New rules for airline fees are a partial victory for travelers

If airfares confuse you as much as they confuse me, then I have some good news: Several new rules are going to make it easier to calculate the total cost of a ticket.

Maybe.

Starting Jan. 26, a new U.S. Transportation Department rule will require airlines to include all taxes and fees in their advertised fares. Other provisions of the rule — banning post-purchase price increases and allowing passengers to hold certain reservations without payment or to cancel them without penalty for 24 hours after booking — will take effect Jan. 24.
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All we’re really asking for are fair fares

zoomTurns out passengers are upset about rising luggage fees — and more.

I couldn’t have imagined the response to my recent commentary about US Airways’ decision to increase its baggage surcharges. In reader feedback on this site, Twitter and Facebook, it seemed as if many passengers really were on the verge of revolting.

But against what, exactly? I think I know the answer.
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