Court Upholds Rules that Airlines Must Include All Fees in Advertised Fares
In a win for traveling consumers, a court ruling will give a little more transparency into the cost of a flight.
According to a U.S. Court of Appeals ruling, airlines must include taxes and government fees in their advertised fares. It is part of new U.S. Department of Transportation rules that say that any advertised fare must include the entire price a consumer will pay for a ticket. Southwest Airlines, Spirit Air and Allegiant Travel challenged the rule in court.
The court rejected the airlines' arguments that the advertisement of base fares is not deceptive.
Also upheld were new rules allowing consumers to cancel tickets without penalty within twenty four hours of purchase so long as the tickets are purchased more than a week before the flight. Airlines are also now prohibited from raising fees after consumers have already purchased a ticket.