New Jack City: Feds Force Airlines to Show Us the Money!

With the frustration over a la carte pricing by airlines these days, the government is fighting back...

Starting this week, the Feds are forcing carriers to become more transparent when it comes to airfare pricing and the online purchasing of tickets.

Since forever airlines have been using low prices as come-ons in their advertising only to ambush frustrated customers with veiled final pricing that includes additional taxes, fees and fuel surcharges.

But now, as of later this week, the airlines must reconfigure their "now you see it now you don’t" selling model in the following manner:

** Advertised fares must include all government taxes and other associated fees such as fuel surcharges which can add 30% to 50% to the final ticket price.

 ** Airlines must be upfront about fees for checking bags when the tickets are purchased and paid for online. In other words, no more surprises at the airport.
** Airlines must give customers 24 hours to change their reservations without having to pay rebooking fees.

Once these rules are implemented, fliers will have a clearer picture in making price comparisons between airlines.


A check of the baggage fees imposed by 10 major airlines flying out of Kansas City shows the following:

American, United-Continental, Delta, AIR CANADA and US Airways have the highest fees, charging $25 for the first checked bag and $35 for the second.

AirTran is next with a $20 charge for the first bag and $25 for the second.
 (Note: AirTran’s baggage fees will disappear later this year when the carrier merges into new owner Southwest Airlines’ business model.)

Frontier Airlines also charges $20 for the first bag and $20 for the second checked piece

Alaska Airlines, scheduled to make its debut at KCI by late Spring, also charges $20 for first and second checked bags.

Finally Southwest Airlines, which may or may not have the lowest ticket price to a particular destination anymore, still waives fees for two checked bags per customer. Which can be a savings of as much as $120 on a roundtrip ticket.

So always consider the baggage charges when doing your price comparisons.
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3 Responses to New Jack City: Feds Force Airlines to Show Us the Money!

  1. jenny says:

    We went to Newark on Continental recently and just checked one bag. But the charge was 50.00 since it apparently was overweight. Sure hadn’t counted on that.

  2. Super Dave says:

    Great Information Jack
    Airlines not only ones who pull shady price costs.

    But I believe you should be allowed more leeway on rebooking a flight than just 24 hrs after. If you book a flight 30 plus days in advance a lot can happen in 30 days as in deaths, illness and so forth.

  3. Smartman says:

    Flyer’s Demand TWA Tea!
    This means NOTHING. Now you just get to see how bad you’re getting raped, but NOTHING to STOP THE RAPE. Too many UNION JOBS in the airline business. Wouldn’t wanna piss them off in an election year. Southwest has the correct strategy when it come to bag fees and rebooking fees. If I ran an airline I’d make everybody check their luggage, no fee for that…..just to speed up the damn boarding process. At least half the bags that people carry on don’t fit in the luggage size check boxes at the airport. Still, they carry them on and spend an extra couple of minutes trying to wedge them into overhead bins while we all patiently stare at their dumb asses. A Southwest stewardess told me that if only purses, briefcases and laptop bags were allowed as carry-ons a plane could be boarded in ten minutes versus the thirty they allow for now. For most airlines that could mean another flight segment per plane per day which could have the net effect of making the entire industry more efficient, flexible and profitable.

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