015, to April 29, 2016, according to the department's monthly report on significant rulemakings. Read More »
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Posted October 1, 2014

As In Distribution, Southwest Diverges From Peers On DOT Rulemaking

Southwest Airlines has deviated from its airline brethren by lending its support to a U.S. Department of Transportation proposal that would require airlines to disclose ancillary fee information via the sales channels in which they participate. Read More »
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Posted October 1, 2014

Airlines To DOT: Don't Meddle With The Marketplace On Ancillaries

It's no surprise that airlines despise a U.S. Department of Transportation proposal to require the disclosure of ancillary fees in the sales channels in which they participate. Comments published this week made that very clear. Read More »
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Posted September 16, 2014

THE BEAT SHEET: Sabre Defends The Middle; TMC Execs Give DOT An Earful; Chrome River Grabs At Least One Former IBM Expense Customer

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 May 28, 2014

LETTER: ATPCo Disputes DOT Rulemaking Cost Analysis

ATPCo disputed an economic impact assessment conducted by HDR on behalf of the U.S. Department of Transportation, covered this week in a report in The Beat (Costing Airlines Millions, Proposed DOT Fee... Read More »
Posted May 27, 2014

Costing Airlines Millions, Proposed DOT Fee Rules Could Be A Boon For ATPCo

The U.S. Department of Transportation's proposed rulemaking that would require the display of ancillary fees in various sales channels would cost airlines $46.2 million over 10 years, according to a cost-benefit analysis prepared for DOT. Read More »
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Posted October 24, 2012

US Airways Finally Selling Choice Seats Through Travel Agencies

US Airways this morning began selling its Choice Seats products "with a limited number of travel agencies" via the Sabre global distribution system, according to president Scott Kirby. The airline has been working with Sabre for more than two years to allow travel agencies' customers to reserve for a fee certain aisle or window seats in economy class on some flights. Read More »
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Posted August 9, 2012 - Washington, D.C.

Notes From DOT's Advisory Committee for Aviation Consumer Protection Meeting

Known for partisan rancor, Washington was a fitting locale for the U.S. Department of Transportation's Advisory Committee for Aviation Consumer Protection hearing on Tuesday as airlines, distributors, association reps and travel buyers butted heads on technology, contractual relationships and the role of government in distribution. Read More »
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