You’ve never heard of these people, but they’ve changed the way you fly

Their advocacy results in big, embarrassing airline fines. They’ve helped create federal agencies that make air travel safer. And they’ve brought competition and transparency to the skies. Read more “You’ve never heard of these people, but they’ve changed the way you fly”

The lies your financial advisor tells you (and how to spot them)

When it comes to getting advice — especially financial advice — truth can be such a relative thing. Read more “The lies your financial advisor tells you (and how to spot them)”

Why travelers need transparency now

If the words “price transparency” don’t make your eyes glaze over, then you’re probably one of the hundreds of thousands of travelers who feel ripped off by a low price.
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New DOT initiatives target airlines’ baggage fees and price transparency. Are they enough?

When the Transportation Department (DOT) announced new “enhanced” protections for air travelers last week, the reaction was predictable. Airlines complained loudly that they were being re-regulated. Consumer groups offered a collective eye-roll, grumbling that it wasn’t enough. And the government cheerfully congratulated itself. Read more “New DOT initiatives target airlines’ baggage fees and price transparency. Are they enough?”

Why your next airline ticket purchase should be like buying a car

When Loren Witkin says that he shopped around for a new car, you can take him at his word.
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Look out! Here comes the airfare transparency bill war

Will the real airfare transparency bill please stand up?
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Are airlines going to get away with a lie?

If the airline industry gets its way, and its cleverly named Transparent Airfares Act of 2014 passes, then the price of your airline ticket could drop significantly. At least, it’ll look that way.
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The truth about “transparent” airfares

The Transparent Airfares Act of 2014, which only a few weeks ago had virtually no chance of passing, now seems poised to become law.
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Flying somewhere? You’re not going to like what’s next

I’ve seen the future of air travel — at least the kind of future the airline industry wants — and I don’t like it.
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Will new bill let airlines hide ticket prices?

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At best, the proposed Transparent Airfares Act of 2014, a bipartisan bill introduced this month in Congress, would open a window into the many taxes and mandatory fees attached to your airline ticket — charges that the airline industry believes you should know about.

At worst, the proposed law would give airlines a license to quote an artificially low ticket price, undoing years of regulatory efforts to require the display of a full fare. And if the bill passes, critics fear that an airline could quote you an initial base ticket price, minus any taxes and government fees, leaving you with the mistaken impression that your total airfare is far cheaper than it is.
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