Independent Traveler - November 20, 2013
While many of us lament the airlines' unbundling of so many of the services once thought a routine part of your paid airfare -- a checked bag, a snack, a reliable seat assignment --…
Consumers should have the ability to quickly and easily compare the “all-in” costs of airfares across air carriers, including the cost of ancillary fees such as baggage and seat reservation fees.
Travel Tech supports full disclosure and transactability of airline ancillary fees applicable to air travel, particularly seat and baggage fees. As airlines disaggregate, or “unbundle,” their fares, consumers need to have immediate, easy and understandable access to all of the new fees.
Airlines should make these fees promptly available to the public through travel distributors, in a way that is fully purchasable, i.e. “transactable,” presented in a constantly updated fashion, or “dynamically,” and enable consumers to comparison shop prices on an all-in, apples-to-apples basis.
Consumers should be able to see it, compare it and buy it.