A new study has backed up Travelers United survey information about the need for full airfare and airline fee information so that consumers can purchase airfare knowing the full all-in price. Without comparison shopping, the free market cannot function. Competition goes down and pricing rises. Consumers suffer.
The flying public has been complaining about extra fees since 2008 when American Airlines (AA) began charging for checked bags. Today the world of extra fees seems endless. One of the most hated fees is the seat reservation fee. Here is a story about a seat reservation fee gone bad from a traveler steeped in the ways of airlines.
Airbus introduces a new drone and flying car concept that can link with a train. Rental cars rules to follow to keep from being surprised. And, bargain train travel across America to see the best sights.
Spain can surprise even seasoned travelers. The cultures of the Roman Empire, the medieval Arabs and the Celtic world are still wonderfully evident in Spain — if you look. The government has spent millions restoring crumbling monasteries and castles to create lodging for visitors. The mountains have snowcapped peaks within sight of cities where the temperature can register 90 degrees. And, the restaurants offer much more than paella and sangria.
Here is the oral statement presented by Charlie Leocha on March 8, 2017. His testimony about consumer rights ranged from airline reservation system outages to airfare and fee advertising; from the effects of Open Skies treaties and antitrust immunity; and, from his opposition to increasing airport taxes to the need to educate consumers about their rights.