U.S. Seeks Disclosure of All Fees Fliers Face

Airlines and travel agents will be required to list fees for services like checked bags, carry-ons and seat reservations so that travelers can compare fares more easily under a proposal announced by the Transportation Department.

The proposal would also broaden the definition of “ticket ¬†agent,” so that travel websites like Kayak, which help consumers compare ticket prices but do not sell the tickets themselves, would be subject to the same disclosure rules.

But consumers purchasing a ticket on fare¬†comparison websites do not learn of these fees until they have been steered to an airline’s site to buy the ticket. And even then they must “review lengthy and complex charts to determine the exact fee that they would be charged for their baggage.”

Story by Matthew Wald for The New York Times.

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