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Good News for Plane Ticket Buyers

Good News for Plane Ticket Buyers

Airlines are finally required to show how much tickets actually cost before you get to the end of your purchase. Meaning you won’t suddenly be surprised by an extra $100 in "fees" …


This year, the Transportation Department has assessed 21 penalties forfare advertising violations, with total fines of more than $1 million;in 2001, there were 14 penalties and $379,000 in fines.

Since August, Spirit, LAN Airlines, South African Airways, Orbitz,Virgin Atlantic, Thai Airways, JetBlue and Air Canada have all beenfined at least $50,000 each for advertising infractions.

Under current regulations, ticket sellers may list government taxesseparately on an ad promoting a fare, but those mandatory fees must beclearly disclosed — hence the asterisk pointing to additional text or aWeb page that itemizes these charges. One of Spirit’s violations wasadvertising a $9 fare on Twitter and forcing customers to click links to two more Web pages to find out the full cost, including taxes and fees … (Read more on The New York Times.)

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