Today, an anti-consumer bill about airline pricing was marked up by the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee. Amazingly, the bill was introduces with bipartisan backing from some of the Democrats’ supposedly top consumer-friendly legislators. The bipartisan cabal of representatives added a most Orwellian name to the bill, “The Airfare Transparency Act of 2014.” This bill does nothing to help transparency. It only allows airlines to make understanding the full price of travel more difficult.
This Sunday we ponder the effects of reintroducing wolves to Yellowstone and, I hope, realize the unintended consequences of many of our conservation actions. TSA learns that all trusted travelers are to be trusted. And, a new travel player allows passengers to pay to lock in low fares.
This weekend, we look at safety in the airline industry, examine creeping airfares throughout the system and discover airline route changes that will come about because of the AA/US merger.
New Boeing interiors, Bidding for first class, Airfare increases
How much does a cheap ticket really cost? Courts will treat Asiana passengers differently, factors in the Asiana crash
What would you do for a cheap airfare?
Get your thinking caps on. Did you know? IPhones can be disabled if stolen. President Obama is asking for more aviation and travel taxes. These new taxes will make flying more taxed than liquor and other sin taxes. Finally, look at domestic vacations where airfares have dropped.
Vegas taxis overcharge riders, where airfares are taking off, Alaska Airlines upgrading its aircraft
Today our first article to ponder is fun. It is a look at what not to do in Italy, a land of legendary excesses. We then look at how to save money by combining airline tickets on your own (or together with a travel agent) and some of the pitfalls of these money-saving maneuvers. Finally, the history of a remote privately-owned bridge connecting West Virginia and Maryland gives us pause — the crush of bureaucracy even in the remote hollows and rivers is amazing.
Delta Air Lines’ was caught charging frequent-flier members higher airfares on its website than consumers who did not identify themselves as such. DOT needs to take a close look at this kind of customized pricing activity.